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Thursday, 9 June 2016


Morning loves! 

So today's review is going to be of the new Sleek Makeup Cream Contour Kits. I'm not going to 'beat around the bush' with this one so let's get straight to the point!

Sleek came out with the cream contour kit, which ranges in three shades (light, medium and dark), with each kit containing 6 cream pans of varying tones. I of course purchased the dark palette which retailed at the time for £10.99 from Superdrug's website.

Sleek Cream Contour Kit (right)

Now I was very excited when I heard that Sleek were going to be releasing such a product for a number of reasons. It seemed like it would be an affordable alternative to higher priced cream contour kits already on the market and most importantly Sleek used a dark skin toned woman to promote the dark palette! Winning!

So when I first received the palette (after placing an order from Superdrug) - my initial excitement suddenly turned to feelings of deflation and disappointment. As I looked at the colours in the palette I began to think that these shades will not be deep enough for my skin tone. Now this left me a little confused as to how the model they used to promote this kit could have used this.

As I began to swatch the shades I noticed that most of the lighter highlight shades were too 'ashy' looking on my skin tone, whilst the deeper shades seemed to just match my skin tone. This definitely would not be a palette to use. So I thought I'd try it with my foundation. As I applied it to contour and highlight, I noticed the contour shades just blended into non-existence whilst the lighter highlight shades appeared to make me look more grey in tone.

The formula of these creams is not terrible, however I did find them to be a little bit too 'creamy' or even slightly greasy on application. This does make them blend easily, however I don't think it helps with their longevity.

Arm swatches (my inner arm is lighter)

I would say that this palette is not for someone with an NW45 or deeper skin tone as the colours will definitely not match you. It is a shame that this palette is a miss, as Sleeks contour powders are really quite good. In fact I've really enjoyed a lot of Sleek products in the past, but this one was definitely not one of them.

Comparisons of the ABH & Sleek Cream Contour Kits

If I were to market this product I would call this palette 'Deep' and then produce a darker one called 'Dark'. In the above picture I'm showing you a side by side comparison of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in 'Deep' and the Sleek Contour Kit in 'Dark'. As you can see the shade ranges are completely different, with the ABH palette running at least two shades deeper!

I'm not implying that all dark skin tones cannot wear this product - to do so would be very ignorant of me. However, I am saying that darker skin toned women have a range of tones and it's not 'one size fits all' which is something most brands are failing to acknowledge.

If you have this palette let me know what you think!

Speak soon,
Vicky xx

To purchase the Sleek Contour Kits click the links below: (At the time of writing this post Superdrug's are offering 2 for £10 deals)
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