Product Type: Sleek makeup
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Sleek Pout Polish
Member Name: bamamo
Sleek Pout Polish
Advantages: Wide range of shades, some very pigmented, lightweight, SPF15, smells and tastes good, affordable
Disadvantages: Doesn't sink into lips and deeply moisturise/nourish
Another new makeup love I've discovered in the past month or so is the Pout Polish from Sleek.
Sleek is a brand that I'd vaguely heard of but not actually got around to checking out. Whilst poking at the testers in Superdrug I was impressed with the level of pigmentation in their Pout Polishes and decided to give them a go. It's actually becoming somewhat of an everday staple for me now!
I must say that lips are not a part of my face that I give much thought when it comes to makeup. I rarely wear lipstick or gloss because even those I think are "good" for a few weeks in terms of consistency somehow fall by the wayside because I really don't like having something slathered on my lips all day. It's not natural, it doesn't feel great and I find it pretty distracting if I'm honest.
So tinted lip conditioners are actually a great idea for me, because they allow me to get a pop of colour without feeling horrible! I have tried a few in the past and, despite not having overly pigmented lips, haven't really been that impressed with the colour payoff.
That's probably why I opted for the brightest, most shocking shade they have in the range, Pink Cadillac. This thing is PINK! I am not much of a pink girl in all other aspects but I did want something that would show up and it certainly does that! In the jar and on a finger this is bright, shocking, almost neon pink. Fortunately on the lips it settles into somewhat of a paler shade, however it is still noticeable in terms of a balm-type product, especially one which in the blurb claims to be sheer.
So looks-wise, this has checked a box already. Although I will say that you should probably apply the product in a mirror if you choose such a bright colour, otherwise you can risk looking like a kid who has been playing with their mother's makeup if you go outside the lines a bit! I've done this a couple of times whilst slicking a bit on whilst running out the door, but have finally learned my lesson!
As far as packaging, and general branding, I also have to say that Sleek have done themselves proud. The polish is in a large, flat, round jar with a twist-on lid and looks very trendy and well, sleek. 10g is a generous amount of product and it is still small enough to pop into a pocket or handbag.
The texture and consistency of the polish is also pretty great. It is lightweight and I feel as though I am simply applying colour rather than some sticky horrible goo! It isn't the longest-lasting lip product I've ever tried, but obviously that will vary with eating and drinking. If it was more of a stain that would be ideal for me, however I understand that the idea behind the product is that it's a sheer wash of colour. I love the fact that it is sheer and still manages to be so vibrant and colourful. There is a pleasant coconutty sweet scent thanks to the almond oil and shea butter, and it tastes vaguely sweet too. The scent/taste combo reminds me a lot of coconut ice.
My main hang-up is that the packaging also calls this a "tinted lip conditioner". Although it contains several nourishing ingredients, and SPF15 which I love in any product, it doesn't feel as though it is doing much of anything in terms of conditioning. It sits on the top layer of the lips rather than sinking in. I really wouldn't mind at all, because I bought this for its consistency and shade, so I think it'd be better if that little tagline was just skipped actually.
There is quite a wide range of shades from pinks to purple and brown. I think I will be finding the brightest red I can next and try to get a little more adventurous with my lip colours! I picked up mine at Superdrug but Sleek makeup can also be bought online at their website. They are listing these at £4.30 apiece, which I think would still be a decent price, although I think I paid more towards the £3.50 mark.
Overall if you are looking for a lightweight pop of colour that doesn't feel sticky or greasy, I would recommend these. If you are wanting nourishment as well as colour, though, you might look elsewhere.
Summary: Great for a lightweight lip colour if you don't like gloss or lipstick.