Sleek Shimmer Blush (NARS Dupe?)

After chucking out ol’ faithful (my No7 blush/bonzer duo I’d had for almost a decade), I was desperately in need of new blusher options. I picked up a palette, a few cheap duos and I wasn’t that impressed. So I did a little research and decided I wanted NARS Orgasm. But was I about to drop £23.00 on ONE blusher?


If you thought I might, you are in the wrong place, my friend.

So, I did the next best thing. I went looking for a dupe. Turns out, I didn’t have to look too far. Sleek, a brand I have a little experience with, had a colour dupe in their Shimmer Blush Range; Rose Gold, a slightly less pigmented, but still equally gorgeous shade.

When it was finally delivered (and by delivered, I mean Royal Mail knocked on my door and ran away), I was surprised at how much darker the colour was, compared to the picture on the Superdrug website. Superdrug made it seem a bit more peach toned but this is definitely rosey. Which is not a bad thing. I like a dark blush, ngl.


I love Sleek’s packaging. It makes the product seem a lot more luxurious than it is. Usually, they can be on the flimsy side but this little blush was hella difficult to open.


I was a little worried about the sheer volume of glitter in this small pan. I love highlight as much as the next girl, but it was a bit much for me. On swatching, it didn’t seem to be too glowy, and I felt a bit better about it. The colour definitely isn’t as dark, or as pigmented as it looks in the pan, which was a bit of a surprise and a relief. Pigmented blushes are SO difficult to work with.

The first time I wore this, I applied my usual small amount of product onto the apples of my cheeks, blending upwards to my cheekbones. After a few minutes, I looked back and was like, damn, where did my blush go?

Do you see it?


I can’t tell if the pink is the remainder of the redness in my cheeks that my foundation never covers, or a hint of blush. Either way, I wasn’t impressed.

The next time I wore it, I applied a LOT and in my mirror, it still looked pretty sheer. On the right, you can see a bit of pink, but on the left there’s nothing except a patch of natural redness of my cheeks that’s always there.


I’m not crazy on the pigmentation of this product at all. Perhaps its just my skin type as so many people have had success. Or maybe I was just having bad foundation days on the occasions I have worn it. It could simply be too natural for how I like my makeup to look.

Because I can’t even see it on the skin, I can’t tell you whether it’s patchy, has longevity or anything. I’m so disappointed. Right now, I’m not exactly struck with this blush. I’ll keep going and see how if I can get some colour from it in the future.



6 responses to “Sleek Shimmer Blush (NARS Dupe?)

  1. I was rooting for it to be a Nars dupe as I’ve been wanting one but not wanting to actually spend the cash. It sucks that it is sooo sheer! You’re not alone with Superdrug pictures, I often find the actual product is darker than the picture on the website.

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