Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) recently launched a series of OCC lip tar test tubes which are basically sets of three (3) mini lip tars.
I only own one lip tar (Black Dahlia) and while I do enjoy it (it’s a dark black cherry colour I wear mostly in the fall/winter), I feel like I will never go through the tube before it expires. This, and the fact that using a lip tar requires a certain level of dedication as application can be tricky, is why I’ve never re-purchased one.
However, when I saw that OCC had released these minis for basically the price of one regular sized lip tar ($19.50 USD), I thought I’d give them another go.
These “test tubes” come in three sets which include the OCC Lip Primer and Lip Brush as well as two complimentary colours (each tube is 0.08 oz):
- Blue Blood Set: Stalker (true blue-based red) /Rx (true cyan blue)
- Champagne Shores Set: Pris (champagne metallic)/Matte in Trollop (pinked coral)
- Pink Prism Set: Lovecraft (pink/lilac metallic)/Pretty Boy (super rich fuchsia)
I decided on Pink Prism as I will probably get the most wear out of the colours. I think that the intention of these sets is to create an “ombre” effect on the lips, which is what I did in my application, although you can certainly wear the colours individually.
As is the case with lip tars, you have to take your time with application. For the purpose of this post and reviewing the set in its entirety, I used the lip brush that came along with it but I would recommend using a softer lip brush if you have one. After lining my lips with a nude liner, I applied the primer and let it sit for about a minute. I noticed that the primer is thinner and has more slip then the tars themselves. I then applied the fuchsia (Pretty Boy) and accidentally used entirely too much (you need a pinhead sized amount and even that can be too much). Then I dotted the metallic pink (Lovecraft) in the centre of my lip, blending it outwards slightly. Its not picking up quite as well as I had hoped in the photo, but Lovecraft has quite a bit of silver shimmer that can feel slightly gritty on the lips but not overly so. All and all, I like the way that it turned out (please forgive my tooth). 🙂
Though the colour lasted about four hours (with eating), the ombre effect starts to fade at about the second hour – I noticed the metallic pink was almost entirely gone after lunch while the fuchsia hung on for a few more hours. For a night out or an event that’s only a couple hours, its a great option. Not so much if you are in a hurry or don’t like to fuss a lot with your lip products.
In general, OCC Lip Tars are a great product for those who enjoy experimenting with makeup as they can be mixed with each other to create custom colours. They are also a great product for makeup artists for the same reason. Grabbing all three of these sets or even a few of the regular ones in different colours, along with the adjusters (the blue blood set) means you can add a bit of this and a bit of that until you find a tone that suits you.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics products are vegan and cruelty-free.
You can find these at Sephora (they don’t appear on OCC’s website so they may be a Sephora exclusive).
- Pigmentation: Excellent (verging on extreme)
- Wear Time: Average
- Cost: Affordable ($19.50)
- Available Locally: No (Sephora.com)
Have you guys tried any of the occ lip tar test tubes? The regular line? What are some of your favourites?
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