Monday, August 15th, 2011


OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Fall 2011: Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “disco-era silver with rainbow reflections,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. OCC’s Cosmetic Glitters are not for use in an airbrush machine and not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. They are micronized metallic glitter for face and body art, and they recommend applying over OCC Ink (before it dries) for long-lasting wear.

Mirrorball is a silvery-blue base of color with a multitude of iridescence. It really is a rainbow of reflections, because there are so many visible colors reflecting, but it is dominated by green, blue, and violet–though there are red, orange, yellow shimmers as well. Swatched dry, it tends to look more like colored sand, but when applied wet (I used water, though for real application, I would use a mixing medium–something with a more adhesive base), it comes together better.

The glitter feels very fine, though it certainly has more of a gritty texture than OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates–which is as expected. Again, these are not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. Some ways to use glitter: mixed in nail polish, strewn over wet polish, in hair, mixed with lipstick/gloss, mixed with a body oil–just to name a few ways.

I decided not to use the Glossover rating system to grade this product (which does not work for all beauty products–e.g. hair, skincare, etc.), because ultimately, it’s going to depend on how you use it. It’s not a product that really stands on its own–it is designed to be mixed with something.  The very nature of the product doesn’t enable it to stay on without some type of base (like a sticky cream) or adhesive element (like a mixing medium).  It’s a nice glitter–it’s not chunky or gritty, and it comes together well when used with other mixtures.  There are lots of pretty reflections and iridescence, just as one would want in a glitter.

On an overall basis, I rate the product an A.  The packaging is just like the Loose Colour Concentrates, and again, I really had to tap and bang around the pot to get as much glitter to show as I did for photography purposes.  The three-holed sifter gives you enough product to work with but not too much.

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Saturday, August 13th, 2011


OCC Banjee Lip Tar

OCC Fall 2011: Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars ($13.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) see the addition of six new shades with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. I reviewed Butch previously (blue can’t help but be an individual, y’know), so this post includes these five: Banjee (freshly sliced mango), Femme (pale flamingo pink), Narcissus (creamy pink/lavender), Pretty Boy (deep, true fuchsia), and Queen (screaming neon red).

If you have any experience with Lip Tars, the best advice anyone can give is: a little goes a very, very long way. You really need much less than you’d think. It’s also much easier to use a lighter hand and add more as needed. You can apply straight from the tube (and the angled applicator works well to maneuver around the natural curves of the lips) or with a lip brush (OCC recommends their #009 brush).

  • Banjee is a vibrant, light-medium orange with opaque color and a subtly glossy sheen. I couldn’t think of any similar shades (you would think with all of these orange lipsticks, there would be something!) because this is lighter and less of a dark orange or true orange–there is a yellowness to Banjee.
  • Femme is a softened, pastel pink with subtle blue undertones. The color coverage is opaque. It’s similar but a touch pinker than MAC Royal Azalea, bluer than MAC Overtime, pinker than MAC All Styled Up, similar in hue but lighter than YSL Fetish Pink, and a tad lighter than MAC Viva Glam Gaga I.
  • Narcissus is a medium, fuchsia-lavender with a subtle sheen. It delivers opaque color coverage. It is lighter and pinker than MAC Love Forever, very similar to MAC Asian Flower, and lighter but similar in color to MAC Petals & Peacocks.
  • Pretty Boy is a dark, blue-based fuchsia pink with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. It’s cooler toned than NARS Carthage, which leans redder. Illamasqua Welt is similar in coolness but lighter overall.
  • Queen is a neon pink-red with a soft shine and really rich, opaque color. Guerlain Shalimar is pinker, while MAC Insanely It has fuchsia shimmer and is less vibrant. MAC Gesina is similar, a touch redder and less neon.

Femme is one of the nicer pastel pinks I’ve seen on me, which is due, in part, to the opacity as well as the subtle blue-base–so if you’re warm-toned and have always wanted a pastel pink, this one might work better for you than many of the alternatives.  There are some similarities with MAC’s recently released Sheen Supreme lipsticks (Azalea Blossom and Asian Flower), but I think OCC does them better–the texture and formula are more flattering to the lips and give them a more even appearance.

