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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In the Limelight: Sleek Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream in 433 Rioja Red Product Review

Companies all over the globe have been coming up with their own version of lip creams since one company released their lip creams. Sleek is no exception as they have come up with the Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream. The official distributor of Sleek Cosmetics in the Philippines, www.beautycorner.ph sent me one to try together with Gloss Me which I shall review on a separate post. The shade I was sent is 433 Rioja Red. I rarely go out sporting red lips as I prefer staying on the safe side with kinda bright colours but are mostly coral or coral-pinks. But I'm much braver now, perhaps it comes with age? :D, and went out on the same day I received the tube of red lip cream to be able to road test it right away. After having worn it quite a number of times, here is what I have to say about the product and the colour.



According to Sleek Cosmetics, Matte Me is...

a matte finish liquid lipstick that glides on in one smooth application, with no need for a second coat. 
The light as air texture provides you with comfortable wear for hours, that doesn’t cake, flake or dry out, ensuring long lasting colour all day.

Available in 6 shades.







What I like:

  • Rioja Red is described on the Sleek website as a true bright red that when paired with Persian Lashes give you a true Hollywood effect. I love the shade, that it's a true blue red that does not make my teeth look yellow. 
  • It lasts for several hours amidst all the drinking and eating I do.
  • It is unscented. Almost all my lip products are scented so this one is a breath of fresh air for me.
  • The tube looks simple yet sleek. The clear tube allows you to see its true color and how much product you have left.
  • The shade brightens up my face. 
  • This lip cream alone is enough to complete a certain look - foundation, brows, liner, mascara, (subtle blush which is optional) and this. Classic!
  • The doe-foot applicator is just the right size and angled just right to glide smoothly on the lips. Although it doesn't follow the curve of the lips, it still works fine.
  • My first impression of a matte lip cream is something that would feel like it's sitting on top of my lips and one wrong move and it'll crack and end up looking like crack polishes. This one feels surprisingly comfortable. I have tried a lip cream from another brand and that didn't feel comfy on my lips.
  • Can be used as a lip stain instead. Dab just a little on your pinky and spread it evenly on both upper and lower lips and you're good to go. For a more intense colour, apply straight on the lips using the doe foot applicator.
  • No irritation on my lips.
  • The shelf life. 36 months or 3 years. Brilliant!
  • Locally available at www.beautycornerph.com for only Php 450.00/6mL of product.

What I don't like:
  • After several sips and meals, I was shocked to see a red outline on my lips. I wish it doesn't do that, I mean if it will come off, I hope everything does. It's pretty hard to remove and if you do that on a night out and wipe it with tissue, you might end up having red lip cream smeared on your face. So, just touch up instead.
  • As with most matte lip products, this has the tendency to be drying. However, it is not as drying as other lipsticks I have tried. Just a dab of lip balm underneath or a coat of gloss on top solves the problem! Those with chronically dry lips might find this even more drying.
  • Limited color selection.
Overall rating: 4/5 The red outline it leaves makes me sad but nothing like a little touch up can remedy.

Will I buy again? Not in the next 3 years unless I lose this tube. Though I'm itching to try a less bright shade. 



Sorry it doesn't look as intense on the picture as it does in real life.


Liking the red!


Ingredients: Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Styrene Isoprene Copolymer Cresin, Silica, Diox, Titanium, Ide/CI77891, Red, Iron Oxide,/ CI77491, Yellow, Iron Oxide/CI77492, Bht, Propylparaben, D&C Orange No.5/CI145370:2, D&C Red No.6/CI15850:3
Have you tried Sleek Matte Me lip cream? What's your fave shade?

Have a super awesome Wednesday, everyone!

Cheers,
Disclaimer: Product received for review purposes but does not in any way affect my opinion on the said product.

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