Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Review: Sleek Matte Me lip creams

Note that the following opinions are just my feelings about the product and not about the brand itself.

You know me by now, I'm usually quite a happy bunny and I try to be positive about stuff whenever I can. I also don't buy a lot of things that are bad quality, so that helps as well. Once in a while though there are things that I just can't be positive about, and today is one of those days. Since it's important for me to be honest, it's vital that I sometimes write stuff that isn't very positive but is the truth about how I feel.

Sleek, the UK based drugstore make-up brand, usually never fails to delight me with its products. I have written reviews about my love for their lipsticks, liquid and solid but I also absolutely adore their eyeshadow palettes and multifunctional pencils. Pretty much everything I have tried has been great. Everything except for this.

It seems that every brand must have a dud, but this product made me want to burst out of my skin in rage whilst Hulk-smashing the devilish merchandise for making me spend my money on it and shattering my dreams.

Suffice to say, I'm a bit put out by this product. Keep on reading if you want to know why.

It all started with a newsletter from Sleek's website. 'Try out our new fabulously soft matte lip creams and glosses!' it said, or something similar to it. I don't know, I'm paraphrasing. Let's just say I was immediately interested. Ever the sucker for lip products, I looked up a few reviews online, gasped at the pretty colours and promptly ordered two of them when Sleek was having a sale. How anyone could have given these evil little blighters a positive review is beyond me, but there we go, it could be that the whole world loves it and I just don't get it. I got the shades Brink Pink, which was described as a 'bright, almost neon pink' and Party Pink, which was described as a 'perfect coral' or something, but it's really more like an orangey red to me.

The packaging is fine. It's quite sturdy and I like that it's transparant so that I can see the colour of the product from miles away. The applicator is also great, it's one of the sponge versions that I always prefer when using liquid lip colours. I was still happy at this point.

Party Pink on the left, Brink Pink on the right

When I swatched them I smelled trouble right away. Not from the product itself, that smelled fine, but because of the fact that it dried so quickly in such a thin layer. I was starting to doubt my purchase now, but foolishly kept hoping that it would somehow work better on my lips.

Brink Pink: 

Applying the product was quite tricky. It didn't really want to behave and because it dried up really quickly it just applied really patchily. Which is why some areas are transparant and some aren't. Believe me, I really tried to make it work. Applying more layers of the Matte Me cream just seems to confuse it and collect in heaps on the lips, it was just a bit of a nightmare to be honest.

Whereas the colours are truly very opaque, vibrant and gorgeous, the formula is not. Because it dries up so quickly, leaving a thin layer behind on your lips it feels as if your lips are made of sandpaper. I'm not kiidding, your lips feel like they've been camping for a week in the Sahara desert with no water in sight. I know that I have pretty dry lips anyway, but this is ridiculous. The Matte Me creams flake as well instead of fade, leaving patches of your natural lip colour shining through within an hour. Re-applying is would be a nightmare because of the TLC this product needs while applying and since it doesn't really want to layer anyway you'll end up having to take everything off and then starting from scratch.

The lip creams are actually very longlasting, which is a plus but the formula felt so horrible on my lips that I couldn't stand wearing it for more than an hour.

This will sound weird since they're matte creams, but I didn't like how matte they were. They weren't just matte, they were 'I filled my lips in with a felt tip marker' matte which just isn't a very flattering look. You can actually see how drying they are and how thin the layer is.

Final Verdict

But only if I was feeling mean

Don't get me wrong Sleek, I still love you. But why on earth did you choose to make a product that's not user friendly? Essence, which is a super budget brand, managed to make lip creams that are an absolute dream to work with so I know it can't be that hard.

The colours are gorgeous and longlasting but the formula is truly horrible enough to the point of it becoming unwearable. I can't score something I can't wear, so it gets a zero. Sorry. It would have been different if I had been allergic, but I've seen the same result on everyone. Add to it that applying the lip cream is actually frustrating, that getting an even layer is impossible and you have the perfect product to give to people you absolutely loathe.

This doesn't mean it can't be for you though, if you can stand your lips to be dryer than the scorching sands of hell I think this product might be just the thing. For the rest I can sadly recommend it for evil stephmums only, or to be used to paint silly drawings on people's faces when they sleep. Which is what I'll be doing with it.


  1. WOULD GIVE TO SATAN HAHA XD omg. made my night. maar balen zeg :( ze zijn gewoon te matte, zonde..

  2. Hahaha ik was al bang dat niemand het zou snappen en ik als enige gniffelend dat plaatje had bewerkt. Ja echt rot man dat ze zo slecht zijn, ik had met mn overenthousiaste hoofd ook meteen twee gekocht he. Meh!

  3. hahaha nee is leuk juist! en ja inderdaad. misschien maar aan iemand anders geven die ehmm nog niet veel verstand er van heeft? XD

  4. Isabell Jankowski10 August 2013 at 13:31

    It's beautifully matte though... :(

  5. I know, I was crushed :( The colours look gorgeous but they feel absolutely terrible. I didn't make pictures of when they started to flake, but it wasn't pretty. Such a shame. Maybe it's because I have dry lips anyway?

  6. Ooh so glad I read this, I was considering buying a couple but I can't stand anything on my lips at the best of times, let alone something that feels like sandpaper! x

  7. I dont have dry lips. But this lip stains are really horrible. It is so drying that it feels like its sucking up any little bit of moisture your lips. Then it turns flaky. And leaving small patches everywhere. The colour is so beautiful. I almost wanted to cry because I usually want to try to make use of all beauty products as possible. But this just terrible I give up.

  8. Lauren Ankudinoff5 October 2013 at 08:27

    Hahaha, I agree with this, I bought the Rioja Red which is this amazing intense colour and is REALLY matte without drying my lips out too much but applying it is A NIGHTMARE! When I do wear it, I'm constantly paranoid that it's smudged (even after drying) or it's rubbed off a bit or on my teeth.

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  17. My lips felt extremely dry after this and thank god there is someone else who also did not like the formula of this product,after hearing several raves of the birthday suit shade I had to buy it and then I hated it! but will save it for the summer.