Lip Tars are very creamy; they’re very much a liquid lipstick, and as such, they’re extremely rich in pigment.  As stated earlier, you only need a tiny dab for total coverage.  They can be mixed with other Lip Tars for your own custom combination (which is how the Lip Tars were initially, but now they have many shades that are great as-is).  The richness in color makes these long-wearing, too–I usually get six hours, sometimes as long as eight.  Shades like Pretty Boy and Queen do stain over time, so sometimes they wear even longer than eight.

They are mint-scented (from the inclusion of peppermint oil), and I don’t find them drying, but if I wear one color for eight hours, I do need to pat on some lip balm, because I don’t find these very moisturizing on their own.  I don’t have issues with these bleeding, but it will happen if you apply a thicker layer, so you may want to wear a lip liner with some of the darker shades.

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OCC Fall 2011 Lip Tars (Banjee, Femme, Narcissus, Pretty Boy, Queen) Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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These shades are great to wear as-is; they're more "normal" colors than others in OCC's Lip Tar range, but this doesn't mean they can't still be mixed! You may even find these colors inspire you to mix Lip Tars you already own to see what you might come up with.

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9/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Fall 2011: Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “pastel blue with intense green/yellow shimmer,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. These are “lightweight, ultra-refined, densely pigmented powders” that can be used on the eyes, face, and body.

Jubilee is so much more than it is described. From straight-on, it’s an airy, pastel blue with a silvery-white shimmer and sheen with subtle pale gold shimmer. It has a very frosted finish that becomes metallic when the product is used damp/wet. Color coverage is sheer when applied dry (but it would be fantastic for layering), while color coverage is much more opaque when it is used damp/wet.

The color isn’t just blue, though, and I’m so happy to have been able to capture at least a fraction of that in a swatch! It’s a duochrome that flashes pale blue, pale green, and iridescent purple. It’s quite lovely, which is why this shade is perfect for layering and changing the dimensions of anything worn underneath.

Giorgio Armani #10 is reminiscent in the pastel blue shade, but it doesn’t have the duochrome sheen. It reminds me more of Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, which is a nail polish, but it has a lot of the same twists and turns in the shimmer.

Jubilee performs best wet, if you want a really dense color, but because of the way it looks and acts, it’s a worthy layering shade–kind of like a glitter top coat for nails.  The powder is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly.

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Jubilee

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Fans of duochrome finishes should be smitten with Jubilee! The possibilities are endless, because it can be layered over your favorite eyeshadow for a transformative iridescence and sheen.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Fall 2011: Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “brassy gold shimmer,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. These are “lightweight, ultra-refined, densely pigmented powders” that can be used on the eyes, face, and body.

The description is rather apt–it’s a brassy gold with a very shimmery, metallic finish. It’s a brownish gold with a hint of green flash (it almost looks a little olive in the pot). Swatched dry, it’s less metallic but still produces good color payoff, while swatched dry, it’s more opaque, smoother, and the finish turns more metallic. It’s more metallic and less yellow than Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon and Urban Decay Rush.

Cruising has a soft feel, and it applies smoothly. It can be used dry without lots of fall out, but you’ll want to pat it on, rather than sweep, to initially apply the color–then you can use sweeping motions to blend it out better. I do prefer using loose colors damp or over a stickier base, just because the overall nuances of the colors tend to come out better this way.  It has a three-holed sifter, and it works well.  I had to do quite a lot of work to get as much product out and onto the main level for photography purposes.

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OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate Review, Photos, Swatches

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I love when loose colors work well even when they are used dry! It is better when applied damp (or mixed with their Mixing Medium) but it's still quite good dry. The texture is finely milled, so the product applies smoothly.

