I have been a fan of Sleek Makeup for years now and the brand hasn’t done me wrong yet. Back in the day, I remember going up to Belfast with the clear intention of raiding the Sleek Makeup displays in both of the Superdrugs in the city centre- I even printed out the maps with directions from the hotel we were staying in just to ensure that I’d get my fix. A few years later, and many subsequent Sleek orders from the Beauty Emporium and Cloud 10 Beauty, a Sleek stand magically appeared in Boots Liffey Valley, and a few more started appearing in various Boots stores over the following year. A few months back, I was invited to the very swish Sleek Makeup Ireland launch party, and it reignited that old love affair with Sleek Makeup again. I have been playing with loads of products over the last month but the product I am writing about first is my absolute and long time favourite- the Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Light.
Cheekbones to me are what bass is to Meghan Trainor. I don’t go in for the harsh highlighting and contouring routine, but there is nothing I love more than hiking up my cheekbones with a lovely cool brown and applying some highlighter to the high points of my face with a pop of blush on the apples of my cheeks. For a mere €12.99, this palette does ALL that. As you can see from the picture above- the palette comes in three shade varieties- Light, Medium and Dark. I’ve had a Fair version before also, and there was not that much difference between the Fair and Light, but I haven’t seen the Fair versions at any of the stands that I have come across so I’m not sure how easy this will be to find. What I will say about the colours though is that they are easily buildable, apply evenly and last well.
One of the things that I love the most about this Sleek palette is that when you open up the matte black case, it’s all product and absolutely no space is wasted with those stupid little crappy plastic indicators or some intricate pan designs. I love the simplicity, I think it just feels and looks more expensive, plus you get way more bang for your buck. Each of the palettes are the same size. In the kit you get a bronzer/contour shade, a highlighting powder and a blush in Rose Gold. The mirror in the palette is also fantastic and brilliant for travel.
The bronzer/contour shades is a lovely cool mid brown shade that can be applied as a bronzer or just as a sculpting powder. It applies beautifully, blends easily, can be built up to your colour depth of preference and lasts well over the course of wear. I typically apply this with a duo fibre for a sunkissed glow or with a small, denser brush for when I am specifically looking to really carve out my cheekbones or define anything. There is no shimmer at all to this but it’s not a chalky matte either- I would say once it’s applied and buffed out, it has a certain sheen to it, not shiny but not flat.
The highlighter included in the palette is quite pink toned and whilst I wouldn’t normally veer towards pinkish highlighters (I usually prefer a cream, ivory or champagne highlight, I love a bit of this applied over the high points of my face and it applies beautifully with a duo fibre brush and a light hand. It looks radiant and glowy, definitely not glittery, even though in the pan it does look a little glittery.
The blush included in the palette is the much revered Rose Gold blush. This blush is also available individually and is a dead ringer for the NARS Orgasm blush. This is a little shiny, and applied heavily, you do run the risk of looking like you have been sprayed with glitter glue, but a light touch on the apples of your cheeks is incredibly flattering and the rosy colour leaves your cheeks looking flushed. To be honest, whilst I don’t mind the blush at all, I very rarely find myself using it, as I have other blushes in rotation that I prefer and are slightly less glittery- that’s just my personal preference though!
Overall, this is one fabulous little palette for the price and I am without a doubt going to repurchase this when I hit pan on the bronzer or highlight shades. Tell me- have you tried this palette and what did you think of it? Also, what Sleek products do you recommend?