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Overview: Sleek Matte Me

Y'all sick of lip products yet?

Yeah, me neither.

Sleek Cosmetics calls these products "ultra smooth matte lip creams". The product information from the site is as follows: "Matte Me is a matte finish liquid lipstick that glides on in one smooth application, with no need for a second coat. Fandango Purple is a bright fuchsia purple, team with winged eyeliner using Flick It for a dazzling look. Birthday Suit is a classic wearable nude, that can be teamed with Au Naturel i-Divine on eyes for an enhanced you. 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. Party Pink is a sensational coral hue, that can be paired with Blush by 3 in Pumpkin for a party perfect look.

Available in 6 shades. 6ml/0.2fl.oz. Not tested on animals. Store in a cool dry place.

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

How to - Step One: Apply with precision using the applicator provided or with your finger tips evenly, layering colour and intensity as you go. Step Two: Part your lips, and gently blot using a tissue to remove any excess

These retail online for $7.49USD or locally via Ajay's Beauty Studio or Essential Trends for $22 - $25. Of the six shades I've tried three: 'Fandango Purple', 'Party Pink' and 'Birthday Suit'.

Each tube comes with a plastic seal around the cap so you know your lippie hasn't been tampered with.

Something to note: the product seems to have gone through some changes since it's been launched. The Sleek Cosmetics website currently features these products with 'matte me' written in cursive; so I assume this is the most recent version. The 'Birthday Suit' I have has a different font for its label and a different applicator.

The applicator on 'Fandango Purple' vs the one on 'Birthday Suit'

The applicator in 'Birthday Suit' is elongated and kinda paddled shaped whereas the others carry a doe foot one. That paddle shaped one, in my opinion, isn't suitable for a product of this type because too much product goes on to the wand and causes a messy application. I think Sleek should have placed the "how to" directions on the packaging because that certainly would have been beneficial to users. I found it out via trial and error but lemme tell yuh it was a messy process!

Now, matte lips have been all the rage for a hot minute. And liquid matte lipsticks are leading the charge as of late. These Matte Me lip creams are most certainly long wearing lip products. No doubt. As you can see in this wear test, once these dry on your lips there is no transfer until you eat something greasy. I mentioned there that they do start to crumble after a while and here is where me and the description from the site part ways. "No need for a second coat"... well maybe if your lips aren't pigmented but with us folk you most definitely do. I would suggest waiting until the first coat is completely dry because if you don't the product - especially the paler colours - will appear very patchy/uneven. "The light as air texture provides you with comfortable wear for hours, that doesn't cake, flake or dry out"... negro no. Yes, the formula is lightweight. All the rest dem couldda leff out. Since you have to build the product to obtain opacity and evenness - I mean you don't have to; you could wear it as a just-eat-a-koolaid light stain - cakiness is possible. Cakiness plus a drying lip product equals flakiness. All the more reason why those instructions should be on the actual product and not just the website. Blotting away the excess before building reapplying is critical; especially with the paler shades. Using your fingers to work the product into the lips, as they suggested, is a very good tip BUT these are pigmented and dry quickly so brace yourself for a mess.

'Fandango Purple' (two coats)

'Birthday Suit' (three coats)

'Party Pink' (three coats)

As with all matte lip products it is also a fantastic idea to ensure that your lips are thoroughly exfoliated and hydrated before application. I didn't do that prior to these swatches and you can see how 'Birthday Suit' is showing ev-ver-ry single line on my mouth. That look would only get worse as the day goes by.

So you might say: if it's drying as the day progresses I could just top it with a gloss. Bad idea. Any emollient product you put over these will cause it to crumble and look 'bitty'. In all fairness, I've found this to be the case with most lip products of this nature. And like most lip products of this nature, you can't even top it with itself. (The only product I've found that possible with is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams which I most definitely prefer over this formula) So if you were thinking of freshening up this lip after a couple hours or a meal, it'd be best to wipe everything off and start fresh.

Above I applied a Victoria Secret's Beauty Rush lip gloss over 'Party Pink' and it instantly broke down the product. Another thing I discovered was if you're hoping to manipulate a colour with a lip liner it's best to apply the lip liner after the Matte Me lip cream. When you attempt to massage your lips together you'll discover that the products feels very tacky. This is funny because we usually associate tacky feeling lip products with glosses but these babies are full of surprises.

Regarding removal, as I said in this keek, I found that using coconut oil on a tissue or cotton pad was the least torturous method. Granted, if you've had something with any semblance of oil to eat the product will probably be all over your fork and thus less stress to remove. But if you just went out for drinks trust me, coconut oil - or any oil based makeup remover - is your friend. Do not, I repeat, do not attempt to remove these with a dry tissue or even a mere makeup wipe. Your lips will peel to high Heaven for the next few days. Trust me.

All that said, 'Fandango Purple' is absolutely gorgeous and 'Birthday Suit' would be a lovely nude on the right skin tone. Heidi and quite a few other Beauties I know love 'Rioja Red' from this line. I mean love

I do not recommend this product for a newbie but us seasoned lip junkies know how to make these sortta things work. If you ain't bout that maintenance or the torture on your lips I can't recommend the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams enough.

Have you tried these liquid lipsticks? Share your experience with us in the comments.


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