Sunday, 10 July 2016

My Go To Summer Blush Palette: Sleek 'Pink Lemonade' Trio

Sleek 'Pink Lemonade' Blush Palette | £9.99
L-R: Pink Mint, Macaroon, Icing Sugar

When I was just starting out with makeup a couple of years ago, I had never really tried anything from the brand Sleek. I was already watching YouTube videos and reading people's blogs, but for some reason, they just didn't ever seem to strike my attention as being a brand that I wanted to test out and try for myself at the time. I do remember initially purchasing a couple of their eye shadow palettes, but I wasn't as into eye shadow back then and for some silly reason, I decided to get rid of them. I know, I was also bummed when I came to that realisation the other week too. About a year ago now, I picked up this blush palette and although it was stashed away in my makeup collection, I hadn't actually started properly experimenting with it until recently.
If you're looking for a new set of blushers this Summer, then I would definitely suggest that you pick this one up and give it a whirl. It contains 2 powders, as well as a cream finish, which is something that I really do like about this palette in particular. They are such pretty, vibrant shades and even if you don't like all of them, I'm pretty sure there will be at least 1 out of the 3 that takes your fancy. If you don't already know, I'm actually quite a pale person. My skin is incredibly fair and so I feel as though I always shy away from blushers and bronzers, because I never know what sort of an effect they will have on my skin, considering how milky white it actually is! I don't have a problem with being pale at all, but sometimes, it does just make the hunt for blushers and bronzers that extra bit harder. As I do with any product that I review here on my blog, I have been testing it out quite a lot over the past few weeks and I have really grown to love it.
The shade nearest to the left, which is 'Pink Mint' is actually probably my least favourite, if I had to choose one. It's a pale, dusty pink shade, which I think would look lovely on the people who prefer lighter shades, but for me personally, it's just a little too light to wear it on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong, I will still use it, because I do still think it's pretty, but I just don't find it all that flattering on me. You can apply this shade with a powder brush or a blush brush - it really doesn't matter too much, as it's a powdery finish! The Real Techniques Blush Brush is the one that I would recommend you use, because it's quite large and fluffy, so you can just swirl it in the product and then lightly dust it on the apples of your cheeks.
In the middle is the shade 'Macaroon', which is the only one that has a cream finish to it. Now, apart from this, I've never actually tested out a cream blush, despite the fact I've been wearing makeup for a good few years now! If any of you have any other recommendations, then let me know in the comments below. I always take the 'less is more' approach when it comes to wearing makeup during the summertime, because let's be real here, who wants to have a face caked full of makeup when it's boiling hot out? I know I certainly don't, as it would just end up running all down me in a couple of hours time anyway! Why waste all that effort? I think that cream blushers are definitely the way to go! We certainly don't get that much heat in England, but when the sun does decide to make an appearance, it would be nice if we're already prepared in terms of our makeup bag, right? So, that's where the cream blush 'Macaroon' from this palette comes in very handy indeed. It's honestly the prettiest pink shade I think I've ever seen in my life - and that, my friends, is a bold statement to make! It adds such a lovely flush of colour to the cheeks without being too harsh or over-bearing, making it perfect for this time of year, as you really wouldn't need any other cheek product if you just opted for this! As it's a cream product, it doesn't have any sparkle in it at all, so it's therefore completely matte, which I don't mind at all, as I don't think it needs anything else added to it anyway. If you want to purchase it and wear it over the next few months, then I'd say that you should also consider buying a stippling brush. Even though I've not had the chance to try one of these personally yet, I really do think it would be a much better option, considering the finish of this product isn't powdery, so a powder brush or a regular, fluffy blush brush doesn't quite do the trick properly. If you don't want to invest in a brush, then you can always just get some of the product on the tip of your finger and just lightly apply it to the apples of your cheeks and blend it out. Either way, it adds a gorgeous glow to the skin!
The final shade is this trio of blushers is 'Icing Sugar', which is the peachiest one out of the three. You can really build this shade up, as you can with both of the others too, but as it's a bit more of an eye-catching colour, which will stand out once you have applied it, I do think it's slightly more pigmented than the other two. It's got a lovely amount of shimmer running through it, so when the light hits your face, it will really give you such a pretty, fresh-faced glow, whilst also adding a lot of warmth and colour as well. It's important not to be too heavy-handed, because if you apply too much of this, then I can imagine it wouldn't look very good and let's face it, nobody wants to go out on the streets looking like an oompa loompa! Similarly to the other powder shade 'Pink Mint', you can also apply this with a powder or a blush brush, because it's much easier and also better at blending in, hence why it's specifically made for powder products.
I think that's all I've got to say for today! Hopefully this post has helped you out in someway or maybe even convinced you to go and pick up this palette for yourself. It's available from Boots or Superdrug, but I'm pretty sure you can find it anywhere online too, if you wish. I'm hoping to try out some more Sleek makeup and then I can do a brand focus post, which is going to be where I talk about and essentially review their best products! Let me know if there's anything that you think I need to try out whilst in the process of preparing for that post.
Have you tried this blush palette before? What are your favourite products from Sleek?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo



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