Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “creme beige” with a frost finish. It’s a warm light-beige with threads of pale white shimmer–so there are some brush strokes. It reminded me of URban Decay Fame, which is more neutral in tone. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is more opaque and a little more peach-hued. Zoya MInka is more opaque and a bit lighter, almost yellow-tinted. I think Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is the closest–it has shimmer but no metallic threads.

OCC described it as opaque, but with two coats, it’s still sheer. A third coat will get you closer to opaque results, but there will still be some underlying sheerness. This shade was my least favorite out of the six for spring/summer, and part of that is because of the formula, which was watery and a bit thin.  It appeared almost streaky because of the sheerness and metallic shimmer.  I’m normally a fan of OCC’s formula, but this one disappointed.  I typically get a week of wear out of OCC’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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I would pass on this one--there are better shades in the OCC range, and there are better nudes on the market. The sheerness would be one thing to deal with (and sometimes a sheer nude can be lovely, even if isn't what OCC described it as), the formula deficiencies are harder to overlook.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant teal/green” that is opaque and has a satin finish. It’s being repromoted with OCC’s spring/summer Garden collection, but it has already been part of the permanent range for some time. It’s a really green-teal with a finish that looks like a cream to me. MAC Ocean Dip is much more of a blue-teal. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is closer but lighter.  There was nothing that I could think of that came close enough to this to even be considered similar, let alone a dupe.

Chlorophyll was opaque in two coats, though it was almost opaque in one for me.  It has a balanced consistency–not too thick or too thin–that allowed for even, streak-free application without bubbling or pooling.  OCC’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear and no chipping.  Of the shades launching for their upcoming collection, Chlorophyll was one of my favorites.

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Of the shades launching for their upcoming collection, Chlorophyll was one of my favorites. The color is vibrant and perfect for summer, and I don't have anything quite like it.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mint green metallic.” According to OCC, it should be opaque and has a metallic finish. It’s a green-teal with lots of metallic shimmer that is opaque in two coats. I could see this leaning a little tealer on cooler complexions, but against my warmer complexion, I can see the green in it. I went hunting for dupes, but I could not find anything that’s quite like this in products I’ve reviewed. China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses is so green in comparison, while Zoya Bevin is lighter, not as intense, and has no shimmer. It’s like I saw hints of Chimera in other shades, but nothing came close enough.

I like the recent bottle change–it’s very sleek, and the benefit to this type of packaging is they store really efficiently and easily.  You can still see the color along the “shoulders” of the bottle when they’re standing up, which is great.  This had a thinner consistency than I’m used to, but it still applied opaque in two coats, and while it seemed a touch watery, it wasn’t runny.  It applied evenly and easily, and the metallic shimmer made dry down quicker than regular shimmer/cream polishes.  When I wore Chimera to test out the wear, it wore for seven days without chipping and had only minor tip wear.

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It's an interesting shade -- I always like it when it's difficult to find dupes or even slightly similar shades to a product! It just means it's more unique than not.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Garden Collection for Spring/Summer 2012

OCC’s S/S 2012 Collection “The Garden” also includes freshly-picked Loose Colour o in a bouquet of the rarest floral shades yet. Loose Colour Concentrate, our super saturated pearlescent pigment powders can be used in a variety of ways to bring colour and shimmer wherever it’s desired. Recommended for eyes & cheeks on its own, mixed with our clear lip tar for a luminous lip look, and anywhere (and any way!) your imagination dictates!

Nail Lacquer ($8.00)

  • Kava Kava Creme beige (Opaque, Frost)
  • Copperhead Brilliant copper glitter (Semi-opaque, Glitter)
  • Arsenic Brilliant silver glitter (Semi-opaque, Glitter)
  • Phantasm Pastel blue metallic (Opaque, Metallic)
  • Chimera Mint green metallic (Opaque, Metallic)
  • Chlorophyll Vivid teal green (Opaque, Satin) (Repromote)

Cosmetic Glitter ($12.00)

  • Fae White with green and violet reflections

Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00)

  • Datura Opalescent pink/lavender
  • Foxfire Silver lime sheen
  • Acacia Yellow with blue/green duochrome
  • Triptych Sleek, true gold
  • Mimosa Orange with strong gold shimmer

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Monday, February 13th, 2012


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) The Garden Collection for Spring/Summer 2012

Introducing The Garden, OCC’s S/S 2012 Colour Collection. Spring has sprung at OCC and hidden among the lilacs and pansies is a different shade of floral. Inspired by psychotropic and poisonous plants, this collection turns traditional spring pastels upside down, injecting them with hallucinatory notes of nearly-neon vibrancy. Mixed in are more subtle neutral lip shades, meant to be paired with a dizzying flash of color on the eyes, in this garden of earthly (and unearthly) delights.

Lip Tar ($13.50)

  • Chlorophyll True, denseteal
  • Belladonna Ultra, ultra violet
  • Digitalis Pink-tinged lavender
  • Ophelia Pure petal pink
  • Kava Kava True peach neutral
  • Pennyroyal Roasted peach-brown

availability: March 2012


Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

OCC Magenta Pure Cosmetic Pigment
OCC Magenta Pure Cosmetic Pigment

OCC Magenta & Turquoise Pure Cosmetic Pigments

OCC Pure Cosmetic Pigments ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) are a professional-use product sold by the brand. They’re pure, uncut pigments, so they are best used when mixed with other cosmetic bases; OCC suggests things like body lotions, cosmetic grade talc, mixing mediums, primers, or their clear Lip Tar. I’ve shown them swatched wet (with just water) and dry. These kinds of products can stain the skin as well.

  • Magenta is a vibrant purpled magenta. When applied dry, it sheers and blends out easily as a result. With just a little water to dampen the color, it goes on more intensely. I couldn’t think of any dupes.
  • Turquoise is a vibrant medium-dark teal. It’s a green-based teal. It didn’t apply as smoothly when I applied it with water, but it worked well dry, though it looked a touch chalky against my skin. Inglot #372 is a little lighter but similar in color. MAC Double Feature 3 is also similar.

This is kind of a product in its raw form; it’s something waiting to be transformed, so for readers who love to play with makeup and mix and twist things up, these could be fun. If you prefer ready-made products, check out OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates instead, which have already been mixed and formulated to wear with much less fuss.

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