I have to admit, that starting this post has been really tricky for me. I’ve started and deleted what I’ve written at least three times. I think this is largely because I have such mixed feelings about the 3 Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream shades that I’ve tried.
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I’m going to start by talking about the shade Vino Tinto, as it was the first one I tried. I’m going to warn you now, I only have one positive thing to say about it. But, please keep reading as I found the other two shades to be completely different.
So, the shade Vino Tinto itself is gorgeous – told you there was one positive, din’t I!? However, I didn’t find this shade applied very well at all. It was patchy and felt unbelievably uncomfortable on my lips. Adding a second coat just made this worse.
Drying isn’t a strong enough word to describe the sensation Vino Tinto caused my lips. It was so painful and I had to take Vino Tinto off immediately. My lips were left sore and weeping. I don’t know why I didn’t realise at the time, but having tried the shades Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper, I suspect I had an allergic reaction to the colourings in Vino Tinto.
However, this doesn’t explain the shade being patchy. It also confuses me, as Vino Tinto and Velvet Slipper have the exact same ingredients list on the Sleek website (see below). So if that’s the case, surely they should be the exact same product and the exact same shade!? This makes it impossible to work out which of the ingredients I reacted to!
I was so desperate to make this shade work for me that I tried it out twice more. Looking back, I can’t understand why I did this. On the third attempt, I was able to get the colour even. But I still wasn’t able to get a neat application – because I had to work quickly, I wasn’t able to get the neat edge of the lip line that I would’ve liked. I looked like a child had painted my lips!
Thankfully, Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper were a completely different story. Though it did take me a while to pluck up the courage to try them after my experience with Vino Tinto. They applied easily and smoothy with no patchiness at all. I was able to go in and touch up the edges of my lips, an area I often struggle to get right first time because of the shape of my lips. I was also able to add a second coat with no difficulty at all.
Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper both lasted beautifully on my lips. I ate, I drank and the lip colour stayed put. The lasting power is on par with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. And, while the comfort of these two shades isn’t quite on the same level as Stila’s liquid lipstick offering, they aren’t far off it.
For just £4.99 from boots.com, the Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream is more than £10 cheaper than the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. But, it’s a shame that the quality of the Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream shades is so varied. Maybe I just got a dud of Vino Tinto. But, despite getting on well with the other two shades, I’d still be nervous of using others. Probable allergic reaction aside, the patchiness and inability to get a neat application would put me off buying other shades from the range.
L – R: Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper. I didn’t want to swatch Vino Tinto with a suspected allergy to the shade!
I’ve very much enjoyed using Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper, but will be passing Vino Tinto on to a friend.
Have you tried any of the shades from the Sleek Matte Lip Cream range? How did you find them?
Have you seen a difference in quality across the shade range?
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