Monday, September 17th, 2012


OCC Fall Lip Tars

OCC Heroine Collection: 6 New Lip Tars

OCC Fall 2012 Lip Tars ($16.00 for 0.33 oz.) sees the launch of six new shades: Black Dahlia (blackened red), Lydia (darkroom plum), Marion (deceitfully dirty rose), Psycho (dripping with blood red), Starling (deeply rusted red), and Sybil (midnight brownout). The six shades are inspired by the brand’s favorite horror movie heroines.

Black Dahlia is a blackened red with a touch of brown-burgundy. It has a very lip stain-like appearance on the lips. It doesn’t quite get opaque without over-applying the product. It’s fairly even, and at a distance, it definitely looks even. This shade wore eight hours and stained for another two. MAC Soulfully Rich is less red. MAC Prince Noir is less red, darker. Chanel Maniac is darker. Milani Black Cherry is lighter. MAC Media is browner, redder, and lighter.

Lydia is a medium-dark pink plum with even, opaque color coverage. I’d say this is the most “wearable” of the six and rather universally flattering. It lasted for seven hours on my lips. MAC Hot Gossip is lighter, pinker. MAC Plumful is pinker, sheerer. MAC Flaunting It is more purple, sheerer. Make Up For Ever is frosty.

Marion is a lightened peach-brown with opaque color coverage. It needed very little product for full, even color. This wore for seven hours. Burberry Heather Rose is darker. CoverGirl Delish is a touch pinker. Guerlain Gracieuse is similar but has shimmer.

Psycho is a bright orange-red–very fiery–with opaque color payoff. It applies evenly and smoothly It lasted for eight hours on my lips.. MAC Sail la Vie is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis is redder. Giorgio Armani #405 is more orange and has shimmer. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is glossier.

Starling is a rusted, reddened brown. It yielded full color coverage and went on evenly. This shade wore for seven hours. Cle de Peau Danse de Feu is lighter and has shimmer. Make Up For Ever #20 is a bit redder.

Sybil is a deep, dark chocolate brown with subtle reddish undertones. This shade lasted for eight hours.  It was extremely pigmented and applied opaquely and evenly. MAC Chestnut is not quite as dark/rich. MAC Seeds of Desire is redder. MAC Film Noir is lighter, warmer.

Beginning today, Sephora will be carrying the new six shades, but more noteworthy, is that Lip Tars sold through Sephora will be sold in an eco-friendly vinyl bag along with instructions and a mini precision lip brush–just to help newcomers to all that is Lip Tar learn the ropes a little more easily! Lip Tars are best applied with a brush and with very, very little product. As in a dot or two of product, not a dollop or glob. It’s not a gloss, and it’s way, way more pigmented than the majority of liquid lipsticks on the market. If you over-apply, the product may bleed/feather, and it will easily get onto teeth, too.

Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, long-wearing, and dry down to a satin-matte finish with just a slight sheen.  They’re not drying, and I don’t find that they bleed or feather on me, but very few products do, so take that with a grain of salt.  They are mint-scented and come in small, squeeze tubes but are meant to be applied with a lip brush. Black Dahlia was the only shade that wasn’t opaque, and overall, had a slightly different texture (and definitely a different look) than the majority of OCC’s Lip Tar range.

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OCC Heroine Lip Tars - Black Dahlia, Lydia, Marion, Psycho, Starling, Sybil Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, long-wearing, and dry down to a satin-matte finish with just a slight sheen. They can be worn alone or mixed with each other to create new shades!

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

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Monday, August 20th, 2012

OCC Nylon Lip Tar
OCC Nylon Lip Tar

Does It Get Any Brighter Than This?

OCC Nylon Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” This color is electric–it’s absolutely a bold, bright neon pink with subtle blue undertones. I really think this is the brightest pink I own. MAC Dear Diary is darker, less bright. MAC Candy Yum Yum is a bit more magenta and less bright but comes the closest.

OCC’s Lip Tars are supposed to have the wear of a lipstick with the ease of a gloss–long-wearing, lightweight, and satin-matte in finish.  Nylon is insane. It’s blindingly bright.  True to form, a little goes a long way for opaque color coverage.  There is a learning curve with Lip Tar, but if you apply with a brush, you’ll learn quickly and easily. It’s just such a pigmented formula that if you over-apply, you’ll end up with too much product, which will end up on your teeth and will be prone to feathering.

