Lip Tars are arguably Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics most famous product, and are certainly the product that “put them on the map”. There are currently 36 shades in the collection, and I have swatches of 15 of them for you.
Boy oh boy are lip tars pigmented. One tiny 8ml tube contains enough product to cover an average sized persons entire body, from head to toe. The opacity I am able to achieve with the thinnest coat of lip tars is almost shocking, and it is what makes them so comfortable to wear. Be warned though, they will stain your skin.
Ease of application:
In all honesty, Lip Tars are some of the most difficult to work with lip products I have used. They are incredibly easy to get wrong, but when you get it right, they are sublime.
My technique for applying Lip Tars is to:
- Squeeze a tiny amount onto a lip brush (and by tiny amount, I mean less than a pin-head).
- Spread this on the inside edge of your lower lip, staying well away from your lip line.
- Gently press your lips together to put some product on your upper lip. Don’t rub your lips together as you want to make sure the product is nowhere near your upper lip line either.
- Using a firm, precise lip brush, carefully work the Lip Tar towards your lip line. There should be very little product left on the brush at this point. Use the side of the lip brush to give a crisp, neat line to your lips.
- Voila! Beautifully applied lipstick!
Lip Tars are my lipstick of choice for when I want a long-lasting lip look. If I drink with a straw and choose non-oily foods, NSFW is a red lipstick that actually lasts all day. It can also be a good thing that they are so pigmented they stain your skin, because when they wear off, they leave your lips looking “done”.
The OCC Lip Tar packaging could be considered somewhat misleading. Lip Tars come in a tube with a slant tip applicator, implying they can be applied straight from the tube – DO NOT TRY THIS! You will end up with Lip Tar all over your face!
In my opinion it would make much more sense to package lip tars with a pointed nozzle to ensure there is no misunderstanding.
EDITED TO NOTE: OCC obviously listens to feedback because quite a few months ago, they transitioned to a needle-nosed tube, hooray!
Anything else worth mentioning?:
Lip Tars have a natural scent of peppermint, due to the peppermint oil used to flavour the product. It also means they cause a light tingling in your lips. I find it quite refreshing and pleasant, however if you dislike minty scents, it could be a problem.
Lip Tars do tend to stick in lip brushes quite badly, and I have found that they don’t respond well to traditional brush cleaners. My tip to cleaning Lip Tars out of brushes is to wash the brush in oil (I use olive oil) until the pigment is all gone, then use a traditional brush cleaner to clean the olive oil out of the bristles.
Lip Tars, like all Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. The fact that they are also incredibly high performing is just a bonus.
What they say:
A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment – a little goes a very, very long way! An intense yet featherweight layer of color that stands up to the scrutiny ofHi-Def Video and Digital Photography, without ever looking (or feeling!) heavy. Meant to be mixed, Lip Tar comes in concise array of colors for a limitless selection of shades made by you!
Like all of our products, OCC Lip Tar is 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and is also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives. A simple, elegant formula that contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E, OCC Lip Tar feels as good on the lips as it looks!