Sleek MakeUP Be Beautiful Blemish Balm SPF15
Sunday, August 26, 2012
You've all seen the buzz surrounding the new Sleek BB cream to be released in a few days (some stores probably have them on their shelves already, normally happens)
There is finally a brand that has catered to WOC in regards to BB cream. The way I do see it as BB creams originating from Asia, where the women tend to want to be lighter anyway, so not many BB creams are going to be catered for WOC.
Shameful that other brands who jumped onto the BB cream trend didn't notice this gap.
I just about slip in with my random skin tone in re to most BB creams. Though I do still find some are either too light or way off the mark.
Would I say I'm the biggest BB cream fan? No, just because I haven't found a drug store brand that I like. I reviewed the Omorovicza BB Cream but with an £80 price tag and not versatile in shades it's not exactly ideal.
With the Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm it comes in 4 different shades : Light, Fair, Medium & Dark  & 
I'm going to bring to you : Fair*, Light* & Medium*.
Foundation references :
MAC Studio Fix Fluid I go between NC40-NC42
MAC Face & Body C5 or I can mix C4 & C6
Finding the right shade :
|Fair - Light - Medium|
Just as I would do a foundation, I swatched the shades on the side of my face from jawline upwards ( did it slightly exaggregated so you can see )
I blended them in and took the photo using flash, I knew fair was going to be way too light and leave me looking chalky, grey already. I did think maybe light would blend well and I knew medium was going to be a bit darker it has a reddish undertone.
If I buff light in, it's not so bad but it still gives quite a light over all appearance, so what did I do? Found a ratio of light & medium that works for me. Took a couple of tries but once I did have too much medium in, it gave me a very reddish undertone to my face.
The consistency is a lot thicker than the two previous BB creams I have tried,
This is the reason why I don't like to swatch foundations/bb creams on my hand - my hand is a lot more lighter than my face ( for once ) or vice versa. That's the shade I came up with for my face.
I'm wearing Inika Cosmetics 'Peachy Keen' blush, that's the reflection you've got bouncing off my face, not the cream. It's lightly moisturising, parts of my skin can get a little oily you can see on my nose it's slightly dewy. This is only one layer on my skin, I didn't go for two because I liked the results of what just the one layer gave me, it evened out my skintone and anywhere I had slight imperfections - it didn't hide anything that a concealer would need to like dark spots.
As I did say it's thicker than any others I've used before but it doesn't feel cakey or heavy on my skin. It's full coverage and I would agree that it does exactly that. The red algae extract within this cream is to help in the prevention of wrinkles and normalises the skin's moisture content as well as promote suppleness to the skin.
This cream ALSO contains Vitamin C, so your skin is reaping benefits while wearing this. Over the last week I've read different things about this BB Cream but for me I've not broken out in the couple of days of wearing it constantly and I always have immediate reactions to things.
Besides of course having to mix to get my shade, which probably come Winter I won't need to do, I'm going to enjoy this BB cream.
I wanted to show you the other two BB creams I have from top left :
Omorovicza Complexion Perfection SPF 20 - Sleek BB Cream (medium) - 17 BB Cream ( Medium )
I do hope in the long run they do make other shades, in-between shades I shall call them but just the fact they are catering to darker skin tones is a step in the right direction.
Have you managed to grab a Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm already if not does this interest you to get?
Price : £8.99
Released : August 29th 2012
Available : in Superdrug stores or Sleekmakeup.com