My love for Sleek is no secret. I have waxed lyrical about their Pout Paints and use their Face Contour Kit daily. In the past few weeks, my collection of their blushes has risen from one to four. How did that happen, eh? Makeup magic! Well when I was placing my order for their gorgeous Vintage Romance palette, the accompanying blush slid into my basket as well. Then when perusing the Beauty Emporium sale, I spotted two other beauts at bargain prices. What can I say? I have a problem! They’re just so beautiful…
They come in very sturdy black cases that click closed and which I actually have trouble opening sometimes! They definitely won’t swing open in your makeup bag. They also house a full size mirror and 8 grams of product (a Nars blush is only 4.8g!).
I am just going to break down the shades in alphabetical order as it is easiest.
Sleek describe this as a dusty rose laced with subtle silver glitters. This was released with the Vintage Romance palette. As the palette suggests, this is a gorgeous vintage-type colour that reminds me of old movies, like rouge. It adds a beautiful deep flush to the cheek that is really different to any other blush I own. I feel like I would get so much use out of this if it weren’t for the glitter. While Sleek label it ‘subtle’, I’d call it anything but! I wouldn’t mind so much if it were just a shimmer but they are noticeable glitter particles that just make this far too over the top for day wear. Best suited to night time which is disappointing as I think this could be a go-to daily one for me. It is limited edition.
Here it is applied lightly for a subtle pinch of colour.
Life’s a Peach
Sleek describe this as a pastel orange with a matte finish. When I first got into makeup, I was all about these vibrant peachy shades – the more shocking it looked in the pan, the better, although for the past few years I have been exploring different options. This reminds me of my first forays into blush and I love it. It is quite pigmented so a light hand is required but the colour is stunning and would look even more beautiful on darker skin tones. The matte finish is not in the least chalky or powdery.
This is it applied lightly but this is definitely one that could be built up to crazy strong heights!
Sleek describe this as a rosy pink with gold shimmer. This was the original Sleek blush that I bought because everybody was raving about how it was a perfect dupe for Nars ‘Orgasm’. In all honesty, I have never liked this colour. The sheen off this is very, very strong and a very obvious artificial gold. I like a sheen off a blush if it will double as a highlight but this is just a little too much. Maybe it is just my fair skin though as I know many others who adore this. Gold highlights look better on darker skin tones anyway.
Here it is used quite sparingly although the sheen is still obvious. This colour can definitely not be built up as the gold just gets out of control.
Sleek describe this as a nude, earthy tone with a matte finish. I very much liked the idea of this one as something akin to ‘Antique’ but with the matte finish I longed for. In reality, this is just a little TOO earthy and can pretty much pass as a warm contour or bronzer shade on me. On darker skin tones, this will probably be invisible but on my fair skin, it is just a little too brown to work as a blush. I may break this out if I want to go blush free and want a bronzey/highlighted look instead but this will probably go a little neglected in my stash.
Here it is applied with lashings of highlighter. I think this just passes as a bronzer.
Although this post seems a little disappointing, it is really the shades I have chosen that have disappointed me as the quality of the blushes themselves is beautiful. Regardless of finish, they are highly pigmented and not powdery or chalky. They also last brilliantly on the skin without going patchy or fading throughout the day. At the bargainous price of €6.49, it probably won’t be long before I purchase a few more. There are seven other shades in the range that I don’t yet own.
Sleek are now stocked in Boots in Liffey Valley (Finally!) and if that is too much of a trek for you, they are up on the Boots website. Me heart!
What do you think? Have you tried these blushes? Or anything else from the brand?