Lip tars are perhaps the most well-known products from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, a vegan and cruelty free company. Known for saturated pigments and vivid colors, my first experience with an OCC Lip Tar was when they accidentally sent me one instead of the nail polish I ordered (they let me keep the lip tar AND sent my nail polish too). The shade was much too intense for me (Vintage, a deep blood red), so I passed it on to a friend.
During a recent sale at Beauty.com, I decided to pick up the neutrals set of lip tars, which contains five that come in a little clear bag, and includes a brush for application.
Hush is described as a “pale bridal pink.” This would be a great color to use if you wanted to introduce someone to wearing lip tars. I fully expected this one to be my favorite of the bunch, but I was surprised at what that sentiment went to…
Interlace is described as “palest peach creme.” This color might make some people look washed out, because it is so pale, but I think it is worth a try.
NSFW, described as a “true red” is one that takes some work to apply. Because it is so saturated, it tends to stain the skin, so a careful hand is needed with application.
Memento is a “plum-toned pink”, wearable by many skin tones.
And now for my favorite, Melange! This is a “terra cotta neutral” and I just fell in love with how it looked on me.
Overall, I’m thrilled with this set and am SO happy that I decided to get it. Each lip tar has .33 ounces of product; if that seems like not much, note that a little goes a long way and you’ll only need a dot or so for the entire application.
Application: These can be applied easily with fingers, but it will definitely be easier to apply with a brush, especially NSFW. Also, it should be noted that these require more time than throwing on a tinted lip balm or a gloss. Practice is needed to apply these!
Feel: These are very lightweight and the finish is ultimately an almost matte, satin type finish. They are not drying.
Staying power: With lips, I feel that this is a bit unfair to gauge. After all, you aren’t drinking what I am, or talking as much as I am, and so on. That said, these have good staying power and will last a considerable length of time. Sorry that is vague!
Convenience and packaging: Packing is easy on the eyes and a good reflection of color. I like how small the tip is, as it helps minimize product waste.
Price: This set is $50 at Beauty.com, which is a pretty good price since lip tars individually retail for $15 each. Plus, at a cost per use level it is quite low for how little you need per application. Look for sales and use eBates to get a percentage back if shopping online.