In Our Makeup Bag: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars


What It Is:
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars in Pageant and Grandma

Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
I’ve sang the praises of lip products enough: they add color to your look, brighten your face and are just plain fun! I have a huge collection of lipstick and lipgloss, mostly because I can’t resist all the pretty pinks and corals lip products come in.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a line created by David Klasfeld. I wondered about the strange brand name and easily found the answer on their website: “I did and the result is a line obsessively crafted from the finest ingredients possible, to celebrate the driving compulsions of makeup fanatics everywhere.” This entire line is also Vegan-friendly (I’ve received questions about this and will try to include it in future articles). OCC’s Lip Tars are their cult-status item and being a lip junkie, I had to test drive a few!

How To Use It:
As far as shades go, Grandma is a very true coral color, while Pageant is a purpley pink. For having “tar” in the name, these are surprisingly runny, but super pigmented. I recommend squirting a bit on the back of your hand or a makeup palette and applying with a lip brush. You can also mix shades using this method! Go sparingly at first – you can layer for more intensity but it’s hard to take them off!

(L-R: Pageant, Grandma)

CC Rating: B-
The color selection and pigmentation of the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars is superb. There’s an assortment of nudes, pinks and corals, but also unusual shades like blue and black. Definitely geared towards the makeup artist community, but still consumer friendly. The $13 price tag is also a steal, considering it would take me YEARS to ever use one up!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t super impressed by the Lip Tars from OCC. Yes, they deliver on pigmentation and staying power, but I also found them to be quite drying and really clingy to patches of skin on my lips. Re-application was also tricky and I found myself carrying around a lip brush — super inconvenient. They don’t feel pleasant to wear and are, in fact, a bit irritating. Unless you slather them on, they dry on the more-matte side and I needed to add a clear gloss for some shine. I could see me using these for special nights out or costume parties, but not everyday.
You can find them at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics!
[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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