Product Review: Sleek Makeup Molten Metal in Steel and Ash

Name: Molten Metal in Steel and Ash
Brand: Sleek Makeup
Size: 5.4g
Price: £6.99

From Sleek Makeup’s website:
Illuminate your eyes with Molten Metal’s newest shades in Steel and Ash, a cool duo of graphite and silver. The intensely pigmented formula applies like a dream, whilst the vivid colour stays strong and crease free. The creamy texture allows for easy application, making dramatic eyes quick and easy to apply.

What I liked:
– beautiful grey shades with a metallic finish, perfect for smokey eyes
– very pigmented
– creamy texture, easy to blend
– the packaging
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– they crease

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of Sleek Makeup and that I love pretty much everything they make. So, you can imagine how brokenhearted I was when I came across a Sleek Makeup product that just didn’t work for me, especially since it has quite a few good things going for it. What product am I talking about? The recently released Molten Metal in Steel And Ash, packaged in a sleek and beautiful black compact which includes a mirror for easier application.

Molten Metal in Steel and Ash features a light silver and a darker grey shades, both of which are shimmery and have a beautiful metallic finish. Ash, the darker shade, is a lot more shimmery and unique than Steel. I don’t think I have ever come across a dupe for it actually. Both shades look great on the eyes, illuminating them, and are perfect to create smokey eyes and festive looks for the upcoming season. As with all Sleek Makeup eyeshadows, the pigmentation is excellent. I only had to use one swipe for my swatches above so you can see how good the color payoff is and how little is needed for each application. The creamy texture also applies smoothly and blends easily.

So, what’s the problem with this duo? Both shades crease really bad on me within half an hour, even when I used a primer underneath! I tried everything I could think of to make them stay put but to no avail. I find that, if I use a primer, apply a tiny amount of product and blend really, really well, then they last a little bit longer (about an hour) before creasing. However, keep in mind that I have this problem with pretty much every cream eyeshadow that I have tried, which is why I very rarely wear them and stick to powder ones.

My lids just don’t seem to agree with cream eyeshadows. *sighs* If you, instead, can wear cream eyeshadows without problems or have dry lids, then Molten Metal in Steel and Ash may last a few good hours on you. Other bloggers have stated in their reviews that these cream eyeshadows last about 5 or 6 hours on them before creasing occurs, but only when they use a good base underneath.

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Sleek Makeup Molten Metal in Steel and Ash is a cream eyeshadow duo that features two beautiful shimmering silver shades with a metallic finish perfect for the festive season and nights out. Both shades are very pigmented, apply smoothly and blend easily. However, on oily lids, they crease even when used with a primer.

Rating: 3/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mylanqolia, I’m glad I could help. Maybe they will work better for those with dry lids but on me, I just couldn’t get them to work, they’d crease so soon! What a shame! No, I haven’t tried the Essence cream eyeshadows yet. I just tend to avoid cream eyeshadows in general because they never seem to work for me.. I doubt I would have tried the Molten Metal eyeshadow if the Sleek Makeup PR hadn’t send it to me.. Like you, I’m always wary of cream eyeshadows for fear they might crease..

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