OCC Aurora, Concubine, Dune Stained Glosses Reviews, Photos, Swatches

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss
OCC Aurora Stained Gloss

For summer, OCC has six new shades of Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) now available. All are permanent except for Dune, which is limited edition. The Stained Gloss formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented with a translucent finish.” I don’t think any of these really live up to the concept of the Stained Gloss formula, and in general, they’re very different in look and feel from the original shades released. As a general lip color product, shades like Aurora and Concubine still work fine, but they’re not really as described.

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It seemed less glossy compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, and the pigmentation was opaque but looked heavier–it didn’t really have that “translucent finish” that seems associated with the formula in general. It lasted four and a half hours on me, and this one stained just slightly after that. This shade totally screams “summer is here!” to me, though. It’s neither hydrating nor drying on me while worn. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer, less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is more matte, darker. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Concubine Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm plum neutral.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had full color coverage, but it completely lacked that “translucency” of Stained Gloss–it looks like regular Lip Tar with a bit of shine, but it doesn’t have that really wet, glossy, stained glass-effect that the original Stained Glosses had. This shade didn’t stain at all but lasted for three and a half hours on me. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker, matte. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is pinker, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Flamingo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dune Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered beige with a heavy dose of very fine, metallic gold shimmer. This was semi-sheer, so the natural lip color comes through quite noticeably, and on my lips, it lightens the natural lip color slightly and adds the gold shimmer. It doesn’t look even, though, and there’s only a soft shine–not true glossiness. This one needed a “sheer” descriptor, because it doesn’t live up to the “highly pigmented with a translucent finish” concept. This one lasted an hour and a half on me–just slips away so quickly!–and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It was best mixed in with other shades. MAC Gold Mirror (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more metallic, more pigmented, less shiny. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is sheerer, glossier. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is glossier, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder
On eyes:
  • Smashbox Cabana Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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The first two are pretty…but not stained looking at all. They’re actually some of the most wearable shades I’ve see them do, which I appreciate, but these totally belong in the regular line.

They feel somewhere between Lip Tars and Stained Glosses. Lighterweight than Lip Tars, consistency a little more like Stained Glosses, but not as much shine as the Stained Glosses and more of the heavier look of pigmentation of Lip Tars.

I do like the two summery colours a great deal, but the finish looks far more like original lip tar finish than a gloss. I was really excited about this release, but not sure they are on my must have list due to the lack of gloss in the finish. Does this product hold with clear gloss on top? Or break down?

Yeah, it’s a lot like the shine of a Lip Tar for the first hour or so if you apply a little more than you need for coverage! It doesn’t seem to break down, but it does seem to have a good amount of slip/slide. I want to say slide, because it’s not just the feeling of slip.

gotcha..I understand :).. I think I need Aurora as it is a perfect daytime no-brainer and I don’t mind a bit of slip and slide. I often use By Terry rose lip balm under OCC lip tars which are drying on me and this probably gives them a similar texture to this product. I can work with it and Aurora is a really perfect summer pink.

Dune would look great topped over a lipstick I think! Concubine is so pretty on you! wish they had better staying power!

Hi Christine! These looked AMAZING on you, and I’ve waiting forever since I saw these in the swatch gallery for a review! How does Dune compare to Hollywood, is it like just a sheerer version or something else? And how does it compare to Siren Song as well? Thanks! xoxo

Is Pris and Hollywood the same?
I was actually going to buy Dune, but it’s too sheer… but seeing your swatch of Hollywood, that’s almost exactly what I’m looking for. I just got a sample of Pris from Sephora and they look nearly identical to me though.

OCC should make their lip products into lipsticks because applying this with a lip brush is a pain for me personally, but I’m loving aurora and concubine. I have to have aurora and I’m glad its permanent so I don’t have to run out and get it like right now. Thanks for the swatches 🙂

The Stained Glosses are a lot more forgiving, so these can be applied without a lip brush (IMO, of course!) compared to the Lip Tars, which really need the brush for precision!

Ooh, I really like Concubine! Aurora is also nice. I agree that they aren’t glossy at all. They do seem more like the original Lip Tar formula. Fortunately, that’s a positive for me, as I feel more comfortable in toned down finishes. Dune looks great from a distance but it’s a shame about the wear! I really liked your lips (Aurora + Dune) in the teal eyeliner look you did lately, though. Gorgeous! Thank you for the swatches 🙂

Yeah, I really love Aurora’s coloring myself, but if someone bought it thinking it was going to have the glossiness of Stained Gloss… not so much, lol!

In terms of colour, I like Concubine best on you! 😀 Dune is interesting, but I agree -I’d use it to see if I could give gold shimmer to other lip tars, or lipsticks. Aurora is pretty, but nothing that seems terribly out of the ordinary (not that OCC is obliged to always make zany colours or anything, LOL!)

Wow… I love these! The Stained Gloss formula was kind of “meh” for me, but I love original lip tars… so these area actually perfect to me! I must have them….

I was actually mad at Dune when I tried it. I never thought I’d be mad at a lip product but I had much higher hopes for it! At least it will be good for mixing. Aurora, on the other hand, was fantastic! I love the color.

LOL! It is very different than what one would expect, given the description of the formula (and past experience, if one already had a few).

Is it weird that I really love Dune? It reminds me of the kind of stuff they use on actors who play mythical creatures like goddesses and nymphs etc. I just really love that sheer wash of gold on the lips! It’s definitely not an everyday go-to kind of product, obviously, but I think it’s so beautiful in its own way. Would be so great for Halloween if you’re going as a fairy or something magical!

Not at all! It’s a pretty color, and it is fun to use. From the standpoint of it living up to its claims/formula, not so much there, but it’s still pretty!

do these smell like mint like the lip tars? i hate mint scented products and that’s why i never bought the lip tars but these are so pretty!

I really like Aurora and Concubine! Very wearable. I still haven’t tried of the Stained Glosses, but I like that they seem to be a bit of hybrid in terms of fomula. They look great on you, as always!

Thank you, Cat!

This particular batch of Stained Glosses seems more like a glossier, more slippery Lip Tar but not quite Stained Gloss.

ha! these are the exact 3 i bought from this collection. i’ve never had any of the other stained glosses before so i didn’t know what to expect. i’m still trying to figure out how i want to use dune, but i’ve been wearing concubine every day since i got them. i really love it!

So far, Dune seems best mixed in with other shades from my experience. Have you a found a way to use it yet?

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