Just a few weeks ago, Sleek had free shipping to U.S. with $75 purchase. I had a few products on my wishlist that I was craving so badly but knew the total wouldn't add up to $75 so I put it off...literally for few minutes. Because that's when the lovely Kayla came to my rescue. She was a sweetheart to add my order to her own then ship my stuff to me that way we'd have free shipping.
I died when I saw Sleek's Caribbean collection ages ago. I know for some of you lucky girls Sleek is only a few feet away and this is old news. For us on this side of the pond, it's a big deal :) I knew I had to get the Bonaire Pout Polish and Aruba blush from the Caribbean. I was also looking for a red blush for fall/winter and I found Scandalous which I adore. I always wanted Exhibit A by NARS but could never bring myself to shell out money for a blush this color which I wouldn't use a lot. Well the two are almost identical, Exhibit A is just a tad more orange according to my swatch search. Because my life would be incomplete without a pink product, I also threw Powder Pink pout polish in my order as well.
It's a matte, very pigmented bright tomato red. It's everything I wanted it to be. The more I use Scandalous the more I fall in love with it. At first I thought I would throw it in my blush rotation every now and then to mix things up a bit. I'm already reaching for it quite a bit, I can see it becoming quite popular for me in fall/winter.
I could have sworn it's close to the popular Taj Mahal by NARS but you can see below they are oceans apart. I thought Taj Mahal was a super bright and scary orange. Well let me reassure you, Aruba is what I thought Taj Mahal was. It's a matte, bright orange. Nothing to be scared about as long as you use a stippling brush. It's so beautiful in the pan and on cheeks.
Both of these blushes should be used sparingly unless you're going for a look in which you want cheeks to be the emphasis.Because they are so pigmented, I use a stippling brush to pick up just a little bit of color, which is more than enough. They both last all day on my normal skin, no need for touch ups! Sleek blushes retail for $6.50 on their website.
Taj Mahal on left, Aruba in the middle and Aruba blended on the right. As you can see Taj Mahal and Aruba are nothing alike.
Bonaire & Powder Pink
Bonaire is a light orange and Powder Pink is a bubblegum pink. Both shades are non-shimmery and apply like a dream. After they wear off, they leave lips smooth and conditioned. I don't find them to be sticky, which I loathe when it comes to lip products. They are tinted therefore are not opaque. They do enhance the color of other semi-opaque lip products in similar colors. Lasting power isn't the best, then again I haven't found that many lip glosses that last much longer than these pout polishes do. It's just against human nature. I'd say these last a couple of hours, considering you don't eat or drink. I love the added bonus, they are formulated with SPF 15! Sleek pout polishes have a vanilla/caramel smell and they can be overwhelming for some but I actually like it. The scent kind of reminds me of the Slatkin and Co candle in Frosted Cupcake. Pout polishes retail for $6.50
|L - Bonaire R - Powder Pink|
These products seem kind of loud and bright at first glance, almost as I am preparing for summer makeup. But I think they will all (ok maybe with the exception of Powder Pink) make great fall products. I love my reds and oranges (and browns, and taupes!) in fall :)
What do you think? What colors do you like for fall makeup/nail polishes?