Some beauty products just need as many honorable mentions as they can get. They are worthy of their praise and so incredibly wonderful that everyone in the world should try them. One such product is Sleek’s powder blush and blush by 3 palettes. At least in my opinion. I have owned and tried several of their blushes and apart from the single blush in ‘coral’ I have loved and used all of these a number of times. These blushes are highly pigmented (a little goes a very long way – I use a stippling brush to apply) and the color selection is daring and amazing at the same time. Here are my 4 single blushes and 2 blush by 3 palettes. I hope this post can demonstrate the sheer brilliance of this product.
Reason no. 1 for it’s awesomeness: the sleek packaging (yes, pun intended). The packaging can be a pain to get into though and I have chipped many a nail trying to open one of these babies. The blush by 3 palettes are a bit easier to open though and I have found that with practice, it really is not too complicated. Oh and have I mentioned yet that these are super duper affordable too? The single blushes are €8.39/£4.49/$6.99 for 8 grams and the blush by 3 palettes are €12.99/£9.99/$14.99 for 20 grams of product. The blusher is available in 11 shades, whereas the palettes are available in 8 different shades. Some of the blush by 3 palettes also have cream blushers, but I have never tried those yet.
Clockwise from top left: Pixie Pink, Scandalous, Pan-Tao, Pomegranate
As you can see I have 3 matte and one shimmery single blushes. Scandalous and Pan-Tao were limited editions and the other two are from their regular line. If you are looking for an affordable dupe of Nars Orgasm, then Sleek’s Rose Gold may be a good option to try as many people rave about how close these too are. Scandalous is apparently a dupe for another Nars blush (in Exhibit A), and I like using this in summer for a flushed, almost sunburnt look. Pixie pink has been my go to spring color and goes really nicely against my pale skin. Pan-tao I use less often, but it still super pretty and wearable. Pomegranate is one of my favorite blushes for fall. It’s a bit dark so I can only use it very sparingly, but it gives a nice warm glow to your cheeks which is what I love wearing in fall.
Top: Blush by 3 in Pumpkin – Lantern, Squash, P Pie
Bottom: Blush by 3 in Sugar – Demerara, Muscovado, Turbinado
I go through stages using these blush by 3 palettes. I tend to not use them as often as you always need to take out not one, but 3 blushes and so I often forget what’s in these palettes. Nevertheless they are gorgeous blushes. I’m not too sure of the name of each of these colors as it’s only printed on the back, but both Pumpkin and Sugar come with some gorgeous shades. My faves? The shimmery orangy-reddish coral color top left, the orangy-brown toned blush in the left bottom corner and the brick red color in the right bottom corner. I love the first one in spring/ summer and the other two shades are favorites in winter/ fall season. The pink and bright orange in the top row may seem like Pixie Pink and Pan-Tao from the single blushes but they are not: Pixie Pink is brighter and more blue than the one in this palette, whereas Pan-Tao is a more muted orange than the one in the palette. Muscovado is also a gorgeous color, but I find it a tad hard to work with but that’s because I’m so fair skinned.
The real difference and power of these blushes can be seen in a swatch.
Swatches: Pumpkin (Lantern, Squash, P Pie), Sugar (Turbinado, Muscovado, Demerara)
Pixie Pink, Scandalous, Pan-Tao, Pomegranate
THE reason to love Sleek blush: pigmentation and amazing colors. As you can see most of these are matte and pack a great deal of punch! That’s why I like applying these with a stippling brush so I can control the amount of color that gets transferred to my face.
In my opinion, at least one Sleek blush should be part of any make up junkie’s make up collection. And you have your work cut out for you when deciding. Do you want to go for a classic every day color? A bold & bright shade? A dark & mysterious one? Or do you need a shade to add some warmth you your overall cheek area? Sleek has got it all.
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Which Sleek blush is your favorite?