Product Review: Sleek Makeup Luminous Pressed Powder SPF 15

by Gio

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Name: Luminous Pressed Powder SPF 15
Brand: Sleek Makeup
Size: 10.5g
Price: €8.99

From Sleek Makeup’s website:
Illuminating pressed powder that provides a healthy glowing complexion
Provides light to medium coverage
Evens out skin tone whilst providing a healthy glow
Contains SPF 15 which protects skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays
Set in a mirrored compact, ideal for touch-ups throughout the day to refresh makeup

What I liked:
– light to medium coverage, easy to build up without caking
– gives skin a subtle glow
– suitable for mildly oily skin too, helps absorb excess oil
– longlasting, helps makeup stay put throughout the day
– texture is finely-milled and non-powdery
– available in four shades
– sleek packaging contains mirror for easy application

What I didn’t like:
– some people may be disappointed by how subtle the glow is
– if you need heavy coverage, this is not for you
– small sponge is useful only for touch-ups on the go

“And that sweet city woman. She moves through the light. Controlling my mind and my soul…” Sleek Makeup Luminous Pressed Powder put me in a 1970s disco mood when I first saw it.

As I lifted the lid, I was greeted by a myriad of light-reflecting mica pigments that give off such a sparkling effect (which my stupid camera didn’t capture) that belies their tiny size. I was ready to don my dancing shoes and head to the nearest club, where the disco ball effect wouldn’t have been out of place.

But there was no need to. Although the powder is pigmented and very sparkly in the pan, it doesn’t transfer that well to the brush and your face. A fluffy powder brush is able to pick up only a little amount of product. But that’s a good thing. One, it means you can easily build up the powder if you need to without it ever looking cakey.

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Two, rather than the dreaded disco ball look, it gives your skin a subtle and natural glow, a hint of radiance that prevents it from looking flat. But if you plan to use it as a highlighter, you’ll be disappointed. It’s not luminous enough for that. On the plus side, its subtlety makes it suitable even for people with mildly oily skin.

I apply it all over my face, including my slightly shiny t-zone, and it never accentuates the oily patches there. On the contrary, it does a good job at absorbing oil for a few hours. I’m not sure how well it works on very oily skin, though. They may still prefer a matte powder.

Sleek Makeup Luminous is finely-milled. Its texture is neither powdery nor chalky, and lasts ages on the skin. It also protects skin from UV rays. It contains Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (also called Octyl Methoxycinnamate) and Octocrylene, which can absorb UVB rays, and Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), which is effective against UVA rays. Of course it should be used together, not as a substitute for, sunscreen.

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But I can’t say it woved me. It’s not a bad, or even average, product. It’s just a pressed powder. It does what pressed powders are supposed to do and well, but nothing out of the ordinary that would make you go wow.

Having said that, if you’re in the market for a good pressed powder that gives skin a subtle glow, is reasonably priced, and is packaged in a sleek case you wouldn’t be ashamed to take out of your bag should you need to touch up during the day (the cute and small sponge is ok for touch-ups on the go only; use a brust at home), then there’s no reason not to give this one a try. It may just be what you’re looking for.

Summary
Sleek Makeup Luminous Pressed Powder provides light, easily buildable, coverage and a subtle glow to the complexion. Finely milled, it helps absorb excess oil and makeup last longer.

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration.In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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8 comments

Allison November 3, 2014 - 4:56 pm

You are usually a big fan of Sleek products, so I guess this won’t be the first of their products that I’ll try. Also, I have MAC’s RiRi Woo Cream Color Base that is essentially a glow powder/highlighter and I have one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. Though I love both of them, I seem to hardly ever use them. Maybe now that holiday season is almost upon us, I’ll make more of an effort to glow more!

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Gio November 3, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Allison; I love Sleek! They make some great products at affordable prices. This provides a very subtle glow, but I like it cos it’s great for daytime. I’d love to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but they’re not available here.

The holidays are the perfect time to glow. 😉

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Chic Readings November 3, 2014 - 6:03 pm

I always love their packaging, it so simple and classy:)

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Gio November 3, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Helena, me too! It’s very sleek. 😉

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Sarah @ Paths & Errands November 4, 2014 - 1:02 am

It seems pretty well-priced for a good pressed powder! Have you tried Rimmel’s Stay Matte? I think that’s probably my favorite drugstore option, wondering how it compares.

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Gio November 4, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Sarah, it is! No, I haven’t. I tend to stay away from drugstore base products such as powders and foundations cos they usually don’t come in shades light enough for my pale skin. Surprisingly, this one was a good match, though.

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[email protected] November 4, 2014 - 7:16 am

Loved the sleek matte case in comes in 🙂 would love to try it.. iwas scared for a moment when you mentioned disco ball 😀

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Gio November 4, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Anubhuti, I was scared too when I first saw it. It was so sparkly in the pan. Luckily that doesn’t translate on the skin. The glow is very subtle.

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