While checking out at ULTA a few weeks ago, I spied a small display of what appeared to be an OCC lip tar like lip product by a brand called J.Cat Beauty. I’d never heard of it before and when I inquired as to the price, a very affordable $4.99 USD, I thought why not? So today you guys are getting a quick JCat Wonder Lip Paint Review and my thoughts on how it compares to seemingly similar products like the OCC lip tars.
I chose the colour, Heartadocious, which is a bright watermelon pink (with some fuchsia qualities). There are eight (8) colours listed on ULTA’s website (and I if recall correctly it was about the same in store).
J.Cat Beauty also has a website where there are fifteen (15) colours available. The range includes bold brights, reds, nudes, corals well as the more unconventional greens and blues.
According to the company which launched in California in 2012, the lip paints offer “invincible color and impeccable wear….with the two fold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation”. They advertise (on their website) as being cruelty-free.
There are products that immediately come to mind including: the OCC Lip Tars, LA Girls Glazed Lip Paints, and Too Faced Melted Lipsticks. I haven’t tried the LA Girl versions (which I am to understand are more like a highly pigmented gloss). I have, however, tested the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks and OCC Lip Tars (reviewed here and here).
When comparing the OCC Lip Tars to the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, the Too Faced is very much like a softened lipstick while the OCC lip tars have a slightly more tacky texture with a hint of gloss. Therefore, I would not classify them as being similar at all. (By the way, if you have some time stop by and check out my giveaway where you can win a set of the Too Faced Melted Kisses).
On the other hand, there are some similarities between the OCC lip tars and JCat Lip Paints. But are they dupes? First, and most obvious, is the packaging which is pretty much identical. Second, both products have a similar texture and minty smell. Finally, they are both highly pigmented, requiring some patience and care to apply. How did I do?
I did, however, notice some differences with the formulas’ performance. The JCat lip paint, while in the same texture “family”, is slightly thinner than the lip tar and bleeds more easily. Also, the lasting power of the lip paint (about 2 hours tops) did not stand up to the lip tars (4+ hours). It also did not stain the lips in the same way. However, with a price difference of about $13.00 USD (the OCC lip tars retail for $18.00 USD), if you have access, the JCat lip paints are definitely an affordable alternative worth considering.
Did I say that this JCat Wonder Lip Paint Review would be quick? Oops! So, what do you guys think? Do you like these type of liquid lipstick products?
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