Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar Swatches and Review

Monday, July 26, 2010

During my trip to IMATS, one of the counters I really wanted to visit was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, also known as OCC by many beauty lovers.  I have seen lots of raves and reviews on the lip tars from various blogs so naturally I was intrigued. It was definitely love at first swipe when I got my hands on them.  I wanted to pick up NSFW and Memento but those colors were already sold out.  I immediately picked up Melange for a MLBB look and was pleasantly surprised to see  Divine in the IMATS press kit. 


OCC offers 27 lip tar shades with each retailing at $12.50USD for 8mL.  These are packaged in small plastic tubes with white caps. I like the portability of the lip tars as they're easy to throw into a purse or makeup bag without taking up too much space or leaking everywhere.  All of the lip tars from OCC are 100% Vegan/Cruelty-Free, does not contain harsh preservatives, and are Paraben-free.  The packaging is also recyclable so please do not throw them into the garbage when you're done.


There is a small hole cut in the tube to dispense the lip tars.  This is very similar to other lip balm packaging.  However, these lip tars are extremely pigmented so try not to squeeze the tube hard or you will end up with too much product.


When I first did a test swatch at IMATS, I ended up with a huge stain on my hand with multiple colors from the lip tars.  These are certainly not your typical lipgloss or even lipstick.  They are the smoothest liquid lipgloss/lipstain on the market.  I wouldn't compare them with Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque because these stain the lips much more, are solid colors, and the packaging is very different. There is definitely a minty smell when applied to the lips but these are surprisingly very moisturizing.  This is because Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E are part of the ingredients list.

Below is a picture of Melange and Divine side by side.  Melange is described as a Terracotta Neutral color where Divine is a Pale Vivid Pink Flamingo.  I gently squeezed just a little bit from each tube onto my arm and sheered them out so you can see what a little bit of product can produce.  You can see in the swatch of Melange, I definitely pressed too hard on the tube and got a crazy amount of product.  My arm was stained for a couple of hours even after scrubbing it with oil, makeup remover, and Dawn!


Divine is definitely a neon barbie pink color. Color right out of the tube is neon neon neon! It scared me quite a bit because it's certainly not the type of color I usually wear.  However, it is actually a wearable color when using a little bit of the color sheered out.  Those who love bright barbie pink will definitely love Divine.


Here is Divine on the lips in dark/indoors lighting.


Divine in brighter/outdoor lighting.  Here you can see the colors are much brighter and more vivid. Divine settles into my lip lines much more compared to Melange.  However, these do not dry out the lips but  in fact feel very moisturizing and comfortable.


Melange is more of a brick red/brown color that's wearable for neutral lovers like myself.  I find this as a MLBB color that will be beautiful on all skin tones. You can build the intensity of the colors by adding more product with a lip brush, but definitely start off with a small amount first.


Here is Melange in dark/indoor lighting. You can see the glossy effect it has on the lips much better compared to outdoor lighting.


Melange in brighter/outdoor lighting. This is definitely a terracotta color. 


Overall I am very impressed with OCC lip tars and would highly recommend picking these up for special occasions or even everyday usage if you don't mind staining your lips.  They are extremely comfortable on the lips, have great wear time, and are insanely pigmented.  You are definitely getting a bang for the buck with this product.  For makeup artists, the 27 shades OCC offers provide an endless mix of lip color combination.  Those who are neutral lovers like myself will probably like Melange and Memento (Pink Plum).  Nude lip lovers have Hush while bright color lovers will adore Hoochie, Grandma, Demure, Divine, Anime, and many more on the list.  You can find out more information on the lip tars on OCC's website here.

Have you tried OCC lip tars?  Are you a Divine or Melange type of gal?

20 comments:

Emilyanne said...

From the tube pictures I thought I'd like Anime more, but the swatches have drawn me closer to Melange. They're both beautifully pigmented though! WOW!

BombbDotCom said...

I love these they're the best! When I went to their booth at Imats they were all sold out of these colors. =( I still ordered them online though:)
Thanks for the lip swatches, nice pix!! =)
xoxo

WillWorkForMakeup said...

I've been wanting to try the lip tars for ages now! Great review! Anime looks gorgeous...the color is right up my alley. I'm confused, though. You swatched Anime but photographed Divine in the first few photos?

Kristie said...

WillWorkForMakeup - Thanks so much for pointing that out. I mislabeled the colors. All the swatches are for Divine, not Anime. I will update the the correct naming tomorrow.

Maria Elizabeth said...

Lip tars look awesome, I need to try them someday! Melange is really pretty.

kali said...

I have over 10 of these on my wishlist -I really want them! But for now, I'll keep lusting over them as I haven't even touched my MAC Pro Lipmixes since buying them. They're cheap but if you're getting a lot of them (to mix), prices really add up.

Dina (XYYan) said...

The Anime looks so different from the tube, but both of them are really pigmented! Thanks for the swatches :)

Dina (XYYan) said...

oops, sorry just notice that it's Divine :D

Diane said...

I have wanted to try the OCC lip tars for awhile but I was scared they were a little too dramamtic, I didn't realize that had soft everyday colors. Divine and Melange look so pretty! I have to try these now. I regret not going to IMATS =(

samanthaloves said...

I've heard about these for a while but I haven't had the chance to try them! Will definitely be looking out for Divine.

Pinch said...

They both look beautiful on the lips! I'd love to wear Melange for a very neutral day :)

prettyaspeaches said...

Ooo i'm jealous that you went to IMATS. I couldn't find anyone to make the trek with me. I've always wanted to try lip tars and am happy that you like them.

Agnes said...

I'd love to try these out someday! Divine would be a great choice for me, because I love pinks <3

mixandmatchmakeup said...

I have heard so much about OCC and have been so curious about the brand! What a great review... you went so into detail and provided so many awesome swatches! I am definitely going to purchase some lip tars! Can't wait until your next post! :)

Lily said...

these look super pigmented! great review!!
new follower btw :)

~Lily

Kym said...

I really like how pigmented they are. MUST GET SOME SOON!

resham said...

I had always heard about these. It gives this great option of mixing and making new colors. Though its not something I would keep in purse for that casual application...

Jenny said...

i was always so curious about these! looks like they have great pigmentation!!!

Dizzy said...

I wanna get all the lip tars besides the green and blue one, these babies are amazing!

Zuzu's Petals said...

I know this is an old post, but I just bumped into it via LinkedWithin, and wow! I have seen these on the ACW site but was never tempted (I don't like gloss), but you have changed my mind. I am going to search for more swatches and buy myself a few. I LOVE LOVE LOVE lip products that stain.

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