Foundation For Pale Skin: Sleek Make Up, The Pale Skin Diaries

foundation for pale skin

So a few days ago now I posted my new series idea: the pale skin diaries. Through it I seek to explore make up brands high and low, from drugstore to fancy department stores to find the very best products for us beauties with snow white fair complexions. If you want to read more about this feature you can rewind right here.

The Pale Skin Diaries: The information in this post is only correct at the time of posting. I apologise in advance for any messy counters and testers, you know how grim they can be sometimes! All of the products are swatched on my hand for the purpose of being able to see them clearly but please be assured I also test everything on my cheek for accuracy. For reference purposes I am slightly paler than MAC's NW15. Please note that I am not reviewing all of the products in this series I am simply illustrating and discussing how fair the palest shades really are. I Apologies for the lacking photo quality which is due to the photos being taken with my phone as many stores will not be DSLR friendly! I hope you enjoy this series :).

sleek make up
The first brand I am going to explore is Sleek, a brand that can be purchased online and shopped in person at Superdrug. Sleek sadly only have counters in the UK (that I know about?!) although I am pretty sure they have stockists in other countries, and if not, I am sure they ship internationally. Sleek are of course famous for their infamous eye shadow palettes which send the blogging world into a frenzy with their purse friendly price, crazy high pigmentation, and sheer range of colours. Well, I think Sleek are very overlooked in the face department too and their range boosts one of the biggest varieties in shades I can think of. This is evident in the landing page image of their foundations which highlights but fair and dark beauty which I think is just utterly wonderful for a high street brand so huge, huge thumbs up already from me. But just how fair are the lightest shades? Let's investigate.

Liquid Foundation New Skin Revive in Linen
sleek new revive liquid foundation in linen
So the first foundation I tested out was the liquid foundation Sleek create called 'New Skin Revive'. New Skin Revive foundation is a silicone based light-to-medium coverage liquid foundation that transforms the appearance of skin on contact. It is described by Sleek as being an oil free, weightless formulation with smoothing silicone properties that is so light that it creates a naked feel to the skin, for a beautiful natural finish.

The lightest shade in this foundation is called 'Linen' and is described as being ideal for fair skin tones with yellow undertones. I was lucky enough to be gifted this foundation at the Clothes Show by the Sleek PR team so I have tested this foundation for a while now. It is indeed quite light and lasts quite a long time on the skin. For a girl that doesn't love foundation too much this feels extremely breathable. In terms of colour I would definitely describe this as being yellow-toned and I think it is quite comparable to MAC's NC15 but very slightly paler, at least, it is for me. I am pink-toned so I was worried this foundation wouldn't work for me but it's actually very flattering and it's absolutely a product I can wear for my skin tone. Click here for more information.

It's about to get quite photo heavy, so just me after the cut!

Creme To Powder Foundation in Linen
sleek creme to powder foundation in linen

So this product is a cream foundation which is good for those seeking medium to full coverage. Described by Sleek as being a light-weight cream texture that sets to a velvety, smooth, matte texture upon application providing a flawless effect. This is the shade 'Linen' which is again the palest in the range. For me, as you can see from the above it looks quite yellow but actually once I blended this in it wasn't too bad. Overall, however, I would say it's not as pale as the 'Linen' liquid foundation, and again I would compare it to NC15 from MAC. This product also has an SPF 15 which is good for pale skin. Overall, I cannot comment on how well the product is but shade wise it's okay ish.  For more information click here.

For the sake of not making this post really long the Base Duo Kit in 'Linen' to me is identical shade wise and you can look at that here.

Be Beautiful Blemish Balm in 'Fair'
sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm in 'Fair'Every make up range has got to have a BB cream, and the Sleek one is pretty fabulous! In fact, I'm so sure it has made it into a favourites post before. I really, really rate this BB cream. Sleek describe is as a multi-tasking wonder balm that can be used as a primer, tinted moisturiser or concealer. It provides medium to full coverage and is loaded with skin loving multi-vitamins, anti ageing properties and protein peptides that revitalises and nourishes and aids in skin repair. Vitamin C adds an extra boost to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion, whilst the presence of Vitamin E protects the skin from early stages of UV damage, leaving skin youthful and luminous. Skin stays protected with SPF15, whilst jojoba oil soothes and moisturises for a flawless finish. I own the fairest shade called 'Fair' and it really is fair! I would say that this one actually runs refreshingly pink toned which is quite a difference from the foundations mentioned so far. For me, this blends into my fair skin really well and it's actually one of the best BB creams I have ever tried too. It provides a gorgeous dewy look but it doesn't break you out and compliments oily to combination skin types really well. Find more out here

Lumionous Pressed Powder No.1
sleek Lumionous Pressed Powder No.1
The only powder I could find at my local Sleek counter that wasn't foundation was the luminous pressed powder in shade no. 1. With SPF 15 to protect against harmful UV rays, Luminous Pressed Powder is infused with light reflecting mica pigments for a fresh, dewy glow. Apply Luminous Pressed Powder on top of your foundation for a translucent finish and to help minimise the appearance of skin imperfections, shine and absorb excess oil. As you can see from the above swatch this is yellow central, and therefore, I wouldn't recommend it for pale skins! It to me seems darker than MAC's NC15. For more information click here.

Highlighting Concealer Luminaire 1

sleek Highlighting Concealer Luminaire 1
So the very last product I want to feature is the concealing highlighter from Sleek. I have never tried this myself, though I have heard good things in the beauty world and actually it seems like this product has done a complete 360, because unlike every other product I have featured this is very, very pink, rather than yellow! I would describe this as a salmon pink and when I blended it into my skin is just didn't sit quite right and so I wouldn't for certain like to recommend this product for very fair skin.

Overall feedback on pale foundations at Sleek: So overall I am quite impressed with Sleek, and as I said in my opening paragraph it's beyond wonderful to see how they embrace every skintone and for this I highly, highly praise them. The palest shade in Sleek seems to be 'Linen' so when you're at the stand home in on this for all the different products. I would recommend the liquid new revive skin powder and BB cream as being the absolute best with some consideration for the creme foundation which may just work for some. I would personally not bother looking at the highlighter or luminious powder. With that being said, I think the highlighter would look very pretty as just that: a highligter. I just wouldn't use it for concealer. 

If you're still unsure Sleek actually sell little sample foundation kits for both their liquid new revive foundation and creme powder foundation which is a fantastic idea. 

Overall score: B. 



  1. I can't even tell you how grateful I am for this blog series! Definitely going to check out the BB cream from Sleek now - I always seem to struggle with yellow-undertone foundation, so so happy to see a BB cream with pink undertones! :) Thank you so much!

    1. Oh Gina, you're so incredidbly welcome I am so, so pleased to create this series to help you out and I hope you love the BB cream <3 xoxo

  2. Such a shame about the luminous powder... it would be my perfect product otherwise!

  3. Sleek also sell small sample kits on thier website - £3 for five shades of either creams or liquids for if you can't get to a store. I actually recommend picking them up to use for contouring as well :)

  4. ooh such a lovely post!

    following! <3

    from helen at thelovecatsinc


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