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Sunday 31 August 2014

Dupe Duel; Dior Vs. Sleek

  Diorskin Rosy Glow in '001 Petal': c/o Debenhams & Sleek Blush in '936 Pixie Pink'.

The images above are in order, so the image of me wearing the blush is below the image of the blush itself. 

Hello all!

A beauty post has emerged.. well well well, and about time too!

As a very fair skinned person who naturally looks quite deathly, blush is one of the most important steps in my make-uped face creating routine. I just invented a word; make-uped. So much so, that I have to apply blush when leaving the gym after a ferocious work-out, and many a time I'd be walking around the grounds at school and a teacher would place a caring hand on my shoulder and say 'Arabella, are you ok? You look like you're about to faint!' - I was never about to faint, that's just my face. I suspect (hope) I may just be a vampire and don't have any blood.

Because blush is so imperative to me, I decided a while ago that I wanted to do a post on one of my favourite blushes. However, I fully appreciate that the blush I'm talking about, DiorSkin Rosy Glow at £30.50, is generally not something to pick up on a whim - so, I sought out what I've learned is referred to as a 'dupe'. I found that dupe at a Sleek counter, a drugstore brand I'd never tried before. As this is my first real beauty post, I should give you a bit of a background on my make up history. I'll be honest with you, I don't frequent the drugstore makeup stands all too often, and I'm not saying that in a la-dee-dah 'I only like the best' kind of way. Ever since I started experimenting with makeup around the age of 13 and arrived home from school with a face full of my friend's 5-shades-too-dark Maybelline Matte Mousse, it became clear the next morning when my face morphed into a surface drier than the desert, that I have very sensitive skin. Ever since, my mother has encouraged me to invest in high end products - and so, I've always owned a comparatively small collection of high end products, rather than drawers full of drugstore products that wouldn't do my skin any favours. 

DiorSkin Rosy Glow: At £30.50, it's touted as a blush that 'reacts with the moisture in each skin type, developing into a tailor made rosy blush to suit each individual complexion' I expected a lot. I'll be honest with you, I'm not sure if I believe that. It's a beautiful blush but I can't say I've noticed it 'reacting' or 'adapting'.  To begin, I have to mention the beautiful packaging which is typical of Dior. It's minimalistic, sophisticated and practical with it's large compact mirror and mini brush. The colour, I admit, does look a bit frightening at first glance. However, on the (or should I say my) skin it's actually a really wearable 'pretty pink' - which are always my favourite colours to wear. In terms of lasting power, whenever I wear it it's always in place at the end of the day - which is a big plus. (You can purchase the Dior blush here!)

Sleek Blush: I can't fault the colour, but I would say I found the Dior blush easier to blend. But, when the blush is on, it's almost identical to the DiorSkin Rosy Glow. Its lasting power isn't incredible despite being referred to on the Sleek website as 'long lasting' but at £4.49 I didn't expect incredible results. Saying that, I was surprised and impressed by the pigmentation, and it still looks great on! A downside is that in my opinion, the packaging isn't dressing-table worthy, but it still has it's own compact mirror for on the go touch ups. (You can buy the Sleek blush here!)

Conclusion: So, as I mentioned, with the Dior blush you get the benefit of impressive lasting power and of course the beautiful packaging, which when buying a 'luxury' product, is partly what you're paying for. However, if lasting power isn't particularly important to you and you're happy to have to occasionally reapply the product - honestly, I'd go for the Sleek option. It's almost the exact same colour as the Dior product and quite literally, a fraction of the price. 


  1. I think you've just talked me into one of these brighter blushes! Will be starting with the Sleek, v helpful post <3

  2. I love sleek blushes ,misused to buy a lot of blushes from mac and benefit but as soon as I discovered sleek I feel in love! They're soo nice. Pixie pink is gorgeous x

  3. wow can't believe how similar they look, I couldn't tell them apart in the pictures ! I've never used a blush this bright, might give the sleek one a try

    Distant Dreamer

  4. What a pretty blush! The color really suits you.Thank you for sharing your review.


  5. That is such a cute shade of pink! Sleek has such a great range of products for affordable prices its nice to know theirs a dior dupe out there! x

  6. Using a blush this bright terrifies me but I may just have to give it a go!

    With Love, Sophie

  7. I really want the dior blush, but I already own sooo many blushes, so it would not make much ense to get another blush now


  8. Thanks for the review, I love finding a dupe for expensive products. The Dior blush definitely wins in terms of pretty packaging haha.

    - alexis


  9. I love Sleek blushes, I've found it hard to find any blush products I've enjoyed as much since buying the Sleek blush kit and that colour is just lovely on you! xx

  10. I love sleek blushes, this is such a beautiful colour.

  11. Very helpful post, And love the pictures.



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