I must confess, I am always vveeerrryyyyy excited when Sleek MakeUp send me a surprise package- it is such a blogging perk and I don't think I'll ever get to the stage where I'm blase! Poor Matt is getting a bit sick of, "Look!! LOOOKKK! Look what came to review!!" hahahaha!
This time, sleek have sent through their latest product, released on the 3rd of August , POUT PAINTS.
Pout Paints are little tubes of superduper pigmented lip colour that dry with a satin finish. You can use just one on your lips or mix them up (like a scientist) to make any colour you like. There are 11 colours in total- lots to choose from.
Concept sound familiar? They remind me A LOT of OCC Lip Tars. Goes on like a gloss, dries like a lipstick, uber pigmented and a little goes a long way. The great thing is, OCC is pretty hard to get over here and twice the price (Pout Paints retail for £4.99), so it's a winner for us English rose's.
With the lids off they look like little craft paints. Sleek suggest using your finger or a lip brush to apply. I'd go with the brush otherwise you're going to end up with multicoloured digits..unless of course that's your thing :)
These are the four colours I was sent dolloped (mmm lovely word 'dollop') onto a plate. My Mother-In-Law described my dinner plates as 'tired'. Sigh. I happen to love my tired IKEA cheapo plates very much. Yeeeaahh, I'm defensive over plates!
Colours shown here are:
White - 153. Cloud Nine
Purple- 154 Mauve Over
Blue- 163 Peek-A-Boo
Red- 157 Pin Up
I used a cotton bud to mix together various amounts of colours to see what I could make. I really thoroughly enjoyed this part! I felt like a kid again!
I must say, with the colours I had to hand, it was pretty tricky to make a colour that I would wear. Saying that, if I were a Makeup Artist or wore a lot of editorial styles, I think this would really suit- where else will you find sky blue to your exact specification lip products for such under a tenner??
Whilst messing about with the colours I made this dusky pink which on plate, I really loved, but as you can see from my rather poorly applied to lips below, it wasn't for me. Saying that, I think some girls would reeallly suit it and look fabulous with this hue.
I did however like the second colour I concocted, which was Mauve Over, Peek-A-Boo and a touch of Cloud Nine.
Also, just to let you know, I applied a layer of lip balm before the paint. I like to give you the full picture! haha.
POUT PAINT PROS
+ Price- £4.99 is affordable. I will absolutely be purchasing a few more colours to have a play with. I really love the idea of making my own colour, that nobody else will have (unless they use the EXACT same quantities to make the shade) and popping it in my own little pot.
+ Unique- I think this is quite an unusual product. The only similar thing I have seen are the OCC Lip Tars.
+ Accessible- As mentioned above, Lip Tars in England are hard to find, so it's great that we can all pop along to Superdrug, or the website, and have a browse.
+ Longevity- I was impressed at how long these stayed on for, non of this one-lick-and-it's-gone business!
+ Versitility- You could create new shades every day! Afterall, they say variety is the spice of life ;)
POUT PAINT CONS
- I applied with the cotton bud I had to hand because I wasn't too worried about neatness (I was only at home and messing about), but this is not a product you could apply on the go. You would need a mirror and brush and if you were to use your fingers, a wet wipe.
- If you were a makeup artist and looking for really crazy colours like green or black, these wouldn't be able to make it but I'm not and I haven't seen many a gal with green lips, so this isn't a biggie! Plus, Sleek could well bring out more colours.
- They are messy! You would have to spend a little bit of time at home creating your colour and decanting into a container. Personally, I like this, but I can see some might find it a chore.
All in all, I REALLY like this idea and these paints. I think it's really cool to bring the fun back into makeup and gives us all a chance to have a bit of playtime.
Do these float your boat or do you prefer something quick and easy?