Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sleek Blush By 3 Trio swatches and monochrome FOTD

Sleek make some of my favourite blushes at any price point. Texture-wise you won't be getting something creamily unctuous like RBR or impossibly silky like Suqqu or Shiseido. But they are excellent, pigmented, drier formulas which I find superior to the more comparable Nars, Illamasqua and MUFE -- the tightly packed powderiness of Sleek doesn't ever translate to chalkiness or free-floating glitter on my skin, perhaps because their intensity means I can get away with a few molecules per cheek... I'm a big fan of the almost texture-less vibrancy of pigment they give, and their unusual, ambitious shade range.

To which there are limits. There are quite a few dupes for permanent Sleek singles in these trios -- comparison swatches here.

Unlike the eyeshadow palettes (which I don't care for), and like Sleek's blush singles, these Blush By 3 Trios are made in Taiwan. Each palette contains an incredible 20g for £9.99 and are limited edition, exclusive to Superdrug.

363 Pumpkin
Sleek Blush by 3 trio pumpkin swatch lantern squash p pie
Lantern is a red-gold satin shimmer; Squash a cool bright pink with a sheen; P Pie an intense neon orange matte.

364 Sugar
swatch Sleek Blush by 3 trio sugar demerara muscovado turbinado
Demerara is a rich, warm red with a sheen; Muscovado a stunning duochrome shifting between ruby/plum and copper/gold; Turbinado a matte muted terracotta.

365 Flame
swatch Sleek Blush by 3 trio flame molten bon fire bonfire furnace
Molten is a soft brick red with a sheen; Bon Fire (sic. why.) an glow-in-the-dark bright true red matte; Furnace a warm orange-red satin.

366 Pink Sprint
swatch Sleek Blush by 3 trio pink sprint pinktini pink ice pink parfait
Pinktini is a saturated raspberry-rose with a sheen, Pink Ice a fun blue-fuchsia matte, Pink Parfait an elegant demi-matte warm plum.

367 Lace
swatch Sleek Blush by 3 trio lace chantilly guipure crochet
Chantilly is a soft clear apricot matte (sheered out it gives me that platonic peaches&cream complexion), Guipure is another rose-gold Orgasm-a-like shimmer, Crochet is a softly sheeny complex red-coral-pink in the RBR Orpheline/Illamasqua Hussy vein.

I made heavy swatches with sponge applicators to show the colours and undertones as clearly as possible -- in practice, they all apply smoothly enough to use as eyeshadows, and even the most shimmery shades translate as a soft even sheen e.g. in this quick monochrome look using the Sugar palette (all 3 shades on eyes, and Muscovado on cheeks):
nat light

with flash -- see, no glitter on cheeks!
Lips: Kanebo Sensai The Lipstick 21 Shirafuji
Face: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Soft Ivory mixed with RBR Sea of Tranquility, Ellis Faas concealer.
Eyes: Shu Uemura white pencil, Rose of Versailles liquid liner, Majolica Majorca LEFP mascara, Shu H9 Seal Brown brow pencil.

NB you eagle-eyed twelve-resolution-monitors: I received four of these as a personal gift, and bought Lace to replace a finished Becca Rosebud cream blush.


  1. The blushes are so intense and vibrant! Wow... you rock the 'red' eyeshadow! A very edgy look! <3

  2. What a great deal (especially they are similar to Nars, a formula I like a lot) on those blushes! Anyway, I totally got distracted by the pretty lipstick though.

  3. I want these blush trios sooo bad! Looks great as an eyeshadow on you! :)

  4. Gorgeous look!
    I guess I'm a bit too wild for this superpigmented formula of Sleek, but I love the fact it is pigmented enough for darker skins and people (like you) who can manage a good pigmented blush.
    I had to giggle about "it gives me that platonic peaches&cream": I sometimes like to look platonic instead of desirable...he he, so noting down that colour ;P

  5. I simply <3 that look!
    Those blushes look like they're on steroids!

  6. Those blushes are simply gorgeous - great swatches! Which trio is your favourite out of the bunch?

  7. Jess: thank you so much :) I'm loving all 'blush' shades on eyes right now.

    Citrine: these are definitely worth a try -- you can pick up the singles on ebay for not too crazy prices.

    Glamour Girl: you rock these shades on eyes too :)

    Birkin: well my posh Chikuhodo brushes need a purpose in life... to apply cheap ds blushes! lol

    Musing: you pretty wordsmith you :)

    bastet: it has to be Pink Sprint. I'm a sucker for mattes/satins and these also fill a colour gap in my blush wardrobe.

  8. Wow, this Sleek trios just look wonderful... I wish they were available @ Mexico. Have a nice day!!!!

  9. Your picture = drool worthy! :) Very awesome swatches...these are some serious color choices to have. Loved that you made them multi-use and cant wait to see other looks with the other palettes~!

  10. Your swatches are YUMMY! I think I'm going to try them as eyeshadow as well.

  11. great swatches Guipure is such a pretty shade

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  12. You're sure becoming famous. Googled swatches of these blushes and you were one of the first to come up. Thought, "Wait, that name sounds familiar.."

    Good to see it's so successful :D Swatches are splendid.

  13. Wow, I want them all! Wish we got them here in Canada!

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