I bloody love Sleek MakeUP. They are affordable, great quality and cruelty free.
Today I am bringing back, with it’s sixth installment, the series about brands I want to try more of. What I have tried from these brands I’ve loved and will do a quick review on. I would love for you to leave suggestions in the comments on other products from the brand I should try out.
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I am really fond of each Sleek eyeshadow palette that I’ve bought. They are all lovely pigmented, easy to blend, and well wearing. Considering that the are a good price for 12 shades I do recommend them, both for the makeup savvy and newbies wanting to try their hand without forking out a lot of money. The packaging is great as well, slim but sturdy enough that you wouldn’t have to worry about throwing it in your bag. The mirror, unlike some palettes, doesn’t distort your reflection and is a great size. Quickly going back to them being smooth and blendable I will mention that there are a few shades which can be a bit chalky, but overall they’re still very good.
”Features an array of back-to-basic soft nudes, subtle golds and warm peach shades.”
Having 6 shimmers and 6 matte shades there is a good range for creating any type of everyday makeup look. It’s a warmer tone palette, whilst there are shades that are on the cooler side, I wouldn’t classify any of them as actual cool shades. Warmer tones are more common in daytime palettes, so if you are searching for cool tone eyeshadows I wouldn’t say this palette is for you.
”Features a gorgeous cocktail of rich smokey nudes, sultry beiges, eye-catching golds and shimmering bronzes.”
Again, another warm toned palette, however this one has 10 shimmers and only 2 matte shades. I wouldn’t say there are any crazy, night-out colours in here, but you could easily create a variety of warm smokey eyes. I think there is some overlap in the types of shades between the All Night Long and A New Day palette, but not enough that I’d say you’d be wasting your money if you wanted both.
“Bad Girl is the ultimate palette for classic smokey eyes, containing strong shimmery blues and deep matte shades of green and purple. This is a smoky lovers dream, ideal for creating either sophisticated or sensual dark eye looks.”
This is a beautifully cool toned palette with 10 shimmers and 2 mattes. Some of these colours are so lush in my opinion. I especially love Intoxicated, Envy, Obnoxious, Abyss and Twilight. For a more colourful, but still deeper (i.e. not bright colours) smokey eye this palette is great. It could do with a couple more mattes, but I imagine most people buying makeup will have other eyeshadows that they could use in combination with the shades available in this palette.
“The most feminine palette around creates super-sultry looks with shades from every day beiges and peachy hues, to matte browns and shimmering greys.”
Oh So Special contains 5 shimmers and 7 mattes and they are all nearly as beautiful as one and another. That’s a lie, Gateau for instance is so much prettier than Boxed, but I won’t hold it against the palette. The shades in this palette are pretty and girly, they would be great in a soft, daytime – or nighttime – Valentines look.
“CC Cream is a base that treats, corrects, and conceals imperfections.”
I’ve never been much of a fan when it comes to foundation. I’m lucky enough, other than hormonal breakouts, to have pretty evenly pigmented skin, so foundation always seemed like more hassle than it was worth, especially as it would usually clog my pores and cause more breakouts.
However, I did want to own something that I could use on days where my skin is dull. Day’s when I’d be wearing makeup for longer periods of time. Or days when I just wanted to look altogether better.
Enter Sleeks ‘CC Cream’ in Fair. I really love this stuff, it is long lasting, has SPF but still photographs well, corrects any imperfections and gives my skin an overall healthy, glowing appearance whilst preventing unsightly shine. It doesn’t dry my skin out, doesn’t appear to cause more breakouts and is buildable in coverage.
As a foundation novice I don’t feel totally confident in reviewing these types of makeup products, but I do love this cream and I bought it after reading a lot of good reviews about it, so I know I’m not alone in this opinion.
“This iconic duo compact is an essential tool for achieving a beautifully sculpted and defined appearance. Includes a silky, matte, easy to blend contour powder and an illuminating highlighter for a natural glow.”
