I once read a blog that promised an instant mood lift upon applying a bright lipstick. I didn't believe the person who wrote it. But the next time I braved a bold lip, I found myself really smiling. Yesterday the sun was shining and I was doubly happy, wearing this bright red lipstick. It's nice when things as small as the weather and a lipstick can brighten up your day. Even more so when they both stick around all day.
I'm not exaggerating. Sleek's Matte Me does not budge. Try eating a sandwich, having a few drinks – it stays on, I promise. It actually takes make up remover and a few cotton wool pads to get it off, and I don't see why it should be any other way. Why aren't all lip products like this?
It looks like a lipgloss and has the colour of a lipstick – but don't worry, it's nothing like the Rimmel Apocalips (which are a tad overrated in my opinion). Sleek's Matte Me is a lip cream – a liquid lip stain. I got the shade Rioja Red – a gorgeous bright red, perfect for both day and night and, of course, when the sun comes out.
Ultimate precision is required upon application, and a steady hand won't go amiss – this stuff is pigmented like paint. It dries in an instant, but if it smudges even a little bit, you end up with a rather sore looking mouth. I would suggest applying a lip balm beforehand, letting it sink in for a few minutes, and then apply the lip cream, as it is very drying. I guess that's to be expected with a 'matte' lip product, but it's worth mentioning if you prefer lipstains that are moisturising (perhaps Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains?)
Sleek's Matte Me in Rioja Red is the number one red lip product for me. I have never come across any other lipstick that stays on as long as this, and I am so impressed, especially considering it cost £4.99. There are five other colours available in this formula and you can check out the range here. What lifts your mood?