Monday, 11 January 2016

Review: Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks

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I've been pretty keen to write up this post. I recently rediscovered the Sleek Matte Me line, and as a huge lover of liquid to matte lips, I couldn't wait to share my thoughts with you in case they had gone under your radar - or in case you'd forgotten about them too! 

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What They Are:

Sleek's Matte Me lip products can be found under the 'Lip Gloss' section on Sleek's own website, as well as Superdrug's and Boots'. This is a little misleading, as they aren't glosses in the slightest, so I was baffled to find they weren't under 'Lip Colour'! Confusion aside, these little tubes contain 6ml of product and come in at £4.99, an extremely purse-friendly price. 

As you'll notice from the picture above, I have two older versions (right) and two of the newer versions (left), with the only differences being superficial - the formula itself is in no way affected from what I can tell. The writing on the bottles is different and whilst the older packaging had a doe-foot applicator, the new has a much longer and narrower sponge applicator, a bit like the LASplash Lip Couture line. Personally, I do prefer the doe-foot, so I'm a bit annoyed at this change, but as these are so lovely in texture, and affordable, I feel it's an issue that can be overlooked. 

The products claim to glide on in one smooth application, and have a light as air texture which provides you with comfortable wear for hours that doesn't cake, flake or dry out. I will get to my thoughts on these claims in the Performance section of this review below.

The line contains six shades - a bright red, an orchid purple, a nude, a coral pink, a pale pink and a hot pink. I had no idea there was a sixth shade - I have been completely oblivious to the hot pink shade named 'Brink Pink' as I've never once seen it in store. It is perhaps an online exclusive on Sleek's website, which is where I came across it. I would definitely love to add it to my collection! I think I'll skip out on 'Petal' though, as pale pinks are one of my least worn shades!

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Top: Birthday Suit | Bottom: Rioja Red

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Top: Party Pink | Bottom: Fandango Purple

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Party Pink vs Rioja Red
Performance:

The Sleek Matte Me line is unlike any other liquid-to-matte lip product I've ever tried. I think I may even prefer it over my previous absolute favourite line - the Make-Up Academy Luxe Velvet Lacquers! These truly dry to a matte finish, there is no doubt about this, but they glide on very smoothly and feel extremely comfortable on the lips, lightweight even, which is something I'm always surprised at from a matte product. Usually you can feel how heavy and dry they are - but this line is the exception. For Rioja Red I'd recommend a lip liner, just to keep things a little neater, but it stays relatively well even without. Naturally, these aren't quite transfer-proof. They do fade and move a little when confronted with food and drink, but I find the transferring and flaking to be very minimal, probably because they are so lightweight and soft on the lips. They don't dry to that flaky texture most matte liquids do, which means I'm not afraid to eat with them on. There's nothing worse than flakes of your lip product transferring onto your food! Gross! However I could give the boyf light kisses without the product smudging and transferring much, so that's a definite plus in my books. I find them quite easy to top up again as they don't just take all the nourishment out my lips, which I find to be a problem with many liquid to matte products - I end up reapplying and reapplying to the point that my lips get a little sore and angry from being dried out. The colours are extremely pigmented and rich, without needing layers and layers of coats to achieve an opaque finish. There is no inconsistency in the shades - whether you wear the purple or the nude, each is as comfortable and bold as the last. Yay! In a nutshell, I can agree with all of the claims made about this line of products - so well done to Sleek, because that's a bloody hard thing to do!

My only complaint, as I've already said, is that I would much prefer if these still had the doe-foot applicator in them. I'm really not a fan of the flat sponge as it makes it harder to directly apply onto the lips. Perhaps they would be better applied with a lip brush, but I'm too impatient for that. Besides, I applied Rioja Red pretty well with the sponge applicator, so I'll survive I suppose! 

From what I've seen of this line (I've swatched Petal in store, so I've seen what five of the six shades look like IRL), the colours seem to be very true to that in the bottle. I have experienced no patchiness or inconsistency with the different colours, nor any changes to their formula. 

So, Would I Repurchase?

A thousand times yes! I've been reaching for these as much as I've been reaching for my Essence Lip Liners, and I'm pleased to say that if I ever finish up these bottles (I find it hard to get through lip products except pencils because you have to sharpen them) I'll definitely be repurchasing. They are matte, pigmented, non-drying and they have minimal transferring and flaking issues. They apply like a dream and stay on relatively well for being a drugstore offering of liquid-to-matte. Overall, I am extremely happy with these, and I am so glad I rediscovered them!

What do you think of Sleek's Matte Me line? Have you tried it? Or are you looking to? Let me know in the comments!

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