Mini-Review: Sleek Control Shine and Prime

It took me a worrying amount of time to get that title right (control prime and shine? Shine control prime?...)


Anyway, this is the new primer from one of my favourite low-cost brands, Sleek, retailing for just £7.99. I have serious facial shine problems so I thought this was worth a shot!

I found this a lot more like a traditional primer than the Rimmel Stay Matte, but it still wasn't exactly like a silicon-based one. As you can see it's a sort of nude colour (which doesn't make a difference once it's applied).


Once it was on I saw a noticeable decrease in the amount of shine on my face. My skin wasn't quite as silky smooth as it would be with a silicon primer, but it still felt pretty nice. I found my foundation applied a little better than to a bare face but this did not noticeably smooth out my pores or fine lines.

It kept my face relatively matte throughout the day (I still would have to re-apply my powder once or twice over a working day) but I didn't really feel it held my makeup in place for much longer than without a primer. I'd say if you have mild-to-moderate shine I would spot-use this product in your oily areas on top of a more smoothing primer.

Which products do you love for reducing facial shine?


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9 comments

  1. I love Sleek makeup and I really want to give this ago now :) I love using my l'oreal primer :)

    http://www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I haven't tried that one, I'll have to look it up :) x

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  2. Great post, I've been eyeing this up because I get super oily too! I love using the Rimmel Match Perfection Loose powder to reduce shine, one application in the morning with a little more focus around my nose usually see's me through the day! I really recommend it if you don't mine loose powders :) xx

    Kitty | kittyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ooh thanks for the tip, I've never tried that one! x

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  3. Great review... Haven't tried anything from Sleek in a while so I might give this a go. I'm oil slick central too unfortunately! I use the Benefit Stay Flawless primer religiously (pricey, but it really is like pritt stick for your face it holds my makeup on all day and controls shine!) and I am never without oil blotting papers in my bag :) x

    LongHairAndLashes.blogspot.ie

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    1. I never hear so much about that Benefit primer, but anything shine-controlling and I'm there haha x

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  4. Cool pick. I don't think we have access to this in the states. My go to method for de-shining is just a little bit of powder. I haven't found a magic product yet. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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    1. I'm pretty sure you can order from Sleek online to the US, I definitely recommend their products :)
      It definitely feels like there's an endless quest for a miracle product! x

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  5. Sounds like a nice product, I suffer from oily skin and this might be worth trying!!!

    LondonBeautyxx

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