Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sleek Blush By 3 Palettes: Pink Lemonade & Californ.i.a Review & Swatches


I make no secret of my love for high end beauty products, yet today’s launch of two Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 Palettes has reignited my blogging mojo more than anything I’ve tried for a while. With names like Pink Lemonade and Californ.i.a, my heart rate may have soared little before I even clapped eyes on these.   I’ve had mixed experiences with Sleek Blushers in the past, from glitter overload to whoa there pigments, but this time, they’ve come up trumps.

Pink Lemonade

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The Pink Lemonade palette includes two powders and one cream shadow in Icing Sugar, Macaroon and Pink Mint. 

  • Icing Sugar - cool pink powder blush with a fine gold sheen (not too much)
  • Macaroon - coral toned pink cream blush
  • Pink Mint - coral powder blush with gold shimmer

I’ve been reaching for this daily as my favourite of the two - the colours suit my complexion best and powder blush is my preferred formula. They work well on my pale Winter pallor, but as you can see from the swatches, the formula is buildable.  The powders also look good with a small amount of the Macaroon cream blush patted on upper apples of the cheek for added depth and an extra pop of colour.



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The combination of this palette’s sunny name and bright peachy coral tones make me excited for Spring!  All three are cream blushers called: Newport Peach, The Surf and OC.

  • Newport Peach - orange toned coral
  • The Surf - a pale peach with golden shimmer. This looks matt in dull light and quite glittery under the sun or electric light.
  • OC - pink toned coral

Unlike some cream blushes which can be difficult to work into the skin evenly, these blend like a breeze.  Once they settle, they seem to slightly stain the skin, adding to their lasting power.  If you’re a cream blush novice, I think Californ.i.a would be a great palette to start with - they work perfectly fine with either fingers or a duo fibre brush.

I think the individual shade names of both palettes would work better in reverse. eg Pink Mint would suit Pink Lemonade’s cool pink and OC, Californ.i.a’s orange toned coral, but this is the order they appear on the label and I’ve been told it’s correct. 

Sleek Blush by 3 Pink Lemonade and Californ.i.a cost £9.99 each and are available from today at selected Boots and Superdrug stores. The only place I can find them online so far is directly from Sleek Makeup.

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