Sleek MakeUP Blush By 3: Flame – Not For the Faint Hearted

Sleek MakeUP is a high-street makeup brand that I think is very affordable. Of all the reviews I’ve read, the products are all very pigmented, and pros outweighs the cons. This is my first Sleek product, and I received it as a gift. I love bold blushes, and this is right up my alley. Blush By 3 is a palette which consists 3 different blushes. The one I’m showing you today is Flame. The name itself gives you a pretty good picture of what you’ll get. Oranges, reds, corals… Fiery colours not for the faint hearted.

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The palette is very slim and compact, and I like that the mirror is quite large. There is no applicator provided, which doesn’t bother me because I don’t use them anyway. The case is plastic, and it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. This palette looks very intimidating in the pan. Well, it should be, I mean, look at how bright the blushes are, especially the middle one called Bonfire! Against my skintone, the blush on the left (Molten) and the one on the right (Furnace) look quite similar. My skin colour pulls out a lot of red from it, making both look similarly coral.

 

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left to right: Molten, Bonfire, Furnace fire3

 

Here are the swatches to show you what I mean. Molten is a little lighter than Furnace on my arm, and Bonfire is by all means red. I don’t detect any tones of pink in these 3 blushes. They are mainly orange and red and very bright coral. When worn on my cheeks, Molten is the tamest of the 3, while Bonfire gives me a hot flush look and Furnace pulls a little orange.

I have read many reviews saying that these blushes are soft and easy to blend but I don’t find that to be the case for this palette, in particular Furnace, the shade on the right. Molten and Bonfire are softer while Furnace tends to be dry and stiff.

For the blushes to work, I have to take off most of the product from my Lunasol cheek brush before applying. After that, I need to use a clean denser blush brush to blend out the edges. Otherwise, I find the colours a little patchy. Perhaps it’s due to the high contrast between the blushes and my lighter skin colour, so the unevenness is more pronounced. I have to make sure I apply more powder on my cheeks to provide a smoother base for the blush to glide on. I have my fair share of bold blushes, and I find this to be more difficult to work with. However, I am comparing this to my luxury brand blushes, so I’m not being fair to Sleek. If compared to other high street / drugstore brands that I’ve tried, Sleek has to most pigmented blushes and they do last a long time.

 

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left to right: Molten, Bonfire, Furnace

 

Flame does work on me, but with lots more effort and time to make it look seamless. I think the other blush palettes which are lighter might be more forgiving. On another note,Β I find that the swatches at the Sleek MakeUP online storeΒ extremely helpful. They have swatches against different skin tones, and I think that’s a very intelligent idea. You can buy this palette for USD12.49 and they ship worldwide.

Have you tried anything from Sleek MakeUP? Do you have any favourites from this brand?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • Gorgeous! I had one or two of these palettes, but unfortunately I never reached for them so I passed them along. Perhaps I ought to have purchased this one. I love Furnace!

    β™₯ Jessica

    • I gave away some makeup myself because I refuse to believe I’m a hoarder. HAHAHAHA! Of the 3 shades, I think I love Bonfire most.

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree

    Oooh I remember when these first came out and I wanted one so badly. I must’ve put it on my online cart at least ten times. I kept waiting until I had more stuff to buy from Sleek to justify shipping costs but never got back to it. I can see how this would not be the easiest color to work with, but I do find that reds can give a natural flush if used with a really light hand. I like duo fiber brushes for applying the color, then blending out with a really really soft powder brush, like you did. I do find Sleek blushes seem to last a long time on me too, I think the drier texture helps. I think that’s partly why they need a little extra blending – they really stick to where they’re placed, if that makes sense. I find the texture similar to my La Femme blushes and Tarte Amazonian clay blushes, and I have to do the extra-blending step with those too.

    • Definitely a very light hand especially if you have lighter skin! But these colours do look gorgeous on πŸ™‚

  • WOWZA that’s some bright blush! I’ve always wanted to try their blushes actually. But red blushes and me don’t mix all that well lol!

    • You look great in coral blushes though… and these look coral on!

  • This trio is perfect for me. My color is between NW45 or NC50 and the all three colors looks amazing on me. πŸ™‚ I love the blush I wear out on the weekend and to work.

    • Glad they work so well against your skin colour, Emma πŸ™‚

  • Hey Lily, you picked a bold one! I don’t think I own anything remotely red in my blush stash! I keep hearing good things about Sleek blushes, but I haven’t tried any so far.

    • We can’t try every brand out there, that’s for sure. HAHAHA! It’s like how I’ve been meaning to pick up Omorovicza but haven’t. One day πŸ™‚

  • Ada

    It’s great for darker skin. Of course, those with lighter skin would have to use it sparingly. It’s a glorious palette!

    • Thanks for dropping by, Ada and you’re right. Those with lighter skin must use it with a very light hand!

  • Taylor

    I’ve never tried Sleek. That Bonfire shade looks incredibly intimidating. The other two are really gorgeous though!

    • Bonfire does look super bright but I think it’s one that looks best worn!

  • Those are stunning! Bonfire is something else! I’m not sure I would dare try it but I could get away with Molten and Furnace which actually reminds me of an old favorite from Clinique that’s been disc. πŸ™‚

    • Oh Helene, you’d be surprised. Bonfire makes a great colour on the cheeks. You just have to tap out 99% of the product before swirling it on. LOL!

  • I love how bright these are in the pan πŸ˜€ I can’t wear Sleek coz of ingredients, but I love that they’re out there, haha!

    • Hey Larie, do the ingredients irritate your skin? That’s a shame πŸ™

  • I’m always attracted to MEGA BOLD RED BLUSH, but I find it’s not super flattering on me! But DAMN, I WANT BONFIRE. πŸ™‚

    • Why don’t red blushes suit you? Does it make your whole face look flushed? I use a yellow base foundation to tone down redness before applying these strategically on the apples of the cheeks only. Fakes a beautiful flush πŸ™‚

      • Thanks, Lilz! I will have to try that! I usually think it just looks too harsh and brings out redness, but lately I’ve been rocking burgundy eye liner. If that can work, surely red blush could work! πŸ™‚

        • It’s so much harder to pull off burgundy eye liner, so I’m sure you can pull off a red blush!

  • Liz

    I was drooling over this some time back but I think there’s enough crazy red blushers in my stash now. Yup… Can’t argue with the colours and price though. ROWR.

    • I think I have enough loud blushes too… then again, I also have enough neutrals and pinks. LOL! So in the end, ‘enough’ is never enough. HAHAHA!

  • Jennifer

    I have Lace and love it for Guipure. Yes, the blushes are very pigmented so I normally use it when I am not in a hurry in the morning πŸ™‚

    • Hi Jennifer, you’re so right about using this when you’re not in a hurry. I can’t imagine how it’ll be, trying to blend and run out of the house. LOL!

  • BooBooNinja

    I was all but sure I’d pick up the Lace trio when I was in London but I changed my mind after swatching it in store. The texture of the too-shimmery shade was good but the matte ones were on the chalky and patchy side. I learned from our makeup ban that I’d rather have a few products I love than a lot of mediocre, flash-in-the-pan products.

    • The makeup ban was a good practice. It’s easier for me to say no nowadays too!

      • BooBooNinja

        High Five!

        • High-er five. HAHAHAHA!