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Saturday, 30 November 2013

sleek matte me in petal & roja red

sleek matte me in petal review swatch photo
sleek matte me in petal review swatch photo
sleek matte me in petal review swatch photo
sleek matte me in petalreview swatch photo
sleek matte me in petal: £4.99
SLEEK MATTE ME IN roja red: £4.99

The Sleek Matte Me are marketed as a smooth matte lip cream which are opaque in one swipe. I bought this on a whim as I’d not seen any liquid lipstick type items on the UK Highstreet and thought that I might be able to recommend it as an affordable alternative. My local Boots as just started stocking Sleek Makeup, so they didn't have a wide selection of shades to choose from. In the end, I settled on a classic Lily shade called Petal and a new Lily shade in Roja Red. In the packaging Petal looks like a pretty peppy neutral pink, swatched on the back of my hand it looked just as lovely. While Roja Red looks like a neutral mid tone cherry red.

Unfortunately for Sleek Matte Me in Petal doesn’t pack the pigmented punch I hoped. While I admit I do have considerably pigmented lips, which of course might be why the shade doesn’t work that well on me. I had to layer fit up to get it looking opaque. If I'd applied just one coat it didn't look even at all. As I layered it it got even more patchy and drying.  Roja Red was one swipe opaque though which was impressive. The Sleek Matte Me's come in a few other shades which from swatches I've seen on blogs look very pigmented, so I found it odd Petal was so off the mark.

Colours aside, the formula I have a real issue with. I found it tricky to apply it in a way which gave even coat on the lips. Once it started to look opaque, I felt like it just sat on top of my lips in a uneven streaky coat. It enhanced every single imperfection including drying my lips out completely. After one use, it felt I could have used a whole pot of lip balm, and they still wouldn't feel normal. I do know that with other liquid lipsticks I've tried they so have a sort of powdery or lacquer feeling on the lips but nothing like these. The best way I could describe this is that it felt as if I'd covered my lips in eyeshadow, Like a dry chalky coat.

I truly wanted to like this, I adore both the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (particularly Bellissima) and the Hourglass Rouge Opaques (namely Rivera), but To be honest, I’ll stick with the more expensive versions for now. It’s a real shame as I love Sleek and I loved the idea behind this product. I'd been crossing my fingers for an affordable highstreet dupe to recommend to you guys. But it's just a horrible product. I don't often do negative reviews as you guys probably know. When I do it's when I think a product doesn't live up to blogger hype, it's own hype or completely misses the mark. This is 100% one of those products. Im really suprised to see so many positive reviews of these after trying this! Drying, Chalky, Emphasises the lines and cracks, Hard to apply, Uneven… nah. Pass.

It's annoying as they look so darn pretty in the swatches so Im gonna presume people who don't read my review will like them! But I really don't like them at all. They just aren't worth it!
Have you tried these?

34 comments

  1. Have you tried the velvet lips liquid matte lipstick from topshop?

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    1. Have you? If yes are they any good? :)

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    2. I haven't tried them but I've read the reviews and they are all bad. :( For a good red affordable liquid lipstick I would recommend the LimeCrime Velvetines, they are ace! x

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  2. As I saw petal in the bottle, I instantly thought:this iscolour for Lily. It's pity that it doesn't work for you. I personally wouldn't buy such type of lip products - lipstick form is my favourite.

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  3. I've been debating trying one of these for a while but I'm kind of glad I haven't brought one now :) I hate when 'matte' products don't actually look matte! haha Xx

    thriftyskies | beauty and trends ♡

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  4. oh no :( Amelia from Liana beauty loves these, I might think twice before ordering some of these xx
    http://sparklyghosts.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. These look so pretty in the tube but what a shame they are so drying! I love your reviews! xo

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  6. that pink is gorgeous, nice and subtle xx

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  7. Lovely colors! I love the red one the most! It's perfect for this time of year!

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  8. Ohh what a shame, I really want to like these too and have been after one for a while. Thanks for reviewing honestly though :)

    Claire from Stylingo xxx

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  9. They look really nice on you. Shame about the formula.

    http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/

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  10. i hate these so much too! super drying and really hard to remove aswell ! x

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  11. Thank you for this review. I know it doesn't feel nice writing bad reviews but it does really help everyone else! I haven't bought these as my superdrug doesn't sell them, however now I won't be looking for them anymore as my lips get dry and chapped easily so I don't want that feeling all the time.

    www.thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. petal looks like a lovely shade but how unfortunate that these arent all that great

    yukluistyle

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  13. I have never used Sleek products before..but the colour of the glosses do look nice...;)

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Love the pinky color ♥ so natural :)

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    http://www.Misvaleriaheart.blogspot.com/

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  15. gorgeous colours x

    http://lifeinlipstick.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. I really like the Roja Red! I'm very tempted to get it myself haha. I find that darker colours suit me better because I'm very pale :) Love the pictures you've made, super bright and clear!

    x Valérie | scribblesofvalerie.com

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  17. It's a shame that the formulation is so crappy cause the shades really are so pretty, I've been hoping that you'll find us a cheap dupe for you much loved Rivera fingers crossed you find it soon cause I've wanted Rivera for ages x

    EmmiHearts

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  18. Aw, it's too bad you didn't like them. They looked really promising. I find the drying thing to be kind of typical of most liquid lipsticks though - I really like the Stila ones as well but I also find those drying! I haven't tried the Hourglass ones though, so maybe those are different.

    http://loveaugustblog.blogspot.com/

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  19. Love the look of these, its a shame the formula is so bad though! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  20. the red looks so nice, shame they''re difficult to apply!!

    Emma from http://www.masqueradebelle.co.uk

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  21. Heard such mixed review about these, going to have to give them a go myself!

    www.notanotherbeautyblog.co.uk

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  22. I really wanted to try these so I'm gutted you're not impressed. At least for the price tag, it's not such a bad thing if they don't work for you! :)

    Tiny Alis.

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  23. Shame that they didn't work for you. I normally love sleek things, the price is amazing.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

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  24. great post!
    xx
    daniela
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  25. I love both colour and the matte is gorgeous xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  26. The red one is stunning on you! :)

    http://needagap.blogspot.com/

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  27. It's a shame they are so rubbish because petal looks like such a pretty colour! Hopefully there will be some quality high street versions out soon. I definitely can't be doing with lip products that dry out the lips, mine are already bad enough in winter as it is! xo

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  28. Just a heads up, the product is called Rioja Red (as in, the red wine), not Roja Red.

    I'm a big fan of these, but I like true matte finishes, rather than the semi-matte Kate Moss style. It's a shame you don't like them, Rioja Red loos great on you!

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  29. I came across your blog whilst searching for someone else that hated these as much as me, I'm so glad I'm not alone. I bought Fandango Purple after seeing swatches, but that was such a mistake. I use the Lime Crime Velveteen's with no bother, and have used MUA's versions too and they were fine. I took this off last night after feeling like my lips were being strangled and today they are dry, flaky and sore. I've never had this problem with a lip product before.

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