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OCC Strange & Unusual and Working Girl RTW Lip Tars

OCC Strange & Unusual Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Strange & Unusual Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Strange & Unusual Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, rosy plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a fine, metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, lightweight consistency that spread across the lips evenly. I’ve found that a lot of the Metallic shades have more slip and aren’t always as pigmented as the Cream Lip Tars, but this one was just right and went on nicely. It lasted for five and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Theo (DC, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Inez (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS La Paz (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Model Behavior (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a bright, almost neon pink with subtle, cool undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque, with a moderately emollient consistency that spread well across the lips but had a tendency to highlight lip lines. The brighter color made it less noticeable from a normal viewing distance at least! This shade wore well for five hours, left behind a stain, and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Extatique (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Illamasqua Welt (P, $24.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Strange & Unusual
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Working Girl
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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OCC Soy Latte, Poseur, Kelly Lip Tars/RTW

OCC Kelly Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Kelly Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Soy Latte Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a creamy finish. It was really, really pigmented, and I would recommend still using a lip brush to apply with smoother, more even coverage than using the doe-foot as this one seemed a little thick, but slippery. The color wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Styled in Sepia (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Self-Aware (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Touch the Earth (LE, $23.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OCC Poseur Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pinky-lavender with gray overtones and a subtle, cooler undertone paired with a cream finish. The texture was lightweight and spreadable across the lips without issue, but the color wasn’t quite as opaque as I am used to with the Lip Tar formula–but it’s pretty opaque, still. The color lasted for five hours and faded evenly while the formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #005 (LE, $36.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Playdate (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Thistle (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OCC Kelly Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a lightweight texture that applied evenly on the lips. Some of the color gathered in my lip lines (especially on the bottom lip), but it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance–I think the general brightness and glossiness of the finish helped camouflage it. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. Tom Ford Beauty Ansel (DC, $35.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Lip Blossom (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Roussy (426) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Phosphorescent (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Spring Pink (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | OCC Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented liquid lipstick. The formula is light-to-medium in weight with some shades with a thinner or thicker consistency. As you might expect, the thinner ones tend to have sheerer coverage, though the average Lip Tar is semi-opaque to intensely opaque (like the smallest amount is needed to get opaque coverage). The Metallic shades tend to be thinner and have more slip compared to the cream ones. The formula is sometimes drying, sometimes just not drying. The formula is mint-scented but has no discernible taste. The new Lip Tar/RTW comes with a doe-foot applicator, which makes it easier to apply from the tube than the original Lip Tars.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Soy Latte
Soy Latte
Soy Latte
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Poseur
Poseur
Poseur
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Kelly
Kelly
Kelly
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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OCC Whatever, Alt-Girl, Shoegazer Lip Tars/RTW

OCC Whatever Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Whatever Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Whatever Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a medium, minty green with warmer, golden shimmer. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color payoff, but it was the hardest shade to apply out of the six shades made for Urban Outfitters. The texture seemed too emollient, which caused the color to really settle into lip lines noticeably. It lasted for three hours and just felt higher maintenance as the color would slide around. The color is really interesting and not something I have seen, personally, but I would highly recommend a lip liner with this one. Dior Clover Matte (400) (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C601 (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Risque (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Kat Von D Plan 9 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OCC Alt-Girl Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warmer undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, though I find a lot of the Metallic Lip Tars to be less pigmented compared to the creams, where a little goes a long way. The texture is more emollient and comfortable to wear, while the total wear was five hours. It was very lightly hydrating for me. Maybelline Violet Vixen (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Mad Hatter (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Own the Look (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OCC Shoegazer Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture that applied over the lips easily with even coverage. The doe-foot applicator does a fairly good job of getting crisper lines, but you might want to use a lip brush or lip liner to get those edges really crisp, as this shade stained quickly! It lasted for over eight hours and left behind a strong stain behind. The formula was neither hydrating nor moisturizing for me. There was something that really drew me to this color; it was almost not quite a warm plum but not really a cool-toned one either–the tone and depth made it more unique to me. Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Thrilling (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Spicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lyin' King (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Plaid (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Fig (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Plaid (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Message (214) (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (P, $35.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Manic (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | OCC Lip Tar/RTW ($16.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented liquid lipstick. The formula is light-to-medium in weight with some shades with a thinner or thicker consistency. As you might expect, the thinner ones tend to have sheerer coverage, though the average Lip Tar is semi-opaque to intensely opaque (like the smallest amount is needed to get opaque coverage). The Metallic shades tend to be thinner and have more slip compared to the cream ones. The formula is sometimes drying, sometimes just not drying. The formula is mint-scented but has no discernible taste. The new Lip Tar/RTW comes with a doe-foot applicator, which makes it easier to apply from the tube than the original Lip Tars.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Whatever
Whatever
Whatever
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
76%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Alt-Girl
Alt-Girl
Alt-Girl
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Shoegazer
Shoegazer
Shoegazer
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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5 Shimmering Red Lipsticks to Try

When I think about a go-to color for a bold, party look, I always think red. I’m curious to know what your go-to color is when you think about it! There aren’t nearly as many shimmery/metallic reds as there should be, in my opinion, that are permanently available. I’d love to hear about more that I’m missing out on!

  1. Kat Von D Adora — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  3. NARS Christina — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  4. Milani Cherry Crave — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  5. Hourglass Siren — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.

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10 Sparkling, Shimmering Golds to Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a more traditional take on shades of the New Year — yellowy golds. I went for a list of some of my favorite more shimmering/sparkling shades for bonus points 🙂 What are your favorites?

  1. Anastasia So Hollywood — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thrasher — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  3. Colour Pop Get Lucky — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  5. NYX Mischievous — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  6. NARS Iskandar — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  7. MAC Old Gold — A Warm Gold with a Frost finish.
  8. L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  10. Sugarpill Goldilux — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.

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