Woooooo, a new OCC Lip Tar Collection is out! After a really annoying cat and mouse game with UPS, I finally got my Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set V3.0 ($49) that I told you guys I’d have last week. Sorry about that, it’s not my fault! Lucky for everyone, it was completely worth the wait. I looove it. Just like last time, this set has 5 full sized lip tars for a little less than the cost of 3 individual Lip Tars. I also snagged the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar & Nail Lacquer Set in Black Dahila ($22.50) because I have been increasingly fixated on dark lips lately and I think the color is so rich and pretty. By the way, the sets represent OCC’s first ever collaboration with campaign models, and they are all drag queens. Yay, equality! OCC is a super ethical company in general, so obviously I enjoy throwing money at them. Interestingly, since the lip tars are 100% vegan, the formulation seems to vary a lot between shades, but they’re all special in their own way.
On to the review. First of all, I was really happy that this kit included the clear gloss/base lip tar. The instructions always told me to start with the clear base, but I didn’t have it until now. It does make a difference. Lip Tars are legendary for their longevity, but without the base they do wear off a bit (especially with the lip balm I often apply over it). I mean, it wears about as well as any other longwear lipstick and it does so a little more comfortably and wears off in a more attractive way, but still. Now that I’ve applied it the way you’re supposed to, the true long-lasting potential comes out. I had a drink a few minutes after applying (YOLO) and did not have any transfer whatsoever. The glass was completely clean, which is not true without the base.
Tl;dr: the clear base lip tar really does make a difference (but lip tar newbies can get away without it, you’ll just compromise on the length of your wear).
The packaging is also improved. This time, the plastic case includes built in pockets to keep you organized. I’m a little obsessive compulsive myself, so I really liked not having everything all jumbled together (particularly the brush). Oh, and the alternative models they use still make me smile. Drag queens, septum piercings, anything goes with OCC. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when was the last time you saw an authentically “different” girl modelling makeup for a major brand and not just a normal-looking girl wearing some crazy getup that comes off at the end of the shoot? I appreciate the commitment to diversity beyond just race.
The first shade I tried was Authentic. It’s a metallic bronze-copper shade. I was apprehensive when I saw it online because super metallic lips can look dated in a bad way, but in real life it was really wearable. So happy! The texture was a little thinner than my previous, flat color lip tars. This was good, because it let me build the color. It starts sheer like a lovely peachy stain and built up to a shimmery creamsicle color which works perfectly for this summer’s major orange lip trend. It actually reminded me of a slightly deeper version of Kava Kava. It could be really ultra metallic if I kept adding to it, but I just applied it until I was happy with the opacity and stopped. The almost imperceptible golden micro-glitter is really flattering and much subtler than I had feared. It adds some really nice dimension, in fact. Really happy with this.
Femme. I knew this color was going to clash with my skin before it even arrived. Sadly, the finish wasn’t what I had hoped for, either, as it didn’t cover as evenly as I would have liked. See how it settles into the lines on my lips? Kind of chalky. It’ll be a good mixer color, though, so I’ll get some use out of it. It just isn’t right for me on its own. Pale lips and pale skin are often a poor pairing.
Radiate. Eeeee! I LOVE this color. So smooth, so opaque. This is the OCC I know and love. Radiate wasn’t at all what I was expecting, I had no idea it would be so orangey, but it’s the same bright orange-tomato red that’s been all over the red carpets lately, which is awesome. It’s so fun, it makes me want to go on a summer adventure.
Electric Grandma. SO bright, and SO glittery! There’s about 1000x more of the gold micro glitter from Authentic in this formula. It looks kind of gritty, but that’s actually just the way it’s reflecting here. It felt smooth and comfortable. The color is supposed to be coral, but it was more of a pure orange for me. Again, I’m happy about that because orange is HUGE for summer 2013 and I also happen to really, really like orange makeup.
But seriously, this is so disco ball glittery. It’s hard to tell in the swatch, which is why I included the blurry picture below, which picks up the sparkle a little better. The insane shimmer is great and I would absolutely wear this to a party, but never to the office. The downside to all the sparkle is that glitter got all over my face when I tried to take this off (although the glitter that stuck to my lips was actually kind of cute on its own). Even so, I’ve never had to deal with glitter fallout from a lip product before.
Finally we have Black Dahlia which was from the separate nail and lip kit, but which was a wise purchase. This is great. This, like Radiate, also looked different to me in person than it did on the majority of online swatches I’ve seen. I saw a lot of girls where it was redder, but it was decidedly berry toned on me. Even when I applied the lightest, thinnest layer I could to test the buildability, I got a (gorgeous) plum stain that looked like I’d eaten a purple popsicle. After another coat I got to the darker, black cherry color which was surprisingly smooth and non-streaky on lips compared to most superdark lipsticks. This one is prone to feathering outside the lipline, though, so lip liner is a good idea with this one.
I can’t decide which way I prefer wearing this. I love both colors so much!
You may have noticed that I’ve made a strange 180 lately where I’m going more minimal with my eyes and bolder with my lips. I guess I just don’t like getting in a beauty rut? It can’t be smoky eyes and nude lips all the time, and bright lips are FUN. These lip tars are great on their own, which is good since I haven’t had time for full makeup very often lately. Weird, considering I have a makeup blog. But I feel like colors like these are enough, yeah? Maybe not for everyone, but I find it really refreshing for myself.