Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Reach for Olympic Gold with 5 Favorites

I thought it would be fun to celebrate the London Olympics with a few posts inspired by the colors of the medals handed out (gold, silver, and bronze). This post features five of my favorite gold-colored products!

What’s your favorite gold-colored beauty product?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012


OCC Skin: Conceal

OCC Skin: Conceal (Concealer)

OCC Skin: Conceal ($20.00 for 8.5 grams) recently launched with twelve shades (which is impressive for a concealer range). There are six yellow-based shades and six red-based shades. Each concealer is packaged in a clear plastic screw-top jar, and inside is the concealer. The concealer is in a hardened block, but it’s creamy to the touch and as you dip your brush in it. The texture isn’t too creamy, which can lead to a lot of settling or sliding around during the day, but it isn’t so dry that it’s difficult to blend out. It has amazing opaque coverage; it will hide just about anything, and it never feels heavy, looks cakey, or requires a lot of product. Just a quick pat of concealer on any area will conceal most imperfections.

Y2 was a good match for me and most of my face; if I want to be really perfect in color, I mix a little of Y1 in, but usually, Y2 is very, very close. I’ve been reaching for this a lot in the past few weeks, because it’s quick, easy to use, and lasts all day. It doesn’t slide around, separate, or crease during the day. I very rarely use concealer, though I’ve been reconsidering as the older I get, the less sleep I get (I wake up 3-4 times a night and get about 3-4 hours total), I have found it has impacted my under-eye areas. I’ve used this underneath the eyes, but I’ve primarily been using this to conceal little imperfections on the skin before running to the store. I love that it looks as natural as my real skin, because I’m not wearing any foundation or tinted moisturizer – just the concealer patted on the areas I needed and out the door.

My preferred application method is definitely fingertips. It warms up the product just a wee bit, and it helps blend the product in effortlessly. I have used OCC’s Concealer Brush (which is what is recommended by the brand), and it works well, but the brush itself sometimes feels too big. I like smaller, more precise brushes for concealer work myself, and then I like a fluffier brush to blend out the concealer (something like MAC’s 217). One thing about application is less is so much more; a little goes a long way–and I’m serious!–use much less than you think. Even if you use fingertips, and you hardly see any on your finger, go with it. You’d be surprised!

I really appreciate OCC’s commitment to their customer base (both professional and consumer) and quality; these concealers took two years to develop to be David’s (the founder) “perfect” concealer. It’s not too creamy, lasts all day long, doesn’t crease, and works even when my skin is a little dry. The coverage is fantastic; totally opaque but can be sheered out if you need lighter coverage.

Shades as described by OCC:

  • R0 is the palest red-based skin tone.
  • R1 is a pale red-based skin tone.
  • R2 is a medium-light red-based skin tone.
  • R3 is a medium-dark red-based skin tone.
  • R4 is a dark red-based skin tone.
  • R5 is the darkest red-based skin tone.
  • Y0 is the palest yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y1 is a pale yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y2 is a medium-light yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y3 is a medium-dark yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y4 is a dark yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y5 is the darkest yellow-based skin tone.

The Glossover

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OCC Skin: Conceal (Concealer) Review, Photos, Swatches

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There's so much to love about this concealer: a great balance between creamy and stiff so it wears well and all-day without creasing or sliding around underneath the eye, opaque coverage that's still able to be blended out, and a large color range.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz. / 2.5 grams) is described as a “sleek, regal gold.” It’s a rich, vibrant shade of yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The metallic finish comes out more strongly when it is applied damp/wet. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver is less metallic, less yellow. NARS Paramaribo is darker. Bare Escentuals Remix is less yellow. MAC Goldmine is more orange. Inglot #430 is slightly darker. Urban Decay Honey is very similar but less metallic.

I’m all over this kind of color.  Urban Decay’s Honey is one of my all-time favorite golds, and it’s been discontinued, so having a dupe is excellent.  The texture is so, so soft–the powder of OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates is extremely finely-milled.  It applies well both wet and dry, and it gets a little smoother and more metallic when applied wet as compared to the dry application.  This shade is lovely with warm browns, coppers, and burgundies.  Triptych wears really well, too, without primer–a solid eight hours without creasing or fading.

The Glossover

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Triptych

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What makes this such a great gold eyeshadow is the depth--it has really rich, luxurious color that gives it brightness, intensity, and vibrancy.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar
OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-tinged lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a soft purple tint. MAC Saint Germain is similar but a little lighter. MAC Naughty Saute is much darker but has a similar coloring. MAC All Styled Up is pinker.  Though the color is on the lighter side, it’s a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face.

It’s totally opaque, and when it dries down, it has a satin matte finish that’s not at all glossy but not totally matte. Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, and I can’t emphasize that enough–a little goes a long way. It’s a really good idea to use a lip brush to apply them, because it’s easier to control how much gets applied without overdoing it (I applied using fingers, and I ended up overapplying a bit). Despite the lightness of the shade, it wears eight hours on me, and it’s not drying at all. It is mint-scented and comes in a squeeze-tube with a long nozzle.

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Though the color is on the lighter side, it's a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face. If you're looking for a satin finish, long-wearing lipstick, definitely check out OCC's Lip Tars!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar
OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra, ultra violet.” It’s purple–it’s a brightened medium-dark purple with subtle pink-red undertones. Not unsurprisingly, I could not think of any dupes out of these purple lipsticks. Illamasqua Fierce was the closest I could come up with, but it looks tame in comparison (ha, ha).  When I tested this shade for wear, it hung on for a very impressive eight hours, and it still looked pretty good then but noticeably worn.

It’s a liquid lipstick that is very, very pigmented! It may take a couple of applications to get used to just how much pigment is packed into this product. I like these applied best with a brush, because you can ensure you don’t over-apply the product (which isn’t what I did in the swatches–I applied with fingertips, so I did apply a bit more than I needed to). Lip Tars dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish, and it depends on how much you apply–I usually find that I get a slight sheen for fifteen to thirty minutes after application, but then it dries down to the satiny finish. If you apply just a sheer layer, you’ll have more of that semi-matte/satin finish from the get-go.

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Belladonna

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Always wanted a fierce, totally purple lipstick? Belladonna is an excellent option! Super pigmented and long-wearing, it's bold, bright, and beautiful.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 10th, 2012


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Launches OCC Skin: Conceal

More than just a concealer, OCC SKIN: CONCEAL may be the only product you’ll ever need for complexion perfection! Tested behindthe- scenes by the artists at OCC for over two years prior to its release, it’s passed the pro’s test for ease of use, coverage and endurance. Formulated from the finest vegan ingredients available, OCC SKIN: CONCEAL also nourishes and hydrates the skin with Cocoa Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract and Vitamin E for coverage that feels as good as it looks! Perfect for any medium from Digital Photography and Hi-Definition TV to everyday use and wear!

PRO TIP: Mix a drop of OCC SKIN: PRIMER into CONCEAL and apply with our #003: Concealer Brush.

  • Available in 12 multi-ethnic, internationally calibrated skin-tone shades.
  • Hydrating base allows for superior blendability while also staying put!
  • Paraben-Free and also free of Silicone, Petroleum and Fragrance.

Availability: June 22nd at IMATS, occmakeup.com, $20.00 (8g)