Hey guys, apologies for the lack of posts this so far this week. I’ve been feeling a little bit uninspired, but today I tried out a product in my collection and wanted to let you guys know how I got on. Normally, I try products over the course of a few different days, whether they’re consecutive or not, that really depends. So, today I decided to try out one of the Sleek Matte Me Ultra Smooth Lip Creams, which has been sitting in my collection for a short while now. You can find Sleek in both Boots and Superdrug, although only the local Superdrug near me stocks them, and these lip creams retail for £4.99 each.
I own this in two shades, although the one I wore today was in the shade “Petal”, which is a soft light-medium pink. I picked this particular shade up as a my-lips-but-better kind of shade, since sometimes I want to wear a lip product that is understated, but still gives my lips a bit of oomph. The other shade I own is called “Party Pink” and is more of a pink-red shade, and definitely a huge leap outside of my comfort zone. As the name implies, these are meant to have matte textures and are also liquid based products. I’ve used tints before (I’ve been eyeing up some of the Korean brands for many months now…) but I haven’t used many liquid lipstick style products, although I admit I have plenty in my collection.
The shade “Petal” is definitely a pretty colour, and although I misjudged the colour slightly – my own error completely – it isn’t quite my own lip colour. It does a very strange thing that the Revlon Just Bitten Lipbalm in the shade “Honey Dolce” does and starts out a very soft almost muted pink upon first application, and as the day goes on, somehow becomes a bright pink. The difference with this product being it doesn’t just brighten, it turns a very strange peachy-pink shade on my lips.
Personally, I can handle this, but what really disappointed me was how the product worked with my lips. While the premise of a liquid based lip product definitely appeals to me, the product itself doesn’t work kindly with the lips. Dry lips definitely won’t like this product much, but I found even though I prepped my lips with significant moisturising before applying this, it didn’t sit on the lips in a flattering way at all. When the product is still a liquid, it applies very patchy, and clings to the natural lines of the lips. This is made worse when you smile and the skin of the lips naturally moves and the product reveals every possible crevice it hasn’t clung to. This is all while the product is still wet.
You do need to give the product up to a couple of minutes to dry and settle on the lips. I found the only way not to make my lips look too terrible was to layer it… And use the extra layers to cover what it didn’t in the layers before it. I also found using my ring or little finger to dab and smooth it over the lips did help to at least soften the cracked look it creates on the lips. While this is a useful solution, this is a product that’s a lot more effort than I really want from a lip product. However, if you’re happy to put in that kind of effort anyway, I wouldn’t discount this a reason not to consider the product.
What for me makes me unhappy to write an otherwise unhappy review is the intensely drying effect it has on the lips. While I prepped my lips ahead of time anticipating that a matte textured lip product can be drying – I found that even then it wasn’t enough. Having cleaned my lips now, during the time I wore it and even now, my lips are extremely dry around the edges and at the Cupid’s bow area, and every little movement of my lips leaves stinging that’s very difficult to ignore. This is what disappoints me most.
I don’t mind putting in a little extra effort with a makeup product to get my money’s worth and to enjoy what I still agree is a beautiful colour (regardless of its transformation during use…), but it’s the first time in a while that a makeup product has given me this kind of irritation. I tend to expect it to happen from skincare, because although I’m slow to work through skincare products, I do go through them faster than I go through makeup. So my makeup collection is usually made up of products I’ve tried at least once and can expect to not have complications with.
Will I be buying this again? I think the answer is obvious, but no I won’t. I plan on throwing out both shades, since it’s been too long since I bought them to return them (I don’t think I even have the receipts it’s been so long…). This doesn’t impact my general opinion of the brand though, I own a few of their eyeshadow palettes as well as a couple of their liners, so I definitely won’t swear off them. However, I don’t plan on using their lip creams. It’s a shame to have to throw them away though, so I’m definitely not throwing them away maliciously.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, it honestly means the world to me. I plan on writing more next week, so I hope you’ll look forward to reading them. Until then, I hope you’re well and stay well, and I would love to hear from you.