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Shanghai Suzy Lipstick and Sleek Blush by 3 review

5 Mar

This is my first product review of any kind, and I must admit I am slightly nervous.  But seeing as I work in the makeup industry and get asked constantly what my favourite products are, it makes sense that l start doing it.  Let me begin by saying that l have not been asked to do this by either brand, nor the store that I work for.  I purchased these products outright and just happened to love them!  I must also admit that I do not own a fancy camera, in fact I don’t even own a stand-alone camera – all pictures have come straight off my Samsung GS3 so I do apologise for the quality.

Anyway, down to business! I’m talking about Shanghai Suzy lipstick in Miss Sally (Watermelon) and Sleek MakeUP ‘Blush by 3′ palette in Californ.I.A. I have been using the Sleek Pout Paints and eyeshadows for a while and adore them, but am new to their blush. And I am definitely new to the Shanghai Suzy lipsticks.

Sleek MakeUP has been around for quite some time and sell everything from eye primer to lip palettes.  All items have been incredibly popular in the store and around the world with Pros, and continue to sell like hot cakes, which means they must be great, right? Right! From what I’ve used, I’m in love.  The same can be said for Shanghai Suzy, who only sell lipsticks.  Each shade is matched with its’ optimal formula, either ‘Matte’ or ‘Nourish’.  The ‘Matte’ formula is bold, creamy and long-wearing and the ‘Nourish’ formula contains jojoba seed oil to, well, nourish your pout.  And as an added bonus, they all smell like Grape Hubba Bubba. Delish!

I purchased them Wednesday, so yesterday morning I did my usual makeup routine, but switched up my Illamasqua cream blush for the Sleek ‘Blush by 3’ in Californ.I.A.  This trio contains 3 creams, which is new for Sleek as they usually combine some creams and powders for variety.


The shades all have a beautiful peachy tone, ranging from quite a shimmery pink on the left, to a high shine champagne in the middle, to a stunning low shine apricot on the right.


And instead of wearing either a Lime Crime Velvetines lipstick or Phytocare pure papaya ointment on my lips, I put Shanghai Suzy in Miss Sally to the test. And let me tell you, the results were goooood!


So I’m guessing you want to see how they look on? You perves!


‘scuse the sweat moustache!


Side view – no flash, incandescent lighting


Shanghai Suzy Miss Sally – with flash


Shanghai Suzy Miss Sally – without flash

Well I am stoked! The colour payoff is fantastic, the consistency of both products was great and the wear was also a swell surprise. I won’t go buying too many more of the Sleek cheek palettes as I already have most shades and finishes in other brands, but I will gladly buy them when I run out – especially as they go for $20 per trio.  And as for Shanghai Suzy… well what can I say that pictures can’t?


Lipstick only, no liner – after breakfast

This is after breakfast, coffee and morning tea. No touch up, no lip liner, only 2 coats and no setting formula.


After 8 hours

And this is after 8 hours, additional food and several litres of water.  I quickly touched up the innermost part of my bottom lip after work, but the main lip areas remain untouched.

Notice how they don’t look dry or cracked at all?  That’s because they weren’t!  Yep, amazeballs.  It easily out lasted my previous winners in the long-wear category, and there is always one helluva routine involved in that.  But hang onto your hats ladies (and gents!), for the best is yet to come… They’re only $12.95 each.  That’s right; high pigment, long wearing, cruelty free and local for a piddly $13.  GET. ON. IT!

For anyone wanting more detail to the rest of today’s face, here it is:

Skin – MUFE HD primer, Face Atelier Ultra Foundation #3, Ben Nye Neutral Set, Cinema Secrets 605(61) & 607(19) under eyes.

Eyes – Vanity mark brow powder Choco Noir, Erin Bigg Luxe Creme gel liner, Urban Decay Tease in the socket, MAC Ricepaper on the lid, Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara and NYX jumbo eye pencil Milk on lower waterline.

If you want to know more you can head on over to their respective websites, or hop onto http://www.makeupandglow.com.au to purchase.

’til next time Dolls, stay mindful and act mischievous xx