Unless you have been living under a rock (or just aren’t into makeup) I’m sure at some stage over the past couple of years you may have heard about the famed Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar, shortened by most and better known as the OCC Lip Tar.
So upon receiving 3 of these babies from Michelle at Lipstick Republic. I was so excited to try these out and finally see for myself what the hype was all about.
To be perfectly honest I had seen them everywhere on YouTube but was never really that interested in buying a Lip Tar to try out for myself. I have to admit I am more of an eye makeup lover but of course I do love lip colours and at one stage even had more lipsticks than I did have eyeshadows!
One thing I have always loved the look of is lip glosses, but stopped wearing them as I really just find them to be a waste of time and effort. They just have no staying power whatsoever and I find that I have to reapply so often and I for one am pretty careful when I wear my lippy.
I hadn’t read any reviews on the Lip Tars, I only had seen them used in YouTube videos from time to time and had just assumed that it was just another lipgloss. Something along the lines of the Lancôme Juicy Tubes perhaps?
Boy oh boy, could I have been more wrong?!?
In a nutshell the OCC Lip Tars are a highly pigmented lip product that applies like a gloss, has the staying power and opacity of a lipstick and dries to a satin finish.
The Tars come in a Myriad of colours, not just super bright ones like the ones I have, they also come in white (for lightening), clear, browns, peach/corals and soft pinks/nudes. The great thing is that the colours can be mixed to create new colours so I guess the possibilities of mixing and creating your own colours are endless. I haven’t tried customising any colours myself as the colours I do have are of very similar colour…but it’s definitely something I’d like to try later on down the track upon purchasing a few more shades.
Left to right: Pretty Boy, Harlot and Pageant. My camera isn’t great so the true colours really aren’t showing up true to what they are in real life. Harlot for example is showing up as a bright Fuscia Pink which it is not.
I found for the most precise application the Lip Tars are best applied using a lip brush. Not sure about the lighter colours, but with the colours I have I did find that they stained the skin slightly once set so it would be best to apply the product straight on to a brush (my preferred application) or on to a palette…not the back of your hand!
Believe me when I say that a little really does go a long way. You only need the tiniest bead of product on the brush which I found to be more than enough. It’s quite a buildable product so I found if I needed more, applying the Tars in thin layers rather than slapping on one thick layer worked much better. You do get a more precise application by building up the product as if applied to thickly you may even find that the colour bleeds a little as the product is so thick, it hasn’t really had time to set on the lips so it will shift if your not careful.
With the colours I have being quite bright, I did find that I couldn’t just slap the product on willy nilly. If you aren’t used to applying your lip products with a brush you may find it a little tricky. Definitley some effort and care is required when applying the Lip Tars which was fine by me as 1) I always apply my brighter colours with a lip brush and 2) I think if you are going to go to the effort of wearing a bright lip, it should be applied and worn properly! A little TLC with your application makes all the difference.
I must say that I’m usually quite big on lining my lips first to create that perfect shape before I apply any lipsticks, even neutral ones. The fact that I was using a brush to apply the Tar I found was able to define my lips with the product and then fill the lip in eliminating the need for a separate liner. Reason why I loved that so much is that my “liner” and lip colour match perfectly!
In the following pics my face isn’t “done” as I decided to take these impromptu pics for this review. So please excuse the bags under my eyes! Admittedly I was also pretty slack with the application of the Lip Tars. Not as perfect as I would like, but all I really wanted to do was demonstrate the colour for you.
Pretty Boy: A cool toned fuschia pink
Harlot: A fiery cool toned Red
Pageant: A bright yet dusty cool toned Barbie pink
How does it wear?
I was quite pleasantly surprised at how easy the Lip Tars are to wear. Not word of a lie when I say that they didn’t dry my lips out at all!! Amongst other ingredients, the Tars contain Hemp oil, Vitamin E and my fave coz it makes my lips tingle slightly, Peppermint Oil (which you can smell, taste and feel) which left my lips feeling quite soothed and moisturised.
In regards to how long they last I’d have to say I’m quite impressed. I wouldn’t consider it to be a long wearing lip colour as such, but they definitely do outlast just a standard wear lipstick.
As with most lipsticks, the wear usually focuses on the centre of the mouth so after a few hours I found that I could just pop on some balm, rub my lips together to catch the product on the outer of the lip to bring it in to the centre. The colour won’t be as strong but still definitely quite noticeable. The wear will also depend on how careful you are with how you eat/drink etc.
I’d have to say I’m totally sold and in love with this product! I’m just sorry that it’s taken me so long to jump onto the bandwagon. Now that I’m finally on…i don’t think I’ll be getting off! I love how super pigmented they are and how nice they feel on my lips…and how long they last considering you don’t really need to put a lot of product on. They are definitely the furthest thing from a gloss that I could possibly think of.
I definitely see myself purchasing more of these Tars in the near future and with the OCC Lip Tars currently retailing at $16 a tube I definitely think it’s easy to build up quite a collection. For the quality of the product and how long it will last you I think it’s such a great buy! I definitely cannot wait to get my hands on some more and have a play with the amazing colours!