So for my first uber swatching/review fest, I wanted to cover my most prized collection. My Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars.
My last weeks, Weekly Favorite featured Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hush. As I mentioned in the post, I have 11 various shades and the clear primer. Although my lips now hate me, for the last week or so I have taken efforts to compile swatches for you of all of my lip tars!! Enjoy!
Each Lip Tar is labeled as Vegan and Cruelty Free. Lip Tars (including Clear) contain the following,
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate – Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
The only difference between the Clear and Matte/Metallic Lip Tars are the unique amounts of pigment and oxides used in each formula. Detailed pigment lists can be seen in the pictures below.
Now, individually swatched on my lips. This is process absolutely wreaked havoc on my lips. OCC Lip Tars are very pigmented and dry fairly quickly so they need to be taken off with makeup remover. I worked from lightest to darkest shades in hopes of covering up any staining. By the time I got to Harlot, my lips were so dried out and rubbery feeling from all the scrubbing. Treated my lips to Bite’s Lip Agave Mask and a good lip scrub afterwards.
My Favorites…and the not so much:
Best texture (not too viscous)-
- Black Metal Dahlia
- Super NSFW (seperates really quickly and needs to be shaken well before application)
- Clockwork (again a problem with seperation)
- Black Dahlia (seems to be more viscous than the others)
Best color payoff (good even coverage)-
- Black Metal Dahlia
Worst color payoff-
- Black Dahlia (since its more viscous its harder to get even coverage)
- Nylon (seems to wear off more quickly than others)
- Digitalis (seems to highlight and fall into the lines of your lips more than others)
I don’t know how many times I have said it, but I love these little things. These babies are super opaque and long lasting. Since they are so opaque and in liquid form they go on smoothly and a little goes a very long way. I would suggest using no more than the tiniest bit. Literally the worst thing is you using too much (pea sized) and it getting EVERYWHERE!
If you have no experience with Lip Tars you need to know that its a liquid lipstick so you must be careful and precise while applying it. Luckily when you purchase one, OCC includes a mini version of their precision lip brush (a god send).
Also like I said, Lip Tars really take a toll on your lips. One of the biggest complaints is that they make your lips feel like the Sahara Desert. This is for a few reasons. One is that the product is made using Peppermint Oil which naturally drys your lips. Second is because you’re wearing a lipstick, you don’t necessarily lick your lips when you wear lipstick. To prevent over dryness, I have found that exfoliating your lips every night as well as using a primer (especially OCC’s Clear Primer) truly helps a lot. With this regimen I still experience dryness on my lips but it isn’t unbearable or noticeable.
For flawless application, I would recommend that you conceal around your lips and wear it with a lip liner (Urban Decay Ozone FTW) to prevent feathering and add to its longevity. I can normally get a full days wear out of the lighter colors without any noticeable wear. For the more vivid colors, maybe 4-5 hours before you would need to touch up.
- Dries matte
- Wide range of colors which can be easily mixed to make your own colors
- A little goes a long way
- Cruelty Free
- Difficulty to apply
An individual OCC Lip Tar retails for $18 from Sephora and from the OCC website. Each tube holds .33oz of product which calculates to approximately $54USD per ounce. For comparison purposes, the typical MAC lipstick retails for $15USD and holds .01oz of product calculating to $150USD per ounce. Since you really only need the smallest amount of Lip Tar to acheive desired results, it seems as if it could pretty much last you a lifetime.
Let me know what you think!!