Hi everyone, today I’ll be posting my Sleek Matte Me swatch and review for their three new shades. I apologize, I’ve been meaning to post this review for months but keep getting sidetracked by other beauty products (lol story of my life!).
My obsession with liquid lipsticks is still alive and slightly bordering on dangerous, so as my collection grows and grows and my money keeps dwindling away, it’s always a nice surprise to find super affordable drugstore items, and give my bank account a much needed break. To be honest, I haven’t really been a fan of the Sleek liquid lipsticks. Mostly because when one of their OG shades, Birthday Suit became the coveted shade, I was slightly intrigued and curious. It was seen all over instagram and youtube, was sold out everywhere, and when I finally got my hands on one, I was… well, underwhelmed. The colour wasn’t too great, the texture was so drying on my lips and the applicator just didn’t do much.
I haven’t really thought of the brand’s lip products since then, until a while back, when I walked into Superdrugs and spotted a mauvy brown shade out of the corner of my eye (you know I’m a sucker for those). Upon further inspection, there were three new shades I hadn’t seen before, two neutral colours and the perfect vampy red. Before I knew it I had grabbed all three and was headed straight to the cash register.
The lightest shade out of the three is called Bittersweet. It’s a pink with peach undertones that looks great paired with a simple makeup look. The second, and probably my favourite, is called Velvet Slipper. It’s a muted deep plum that reminds me of Tulle by Colourpop. This has the best texture out of the three, very creamy and glides on the lips effortlessly. The third and darkest shade is Vino Tinto, a gorgeous deep berry that reminds you of a delicious glass of red wine (hence the name) with a shade that would suit all skin tones.
Verdict: So now that they’ve been tried and tested, what do I think? In terms of colour I have to say Sleek did a really good job. They’re beautiful wearable shades that are highly pigmented and suit a lot of different skin tones. Texture is creamy, but wait a few minutes and the finish differ from each shade. Bittersweet and Vino Tinto are super patchy when applied, dried off looking streaky and feeling a little sticky – not the best combination nor the easiest formula to wear. They also feel really chalky, and I wouldn’t recommend going to dinner wearing these shades, as they will get messy. Velvet Slipper on the other hand never really dried out but only remained slightly tacky throughout. Although not a hundred percent comfortable, I still prefer this to a chalky, patchy finish. As for the applicator, it has a long and thin shape, making it hard to apply on fuller lips as well as making it messy around the corners of the mouth. But I guess that’s just a matter of preference. All in all I would give these liquid lipsticks a 2.5/5. I could knock off half a point but it wouldn’t be fair for me to compare them to higher end products. At £4.99 a pop, it’s a decent choice when you’ve only started wearing liquid lipsticks and want to try a more affordable product. If I were to choose one, I’d recommend Velvet Slipper out of the three. Pretty good to wear on a night out that doesn’t include eating. Oh, and best to wear a lip liner underneath, just to be safe.
Hope you enjoyed this review lovelies, let me know if there are any liquid lipsticks you’d want me to do a review on!