I know this post is a little late (ok ok very late, I have been meaning to publish it for over a year now!) but how and ever, better late than never...
For anyone who doesn't know, OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) are a cruelty-free all-vegan cosmetics store who make a bunch of different cosmetic products and tools - but their pièce de résistance are their Lip Tars. Ostensibly a pro product, these are great for anyone who likes to play with makeup.
Sleek Makeup (a drugstore/budget makeup brand that I absolute love) have released (oh, back in 2011 I believe) their version - called Pout Paints.
Here follows my compare-and-contrast.
In terms of appearance, the Lip Tars dry down to a satin (semi-matte) finish that categorically doesn't budge, and the Pout Paints are more of a slightly-glossy finish. This one is also a matter of preference.
With respect to wear, the Lip Tars probably last a little longer, but care is needed when applying Lip Tars - too much will cause feathering. Score +1 and -1 for Lip Tars for these reasons :-)
As far as pigmentation goes, the Lip Tars have extreme pigmentation - a dot of this product will do for entire lip coverage. The Pout Paints are quite pigmented, but nowhere as good as Lip Tars. Lip Tars 1: Pout Paints 0.
|The full suite of OCC Lip Tars|
What about colours? The Lip Tars also have a lot more colours; at this point in time there are 46 shades (at the time I purchased, I believe there were 18!) and feature weird and wonderful shades of blues, greens, black, white etc., making them a real artist's tool, as other shades can be created by mixing.
|Sleek Pout Paint - current shades (April 2013)|
The Pout Paints colours change from time to time - at present they come in 7 shades, all (bar the blue) are pretty ready-to-go day-wearable. There used to be a white shade for mixing, but at the point of this post, it didn't feature on their website. Lip Tars 2: Paint Pots: 0.
In terms of wearability and "last-ability"; I find that most of the Lip Tars wear nicely, and fade uniformly to a stain... rather than gradually in bits and pieces. The Paint Pouts didn't fade quite as uniformly, but they are not bad either (better than most lippies for eg). Lip Tars 3: Paint Pots: 0.
The big down-side of Lip Tars? The product separates in the tube - nothing a good shake can't fix, but still a little annoying (and from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, they do not look good in your kit!) Lip Tars 3: Paint Pots: 1.
Price-wise, at retail price, the Pout Pots (£6.99) are considerably cheaper than Lip Tars (£12). Lip Tars 3: Paint Pots: 2.
Would I buy again? Hmmm... given that I have a Pro card and can get Lip Tars (the real deal for me) at more or less the same price as the Pout Paints, probably not. But I wouldn't object to recommending them. Or to using them if I don't have Lip Tars to hand. Or to buying them completely on a whim if I happen to be in a Superdrug (not often) and I just "need" that exact colour.