Last year, I think when they were first released, I bought three Sleek Makeup Matte Me Metallic liquid lipsticks in a set with the Distorted Dreams highlight in Boots on offer. Then I put them somewhere safe to review, so safe I couldn’t find them, until a couple of weeks ago when they resurfaced and I’ve been playing around with them. It’s a bit of a late review but the whole matte and metallic combination intrigued me and I hadn’t tried any before.
Since I got these the range has expanded but the three I have are still available, they’re Roman Copper, Volcanic and Rusted Rose. Matte Me Metallics cost £4.99 each for a 6ml tube and are part of the Matte Me range of liquid lipsticks. These three are available from Boots, Superdrug or the Sleek Makeup website at the same price.
I do love Sleek packaging, there’s something about a matte black finish that makes me feel like it’s an expensive product. These tubes have the standard matte black with the Sleek logo in a shiny finish, but they don’t seem to attract fingerprints anywhere near as much as the palettes. The square design makes these easy to undo and they seem to click in place when closed so they aren’t going to come undone in your bag. I’m not sure what it is but there’s something about the design of the bit of the tube that the applicator goes in that means these don’t get as messy as a lot of liquid lipsticks I’ve tried.
The doe foot applicators are pretty standard and get just the right amount of product on there, there’s no need to wipe it off on the tube. It does apply evenly but these seem less fluffy than some I’ve used recently and grab less of the product so if you want a thick lipstick you do need to do a second coat.
The formula for these is nice and not too drying. I wasn’t sure how a matte metallic would work but it’s basically got the texture of a thin matte liquid lipstick that dries and sticks but has a slightly metallic finish. It’s not a fully metallic shiny look but it’s half way there so a lot more subtle than a full on metal look lip.
They have decent staying power. I wouldn’t say they’re amazing, after three hours they needed reapplying, but for the price they’re good. I didn’t find them too drying, didn’t reach for the lip balm at all when wearing them, but you do get a sort of smooth dry feeling when your lips touch which isn’t too bad but it’s not as soft feeling as more expensive liquid lipsticks. Then again these are less than a third of the price of some of them so it’s not a huge thing. Once these have set they aren’t going anywhere, there’s no smudging or transfer, and it took a lot of scrubbing to remove the swatches. They fade pretty evenly so you don’t get the patches of lip showing through and they’re easy to layer up without feeling caked for a more opaque finish.
Roman Copper is an almost corally copper colour that reminds me of quite a few copper toned lip tints I’ve had in the last. Very opaque, easy to apply and the most bold of the three. Shows off any lines on your lips the most of the three too.
Volcanic is pretty much a metallic version of the colour of my lips, or very close. It’s a pink with what almost looks like a purple red duochrome that adds a really nice shine to it. In the swatch it looks almost like a petrol coloured mix but it didn’t look like that on my lips. Maybe it depends on your skin tone for this one but it’s a subtle one that’s a good introduction to this finish.
Rusted Rose is a light berry colour and probably my favourite of the three which surprised me. Still a subtle colour it’s the thinnest coat and did benefit from a second go over but even one was nice and just added a hint of colour rather than being as bold. Has warm reds in the light and a great evening colour for me though I’ll probably wear it in the day too.
There does seem to almost be two different formulas here, though they all have the same consistency there’s a more obvious difference in the swatches. Roman Copper is completely opaque in one coat but the other two, Volcanic and Rusted Rose, appear patchy. This isn’t much of a problem when you use them straight on your lips, I couldn’t see any patchiness and I think these two blended more with my lip colour and were more subtle, but if you used a base colour beneath them to lighten your lips or had foundation on them then it would show.
Going into this I was expecting to like Roman Copper the most, I have a weakness for copper lipsticks and tints even if I don’t wear them all that often, but Rusted Rose really surprised me and I love it. These have a nice finish and the two, Volcanic and Rusted Rose, I can actually see as being almost everyday colours which I was not expecting.
At the price these are great liquid lipsticks and not too expensive for trying out a new finish. I think they’d be great for beginners or more experienced makeup users as they have good staying power and have a nice finish to them. The range of colours also means that you can pretty much go as bold or as subtle as you like with these too.
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