October 22, 2014

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Primer

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime ($11.99) is a new Oil-Free Mattifying Facial Primer to control oil and act as a base for your foundation. If you recall I happen to be the biggest fan evers of Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector which I consider one of the best facial primers ever.

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime isn’t a dupe for it but the texture is very similar so I suspect if you love Becca’s as much as I do you’ll really love Sleek’s formula and might even consider it a nice beauty budget swap up!

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime is a silicone based facial primer but you’d honestly know because it isn’t the thicker textured ‘cone primers you have have used in the past. I have a severe aversion to silicone primers because 1. I have dry skin and 2. they make me itchy!

The texture of Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Primer very much reminds me of products like Urban Decay’s De-Slick in a Tube and Becca’s Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. The formula looks like a silicone primer but the texture is a bit drier, less creamier and it doesn’t quite have that powdery dry down you get from some primers. This blends out easily into my skin and does a nice job blurring the appearance of the smaller pores around my nose. It doesn’t adhere to my drier areas and it eases shine on my more oily spots like my forehead. I toted it away to California with me because the weather it’s a changing here in New York and California was a great way to take advantage of it because the Summer sun is hot enough that my skin can get a bit oily. For those with combo skin or those with drier skin that might have a spot of oil here or there you’ll like the Control & Shine Primer formula. It eases minimal areas of shine and it’ll blur smaller, visible pores.

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime swatches

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime Swatches

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime swatches blended

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime Swatches (Blended)

I don’t think it’s built well for super oily skin or for those with very larger pores. It’ll blur the appearance of some pores but not majorly larger ones. Same for oil and shine, it’ll do well with small amounts of shine and oil but if you’re extra oily you might feel this won’t mattify enough for you. It performed well for me, I was quite happy with the performance but I see it being disappointing for those who want it to curb shine and oil for several hours, because that, well, that I don’t think it’ll do!

As I said above it isn’t a replacement for Becca’s version but if you’re strapped for cash it is kinda a nice swap out for that formula. But honestly, if you can afford Becca’s version, stick with that.

Sleek Makeup Control & Shine Prime is a lightweight in the world of primers offering minimal blurring benefits and shine control. It’ll work well for combo or drier skin but beware super oily skin users.

Tried it?

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It’s available now at sleekmakeup.com.