Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Set (Brights) – Review
Beauty.com recently started offering most OCC Lip Tars in their lineup. However, before that they also offered two sets a Brights and a Neutral/Natural set (the neutral set has since been discontinued). The sets consisted of 5 Lip Tars (normally $14 USD Each) and OCC’s Precision Lip Brush ($18 USD alone) for $49.50 USD. Back in late April I jumped on this deal – I had a few Drugstore.com Dollars and a discount promo code available so the whole set ended up costing me a piddly $29.44!! How’s that for a deal?
Like I said above, the Brights Set is available at Beauty.com for $49.50. With the five lip tars and the brush it’s an $88 USD value. I don’t think it can be argued that this isn’t a great deal – even if you already have one or two of the colors in the set.
Beauty.com’s images for this set depict the old lip tar packaging (glossy plastic, wide opening mouth). But I received the new, matte plastic, needle-nose opening design. Having never owned any Lip Tars before this I can’t speak to how much better it is than the old style – but I haven’t experienced the infamous spilling and leaking common to the old packaging. So it’s effective! And because the tube is clear, what you see in the tube is more or less what you get when you’ve gotten the product out there.
OCC’s website provides detailed product images, there’s no real need for swatches. Since the packaging is transparent and since the product is more or less identical in the tube as it is on your lips – I can’t say enough about how accurate these are applied vs in the package. Great accuracy! Love it!
I won’t argue that these aren’t pigmented, because they are. However in my experience they are not “one or two” drops but at least 4 to get a full and opaque application. That includes blotting it first and then applying some more (but more on that in application).
The standard way to apply lip tars involves 1-4 drops of product either onto a palette, jar or directly onto the lips/brush and spreading the color around. I have to take extra care to apply it evenly and to avoid creating gaps in the color. However, this application method usually results in severely shortened wear.
To make my lip tars last I apply by using a few drops of color into a jar and patting it onto my lips. Then I blot as much of it as possible to stain my lips. Then I apply another layer and dust it off with translucent powder. Yes it’s lengthy, but OCC Lip Tars don’t lend themselves to reapplication so I need to take as much time to do it right the first time.
Okay. This is where I know I’ll run into problems with most people. I’ve read that lip tars can wear for up to 6-8 hours. I have had no such luck. Here’s Pretty Boy a few hours after I applied it…care to guess how many?
This is 2 hours of wear when applied regularly (vs the more complex method I also described.) It takes a little extra time into application if I want these to wear long and let’s face it, lip tars aren’t exactly quickie application to begin with. The above is without eating, drinking or strenuous activity. It happened while I sat and edited the photos for this blog. I don’t know why this happens (i’m not a big lip smoosher, licker, kisser etc.) But I can only report on my own experience.
I love these, I really do. Despite the effort that application requires and the troubled wear time, I like the colors, the boldness and the mix-ology potential of lip tars. Although you can layer lipsticks, it isn’t quite the same as custom-mixing a color.
Color Accuracy: 10/10
Overall: 82% (B-)
Has anyone else had difficulties with the wear of lip tars? Are my lips just crazy? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
P.S. Would anyone care for me to examine possible dupes for the lip tars or other products that the lip tars might dupe?