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Butch Lip Tar

Feeling a Little Blue with OCC Butch

OCC Butch Lip Tar ($13.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel periwinkle,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. Lip Tars were born to be mixed, but over time, OCC has released shades that can just as easily be worn alone as they can be used to mix with others. The formula is meant to give the longer wear of a lipstick with the application of a gloss, while the ultimate dry down reveals a satin finish. Lip Tars are also richly pigmented and mint-scented (it includes peppermint oil).

If you have any experience with Lip Tars, the best advice anyone can give is: a little goes a very, very long way. Butch is no exception–you really need much less than you’d think. It’s also much easier to use a lighter hand and add more as needed. You can apply straight from the tube (and the angled applicator works well to maneuver around the natural curves of the lips) or with a lip brush (OCC recommends their #009 brush).

Butch is a beautiful periwinkle–it’s a perfect mix of cornflower blue and dusty purple that combines for this lighter, softened blue that’s tinted with purple. It has opaque color coverage, and obviously, it’s not a shade that you’ll see most brands come out with. If you have to ask why blue lips, then this product is likely not for you. Makeup has its roots in artistry, and for some, it is exactly that. Surely, it’s not an everyday color for most of us, but for artists and those who like to mix and layer their products, it’s a shade welcomed with open arms.

It wears like a champ, as Lip Tars tend to do, and even the lightness in color doesn’t limit the wear. I wore this shade for six hours with minimal fading. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear with a soft shine.

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OCC Butch Lip Tar Review, Photos, Swatches

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What's great about the range of OCC Lip Tars these days is that there is a wide assortment of colors--and many of them can be termed wearable--and they aren't all blues and yellows and greens. But there is something liberating about wearing a blue lip!

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


Photo by Michael Webber | STUDIOWEBBER.COM

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy Collection for Fall/Winter 2011

Who says makeup is only for girls? From David Bowie and Boy George to Adam Lambert, Jared Leto and today’s crop of glam rockers, the impact men have made on the art of makeup is one that still resonates through the present day and boys keep swinging!

Pretty Boy, OCC’s new Fall/Winter 2011 Colour Collection, takes its inspiration from these artists and performers to present a palette created to empower all genders to express themselves with colour.

The creative process began backstage at the Fall/Winter 2011 Collections where the runways were littered with brightly coloured makeup including intense neons and saturated pastels, not typical of what to expect from makeup trends meant for the later months of the year. At BESS NY, under the direction of Makeup Artist Vincent Oquendo, male and female models alike took to the runway in bold neon lips, multi-colored eyes and with some literally covered head-to-toe in glitter. At Eva Minge, Makeup Artist Kristi Matamoros created a look that showcased almost-neon red lips, and at Logan Neitzel, Makeup Artist Victor Henao’s look featured a graphic green/black eye makeup look that made models of both sexes look equally mysterious and androgynous.

OCC’s take on the trend features 6 new intense shades of Lip Tar, alongside new Nail Lacquers, Loose Colours, Pure Pigment powders (a pro favorite!) and Glitter to finish off the look with a bold and dramatic flourish.  Available September 6th @ occmakeup.com.

Lip Tar ($13.00)

  • Butch Pastel periwinkle
  • Femme Pale flamingo pink
  • Banjee Freshly sliced mango
  • Queen Screaming neon red
  • Narcissus Creamy pink/lavender
  • Pretty Boy Deep, true fuchsia

Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00)

  • Cruising Brassy gold shimmer
  • Poison Primordial forest green
  • Jubilee Pastel blue with intense green/yellow shimmer

Pure Pigment ($12.00)

  • Magenta Intense red-violet
  • Turquoise Intense teal/green

Glitter ($12.00)

  • Mirrorball Disco-era silver with rainbow reflections

Nail Lacquer ($8.00)

  • Pool Boy Creme blue
  • Pansy Creme purple
  • Palare Deep fuchsia with blue/violet duochrome
  • Femme Shimmering flamingo pink, matches Femme
  • Extravaganza Rich pink/coral with gold shimmer overlay
  • Cruising Brassy gold shimmer, matches Cruising

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