Review: Sleek Makeup Matte Me Lip Cream

I have accumulated quite a few liquid lipsticks over the past months. You probably have noticed that if you've seen my recent haul posts haha. I, however, have only tried from a couple of brands so far, and one of those is Sleek Makeup. I first stumbled upon these Matte Me lip creams last year as I was looking for dupes for Kylie's Candy K and Posie K. Sleek's Birthday Suit and Shabby Chic came up, so naturally I turned to the internet for more swatches. 

And that's really how my liquid lipstick collection started.

I only have three shades from the Matte Me collection. The shade I was so excited to try was Birthday Suit, the most raved one. And while I was not really a big fan of matte lipsticks before, Birthday Suit looked like it could be a good everyday shade, and you know me... that's my cup of tea! I also really wanted to try the shade Shabby Chic because I was looking for a good mauve color, but I couldn't catch that on stock, so I just chose something else.

Packaging-wise, I don't really have major complaints. I actually love the look of these tubes. I noticed, though, that one of the shades I own has a different applicator than the others - Birthday Suit's brush is longer, thinner and flatter. 

And while I don't totally hate it, I still prefer the shorter doe-foot tip of the newer shades because I find they help me apply the product more easily.

Description (from the brand): Matte Me is a matte finish liquid lipstick that glides on in one smooth application, with no need for a second coat. The light as air texture provides you with comfortable wear for hours, that doesn’t cake, flake or dry out, ensuring long lasting colour all day.

Again, I have only three shades from this collection so far. If you know me, you'd know that when it comes to lip color, I tend to go for nudes, muted pinks, browns and plums. And so these three (and Shabby Chic) were my choices.

Sleek describes Birthday Suit as a classic wearable nude, but on me, it's a little bit too warm than what I wanted. It appears more pink in some lighting, though (like in the photo below). But I do like how I can wear it by itself without looking washed out.

Bittersweet is described as a coral pink, which I think is pretty spot on. It's similar in shade to ColourPop's November USL but just a bit darker. It's good for days when I need a bit more color in my face.

Velvet Slipper is a muted deep plum, which again is a perfect description. And I do like plums, so...
L-R: Birthday Suit, Bittersweet, Velvet Slipper

These go on smoothly on the lips, and the formula is indeed light as air, as Sleek describes it. Compared with ColourPop's Ultra Matte Lips, these ones have thinner and lighter formula. And because the formula is on the thin side, it's slightly easier to apply but also less pigmented - it takes a few more coats to achieve my desired opacity. I do like that these appear more matte and are less drying than the ColourPop ones, though. Depending on the shade, this can last a good office day on me if I don't eat or drink too much. When I need to reapply, I remove the remaining color first completely, as this can feel quite thick and drying layered on.

I got these for 450 Php each at Sleek's Landmark Trinoma branch, if I remember correctly.

Over-all, I like these lip creams! They're a bit more expensive than the ColourPop Ultra Mattes, but these are more easily accessible. I'm still planning on getting Shabby Chic because I can't stop thinking about it!