OCC Lip Tar vs. Sleek Pout Paint


What Sleek says:

Pout Paint is a lip stain like no other! Providing lips with intense colour and a long-lasting finish, it’s the perfect product when you demand more colour. Pout Paint is made to be mixed, so the possibilities are endless.

  • Provides full coverage that is light weight
  • Non-sticky and extremely buildable

What I say:

When Sleek released the Pout Paints in 2011 I was very excited to try them and bought three colours, namely 156 Peachy Keen, 162 Milkshake and 154 Mauve over (see swatches below in the same order). I think I’ve never worn the colours individually, only when I mixed them. Obviously that is part of the attraction of both, Pout Paints and Lip Tars, that you can get creative as well and try to create your own shades. They are very liquid to apply but dry down after a few minutes. They have a sweet scent to them, not overpowering though.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Polyisobutane, Polybutene, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Butylated Hydroxy Anisole, Glycol Distearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcic (Sweet Almond)Oil, Octyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin and Fragrance. May contain: Titanium dioxide.

Suitable for vegetarians. Not suitable for vegans.

Price: £4.99/3ml

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What OCC says:

LIP TAR: MATTE™ is a liquid matte lipstick with unparalleled pigment intensity and wear time. Only the smallest amount is needed for opaque coverage. Infused with state of the art hi-resolution metallic pigments, the unparalleled opacity of Lip Tar has gone high-voltage with an intense shimmer finish. STAINED GLOSS™ is OCC’s newest texture innovation for lips. Inspired by lighting gels and stained glass, STAINED GLOSS™ combines the high impact color of Lip Tar™ with a translucent glossy finish that’s ready-to-wear from its first slick application.

Contains Organic Hemp Oil & Soy-Derived Vitamin E, for a finish that feels as good as it looks! Paraben-Free courtesy of refreshing Peppermint Oil.

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free

What I say:

Lip tars are now available in three different formulations, the traditional matte one, a glossy one and a metallic one. From the four that I own, Black Metal Dahlia is my favourite. It has a very thick formula that stays on the lips very well. Lydia, my second favourite, has the traditional formula and is a very nice nude colour. It doesn’t look very opaque in the swatch, but it actually applies well on the lips. The problem is that if you store them the oil separates from the colour, which also happens for the Pout Paints of course, and you should try to mix them properly before applying them to your lips. Yaoi and Batty are a bit more difficult to work with. I feel like they smudge more easily and also the little glitter particles spread over the rest of my face as well. Overall I feel they are a bit more drying than the Pout Paints. They smell very minty when applied, but the smell doesn’t linger for too long.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate. May Contain: Silica Dimethyl Silylate, D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, D&C Red #30, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.

Price: $18.00 USD/0.33 OZ

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Personally I am more intrigued with the available shades that OCC has to offer. If you are looking for a product that is very affordable and you are happy with the colours offered by Sleek you should go for it. OCC does offer packs of several ‘mini’ colours once in a while, that might be a good option if you are not sure if you like the formulation of their lip tars. As you only need a tiny amount of product for both, they will last you quite a while if stored well. As mentioned above both formulas tend to separate over time, so it is important to shake and mix them prior to application or possibly squeeze out a bit of product before putting it on your lip brush. Both are best applied with a lip brush by the way. Though both products are cruelty-free, only OCC offers vegan lip tars, which in my books is definitely a plus and they also have the better ingredients list, so I think you can tell which product is my favourite. 🙂

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