These were included in my “box o’ treats” when I attended the Sleek Blogger’s Event in NYC late last year, and I never really got around to playing with them. I just happened upon them while going through my collection and decided to test them out. Since I was given the entire range I wanted to see if they were kit worthy.
The Sleek Luminous Pressed Powders are illuminating powders infused with mica to help reflect light, giving the skin a brighter appearance. They provide translucent coverage and contain SPF 15. The powders come in four shades ranging from light to dark, LPP01, LPP02, LPP03 and LPP04.
Left to right: LPP01-04
First of all, I really appreciate the fact that the darkest shade is actually…well dark, dark enough to cover the deepest of skintones. The coverage is awesome and although they look super sparkly in the pan, it tones down a bit when applied since the particles are so fine. If you are NW45 in MAC like I am, your closest shade would be LPP03. When swatching these, they reminded me of the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Naturals, so I pulled mine out in Deep Dark to compare…
Left to Right: Sleek LPP03, MAC MSFN Deep Dark, LPPo4
LPP03 is very similar to MAC MSF in deep dark, but the Mineralize Skinfinish has less shimmer and more of a semi-matte finish. The MSF also has slightly more coverage. LPP01 and LPP02 has a very similar finish to the MAC MSFN, while LPP03 and LPP04 has more shimmer. I don’t know why that is the case.
I tried the Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in LPP03 out and I liked it a lot. It provides a fair amount of coverage, wears well, does a good job of absorbing oil and gives the skin a nice glow. However, for my personal preference it has just a tad bit too much shimmer. Also, be aware that titanium dioxide (spf) is not good for photos as it reflects light from the flash, making the skin look pale. The powders are already made to reflect light and the spf on top of that is not a great mix. You may be able to eradicate this with your camera settings and lighting, definitely if you use natural light. I didn’t really experience the “ghost face” when I tried it, maybe because the spf is so low. To err on the side of error, I will not use these in my kit as all over face powders but as bronzers, highlighters and contours. LPP04 looks lovely on NW45 with a slight hand, sort of like a bronzer/contour in one. These can be used in a similar manner as MSFN, although some people wear MSFN all over as foundation, like myself.
The Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder retails for $10 USD and can be purchased at www.sleekmakeup.com or Superdrug.