The texture is a creamy liquid, not so thin that it’s watery, but not thick or heavy. On the lips, it feels lightweight and sets after a couple of minutes to the satin-matte finish (initially, it may look a wee bit glossy, depending on how much product you’ve applied).  When I wore this, it lasted for eight and a half hours–and there was still a pink-y stain left behind.  (It stained my arm when I did a swatch for it, and it couldn’t have been on my arm for longer than a few minutes.)  It lasted through a meal and two coffees. The best part, aside from the awesome wear, was that it wasn’t drying.

Quick note: this launches tomorrow on Sephora, so you won’t see it up ’til then. :)

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If you want blindingly neon pink lips, Nylon should make your list of shades you have to check out. It is crazy-insane-bright, and it wears for hours and hours!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar
OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-tinged lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a soft purple tint. MAC Saint Germain is similar but a little lighter. MAC Naughty Saute is much darker but has a similar coloring. MAC All Styled Up is pinker.  Though the color is on the lighter side, it’s a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face.

It’s totally opaque, and when it dries down, it has a satin matte finish that’s not at all glossy but not totally matte. Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, and I can’t emphasize that enough–a little goes a long way. It’s a really good idea to use a lip brush to apply them, because it’s easier to control how much gets applied without overdoing it (I applied using fingers, and I ended up overapplying a bit). Despite the lightness of the shade, it wears eight hours on me, and it’s not drying at all. It is mint-scented and comes in a squeeze-tube with a long nozzle.

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Though the color is on the lighter side, it's a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face. If you're looking for a satin finish, long-wearing lipstick, definitely check out OCC's Lip Tars!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar
OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra, ultra violet.” It’s purple–it’s a brightened medium-dark purple with subtle pink-red undertones. Not unsurprisingly, I could not think of any dupes out of these purple lipsticks. Illamasqua Fierce was the closest I could come up with, but it looks tame in comparison (ha, ha).  When I tested this shade for wear, it hung on for a very impressive eight hours, and it still looked pretty good then but noticeably worn.

It’s a liquid lipstick that is very, very pigmented! It may take a couple of applications to get used to just how much pigment is packed into this product. I like these applied best with a brush, because you can ensure you don’t over-apply the product (which isn’t what I did in the swatches–I applied with fingertips, so I did apply a bit more than I needed to). Lip Tars dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish, and it depends on how much you apply–I usually find that I get a slight sheen for fifteen to thirty minutes after application, but then it dries down to the satiny finish. If you apply just a sheer layer, you’ll have more of that semi-matte/satin finish from the get-go.

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Always wanted a fierce, totally purple lipstick? Belladonna is an excellent option! Super pigmented and long-wearing, it's bold, bright, and beautiful.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 6th, 2012

OCC Chlorophyll Lip Tar
OCC Chlorophyll Lip Tar

OCC Chlorophyll Lip Tar

OCC Chlorophyll Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-on teal.” It’s a green-based teal. Not unsurprising, but I don’t have a ready dupe suggestion for you. Illamasqua Apocalips is much, much bluer. Chlorophyll has a strong green pull. It also has a lightly glossy finish, and while it’s plenty pigmented, the liquid-like texture does cause it to settle into lip lines.  The glossiness will fade after a half hour or so, and you can blend out the color a bit more, because it gets drier, so it won’t pull into the lip lines as much.  It can take a little practice to get the hang of Lip Tars, but their major selling point–to me–is their longevity, because the wear can be anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on the shade and how much it stains.

OCC’s Lip Tars just got a packaging revamp: they now come in clear, matte tubes with more of a needle-nose applicator, so you can get more precise applicator or squeeze out less product at once.  I like the matte finish to the packaging.  I never had a problem with the slanted tip from before, but I can see these being more practical and useful overall!  For best results, I recommend a lip brush, because you can apply as little as you really need, rather than attempting to use whatever has been squeezed out of the tube.  These can be easy to over-apply, because the formula is so very pigmented.

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It does apply as evenly or as solidly as I'd like--there's enough settling into lip lines to be noticeable. There's still a lot of pigmentation in the product, it's not as opaque as other shades of the Lip Tar (which may be a result of the settling, as it appears less pigmented).

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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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

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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