Let me just say that I think Sleek Makeup products are brilliant for the price, especially here in Australia where everything costs an arm and a leg. I am, after all, a student on low wages so little budget gems like these really take the edge off my beauty splurging! Here’s a quick review on my most-used and favourite budget blush palette: The Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace. I love Sleek Makeup’s packaging, it’s so, well, ‘sleek’, sophisticated, minimal and sturdy — I wish all my palettes and blushes came this way! My photos may make it seem a little lacklustre, but that’s just because I use this blush so damn much, it’s all covered in makeup smudges and pigments I can’t seem to get off!
I’ve had my Lace palette for a while now so excuse the dusty mess all over it! I gave my very best shot at cleaning it out but the colours tend to get a bit chalky and dusty when you’re picking some up on your brush. Now when I first received this palette in the mail it was a little daunting and I didn’t think I would ever be able to pull off the ridiculously bright shades inside. Don’t be alarmed if you feel the same way — now that I’ve had a chance to play with them and try them on I would recommend this palette to just about anybody with any skin tone! Lace comes with 3 different shades that can be used on their own, used with a highlighter, or layered together for dimension. There’s 20g of product there, which is fantastic for the $10 that I paid. Crochet is a bright peach/orange matte shade. I honestly didn’t think anyone could wear this kind of shade when I first bought it (the beauty rookie that I was) but now it’s the one I use nearly everyday! It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way, but overall the finish of this one is my favourite from the palette. It doesn’t seem to spray orange pigment all over the place as soon as I brush the pan, which is a problem I have with Chantilly. The orange colour isn’t too bright or unnatural at all, in fact is seems to mimic a natural flush very well — Crochet is definitely my favourite to build up to a healthy, sun-kissed look. Guipure is the only shimmer finish in the palette and is a peach-coral shade (sitting right in between the peachy-orange of Crochet and pinky-coral of Chantilly) blended with gold shimmer particles, and the effect is dazzling. It’s very similar (if not exactly the same) as Rose Gold from Sleek Makeup’s single blushes collection. Guipure is perfect as a blush/highlighter combination on it’s own, or can be used in conjunction with the other colours in this palette to add dimension and shine. I like to sweep a little over Crochet for a more glowing look. Chantilly is the last matte in the palette and the most pigmented. This one I tend to use a lot less because I find it to be slightly chalky and powdery. As soon as I dip my brush into the pan bits and pieces go flying everywhere, all over the mirror, the palette and the other colours! It seems to collect in chalky little chunks on my brush and is harder to work with and blend. I haven’t seen anyone else mention this problem with their palette so it’s likely I got a bit of a dud; not all products come out perfect. Still, used sparingly (due to the high pigmentation) this colour is absolutely darling. It’s a super-bright coral shade, leaning towards hot pink. For everyday wear I already mentioned Crochet is my go-to shade, but no matter what makeup I’m wearing at least one of these shades will perform! This palette is always in my travel bag and the solid, compact packaging ensures I never get bright orange makeup all over my bag… thank goodness. I try to stay packaging-savvy since that time my bronzer exploded all over the contents of my bag… not a good day!Here’s some swatches for you…Left: Natural Light; Right: Flash
My Sleek Blush by 3 palette in Lace is definitely a keeper and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a healthy, natural flush for their everyday routine! It can be purchased from the Sleek Website Here for $12.49 AUD. Have you purchased any Sleek Blush by 3 palettes? I’m super interested to hear about the other shades you can buy and if they work for you!