Custom Colour: OCC Lip Tars


Being a huge lipstick fan, I’m always one to try out new products and colours.  I have been familiar with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tars for a while now but they aren’t really the most accessible cosmetics line.  Anyways, Sephora started selling select colours of their extensive line of Lip Tars, so me being one to never miss the proverbial bandwagon, I picked a colour up.


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 never looks or feels heavy. Meant to be mixed, Lip Tar comes in concise array of colors for a limitless selection of shades made by you! 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!

The colour I picked up is Hush, a bridal neutral pink that leans more towards a nude.  I also tried on Anime, a hot pink, in store, but I have a few of those already, so I chose to skip it.  Plus Hush is more of an everyday colour (well, kinda, it would depend on your skin tone).



Like the directions say, you only need a drop of this stuff on the included brush because a little goes a long way.  The formulation isn’t thick at all and it sets quite quickly.  As for scent, it’s very minty, so it will make your mouth feel (and smell) fresh.  The colour does dry matte; however, as with most matte lipsticks I have tried, it leaves your lips feeling dry after continued use.  It’s because of that factor that I wouldn’t wear this everyday.  You can put a gloss over top though to add some moisture.

Another downside about this product is that it can get quite messy.  I keep it with the brush in the little Ziplock-esque pouch it came in, but after some uses the product gets all over the pouch (from the brush).  Lastly, I have found with Hush, because it’s a lighter colour, it doesn’t stay on for nearly as long as I thought it would. These are billed as being very long-wearing, which is probably true for some of the bolder colours (because they would be more pigmented, hence staining the lips), but because Hush is on the lighter side, I find I have to keep reapplying it (it does have some staying power, just not as much as I would like).


Overall, I actually really do love the product.  I like how what you see is what you get and Hush is definitely a beautiful colour.  I wish Sephora would carry the whole range because there are some fab colours in the line that I would love to try out, plus you can mix colours to create your own custom shade.  They are quite pricey at C$19, but I would say it’s worth it considering the amount of product you get (and the fact that you don’t need much of it).  This one Lip Tar will last me a few years for sure.

Have you tried OCC’s Lip Tars?  What were your thoughts?

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