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I'm usually use liquid foundation as I find it easy to blend in. I used up my previous liquid foundation and I wanted to find a drugstore foundation which is cheap but also good quality and provide coverage, I've used sleep makeup products and they've never let me down before. I went shopping with a friend and we boy picked up sleek foundation and a powder in superdrug. I wanted to try out the foundation straight away so I removed my current makeup and applied the sleek foundation, which I applied using the sponge which came with it and is situated underneath the foundation. At first the sponge made it harder to blend in the foundation, so I switched and used one of my brushes to apply the makeup, which made my makeup come out good for drug store makeup but not perfect. I will be going back to buying a liquid foundation as my make comes out.
DESCRIPTION This is a foundation product by Sleek makeup. It's a "crème to powder" foundation and it's stored in a small compact complete with mirror. The crème to powder range is available is a very wide range of shades which is good to see because a lot of foundations don't cover enough bases in my opinion. The foundation claims to be able to give you a "natural flawless look". The foundation is also oil free which some people will find a positive and it also has SPF 15 inside to protect your skin from sun damage. PACKAGING Sleek packaging is quite eye catching even though their packages are predominantly black, they still look very stylish and expensive. This compact is a matt black colour with gold writing for the name of the product. On the bottom of the compact is a sticker that will state your shade and number in my case - White Rose 702 PRICE You can currently purchase these crème to powder compacts from Superdrug for £7.99. For ages I was using Max Factor's Second Skin Foundation which I think I used to pay £14.99 for and so I felt this was a good price for a foundation. I always tend to pay extra for foundation because the cheaper ones tend to disappoint me, it's a shame because I'm forever buying cheap mascaras, nail varnishes and eye shadows etc as I feel they still live up to my expectations. PERFORMANCE In terms of performance I would say this foundation does pretty well. I've read a few reviews online saying that people feel it's too thick and they can't create a coverage without looking like it's caked on but I personally haven't had this problem. I tend to put two fingers of one hand in the crème, swirl them round 3 times then do the same with two fingers from my other hand, I then pat the foundation on my left cheek, right cheek, fore head and chin then swirl my fingers round my face creating an even coverage. I don't feel as though I need a lot of the product to achieve a good coverage but I would use more of the product if I was going for a night out just to look more flawless. As for it's claim of making you look "naturally flawless" I think that's a silly statement in itself that is batted around a lot, you can't really (if we're all honest) look both "natural" and "flawless" however I do feel that this foundation when used correctly gives you that sort of "not wearing make up when you are wearing make up" look. My only slight gripe with this product is that is sometimes flakes on my forehead, never on any other part of my face but I would put this down to my skin type and this can often be corrected by just adding a bit of moisturiser. Another small downside is that because it's a crème I don't feel as though I am getting as much product for my money. I'm new to crème foundations and would usually purchase liquid foundation and so I am not sure if I have been fully converted. STAYING POWER As far as I can tell the staying power is pretty good. I've worn the foundation in a thin layer all day at university and it hasn't budged, I haven't had chance to test this foundation for a night out yet though but I would feel confident enough in trying it. OVERALL Overall a good foundation which matches my skin type and provides a lot of shades to help you find your own match! I like the fact it comes with a mirror in case you need to touch up your foundation and it's also perfectly handbag sized. I do however feel a lot more comfortable using liquid foundations and so this sleek compact has remained in my handbag for "touch up purposes" rather than doing my normal make up.
Recently I have been looking for a creme to powder foundation which I could carry in my purse for 'touch ups' throughout the day. Rather then pay out for an expensive Mac version I opted for the cheaper Sleek brand to fulfil my needs, costing me £7 from Superdrug. Claiming to be oil free I decided this would be good for my sometimes oily skin and selected a shade to match my skin. I ended up getting the shade shell which I believe is the lightest shade. Sleek offer a good range of 17 shades so there should hopefully be a shade for most people. The packaging for this product is superb, contained in a circular matte black compact with Sleek embossed on in gold it seemed very chic. To open you simply click in the catch and it opens up to reveal the product as well as a mirror which is very handy and I wasn't really expecting! If you lift up the catch it will reveal a large circular sponge stored underneath which can used to apply the product. If you do use the sponge however it is imperative to remember to clean it with some baby shampoo or your brush cleanser often, as the sponge will harbour bacteria otherwise. Moving on to the application and efficacy of the foundation itself, the foundation is very creamy and will melt to a very smooth consistency if you swirl your (clean) finger in it. The big downside however is that this smooth creamy consistency doesn't seem to transfer onto the skin. When applied with the sponge the foundation appears very thick and doesn't blend well at all. I then decided to try and apply with my fingers but again no luck due to the thickness of the product on the skin. I have tried to use my regular foundation brush but it is again hard to distribute the product evenly onto the skin and unfortunately I cannot get this product to blend so it doesn't look so apparent that I am wearing it. There is only one thing which this product does seem to work well as and that is a concealer. Due to its thickness it can be dabbed onto a red spot and if you tap it with your finger until the product turns to a powder then it covers quite well. I will continue to search for another brush or sponge or something with which I can achieve a better finish, but to be honest I would argue it shouldn't have to be this hard to find something which can apply this product well. I am therefore giving a 2/5 and this will be updated should I find a better way to apply this product.