LOVE.. – love this ‘Contour Palette’! I have fairly pale skin and this product has never made me look orange. It is pigmented, lasts reasonably well, blends brilliantly and is nicely buildable. I will say the highlight isn’t that obvious but my love for the contour colour overshadows the highlighters minor downfalls. Whether you are dipping your toe in lightly contouring you face, or more of a pro I’d say this product is worth having in your makeup bag arsenal. I apply this with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and it works perfectly. I’ve tried applying it with the Flat Contour Brush but it didn’t blend as easily in my opinion. One thing I would say to Sleek if I could is to improve the wear time, it’s not bad, but there could definitely be improvement
SLEEKS HOW TO USE STEPS:
To contour the cheekbones
1. Using a contour brush, apply the contour powder, starting from the ear gently blending towards the direction of your mouth using quick feather-like strokes, blending as you to go, to ensure a soft natural line
2. Apply the highlighter lightly to the apples of the cheeks for an illuminated glow
To contour the nose
1. Apply contour powder along the side of the nose creating a straight line
2. Avoid harsh lines by blending in, repeat same steps for both sides
3. Apply the highlighter down the centre of the nose and blend
To contour the jawline
1. Apply contour powder down the neck, darkening it slightly close to the jawline to add strength and definition
2. Blend and shade thoroughly so that there are no harsh lines
3. Blend highlighter powder lightly above the jawline to draw focus up to the facial area
“Highly pigmented blushers to brighten and define cheekbones, available in 10 shades. These silky-fine and long lasting blushers create a subtle and radiant glow and suit all skin tones.”
This shimmery blush is the first I tried from Sleek after frequently hearing it being compared to NARS Orgasm. I’ve never owned Orgasm but it’s such a classic and beloved blusher that I was pretty confident that I would love it’s much cheaper dupe. And I do, it is pigmented, buildable, long wearing and would most likely suit every skin tone. It leaves you with beautifully, but natural looking, rosy cheeks. The gold shimmer gives you a lovely healthy glow as well.
After loving and using Rose Gold every single time I applied my makeup I decided to try another of Sleeks blushes out, this time going for the brighter pink shade Flamingo. This blush is beautifully vivid in the pan, but it doesn’t transfer as intensely – but honestly I don’t think you’d want it to be that bright on your face, unless you are aiming for the classic porcelain China doll look. When applied it is a natural glowing pink shade, which brightens up your whole face, I think this may be because of the blushes slight blue undertones. I switch between thinking this one vs the Rose Gold blush is my favourite. I think I’d reach for Rose Gold more in warmer months and Flamingo during colder ones. It makes me think of the perfect and sweet looking pink cheeks you get after being out in the cold. Whilst in reality if I’m out in the cold too long my face goes a mixture of red blotches and white areas – but if we’re talking movie complexions here then Flamingo reminds me of that.
‘Twist Up Eye Pencil’
“Creamy formula allows the eye pencil to glide on smoothly to create a perfectly defined eye look.”
“Long lasting liquid eyeliner with a easy to control felt tip applicator enabling you to apply with ease for your desired effect. The fast drying formula ensures minimal smudges, budges, cakes and flakes giving you that perfect wide eyed look.”
Unfortunately I can’t really comment on these two products very much, I rarely use eyeliner and when I do it ends up looking embarrassingly bad. After finishing my makeup on my most recent Everyday Makeup Look, I gave the Dip It Eyeliner a try – it was shoddy work.. – I mean really bad. Exceedingly bad.. I’ll get better. Well, I’ll keep trying at least.
“Awaken your makeup with a True Colour Lipstick. Get high impact lips with our vitamin E enriched lipstick in a selection of matte and sheen finishes.”
I bought this shade for my Halloween Makeup Look last year. This type of colour is difficult by itself; I find the darker the lipstick the better the formulation has to be. A bad formulation can get away with more if it’s a lighter shade.
As I’ve only tried this one shade from Sleek I’m not the authority on whether they are all good, this is my opinion of this particular lipstick. Sadly, that opinion is poor.
The lipstick is oily and tacky yet drying on the lips. The colour is uneven, slips and settles around the outer lip area. The lipstick clumps together in little balls whilst also spreading and smearing in other areas. If you touch your lips together it dissipates. And even after removing it stains any dry crevices areas. Basically, it’s just weird.
I’d be interested to try a different, lighter shade from Sleek. Some people say they love the brand for lipsticks, whilst others are of a similar opinion to me so I’m not sure whether it’s the differing formulation in shades, the difference in matte vs sheen or it reactions differently on different people.
Please let me know what your experience with Sleek lip products have been if you’ve used them before.
“A matte finish liquid lipstick that glides on in one smooth application, with no need for a second coat.”
I can’t say I’m overtly impressed with these liquid lipsticks either. The colours and their pay off are really great but they are drying and settle into any lines on the lips.
I know with matte lipsticks you are going to see the natural lines in your lips, which isn’t what I am used to with lipsticks, so maybe I need to give these another go and see whether I can get used to how they look as I often love matte lips on other people.
Even if I did grow to love the look, and I kinda want to as the colours are beautiful, they are still drying and would require a primer/base and moisturiser in attempt to prevent severe drying.
So that brings us to the end of the Sleek MakeUP I own, for now at least. Are there any products that you love and would recommend I check out?
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