Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics makes their long-awaited debut at San Diego Comic-Con (July 18-21, 2013) in a collaboration with artist Gail Potocki.

To commemorate their arrival into Comic-Con, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has worked with renowned Symbolist painter Gail Potocki to launch a limited edition metallic Lip Tar that is inspired by her latest series of paintings, “Fragmented Alice” — a uniquely macabre take on Alice in Wonderland. The exclusive Lip Tar in ‘Fragmented’ is a metallic acid green shade that boasts an unprecedented amount of metallic pigment, leaving a spectacularly foil-like finish on the lips that’s unquestionably attention-getting. San Diego Comic-Con is the perfect platform to launch this collaboration as it has become the largest pop-culture event in the world and features not only comics but all aspects of popular arts. Attendees of San Diego Comic-Con can be the first to pick up ‘Fragmented’ Lip Tar: Metallic at the Century Guild booth (#2845) beginning on Preview Night, July 17th.

But that’s not all! ‘Fragmented’ Lip Tar: Metallic is a preview of what’s to come next from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon on the full “Fragmented Alice” limited-edition collection, set to launch August 2013.

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36 thoughts on “OCC Debuts at Comic-Con with Fragmented Lip Tar

  1. Virginia

    The art is great! Will have to look up the artist, but I can’t imagine where I would wear this lip tar!

  2. Green seems to be the theme of my day, everywhere I look I see green :-)

  3. lars

    wow, can’t wait to see the swatches of this

  4. Agkelos

    As to the art…macabre takes on Alice in Wonderland has been done to death, I thought. Especially with the existence of those 2 pretty well-known video games by American McGee. Potocki paints great but…there’s really nothing new about her source material and the directing she has taken it.

    Love the lip tar color! Can’t imagine wearing for normal stuff, though…

  5. sydney

    I’m really excited about more metallic Lip Tars but I am so tired of the “~dark~ Alice in Wonderland” cultural trend that’s been going on for years now! Despite that I’m looking forward to this collection :D

    • Avatar of liz liz

      i’m tired of it too. there’s way more interesting stories to twist into something more sinister. alice is old hat now. just let the poor girl be, lmao.

  6. 18thCenturyFox

    Wow this picture is gorgeous

    • Rigor_Mortis

      Agreed. While her source of inspiration isn’t exactly original, it’s refreshing to see an artist who can actually paint these days. Too many hacks hiding their lack of talent and technique under the “conceptual art” umbrella these days, IMO.

  7. Pearl

    I want it all!!!

  8. Can’t wait to see swatches of this!

  9. xamyx

    Why all the negative comments on the “dark” take on Alice in Wonderland? Through the Looking Glass, the story Disney based their version on, is actually quite dark. It seems to me the “dark” & “macabre” spin is actually true to the original source.

    As for the product, if I can pick it up in a store, I would very seriously consider it. I still find it odd that orange is a socially acceptable shade for lips, but green isn’t…

    • Rigor_Mortis

      Because orange is much closer, in terms of color, to the red and pink tones that most people naturally have on their lips than green.

      That said, I think the fact that shades like green and blue are so unnatural/unexpected for one to use on their lips is precisely what makes that kind of make-up so quirky and fascinating.

    • Who decides what’s socially acceptable?
      I want to wear red, green, purple, blue, yellow, pink… Color is color. I love them all, I don’t discriminate. :)

    • yellowlantern

      I think the comments are stemming from the fact that the sales blurb says that “dark Alice in Wonderland” is “unique” when it isn’t. It’s been done many times before and if what you’re saying is true than it REALLY isn’t unique.

      • Jam

        I think what’s meant here is that HER macabre take on the Wonderland mythology is unique to other macabre takes lol.

        Seeing her paintings on her FB, the work certainly doesn’t seem like any other Dark Wonderland series what with bloody instruments of torture or striped stockings.

        • Yellowlantern

          I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. I looked up few more pieces for this fragmented alice collection, and while they’re really lovely (I like the impressionist-y style) I still wouldn’t say they’re unique. Dark Alice in Wonderland has just been done so many times in so many ways that it’s hard to really be unique about it anymore IMO.

    • Avatar of liz liz

      it’s just over-saturation of darker takes on Alice that have been floating around in pop culture for the last few years. it’s become pedestrian even though the original tale is very imaginative and clever. i mean, the american mcgee’s alice plus the 2011 sequel on top of tim burton’s alice and wonderland and people GOING NUTS over it to the point that you can’t walk past a hot topic in the mall without a million teenagers going gaga over OMG IT’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND BUT DARK AND EDGY HAHA.

      like, it’s a really really cool story and was fascinating when it was first made popular but dang, man. let’s pick up some new tales to amp the creepy factor up on. it just feels like OCC is late to the game on this. whatever floats your boat though. that illustration is beautiful.

      but yes, i totally agree with your green lip comment. i love like dark kelly/forest green glossy lips. *0*

  10. Amalia

    I bet , it will be stunning on Christine!

  11. I’m always super intrigued by shades like this.. yeah, this probably isn’t for me, but I can still be attracted to it and enjoy seeing it on others.

  12. Ahh! For a second there, I thought this lip tar was literally going to be fragmented — e.g. like the shatter nail polishes. My brain definitely had a “SCIENCE! :D” moment while it waited for the page to fully load! :P

    • Avatar of liz liz

      ohhhh i’m torn between loving that idea and being terrified it’d end up looking like horrible chapped cracked lips.

    • VickyM

      Lol RAE I had the exact same thought I believed it would look like a fragmented lip tar, so I was surprised to see it wasn´t.

  13. Michelle

    i wonder if it will be available only on preview night or any of the other days if it doesn’t get sold out. i won’t make it to comic-con until friday so i hope there’s some left to check out in person, even though i don’t know when i would ever wear this shade! :)

  14. Must have this!!!!

  15. Gabi

    It reminds me of Chanel’s Peridot. But it’s too artsy to splurge on, I don’t think of any other day to use it other than Halloween…

  16. I love the color, but I don’t think I could pull it off. Awesome for them to be attending SDCC, though. Wish I could!

  17. cloudburst

    The green lips in the painting look quite good, but the blue eye shadow makes Alice look like she hasn”t slept in a week or so.

  18. Al

    I NEED this liptar!

  19. Susan Dowman Nevling

    Fun for younger women but not for me at 63. Interested to see additional colors when they are released.

  20. Kristy

    That painting is beautiful and reminds me of something out of 19th century France (Renoir, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec?). I would probably buy that lip tar, if only to mix with other shades and experiment a bit.

  21. Sarah021

    Emm the colour is different… I guess for those that like to standout this would work pretty well…

    Having an olive skin, makes this colour a NO NO for me :D

  22. I need this in my life.

  23. Where would you wear that green lip tar? COMIC CON!!!

    This is brilliant, and I’m super excited! OCC lip tars are perfect for cosplay and LARPing. OCC makes some weird colors, but they’re not so weird on an orc, an alien, or an anime character.

    Seriously, I have geeky friends who would never walk into a Sephora of their own volition, but who would buy that lip tar if they saw it for sale at a convention.

    People spend hundreds (thousands!) of dollars on costumes. Investing $18 in the perfect lipstick is small change, especially for a LARPer, who could expect to wear it regularly.

    I bet OCC will be a revelation for a lot of people. I bet they’ll find a lot of new customers. I hope so!

    The more I learn about OCC, the more I admire them. This isn’t quite as cool as the January Rising fundraiser, but it’s up there.