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Pout polishes are one of my most favourite products as they strike a happy medium between a nourishing lip balm and a light or sheer lip colour. I own around 12 pots of these lovely pots of pout (although some are new and sealed, not all of them are on the go!).
An added bonus to the pout polish is that they have a built in spf factor 15 so a bit of sun protection there for the lips.
My latest pot, which reminded me to write this review landed in a Latest in Beauty box in the shade the show 950 a pretty mid pink colour that will just work to enhance the lip's own natural colour.
This pot actually is sized a little smaller than the other pots I have but I don't really mind that. I like to keep these by my beauty table, in the car, in my bag, at work and also in my coat pockets so it is handy to dab a little on. My lips feel so soft and nourished when protected with this product.
The pots are also a total bargain! A pot costs £4.49 in Superdrug and is currently on a 3 for 2 offer so you could get three for less than nine pounds at the moment!
This pout polish is so much more than a lip balm, it would be wrong to describe it so and the range of colours it comes in allows a whole array of lip tinting to take place. Highly recommended!
I bought two of the Sleek pout polishes a few months ago when I spotted them on offer in Superdrug - I love Sleek products and thought that the lip balms would be worth trying seeing as they were reduced.
The retail price is around £4.50 I think and I paid £3.00 for each of mine, which I think is a much more reasonable price and I personally wouldn't pay the full retail price considering that Vaseline do a pretty much identical product for more than half the price!
The only difference between this and the Vaseline lip tint is that this is available in quite a few colours. I have it in 'raspberry souffle' which is a bright Barbie pink and 'electro peach' which is a nice bright shade of orangey red. The 'pot polish' is basically a tinted lip balm and Sleek describe it as a lip conditioner that nourishes and feels like a lip balm, whilst providing the look and colour of a subtle gloss.
The balm is enriched with sweet almond oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil which is probably why it's that bit more expensive. It also offers SPF 15 protection, which is always an advantage. The lip balm comes in a sturdy, transparent pocket sized pot which has a screw-top lid. The lid screws on and off securely so there's no worry that it will come off and leak everywhere! The lid is black with the brand and product name written on it and the packaging is pretty simple - nothing unique but not at all ugly or cheap looking.
Each pot contains 10 grams of product which considering the price isn't very much at all, however seeing as I only need quite a small amount each time I apply it, a pot does last for quite a while. I use the pink shade the most often and after around three months of regular use there is still over half left. The design of the pot means that it's necessary to use your fingers to apply it in the 'dip and dab' kinda style, which I am not that keen on, so I usually (if I'm not rushing) use a lip brush to apply it, which obviously doesn't always work well with lip balms but because this one isn't overlly sticky and is very smooth it is easy to apply it evenly with the brush.
The balm is quite waxy in texture so before I put some on my brush I need to rub my finger over it to melt it slightly, which doesn't take long. The texture is smooth and it's just the right consistency - not thick but not runny and it smoothes over my lips evenly. It feels nice and lightweight on my lips and not at all sticky or greasy. It stays in place and while it does give my lips a very slight sheen, it doesn't make them look over the top. The colour is sheer and gives my lips a slight hint of colour which looks natural and it's ideal for an au naturale/minimalistic make-up/day time look.
As soon as I apply this my lips feel well moisturised and softer. It leaves a protective, non greasy/non heavy layer on my lips and gets rid of any dryness almost instantly. It keeps my lips looking and feeling well conditioned and they look and feel softer since I first started using it. I wear this most days either on its own or over lipstick and it keeps my lips protected depite how cold and windy it is at the minute! It needs re-applying every couple of hours but the packaging is small enough to fit in my pocket.
The only thing that I am not keen on is the smell. It is a vanilla kind of scent and quite overpowering, I wouldn't mind if it smelt natural but it smells quite chemical-like and cheap. The scent lingers for a few minutes and then fades, but it is still slightly detectable several hours after application. Despite this minor disadvantage I do recommend this lip balm, however I won't be re-purchasing when I've used mine up because there are cheaper and just as good alternatives. Due to this, and the smell, I have knocked one star off and I give it four out of five stars.
I like to update my make up collection regularly when I realised make up had use by dates I had to through a lot of my make up out especially items I had owned for over 5 years and I bought lots of new make up to replace the items I through away. I am trying hard to save money at the moment and try to save money where I can. I am a big fan of expensive cosmetics but I have found a few good brands now that cost a fraction of the price one of my new favourite brands are Sleek.
Sleek is a relativity new brand on the market and pride themselves on bringing cutting edge make up to the high street and have developed make up for all skin tones at cheap prices but excellent quality.
Sleek make up can be bought on there own website or some super drug shops sell sleek make up.
The last sleek product I bought was Sleek Pout Polish, its like a lip balm and conditions lips but has lots of colour like a lipstick. I bought the Powder Pink one but they have many many shades to choose from 12 in total. It comes In a clear container which the colour shows through and is hand to know how much you have left. The lid is black with bright pink writing on it which shows the word sleek on it. Its pocket sized and handy to pop in your bag or pocket and the lid comes of without much effort.
