Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Is brown lipstick making a comeback for fall? Perhaps… here are five more modern takes on brown (at least, to me) that switch it up by adding brown tones or changing the finishes. What are your favorite shades of brown from the past and present?

  1. Maybelline Touchable Taupe — a soft, muted rosy brown
  2. OCC Marion — a medium, rosy brown
  3. Too Faced Sweet Maple — a warm, plummy brown
  4. NARS Cythere — a metallic beige-brown
  5. NARS Deborah — a lightly glossy, reddish-brown

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

OCC Unknown Pleasures Collection
OCC Unknown Pleasures Collection

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ fall collection, Unknown Pleasures has a good mix of more unique, non-traditional lip colors paired with a few interesting takes on more traditional lip colors that still manage to be more unique than not.  It’s always fun to see matching nail polishes with the lip colors, in case Lip Tars aren’t your thing.  Overall, I really liked the collection, though I didn’t care for the thinner, runnier consistency of Vain and Pagan Lip Tars, but the collection gave us Technopagan Lip Tar, which is a knock-your-socks-off kind of a color.

Sephora was supposed to launch it earlier this week, but no sign of it yet, but it is available at Beautylish and occmakeup.com.  

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

OCC Lament Lip Tar
OCC Lament Lip Tar

OCC Lament Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral rose beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted orange–not quite peach, not quite true orange, and it’s not as bright as you might expected. Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more muted, more beige. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is pinker. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is yellower. MAC Nearly Nude (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was thin but not watery, easy to spread but didn’t feather or bleed along the edge of the natural lip line, and it felt like most Lip Tars do (and I only note this since two of the six fall shades were a little runny). It had excellent color payoff that yielded full color coverage with little product, and the color itself stayed on well for almost six hours before starting to break down. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me, and it didn’t feel clingy, so it was pretty comfortable to wear.

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Friday, August 8th, 2014

OCC Covet Lip Tar
OCC Covet Lip Tar

OCC Covet Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “buff neutral.” It’s a light-medium, orange beige with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Tropical Buzz (LE, $22.00) is more orange, darker. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less orange. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is more orange, darker, shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was in line with the Matte Lip Tars; not too thick or too thin, never watery, and very pigmented so a little goes a long way, even with a lighter color like Covet. It’s a more unusual color, which I found harder to dupe, so it was nice to see this get added to the permanent line-up. It wears a total of eight hours on me, but the color pulls into lip lines noticeably after six hours of wear. It takes about an hour for the satiny shine to wear down to a matte finish. It was neither hydrating nor drying over time, and it was comfortable to wear.

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic)
OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic)

OCC Manhunter Lip Tar (Metallic) ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “red-orange with golden shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, orange-red with warm undertones and a very fine, coppery-gold metallic shimmer. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is redder. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more muted, redder. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Super NSFW (P, $18.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a new and permanent shade in the Lip Tar range. Manhunter had intense, fully opaque color coverage with barely any product. The consistency was lightweight, thin but not watery, and easy to apply/blend across the lip for a smooth, even color application. It has more of a semi-matte finish and a light shimmery sheen, but it is a lot less metallic than other hues in the Metallic range, which also gave it a smoother feel on the lips. It wears nine and a half hours on me with a few stray shimmers going outside the natural lip line over time, but the color wears well and leaves behind a strong stain. I found it just slightly drying towards the very end of wear.

P.S. — A few readers mentioned it wasn’t yet available at Sephora, but Beautylish has it online now.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

OCC Pagan Lip Tar
OCC Pagan Lip Tar

OCC Pagan Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple.” It’s a deep, dark purple with cool undertones and a lightly shiny finish. This color also was prone to staining anything and everything it came into contact with nearly instantly, so be careful when applying! Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) was the only shade that was even worth mentioning, but it is a lot lighter and more muted. OCC Technopagan really doesn’t resemble this, just as a reference. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unfortunately, I found Pagan to have a similar consistency to Vain, so it was thinner, a little runny, which made it harder to wear and apply. It also resulted in a glossier finish that lingered for awhile, even after using the smallest amount for coverage. It is very pigmented, but it was prone to sheering out/smearing as the color was thinner. I would recommend applying a lip primer or lip liner underneath this, which would help it cling and stay in place better. The color is certainly unique within the colors I’ve reviewed myself, but it is a more high maintenance lip color for application and wear. I experienced feathering after three hours of wear, which worsened as it wore on, though the color lasted for eight and a half hours with a substantial stain left behind.

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8/10

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