Today I have my first guest post for you from the beautiful Helen who we have heard about before on my blog here
. She is talking about the Sleek Blushes that I think I need now! Make sure to check out her blog
as well. Less of me talking, onto Helen…
Hi everyone! I’m Helen from over at Beautiful Curiosities
! Imogen kindly invited me to write a post for her blog whilst she’s away on her holiday. I couldn’t resist taking the chance to talk about one of my newest purchases – the Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in Lace. After being thoroughly impressed by Sleek’s Face Form kit, I decided a larger variety of Sleek blushes was essential. *cough* Really I just can’t resist pretty things *cough*.
Anyway, onto the palette. The Blush by 3 palettes are identical to any of the other Sleek palettes: a professional-looking, but not so practical (it shows up every mark ever) slim black palette. The back of the palette shows you the shades included as if you’re looking at the palette from above. In the Lace 367 palette there are: Crochet (a highly pigmented matte orange), Guipure (a salmon pink with gold shimmer) and Chantilly (a highly pigmented matte red).
All three of the shades included are easily buildable. I did notice that Crochet and Chantilly have a slightly more powdery texture than Guipure, presumably because of their matte formula. The shimmer in Guipure becomes more apparent in direct sunlight.
Onto some cheek swatches:
Apologies that the swatches aren’t as fantastic as they could be – my laptop stupidly desaturates all of my photos and I had some trouble making them comparable to the original photos taken. I think you can still tell the difference between each of the shades though, so hopefully they’re still helpful! I’ll make the pictures XL to help out a little bit! The colours are also more obvious in a slightly darker room.
I think most people would agree that this is the most wearable shade for every day use. For days when you just want to add a hint of non-shimmery colour to your cheeks. I love how natural a couple of layers can look. I look instantly healthier!
As expected due to its formula, Guipure is a very delicate pale rose colour on the skin with a subtle gold shimmer. It’s very similar to the blush included in the Sleek Face Form Contour palette (in shades Fair and Light), which has been recognised as a dupe for the Nars Orgasm Blush. This blush would require quite a few layers to build up the colour, as it’s much less pigmented than the other two shades (as is visible in the pictures below). It can, however, be worn on top of the other shades if you want a more highly pigmented, shimmery look.
And the real surprise of this palette – orange blush doesn’t look as bad as I was expecting on my yellow toned skin. Once applied, crochet becomes a much more delicate peach colour (depending on the number of layers applied, of course), and I think it could be the perfect shade for the summer months!
And there we have it! A comprehensive, and hopefully helpful, guide to the Lace palette. I’ve not been disappointed by this palette and I’m sure it’s going to become a staple in my make-up routine!
Have you tried any of the Sleek palettes before? Got any recommendations?