I have a confession. Even though I’m a major make up addict who mercilessly empties her bank account for every new “it” product of the month… okay, it product of the week…. I haven’t ever tried the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars (or an OCC product for that matter). This has plagued me for months, years even. The Tars look so lovely but so intimidating. A tar? On my lips? Can I even apply it, let alone wear it out and about?
Well, the other day I saw Sephora run their ads for the new OCC All Star Mini Primary Pack and I thought, well, this is my chance. I’ll get the true red color I’m looking for, a chance to try out the “tar” formula and mix n’ match my colors like a true make up artist, all for only $29 (which includes a full-size lip brush).
After swatching the colors on my arms and lips, which I regretfully forgot to take photos of because I was having fun with the formula and the opacity of the tars, I started to experiment. Above is the red color (NSFW) mixed with a bit of the yellow (Traffic) and the white (Feathered).
After marveling at the shellac-like sheen upon my lips, I realized that this set is perfect for “ombre-ing” almost any color under the sun. Above is the same formula but with a little more of the white (Feathered) in the center.
Next up, I mixed red (NSFW), a little blue (RX), and a smidgen of black (Tarred) focusing the darker pigment on the edges of my lips while dotting then blending a small dab of white (Feathered) in the center. If the lip brush doesn’t help blend the ombre effect as well as you’d like try rubbing your lips together softly till it meshes a bit better.
Now, my fiance walked in when I was playing with the blue tones. As someone who truly doesn’t understand the fun, self-expression that I get from make up, he was completely flabbergasted by why I’d even create this ice blue look. “For fun!” I said when he asked. Why wouldn’t I want to look like I was going to a space age rave?
As you’ll probably guess, I mixed blue (RX) and white (Feathered), adding a bit more white to the center.
Last, but not least, is my favorite and most unexpected combo. Using a bit of the leftover blue mixture, I added in yellow to created a nice blue-toned green which I applied to the entire lip. Then instead of white, I applied the yellow to the middle of the pout creating a warm to cool green ombre lip. Upon seeing my lips, my fiance proudly exclaimed that this would be great for a Poison Ivy Halloween or Cosplay look. Which I highly agree with.
As a first time OCC lip tar user, I felt the formula wasn’t near as tricky to worth with as I had heard. However, that said, I wish I would have had lip liner on with the looks. I’m sure many of you don’t need lip liner with this product but something about the formula just ran into every nook and cranny around my top and bottom lip. The wear time was really good, a few hours until the colors faded into more of a stained look but did almost wipe away completely when I ate.
All in all, I’m completely smitten and will be buying a few more of the more iconic OCC lip tar colors (Anime, Stalker, Grandma, Black Dahlia, etc.) and definitely buying the corresponding liner to the more “out there” colors. Have any of you tried OCC’s other lip tars or other make up products? I’d love to hear more reviews or thoughts about the brand!