Anyone who has read my letter to Santa will know that I was really excited to open my not-so-secret-gift. It was one of the huge Sleek Makeup Christmas collection boxes. As much as I love the excitement of limited edition products, it can be a pain if they’re amazing as I then have to buy up as many as is humanly possible. (Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Rebelle – I’m looking at you….)
All of the products in the box are existing products from the Sleek line. There are no limited edition items, which I’m pleased about because if I like them, I can easily find them. Hooray!
The first thing that I wanted to try was the highlighter. I love Sleek highlighters and have Precious Metals already. The packaging annoys me as it is so easy to cover in finger prints and look messy but it does look glam… until it has been touched.
Solstice Highlighting Palette
The highlighter in Box of Tricks was the Solstice Palette. I tested each shade on my forearm and as usual swatched them with my fingers, because this is how I apply highlighter. The palette comes with a little brush but honestly it felt a bit scratchy, and I either use my fingers or a fanbrush to apply highlighter.
Ecliptic and Subsolar were creamy highlighters and glided straight on easily. Hemisphere and Equinox were powder highlighters. Yet, again both went on easily. The swatch below was two ‘swipes’ of each colour with my finger and you can see that like all Sleek’s products, the pigmentation is amazing!
Blush By 3 – Lace
The next thing that I looked at was the Blush By 3 Palette. This one was in Lace. Sleek describe this as ‘one shimmer and two matte, highly pigments shades’ and I would agree. The shimmer in Guipure was really subtle, but gave a pretty effect. Although, it was difficult to photograph to show the true colour.
All three colours were highly pigmented as expected. I’m just not sure that they would suit me. I think I’m going to experiment with a light touch and a neutral look everywhere else to see if I can make them work.
Face contour Palette – Medium
Now on to the Face Countour Palette in Medium. I’m so late to the idea of contouring, and so far use have only used a Bobbi Brown bronzer and highlighting podwer, (I’ll go into my contouring routine at a later date!) but I was interested in this product because I’m always on the hunt for a cheaper alternative.
Even though it’s Medium, the swatches seemed a little dark for me. Again, this is one that I might need to experiment with to get it to work. Sleek products are so pigmented, I often forget that a lighter hand is best.
Matte Me in Shabby Chic
On to the lip products, and I have to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of Sleek lip products. I find them so drying especially the Matte Me. I haven’t worn them on my lips for a considerable amount of time yet, so the jury’s out as to whether they will be really drying and uncomfortable. We’ll have to see. However, the colours are so pretty that I am going to try to find a way to make them work.
Shabby Chic is a dusty pink and for me is a ‘my lips but better’ shade. I really want to make it work as I tend to veer between a red lip or just lip balm. This shade would be perfect for a polished natural look.
Lip VIP lipstick – Guestlist
The final product was also a lip product and it was Lip VIP lipstick in Guestlist. I have to say… I was pleasantly surprised. The lipstick was creamy and didn’t feel drying at all. I did however only wear it for a short period of time so feel that I probably need to test it out a little more in order to check its longevity and transfer resistance.
The colour is absolutely beautiful. It’s a deep, cool-toned red and I think it would suit most skin tones. It’s such a flattering colour. It’ll rival my Russian Red if it has longevity and doesn’t transfer. I’m excited to test it out properly with primer and lip liner. Think that’s a job for tomorrow…
Do you wear Sleek? What are your favourite products?