This is smudgy because I didn't mess with it for the photo. I tidied it up with a brush afterwards!
I don't suggest these colours are dupes. They are obviously not. But they were compatible to be worn together.
Top lip: Sleek Mauve On
Lower lip: OCC Katricia
Not peppermint-y, neutral flavour
Maybe a little drier in the tube and more reluctant to squeeze out
Seems a lot glossier on the lip (which is odd considering the point immediately above)
May need a smidgen more product to achieve coverage - but quantities are so small it's irrelevant really
Seems less likely to transfer onto the teeth which can be a big problem with the OCC
It did quickly transfer onto the lower lip - is it more highly pigmented/stronger than the OCC? Maybe
Dries matte on the lip
Pigments seem from the photo to be less evenly distributed - I've had the OCC longer but didn't notice any problem in the tube - I have heard that some separation can occur in Lip Tars
Does have a sharp minty tang - less so than some of the other shades though - I know some people quite dislike it
Yes, I applied with sponges. I have found it works quite well with these. It's hard to keep lip-brushes clean and remove product whereas the sponges are ten-a-penny and you can easily keep them and match them to the correct shade at a later date.
- Quantities are identical.
- OCC tube marginally more workable because of the 'gradient' but you have to use brushes (or sponges) for these anyway - do not apply directly
Have to award the laurel wreath to Sleek. I do think it's a better product at a lower price (normally a fiver but currently 3 for £10 at the moment) and it's readily available from Superdrug or online in the UK. A clear knock-out win for Sleek. Not even a victory on points. Knock-out. OCC however do more colours and were initially aimed at the professional make-up artist (I think) who does a lot of blending. So if you are super-creative/innovative with your cosmetics then I'd suggest you get lots of the Sleek and supplement any blending shades from the OCC range.
I really rate the Sleek so I had better reiterate that I bought these myself and I've never had a product given to me for review by anyone. Lest you think I am too ardent in my support!