The pout polish is easy to apply I usually apply with my finger but if im going on a night out I apply it with my lip make up brush for a better finish. I very smooth to apply and covers well, it has conditioning ingredients such as sweet almond oil, avocado and jojoba. It conditions my lips well and I noticed a difference in my lips within a few days and they now look a lot healthier. I always end up with cracked lips at the slightest sign of cold weather so I have stocked up on the lip pout polish for over the winter months. It contains SPF 15 which is a added bonus and will protect you from sun rays, I took it with me on my summer holidays just to be on the safe side as not many lip balms offer that protection.
The powder pink pout polish has a very nice nude pink tint to it, it looks natural and enhances my lips. I prefer a natural look for day wear and it was very handy. It did need reapplied regularly but I did not mind as I expect to after all it is a lip balm. For my evening look I applied a little foundation to my lips and then applied the balm and the colour stood out more on my lips. The little tub has lasted me 3 months and I still have lots left so I feel its good value for money as it only cost £4.30. Thats cheaper than a lipstick.
I recommend this pout polish to anyone who wants a easy make up routine and if you dont want to spend a lot of money. Its a lip balm and lipstick in one.
Another new makeup love I've discovered in the past month or so is the Pout Polish from Sleek.
Sleek is a brand that I'd vaguely heard of but not actually got around to checking out. Whilst poking at the testers in Superdrug I was impressed with the level of pigmentation in their Pout Polishes and decided to give them a go. It's actually becoming somewhat of an everday staple for me now!
I must say that lips are not a part of my face that I give much thought when it comes to makeup. I rarely wear lipstick or gloss because even those I think are "good" for a few weeks in terms of consistency somehow fall by the wayside because I really don't like having something slathered on my lips all day. It's not natural, it doesn't feel great and I find it pretty distracting if I'm honest.
So tinted lip conditioners are actually a great idea for me, because they allow me to get a pop of colour without feeling horrible! I have tried a few in the past and, despite not having overly pigmented lips, haven't really been that impressed with the colour payoff.
That's probably why I opted for the brightest, most shocking shade they have in the range, Pink Cadillac. This thing is PINK! I am not much of a pink girl in all other aspects but I did want something that would show up and it certainly does that! In the jar and on a finger this is bright, shocking, almost neon pink. Fortunately on the lips it settles into somewhat of a paler shade, however it is still noticeable in terms of a balm-type product, especially one which in the blurb claims to be sheer.
So looks-wise, this has checked a box already. Although I will say that you should probably apply the product in a mirror if you choose such a bright colour, otherwise you can risk looking like a kid who has been playing with their mother's makeup if you go outside the lines a bit! I've done this a couple of times whilst slicking a bit on whilst running out the door, but have finally learned my lesson!
As far as packaging, and general branding, I also have to say that Sleek have done themselves proud. The polish is in a large, flat, round jar with a twist-on lid and looks very trendy and well, sleek. 10g is a generous amount of product and it is still small enough to pop into a pocket or handbag.
The texture and consistency of the polish is also pretty great. It is lightweight and I feel as though I am simply applying colour rather than some sticky horrible goo! It isn't the longest-lasting lip product I've ever tried, but obviously that will vary with eating and drinking. If it was more of a stain that would be ideal for me, however I understand that the idea behind the product is that it's a sheer wash of colour. I love the fact that it is sheer and still manages to be so vibrant and colourful. There is a pleasant coconutty sweet scent thanks to the almond oil and shea butter, and it tastes vaguely sweet too. The scent/taste combo reminds me a lot of coconut ice.
My main hang-up is that the packaging also calls this a "tinted lip conditioner". Although it contains several nourishing ingredients, and SPF15 which I love in any product, it doesn't feel as though it is doing much of anything in terms of conditioning. It sits on the top layer of the lips rather than sinking in. I really wouldn't mind at all, because I bought this for its consistency and shade, so I think it'd be better if that little tagline was just skipped actually.
There is quite a wide range of shades from pinks to purple and brown. I think I will be finding the brightest red I can next and try to get a little more adventurous with my lip colours! I picked up mine at Superdrug but Sleek makeup can also be bought online at their website. They are listing these at £4.30 apiece, which I think would still be a decent price, although I think I paid more towards the £3.50 mark.
Overall if you are looking for a lightweight pop of colour that doesn't feel sticky or greasy, I would recommend these. If you are wanting nourishment as well as colour, though, you might look elsewhere.
I have to admit this was a bit of an impulse purchase for me. I bought it in the summer and the shade I chose (lemon meringue) was limited edition at the time. I believe it was around £3-£4 pounds, however this may have changed. Generally, Sleek seem to imitate Mac products in their range and this product is similar to the Mac tinted lip conditioners. The colour pigmentation is very sheer, hence the reason I bought a yellow one, it gives a slight gloss to the lips but not a full colour. They do a range of about five or six different colours I believe, including some pink and coral toned ones which might be more appealing to you then yellow! The one I purchased also has an SPF of 15 which is great for the summer, as many lip glosses actually enhance the sun's rays on your lips rather then protecting you from them. Despite the colour this is a great wearable product which is good to apply over lipsticks to give a slight gloss as well as the added sun protection. Once applied the product will last around an hour or so, but if you drink or eat it will come off very easily.
The one drawback to this product is that it isn't very moisturising or conditioning, so if you have dry lips this really isn't the product to solve that. I wouldn't rule this out completely as a useful product to own, it does give affordable sun protection which is important, but it won't keep the condition of lips in check. I am therefore giving this a 3/5 rating.