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Sleek – Oh So Special Palette (658)

15 Apr
L-R Top Row: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate
L-R Bottom Row: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

If you’re a neutral shadow girl, like me, this is the palette you need to get right now. Every single colour is gorgeous, but none of them are over-the-top. This is a great daytime look palette – one of my faves is to use Gateau on the lid, Wrapped Up in the crease and Bow to highlight the inner corner. I’ll usually add some of Celebrate or Noir on top of a kohl liner to thicken up the lashline or create a bit of a smoky finish. Super easy, and beautiful every time.

I swatched without base so you can see how the shadows hold up on their own – with base the colours pop even more. I love that this palette has a mix of matte and shimmer – similar to the Naked Palettes from Urban Decay. There’s enough variation in colour and finish to create endless looks and really have some fun playing around.

If you’re in Canada (or the US, probably) you can pick this palette up on the Sleek website, or, of course, on eBay. It’s dirt cheap and the quality is fantastic. Two thumbs up!

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette – 594 Original

2 Apr

Some of my most popular posts of all times were the ones I did about Sleek’s Pout Paints and Glossed lip glosses. This might just be because you guys love lip colours – but in case it’s Sleek you love, I’m going to be posting up reviews of some of their other products. Starting with their uber-popular eyeshadow palettes.

Let’s start, predictably enough, with the Original palette (number 594). Coincidentally, I think this was the first Sleek eyeshadow palette I ever bought.

It has a good range of shades for those of you who are looking for a palette that has a few neutrals for every day, but also a few more fun options to play around with.

They’re all shimmer finish except for the black one, which I don’t think is matte, but definitely not as shimmery as the others. I’m a neutral shadow girl, for the most part, so my favourites are mostly on the bottom row, though that navy is amazing as a liner for a smokey eye!

I swatched these without a primer, since I know a lot of you who are just getting into makeup might not yet have the hang of (or budget for) eye primers. As you can see, the colour payoff is still pretty darn good and the finish is beautiful. These blend very easily and last nearly as well as high-end shadows.

What I like about this particular palette is that it’s great value and gives a good range of options for all eye and skin colours without getting too wild and crazy, and you get a decent amount of each shadow. I think it’s a great one to give as a present, particularly to a younger makeup fan who’s just starting out with their makeup collection.

For drugstore eyeshadow palettes, you can’t beat it. Unfortunately you can’t find these in drugstores in North America, but you can get them online direct from Sleek for $9.99 – and shipping is only $2.77! Not too shabby for 12 shadows, I tell ya.

Sleek – Pout Paint

1 Sep
L-R: Cloud 9, Peachy Keen, Milkshake, Lava, Pin Up,
Rosette, Pinkini, Port, Mauve Over, Peek-A-Bloo

You might have heard of Sleek’s new lip products that were released just recently – most notably these Pout Paints. They’re touted as being a (cheaper) dupe for OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Tars, which are packed with intense colour that adheres to the  lips and lasts all damn day. They also remind me of MAC’s Lipmix – which aren’t as thick as Lip Tar, but also stain the lips and can be (as the name implies) mixed to create custom colours.

Sleek’s version are just as intense in colour as either one. They’re a bit closer to Lip Tar in consistency, but are meant to be mixed like the MAC Lipmix. This is important to bear in mind so that you’re not completely taken aback when you see that white and blue are both colours included in the line! No, they’re not trying to send us off to work looking like we’ve been sitting in the freezer overnight. They’re meant for creating your own shades.

 Top Row L-R: Rosette, Pinkini, Port, Mauve Over, Peek-A-Bloo
Bottom Row L-R: Clout 9, Milkshake, Peachy Keen, Lava, Pin Up

For everyone who’s new to the concept of mixing (as I am), Wise She did a great blog post about the Pout Paints which includes some mixing of her own so that you can see what she did, and what the results were. It’s pretty interesting. So far I’ve only experimented with very minimal mixing – mainly I’ve used these as a base with a gloss on top.

What I can say is that they live up to a lot of the hype. They are incredibly intensely pigmented, they will stain anything they touch (including your fingers if you use them to apply – so be careful!) and the colour will last for EVER. If you’re looking for a way to experiment with bright colours and are concerned with the ongoing work of re-applying your lip colour throughout the day, these might be a great way for you to branch out. I found them to be pretty similar to the OCC Lip Tars – but much cheaper.

The final word? If you like incredibly pigmented, long-lasting colours, these will really impress you. If you’re curious about the OCC Lip Tars, these are probably a cheap way to experiment with a very similar product. If, on the other hand, you’re someone who likes to fly under the radar with your pucker, these definitely won’t be subtle enough for you!

Ratings:
Packaging: 5/5
Product quality: 5/5
Worth the price? Definitely!
Would I purchase again? Quality-wise, yes, but a little goes a really long way and they’re too intense for everyday use, so I won’t run out anytime soon!

Cruelty-Free? Not sure.
Where to find it: If you’re in the UK, you can get it at drugstores. Anywhere else, check out Sleek online.

Sleek – Glossed Lip Glosses

15 Aug
L-R: Clarity, Packs A Punch, Bitten, Pump It Up, Pixie

I am in love. But before I tell you all about my newest makeup crush, let me give a bit of background about the brand for those of you outside the UK who haven’t heard of it!

I discovered Sleek after seeing their eyeshadow palettes used and reviewed by the Pixiwoo ladies. It’s a British drugstore brand (yet another reason I wish I lived in the UK) that is known for excellent quality for an affordable pricetag.

I started with their Pout Polish, which turned out to be quite similar to MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners – only coconut- instead of vanilla-scented. Intrigued, I moved on to their eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks, which did not disappoint.So a few months later, here I am, a Sleek convert in Canada. You can imagine my excitement upon hearing that they’re set to launch new lip products. Of course I started searching online right away to get my eager little hands on some!

The first line are called Pout Paint. I’ve got these covered in another blog post here. But the ones I want to talk about today are the new line of lip glosses, called, predictably enough, “Glossed.” I picked up a couple of these when purchasing some other British products – mainly because they were dirt cheap and looked pretty in the picture. Fast forward a couple of weeks – by which time I had pretty much forgotten about them – and they arrived in the mail. The colours looked really pretty in the tube, so when I needed a gloss to layer over my Bobbi Brown lipstick (Cosmic Raspberry, in case you’re wondering), I reached for this gloss in Pixie.

Now we all know the problems with glosses. My personal pet peeve is a gloss that is goopy and sticky and leaves a residue on the lips. Like MAC Lipglasses. (Sorry, MAC.) They do their job, but they feel horrible. Not so with this gloss. It has a lovely coconut scent and glides on more smoothly than pretty much any other lip product I’ve ever used. It’s sheer enough to layer over a lipstick, but provides just the right hint of colour to wear alone. It’s everything I could ask for in a gloss – and at drugstore prices, too!

Of course, I jumped back on my computer and stocked up on some more colours. Here they are:

L-R: Whisper, Rumour, Blase

The final verdict? New all-time favourite. Do yourself a favour and get yourself some of these RIGHT NOW!

Ratings:
Packaging: 5/5
Product quality: 5/5
Worth the price? Definitely!
Would I purchase again? Already got a couple of backups!
Cruelty-Free? Not sure.
Where to find it: If you’re in the UK, you can get it at drugstores. Anywhere else, check out Sleek online.