Thursday, 2 January 2014

My Pick of the Sleek Face Palettes!

When I knew I was going to be travelling a lot last year, I went in search of some travel bag friendly products that I could pop in a relatively small make up bag (hiya Paul and Joe Filofax stylee) and fit them neatly into whatever suitcase I was taking with me without jeopardising the space in my case or falling victim to over packing.

When it comes to travel friendly products, I don't think you can go wrong with a well coordinated palette.  By that I mean, if you're going to take a 10 pan eye shadow palette away with you to save on space, make sure it is a one that you like all of the colours in and will be able to create lots of different looks with... if you only like a few of the shades then you may as well just take some singular shadows away with you.

I'd heard a lot about the Sleek make up palettes in the past so I headed on over to Superdrug to see what they had to offer.  The lovely people at Superdrug had put one of those fabulous 3 for 2 offers on that just makes it so easy hard to resist spending.

I initially looked at the Sleek eye shadow palettes as I've heard SO many people, bloggers included, rave about them but I must admit, they weren't for me.  The ones I saw seemed to be quite chalky and not very finely milled- not to mention the fact that I've got lots of eye shadow palettes at home that I need to be using up anyway so its not that I needed a new palette but I was disappointed after all of the hype (that was until I ventured into Superdrug for a second time but I'll tell you more about that on another post).

What I was excited by, however, was the face palettes.  I bought the Sleek Contour Kit, the Face Form palette and the Brow Kit.

Lets take a closer look at what I bought...

Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light
Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light

This palette is the Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light and I'm so impressed with it as it is by far the best contour and highlight kit I have found in the drugstore.  The kit contains a muddy brown powder that is perfect for contouring and sculpting the face and a shimmery highlighter to brighten and highlight the cheek bones, brow bone and down the centre of the nose and forehead a la Kim Kardashian. Both shades are super pigmented and allow me to successfully slim down the appearance of my face by adding shadow and reflecting light.

I actually prefer the highlight shade to my Dior Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder (review here, buy here) as it is more pigmented and therefore more cost effective as I use less product (and for the fact that it is miles cheaper than the Dior powder to begin with) and whilst I don't prefer the contour shade more than my favourites MAC Matte Bronze (review here, buy here) or Benefit Hoola (buy here), I like it equally as much, which really is a testament to how good it is.

As a general rule of thumb, I have found both of the powders to be much better quality than the eye shadows that Sleek make, as the powder is more finely milled and leaves a much more natural finish on my skin without looking chalky or cakey.  The palette is quite small too but packed full of product, with a decent sized mirror so it is perfect for travelling and will last a long time.

The Sleek Face Contour Kit is £6.49 from Superdrug.

Sleek Face Form in Light

Sleek Face Form in Light

The Sleek Face Form in Light is designed to be everything you need to create a gorgeous face look in one palette.  It has the same contour and highlight as the Sleek Contour Kit with the addition of the Sleek Rose Gold Blush.  This blush is a very intensely pigmented pinky coral with a heavy golden shimmer running through it that can give it almost a yellow glow in some lights.  It is very similar to the Nars Orgasm blush that I recently discovered after buying the Nars Guy Bourdin Blush Palette from Space NK as part of a limited edition holiday collection.

In the pan, the Nars blush appears more pink toned with less shimmer in it than the Sleek offering which looks more orange toned.  When swatched, it is clear that the Nars blush is a much more buildable formula whereas the Sleek is just like BAM, I'm here to party.  The Sleek is more pigmented and has A LOT more shimmer in it.  However when used with a light hand, it is virtually identical to the Nars.  If you want a rose gold blush, I'd suggest saving your money on the Nars and just buy the Sleek.  This is definitely one of those products where you only need one of them.

Another comparison between Sleek and Nars in general is the packaging as both have sleek, matte packaging with good sized mirrors... and both get finger prints all over them with them being matte!

Again, another great kit for travelling.  The only thing that I dislike about this palette is that I wish that the blush was matte as it does all of the highlighting itself, meaning that I don't then need to use the highlight in the kit, unless I'm looking for shimmer overload.  A matte blush with the highlight shade on the cheekbones would be much more appropriate in my opinion as you could always use the highlight over the top of the blush if you wanted to have a more shimmery all over cheek look.

The Sleek Face Form in Light is £9.99 from Superdrug.

Sleek Brow Kit in Light

Sleek Brow Kit In Light

The Sleek Brow Kit in Light is a really welcome find for me as I was just about to repurchase my Anastasia Beauty Express Brow Kit (review here, buy here) when I came across this one which is just as good for what I need it for.

The kit comes with a brow powder for filling in the brows, a wax for setting them in place, a mini angled brush, a mini blending brush and some small tweezers.

Casting aside the tools, which I wouldn't use unless I was away and had forgotten my full sized brow tools, I think that the powder and wax perform really well.  To use them, I comb through my brows with a spooly, shade a little of the brown powder through my brows with an angled brush to fill them in, then apply the brow gel using another angled brush to set them in place.

My eyebrows stay in place all day using this, without making them feel hard or crispy.  I like my brows to be quite bold which is a look that this kit is great at helping me to achieve as it enables the colour to be build up using the powder. The brow powder also makes a great eye contour colour for a subtle make up look or for shading out a smokey eye.

The Sleek Brow Kit is available from Superdrug for £8.49.

I've spent the last few years using up my stash of drugstore make up so these are really a few rare additions to my collection and they are certainly very welcome.  I'm really impressed with each kit that I have tried and will definitely opt to take these away with me when I travel so as to avoid damaging my higher end products, which these products are so comparable to.

What are your favourite Sleek products?

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  1. I love all these products I have them and they become such a staple!

    Hallie xx

    1. Theyre a staple for me too. Pleased to hear you like them Hallie xxx


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