Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Set (Brights) – Review

OCC Lip Tar Set (Brights) - From Left to Right: Anime, Beta, Divine, Pretty Boy and Trollop

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?

General Information:

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.

Color Accuracy:

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).

Bare Lips

Anime Applied

Beta Applied

Divine Applied

Pretty Boy Applied

Trollop Applied


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?

Pretty Boy....2 Hours Later

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.

Value: 5/5

Packaging: 5/5

Color Accuracy: 10/10

Pigmentation: 9/10

Application: 6/10

Wear: 6/10

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!

<3 EA

P.S. Would anyone care for me to examine possible dupes for the lip tars or other products that the lip tars might dupe?

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22 Responses to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Set (Brights) – Review

  1. GREAT deal – terrible wear time! I was gonna get NSFW but definitely not anymore. Thanks for such a great and honest review! Grrr, I really wanted NSFW.:(
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      NSFW was also on my list of wanted colors. I don’t know what it is! I can’t stress enough that other reviewers say they get much longer wear than I did. Maybe I just have wonky lip chemistry?

  2. sara says:

    Wow! The colors are so bold and fun. love em! You should try Sleek Pout Paints, they stay on much longer compared to Lip Tars. (at least in my case) :D
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  3. Ciambella says:

    I am impressed by your bargain skills! XD I love to mix my Tars and make my own lipstick with any old tube of lip balm! NSFW is my most favorite red lip color. I do the apply-blot-apply method when I wear it and also wear a red lip pencil underneath to prevent bleeding. I find my wear time is much shorter when I don’t do those steps, whether it’s NSFW or one of the other colors–personally, I think the Lip Tar formula just needs to have its pigment pressed into the lips to work right, there’s just way too much oil to wear it without that!

    By the way, you might want to flip your Tars around on a maybe weekly or bi-weekly basis to keep the oil from separating from the pigment. I kept mine stored in one position for a while, and when they separate it’s pretty annoying, particularly when it’s mostly oil at the tip and pigment away from it! But changing the positions around seems to discourage that from happening.
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      You can…do that? What is this sorcery?! I have a few old lipbalms I could definitely sacrifice in the name of makeup experimentation.

      I’ll keep the flipping tip in mind. I can’t imagine how long these’ll last me so keeping them viable will be important!

  4. Larie says:

    I’ve never tried these but I don’t think I’d be able to apply without making a mess. They are quite pretty, but it’s a shame about the wear time you got out of them!
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      They’re not terribly messy to apply (assuming your hand doesn’t decide to suddenly swing up or down – which mind did once or twice.) But yeah. Wear time was disappointing!

  5. Oh, that wear time is NOT good. With all the effort I would need to put into applying it, I’d want it to stick around for much longer. Nevertheless, those are some gorgeous shades you’ve got. :)
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  6. That is a sick deal!!! SICK I TELL YOU — I’m honestly a little (a lot) jealous hahaha… btw, I found that lip tars last better with a clear gloss on top… don’t know why, but it works for me!!
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    • Eden-Avalon says:

      I’ll have to try that. I’ve been really surprised by how many other people have experienced shorter-than-average wear with these!

  7. Kate says:

    Okay, creepy twin time — I’ve experienced the EXACT same problem with these, even our ‘tidemarks’ match. Forever alone no more!

    Except that the lip tars also make my lips peel for days afterwards. I love the bright shades + the customisability too and would LOVE to read about dupes
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  8. Citrine says:

    No….I missed it (I actually never heard about it, have been living under a rock I guess?) but now I think of it, the only shade I really want are Beta and Anime anyway (OK, I could do with an extra lip brush). I actually don’t mind the wear time too much since I eat and drink all the time (and even stains rub off with that much drinking).

  9. wohooo that’s pigmentation!!! Tar is quite the right name! I think the colors are truly perfect for summer and now that I have a tan they make me curious :P
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  10. Mandy says:

    Oh wow! I am really surprised that it wore away within 2 hours. Usually I apply them, go run errands, eat, drink, work on the computer, etc., and at the end of the day I have to use makeup remover to get them off my lips. I don’t find them particularly drying either (although I do apply lip balm and blot my lips before applying the Lip Tar). As for amount, I use about 1/4th the size of a pea for lite coverage, 1/3rd the size of a pea for fuller coverage. I do love Lip Tar’s formula and the customization aspect… I own NSFW, Memento, Melange, Anime, Belladonna, Tarred, and Grandma. I didn’t think I needed Prettyboy since I own Anime already, but your post has changed my mind… I NEED Prettyboy!! So when I go to IMATs this weekend I am planning on getting Feathered, Vintage, Femme, and Prettyboy if I can. :-)
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  11. Stacey says:

    I have a couple of these in the old packaging and I was so happy with them when I first got them. Now I just find them a bit of a pain to apply! They do last me a good 4 hours though, but it leaves a dark rim on my lips as it starts to fade – really not a good look!
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  12. Mariko says:

    I just purchased my first set of Lip Tars and they last on my lips for a good portion of my work day. My manager even commented on it after seeing me go through the day, eat and drink without reapplying it. My lips got a little dry towards the end but I layer the lip tar on top of lip balm and it seems to do the trick. Probably stays on me for… 4ish hours. But I keep it in my purse with a retractable lip brush just in case. I got the 4 pack for $30 on the OCC website as a daily deal. It came in a huge box filled with foam peanuts, probably a little larger than a shoe box and inside it was this tiny pouch with 4 tubes. LOL what silly packaging! I love my lip tars!
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  13. Angela O says:

    I have the same trouble with them not wearing very well, they also tend to dry out my lips. I have found that wearing a nude lip liner (or a matching) really helps keep it on longer. Often times I just mix them with a lip balm or gloss and wear them that way, the colors are so amazing that I still love them.

  14. I haven’t experienced the short wear time you have mentioned although I can say that testing out the 6 colors I originally purchased via Sephora (The Pro’s Picks set and Nylon) that the wear time was a little shorter for the lighter colors (Melange and Grandma). Minimum I get 4 – 4.5 hours of wear time with drinking and eating (assuming the eating isn’t something oily), but I have gotten close to 8 hours of wear (and may have been able to squeeze out a little more if I wanted to push it).

    I also will agree that application amount can vary. Although I can get away with just one drop for full coverage of my lips (I did my testing for some shades with this) if I want a bit more opaque coverage I usually have to add about half a drop more as a second layer. Someone with more colored lips would probably need more. So it really just depends on the natural color of your lips.

    As far as how I apply…I don’t do the blot method you mentioned…I allow the initial layer to dry a little before applying a second, thinner layer. I did notice that on the shorter wear shades that I tested, if I retouched after it has faded the additional wear time was significantly shorter than it would be if I had just removed and reapplied (or that of the original applications wear time). Not sure if blotting may be the culprit in shorter wear time or not. Maybe applying less on the initial layer (so it spreads more sheer and doesn’t need to be blotted) and then using the second layer to get better coverage may help? Also, if your wear time is horrid it might help to use a clear lip liner all over your lips before applying the lip tar. I haven’t done this but I do use a clear liner to outline my lips and help eliminate any bleeding or feathering.

    Sorry so long winded lol. I’m no expert on lip tars but so far I love them.
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