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After being so impressed with my first purchases from Sleek - a pair of gorgeous lipsticks - I wanted to try out more of the range. They have a great selection of colours which are all very wearable but are bolder than other comparable drugstore brands. I decided to go for pixie pink which in the pan looks intimidatingly bright however, pretty much all my blushers are pink and I did not have a comparable colour so I decided to go for it! --First Impressions-- Sleeks packaging is all black and rather minimalist in style and is very sturdy and well made. This blush has a very good little mirror built in to the lid which is a nice touch and unexpected for a drugstore brand. --Results-- Even though it looks scary in the pan once blended on the cheeks it looks like a lovely natural flush. The colour payoff is amazing and you really don't need much - it is very easy to go over board and enter clown territory! However, the blush is so blendable that even if you make a mistake you can blend it in down to a seamless finish. On me this blush lasts the whole day - no touch ups required! --Conclusion-- I will certainly be purchasing another one of these blushes in the future. The quality and colour payoff is amazing and they last they whole day. You can either purchase the blush individually for £4.49 or you can buy one of their blush palettes which includes three blushes for £9.99. You can either purchase them from Superdrug or from the Sleek website. The website is great as it actually shows you what the swatches look like on fair, medium and dark skin which is great if your local Superdrug doesn't stock Sleek as you can get more of idea what would suit you. All in all Sleek seems to understand make up junkies and novices alike - great colour, long lasting and reasonably priced - perfect!
Sleek Blush -------------- One of the real benefits I have found over the last few years when purchasing make-up has been the ability to watch professional make-up artists on YouTube. Not only do you get ideas for application techniques but also product suggestions. The most useful I have found of these are what are known as "dupes". These are product suggestions which are more suitable to most budgets, but which represent similar products to higher end cosmetic brands both in shade and performance. One such product is The Sleek make-up brand, and in particular their range of blushes. These are said to perform as well as higher end brands such as Nars, and since there is a giant price difference (Sleek is £4.40 for 8g and Nars is £20.50 for 4.8g) it makes a real difference to many women. Most simply can't afford or justify this sort of expense on cosmetics, but still want to experiment with new shades and to enjoy lovely results without breaking the bank. My Purchase ---------------- With this in mind I went to my local Superdrug store to purchase the blusher that I decided was my shade. Superdrug is really enlarging their cosmetic ranges, and with their new loyalty card and other offers, including books of stamps at discount prices, I am often in there looking for bargains. First of all I had checked out the Sleek website at www.sleekmakeup.com where I picked out the colour Rose Gold. This is a pigmented shade which is designed to highlight as well as to provide colour. It is a pretty pink with a slight golden shimmer to it, and looks natural and is ideal for a daytime look. Unfortunately this shade was sold out in Superdrug on the day I went in; but this did give me the opportunity to purchase direct from Sleek themselves, and I have to say this process was perfect. From ordering to delivery it was only a couple of days. Delivery is £2.99 so it is advisable to make up a bigger order than I did to offset this, or to visit Superdrug. I think the item was out of stock in my local store, as I went in on a Monday when the weekend sales had impacted stock levels. Premium Presentation -------------------------- The blusher is presented in an attractive case which has an integral mirror built into the inside of the lid. I think for the price this is a really positive benefit, and not what I expected. It is also a good size mirror enabling you to actually use it rather than a token offering. The blusher is not supplied with any applicator tool at all thus meaning that you are expected to have a brush yourself. This is fine for me, as even when I use Bourjois blushers, which have a lovely little brush provided, they still look better if you apply them using a blusher blush of your own. How Does It perform? ------------------------- What I absolutely love about these blushers is that they look beautiful on the skin, and certainly with Rose Gold you obtain a lovely healthy glow with a slight golden shimmer with one application. Furthermore this will last all through the day without needing to touch up. They also seem to be very moisturising and easy to apply, despite being a powder format, so if you are of more mature years, as I am, you need not worry about this product sitting in lines or accentuating wrinkles. It simply glides over imperfections and looks soft and imparts a healthy youthful look. Even if you are too heavy handed with the product, it blends out so easily that you can correct an application error with minimal fuss. I know in recent years I have tended towards cream blushes, as now in my early fifties I like to create a moist dewy look, but these blushes impart that despite being in powder form. A Range Of Shades ---------------------- There are ten shades to choose from which range from browns (including a very pretty shade called Sunrise) and peaches to deeper pink tones, so there are a range of options for different skin tones and occasions. There is even a coral toned one called Aruba which Sleek say helps you to create a warm Caribbean inspired look. So far I haven't purchased anymore as I have been so delighted with this shade that I have been using it on many days over the last few months. It has a long lasting attribute which makes the cost even more amazing. I have been delighted with every Sleek item of make-up that I have purchased. I also love their brand ideal which is to cater for women who are under-represented in the cosmetics market, especially making products for many races and skin colours including Caucasian, Asian, Latina, Black African and Caribbean descents. This together with their pricing structure, which makes the products affordable for all, makes them a market leader in my opinion. It is also interesting to note that their main market is aimed at younger women. They are doing something right then as they have certainly pleased me greatly as a woman of maturing years! Final Thoughts- ------------------ Highly recommended blusher that lasts all day, looks pretty, is easy to apply, imparts moisture and highlights the cheeks to perfection. Highly recommended! This review is also posted on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.