If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I don’t love any lip better than a matte lip. I am/was also a huge fan of the Limecrime Velvetine but the controversy surrounding the brand earlier this year has really put me off them, so I am actively searching an alternative. When I heard Sleek had come out with their own take of matte liquid lipsticks I knew I had to test them out and see how they compare. However life got in the way and it has taken me so long to finally get my hands on a couple of the shades, I have now worn them enough to do a Sleek Matte Me review for you all.
The first shade I came across was Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red. This is bright blue toned red that is very rich in colour and very pigmented. In comparison to Limecrime Red Velvet it is more blue and slighty darker, but this isn’t a negative thing as I think this suit a larger spectrum of skin tones. Sleek describe this as a ‘Hollywood Red’ and I think I would agree with that description as it is quite a pin-up red. The texture of the product is very light, not tacky and it sticks to the lips straight away. I find that one coat completely covers the lips, but I like to go over with a light second coat to make sure it is completely opaque with no patches. It definitely doesn’t feel cakey on the lips which some matte liquid lipsticks tend to feel like, and it doesn’t flake off either. I would pair it with a red lip liner underneath to make sure your lip edges are sharp and to help prevent fade on the lip line through the course of the day. This lasts really well, I find on me it lasts 8 hours + if I don’t eat, if I do eat it, it breaks down a bit and I need to reapply. However I would say remove the remainder and then reapply to avoid it getting uneven. It looks wet and glossy when you first apply but after a few seconds it becomes very matte and does not budge at all. In terms of formula and colour I absolutely love it, but I do have a gripe with the applicator. It is very hard and unusually shaped, quite lengthy, and I am sure there is logic behind it but I find it uncomfortable. I would have much preferred a traditional doe foot applicator, but my lip brush does the trick for me. Overall, I would repurchase.
The second shade I have is a gorgeous pink nude, which is very complimentary on my warmer skin tone. It is called Birthday Suit and it is a gorgeous shade, and my first nude matte liquid lipstick! I think I prefer it to the red which is a first as I am a diehard red lip girl. However as it is lighter in colour, expectedly it is not as opaque as the red shade so it definitely needs two coats to get an opaque-ish finish with a tiny bit more on some areas (I only used one coat in the picture). Once you get it right, it is worth the effort. I find this feels slightly drier compared to Rioja Red, maybe the formula is slightly different, but this is easily fixed by applying a very thin layer on lip balm prior to application. I find the EOS balms work perfectly under matte liquid lipsticks, it is almost like a primer to the lips. Again a nude lip liner underneath really helps with application and longevity, I find tapping it on with my fingers really helps as well. I’ve been pairing it with MAC Spice Lip Liner and I love how they look together.
These retail at a pretty good price of £4.99, and come in a range of 5 shades.
I hope you liked my Sleek Matte Me review, if you wanted to see how it looks paired with a makeup look, I have worn Birthday Suit [here]. I am not sure what colour to go for next, I am torn between Brink Pink and Party Pink. Let me know if you have tried these, and if so what are your thought? What shade would you pick up?