Since the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) lip tars are now available at Sephora, and thus more accessible, I thought it would be a good time to swatch and review the five I have.
As you can see, I have three (Queen, Harlot, and Radiate) in the new-style packaging, and two (Grandma and Tarred) in the older style packaging. The product is the same. I prefer the new packaging – it has a very thin nozzle-tip, which is ideal for this product because so little is needed per application (more on that later). The older ones had a slant-tip, which was messier. I also like the new matte packaging aesthetically.
Lip Tars have a thin, fluid texture. They have a peppermint scent. They are basically a very, very pigmented liquid lipstick – the most pigmented lip product I have ever tried. When worn correctly, I have no bleeding or feathering, and they easily last for 6+ hours on me. However, if you apply too much, which is very easy to do, they are a complete mess – they’ll slip off your lips, on to your skin, where they will stain and look very messy. They must be applied with a lip brush. Some people find them drying, but I don’t – I love matte lip products, and rarely find anything too drying.
I tried to take a picture of how much product I use, but after photographing and using this, I realized it was too much – this is about 1.5x as much product as I need for one application; you’ll need about this much if you have very full lips and about half this much if you have smaller lips.
That’s the ELF concealer brush; a very small brush – you can see it compared to other brushes in this post.
And, swatches! These are SO BRIGHT that my camera had trouble focusing – sorry about the blurring!
I think Tarred is feathering because I applied too much in the swatch; I don’t have trouble with it feathering when I wear it on my lips.
And, lip swatches:
Queen is a very vivid bright pink. The true color is somewhere in between the two photos above (brighter than the natural light photo, slightly less saturated than the flash photo).
Harlot and Radiate are extremely similar; the only reason I own both is that I got Harlot free as a beauty.com gift with purchase. The reason Radiate looks brighter in the swatch is that I’m wearing a slightly thicker layer; either one can look like either of the photos.
Grandma is a soft, true coral. It’s paler than I usually prefer for my lip products, so I don’t wear it very often, but it’s a great shade for mixing.