Review: Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in Pumpkin
The Sleek Blush by 3 Palettes are packaged in a basic black compact with a fatty mirror inside. It feels sturdy and the lid isn’t floppy, meaning that you can open it to any angle you like and the compact will stay.
As a side note, I literally do not have the foggiest idea how to own makeup in black packaging without drowning it in smudges. (Is such a thing possible?)
Pumpkin is one of the more radical color combinations that Sleek offers, containing three dark, pigmented shades:
Lantern is a warm red with a finish that falls somewhere in between a satin and a shimmer. At times, it looks like a dark pink. Other times, it has a more orangey hue.
Squash is a vivid, matte pink.
P Pie is a vibrant, matte orange that is reminiscent of traffic cones. I wish I could put into words how deeply my soul wishes that they had called the shade “pie” instead of “P Pie”– we understand, Sleek! We don’t need the clarifying ‘P’! The palette is called “Pumpkin”! We get it! We understand how themes work!All three shades are pigmented to the point of ludicrousness. I know that there are many people who always view pigmentation as a positive. I am not one of those people. There is a reason we don’t formulate opaque blushes and it’s not because formulating opaque blushes is more difficult than formulating opaque eyeshadow– it’s because no one wants to look like a clown college dropout.
If you apply with a light-as-fuck hand, these will still work admirably on fair skin, although they’re trickier than other, user-friendly blushes. On dark skin, these will be gorgeous right out of the pan.
|Sleek Pumpkin Swatches|
Here’s how these blushes look on my face:
If you can keep it toned down enough, ‘lantern’ is a great blush for a natural-looking flush.
|Lantern on Human Face|
Squash is probably the least special of the three blushes. It looks perfectly lovely.
|Squash on Human Face|
P Pie is my favorite of the lot. The vibrant orange comes across, but it still looks wearable.
|P Pie on Human Face|
The Sleek Blush By 3 Palettes retail for $12.49 for 0.68oz, or $18.37 per ounce. For comparison, the Wet’n’Wild Color Icon blushes, at $2.99 for 0.14oz, come in at a more expensive $21.36 per ounce. You would have to have absurd dedication to actually use up this blush palette because it is so damn gigantic. Based on my “How Many Application Are In a Pan of Blush” post from July, which found that I used a mean of 0.014g of blush per use, there is something like 1429 uses in this palette. At one blush application per day, this would take almost four years to finish off. In other words, you’ll drop it and shatter it, leave it at the airport, or, even more likely, get bored with it long before you use the last hint of blush powder.