Let me introduce you to Sleek MakeUP's Mediterranean Collection. It was launched in June 2011 and is a limited edition collection. That means if you see any items you like, you better snap them up. Sadly, once they're gone, they're ALL gone. The collection consists of the Monaco eyeshadow palette, which is a colorful collection of both shimmery and matte shades, Santorini powdered blush as well as Monte Carlo Pout Polish. The collection offers a gorgeous pop of color for all skin tones. I've been on a "pink lip kick" lately, so this is right up my alley. The great thing I like about this collection is that the shades have all been given names and are stamped on the mylar sheeting within the eyeshadow palette packaging.
This was the look I came up with when playing with the palette. Matter, today was my "play in my Sleek MakeUP collection" day. Pretty much everything that I have on is by Sleek Makeup, with the exception of my brows, mascara and eyeshadow primer.
I find that a lot of people are afraid of wearing "color," but if done right, it can work beautifully.
Here now is a shot showing detailing of eyeshadow.
What I do like about these shadows is that the shimmery shades give your lids a lovely sheen. Here is a "what went where" shot.
1. Kiwi Zest went on inner corner and third of eyelid
2. Hummingbird went on center portion of eyelid
3. Magenta Madness went on outer third of eyelid
4. Midnight Garden went on "V" and crease area
5. Washed Ashore went on brow bone for highlight
Here is a swatch of the shades, however, keep in mind that this was taken at night with my flash on, so the colors got a tad washed out... specifically the lighter shades. Don't mind my nails, I just got back from Jamaica and no manicure survives a daily trip to the beach unless it's gel or something of that sort. LOL!
Top row, left to right: Bamboo, Aquamarine, Midnight Garden, Sunset, Washed Ashore, Magenta Madness
Bottom row, left to right: Summer Breeze, Sand Walker, Kiwi Zest, Lotus Flower, Hummingbird, Moors Treasure
I'm in love with the vibrant cheek color... Santorini.
Here's an idea of the shading. I didn't want to use to heavy a hand because I was going out. It is very pigmented... gorgeous! I must add that I highlighted the tops of my cheeks with Sleek MakeUP's blush in Rose Gold. I think the flash washed it out a tad, but you can see it better in the other pictures.
I expected the lip color to be more pink on me, but this is how it turned out. It's shown here without any liner, on bare naked lips.
As for liner, I used the Kajal liner in Odyssey, which is a rich, majestic purple.
Once again, the completed look. The complete product breakdown is listed below.
All products by Sleek MakeUP unless otherwise stated. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel Welcome2DivasWorld for a demo of this look!
Back in April, I had the pleasure of traveling to London, England for the "Destination S" Beauty Bloggers Event held by Sleek MakeUP. It was there that the Pout Paints were introduced to me as they had a mixing station where bloggers could whip up their ideal shade.
Here is the shade that I whipped up and lovingly named "Dainty Diva" because it was anything, BUT that! LOL!
Once I received the finished product, the first thing that came to my mind were my OCC Lip Tars. There are a total of 11 colors at this time, but I was sent 5. Such a beautiful selection, wouldn't you agree? I felt like a kid in a candy store! You can use them "as is" or customize a shade that's all your own.
Here are the 5 that I received...
I immediately went into my makeup kit for my OCC Makeup Lip Tars...
Right off the bat, I realized that there were two shades that could possibly dupe each other...
When I swatched them, that was when I realized the difference in consistency. Mind you, it is summertime, however, the OCC Lip Tar ran out and was more liquid & sheer in consistency while the Pout Paint was thicker and more opaque.
Here's what each color looks like on my lips...
The Lip Tar goes on sheer, as you can see.
The Pout Paint goes on a lot more opaque. It even appears to have a more orange undertone than I had anticipated.
Here are a collection of the red OCC Lip Tars so you can compare them with the Pout Paint....
This is a prime example of what I mentioned with the Lip Tar being a tad on the runny side. I opened it to swatch it and it ran out so quickly. Notice that it's feathering in the lines on the back of my hand. The Pout Paint is on the right. From the tube they appeared alike, but I can clearly see the difference in shading. Once applied, Lip Tar has a light mint scent, whereas I detect a slight orange scent with the Pout Paint. Each tube contains 8ml of product and a tiny bit goes a long way. Lip Tars currently retail at $12 and the Pout Paints will retail at £4.99, but I'm waiting to see what US pricing will be.
Both shades were applied without lip liner using my Make Up Forever #3N lip brush.
I think that OCC Makeup has a serious contender in the area of Lip Tars vs Pout Paints. What say you?
(Just in case you're interested, here is the video from the Sleek MakeUP "Destination S" Beauty Blogger's event.)
How funny is this? YouTube suggested my OWN channel to me as a channel that I may like & wish to subscribe to. LOL! At least they list me beside my peers that I like, ColoredBeautiful & LilPumpkinPie05. LOL!!!