A few weeks ago, I stumbled across OCC through a Lucky Break (read about it here). After that post went up, a lovely reader asked if I’d tried their lip tars and if/when I do, to do a review on them.
So good people, that review is here!
This is the first straight up makeup review I’ve ever done, which is why it took so long to put up and I know I’m bound to make some mistakes.
Speaking of mistakes, when I took pictures of these lip tars on my own lips, I forgot one at my office in PA =(. However, I have a fun picture of me wearing it on my About page, so I’ve attached that picture to this post. Oops!
I have several lipsticks, one lip liner and a multitude of different lip balms/chapsticks/etc. I’m trying to invest in a more mature makeup collection – you know, good quality products that will last a long time…starting with OCC lip tars…
I was in NYC a few weeks ago for July 4th and was able to check out the store and its products. I knew that I already loved the nail polish, so I had to have a plan before going in there and buying up the whole collection of lip tars.
I knew that I wanted to purchase 4 colors – they have tons! I was instantly overwhelmed by the selection, but was adamant about buying only 4 colors. Below, you will see the colors that I purchased.
From left to right: Clockwork, Harlot (the one I forgot), Rhythm Box, Black Dahlia
Each Lip Tar comes in its own little vinyl pouch with instructions on how to apply the product, the product itself, and a mini lip brush. Love that!
Black Dahlia: Deep purple color. Can’t wait to wear this one in the fall – love dark lip colors =0). Matte finish. Loves to bleed.
Rhythm Box: Translucent purple stained gloss. Love the color – great for everyday without overpowering the lips. Not as moisturizing as I’d like – under the impression that it would be more like a regular sticky lip gloss.
Clockwork: Coral color with a bit of peach in it. Hate this color alone, but loved it when I mixed with Black Dahlia (see last picture). Matte finish.
Harlot: Hot pink, matte finish. My favorite from the bunch.
This is what happened when I mixed Black Dahlia and Clockwork together. I love it! I could see myself wearing this everyday as it’s now a light berry-colored gloss with a matte finish.
Pros: Long-lasting. Rich, opaque colors. Great color selection and pricing. Glosses with matte finishes didn’t smudge after being absorbed into lips. Can mix and match aka endless possibilities!
Cons: Not moisturizing (typical of lip products with staining power). Stained gloss – Rhythm Box – smudges. Have to use a primer with the product and possibly a liner for the colors that like to bleed. Possibly time consuming because of process and little lip brush. Lips must be exfoliated (if you have lip issues like myself – Black Dahlia showed every bit of dry skin and line on my lips =0/ ).
The company suggests using their primer before applying these products. I wanted to try these out on fresh lips that were exoliated and moisturized without their products. Let’s face it, most of the time when we use lip products, we don’t use them in conjunction with products of the same company…at least I don’t =0P. I love the fact that a little goes a long way. At first, I balked at the $18 price tag, but considering the fact that I will literally keep these forever, it was totally worth the investment.
I think the next set of colors I’m going to try out will be a set of nudes. I’m in search of a nice, nude stain that will stay all day…
Thank you oh so much OCC…you have changed the life of my lips… =0)
So what did you think? If I left anything out or you have suggestions for future reviews, let me know! =0)
Until next time…