LOTW | Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There review and swatch

Hello dear readers, it's been quite a while since I've posted a LOTW hasn't it? I haven't really been focusing on just one lipstick a week, if any at all since final year has been in full swing. If I've worn makeup it's usually been for a special occasion, or I've simply opted for lip-balm. However Sleek's lipstick in 'Barely There' was the last one that I chose and I've been trying to make it work on and off. On the first few wears it was just too bright and peachy against my skintone, but at the same time it made quite the lovely change to my usual mauves and rosy shades that I tend to favour.

Price: £4.99

Colour: Barely There, unlike the name suggests is an opaque peachy/coral shade. With just a swipe or two, it looks bright on the lips and easily masks darker, pigmented lips. Some lipsticks don't look true to colour unless you put foundation over the lips, which allows the shade to be seen clearly. Now I understand why this range is called 'true colour' because the colour of the lipstick in the bullet is exactly what you get on the lips ^_^ 

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There review and swatch

Formula and Lasting time: The formula is super creamy and comfortable to wear. This is one of the 'sheen' formulas in the line, so it sits comfortably on the lips with ease. As it is so moisturising it lasts well for about 1.5-2 hours before it has completely faded and needs reapplying. This is increased a little when a lipliner is used beforehand, but due to the formula it's just one of those lipsticks that does require reapplication.

Favourite way to wear it: Like I mentioned, I don't like wearing this with one or two swipes. The colour is too opaque, too bright and too much of a clash against my medium skin-tone. I did however find one way to make it look nice, literally dabbing it on lightly and then pressing my lips together. This light wash of colour looks beautiful for the spring-time, and I like to line my lips with my favourite Make up For Ever Aqua Lip in 2C. The swatch on the right hand side shows how much lighter the colour appears if used very lightly - quite pretty right!

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There review and swatch

Overall: I'm glad I found a way to make this lipstick work and although I'm not usually one for such a peachy/coral nude, it's a lovely fresh look for the spring time. However it's not the kind of lipstick I can just whip out from my bag and apply, I have to use a liner before and usually after too in order to add some definition. I've had this lipstick in my stash for almost  two years and the reason I haven't used even half of it, is it just takes a little too much effort for me to be satisfied with the colour. If the longevity was longer, I would probably reach for it more, however the awkward colour and fast fading time mean it's just not all that special to me. The formula and how comfortable it is, does make the lipstick one of the best in the highstreet though and I think if you have a light skintone, this would be a beautiful spring/summer shade to throw in your bag and add life to your face with little effort.

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There review and swatch

Available from: Superdrug and Boots.

Rating: 6/10

Repurchase? No, I haven't used it enough in the long time that I've had it. A nice formula, but the colour just isn't for me.

Have you tried any of the lipsticks from the True Colour range?

Thank-you for reading ♥