I like to think of myself as a bit of a liquid lipstick connoisseur,
like a fine wine, um, they come in varying shades of.. okay, scratch that. Liquid lipsticks are HUGE right now and come in all different textures, hues, staying powers. One of my favourite formulations also happens to be a drugstore product too and they have just launched some of the dreamiest colours EVER.
Sleek Makeup launched their Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks last year and I quickly got obsessed with Birthday Suit and Fandango Purple (see them in action on my youtube tutorial here) and sort of just dismissed all the other shades then and there.
Luckily they cottoned on to how good these products were and went back to the drawing board to release 5 new “trendier” shades this summer. I’ve swatched the lot and my honest opinions are below.
I kind of love that they launched these in summer yet the colours really aren’t your typical “summer” palette. It’s actually a relief because most super bright, girly hues dont really do it for me. I definitely prefer a more sultry and chic pout 365 days of the year.
I would probably place Velvet Slipper as my joint 2nd favourite of the 6 new Matte Me launches. It’s a rich Mauve toned, reddy lipstick. Basically purple and red smushed together and looking waaaaay trendy. I love the cool tone too, it’s dark but without looking too dark and nighttime-y (not a word, but you know). It wasn’t too hard to get this an even solid colour.
This shade is BOMB, o.m.g mauve.com with a dash of grunge. It’s a nude base mixed with a splash of lilac. Easy to build and to get opaque due to the lighter colouring of this formula. Love it for those greige/grunge makeup looks that are so so hot right now.
At first I thought this would be really similar to the Mary Jo K from Kylie Cosmetics (worn here). Although the colour is a super sumptuous, rich red hue with cool tones, the formula and application didn’t live up to my favourite red liquid lipstick, Mary Jo K. As you can see from the pics some there is a slight patchiness to the lips, nothing too noticeable but still not a perfect application. I think this could potentially be counteracted by using a lip liner all over before applying for more even coverage.
This is the most summery shade of the 6 new Matte Me’s. Bittersweet is a coral nude for girls that can’t wear/don’t like coral. Thats me!! I always feel kinda trashy wearing coral lips so this was an amazing find as the shade is slightly cooler and more ruddy peach/pink that spanking orange coral. It is also the easiest and most even textured formula to apply of the lot.
I had so much hope for this colour, as in the bottle it looks like a true, deep, blood red! So vampy, so provocative! Despite the bad press they’ve had, LimeCrime are the only liquid lipsticks I’ve tried that have succeeded in creating dark formulations that aren’t patchy. This has all the promise of a dupe of my fav Limecrime liquid Lipstick, Wicked, but instead came out so patchy and temperamental 🙁
This shade is so strikingly similar to Old Hollywood but when held to the light has a tad more berry/blackness to it. Again the formulation is hard to work with but I tried to speed up and get it all on quickly before it started getting tacky and transferring between my two lips. The shade is gorgeous but again, too difficult to use. I’m hoping to try and make this work better over a full mouth of lip liner.
What Matte Me shade is tempting you?