Sleek Makeup Be Beautiful Full Coverage Blemish Balm (BB Cream) SPF 15 for Women of Colour

Some time back, I received these BB creams from Sleek. Developed in the UK and produced in Taiwan, they apparently have several attributes.

Formulated with Vitamin C and red algae extract for antioxidant and anti-ageing effects, they promise to conceal, repair and protect the skin. They offer UV protection too.

Although I was sent Light, together with Medium, a strange thing occurred as I was swatching the former: It started out as a shade that approximated my skintone but it slowly started to deepen in tone, so much so that the end-shade was too dark for me. I’m not sure if this was due to intended colour-adjustment or an oxidising effect but the resulting shade is certainly not suitable for people in the MAC NC20-25 range.

The texture seems promising – it blends well, its emollience balanced enough for good glide but doesn’t give too much slip. It is also clearly pigmented and lives up to its full coverage description.

I was pleasantly surprised to see deeper tones in this BB cream range; I know women of colour have been given short shrift where this beauty trend is concerned, so this is a good way for them to experience BB creams. Taiwan does produce some good base products (the popular Za powder foundations, for instance) and the country manufactures BB creams too (Shills comes to mind).

Sleek Blemish Balm retails at £8.99 for 50 ml and can be found in Superdrug in the UK, as well as on the Sleek website where it is priced at US$11.49.

I’d love to hear what you think of it, if you have tried/ever try it. :)


  • Sara says:

    Sounds interesting but looking at it, it seems too deep for my skintone as it’s almost a bronze sort of shade? It’s quite a cool move for it to be produced in Taiwan too. haha

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