OCC Pool Boy & Kimber Lip Tars Reviews, Photos, Swatches

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

Here are the final two new Lip Tars from OCC’s spring collection, Plastic Passion. Pool Boy and Kimber are both part of the original, matte formulation of Lip Tars, so they have no shimmer. When you initially apply Lip Tars, you’ll see a satin finish, which dries to a matte finish somewhere between a half hour and an hour after application.   I had no trouble applying either shade, and they both lasted awhile on the lips.

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “aquatic blue.” It’s a light-medium sky blue with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. For something as light and pastel, plus nowhere near the natural lip color (so it’s easier to see any unevenness), I was impressed by how evenly Pool Boy applied. It was very nearly opaque, and it was even overall–it appeared even at a distance, though the close-up photo shows that it’s not perfect. It wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this. If you like mixing and matching, this would be a great way to add a cooler, blue undertone to shades you already have as well.

Kimber Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon orange coral.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with a satin-matte finish. I wouldn’t say it’s neon; it has a muted quality to it, actually. This shade was more satiny compared to the other Lip Tars in the collection, and it takes a little longer (about an hour and a half) for it to become mostly matte. It had rich, opaque color coverage. When I wore it, the color lasted for seven hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. theBalm First Officer (LE) is more matte, slightly less orange. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is a smidgen pinker. See comparison swatches.

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OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar
OCC Pool Boy Lip Tar

OCC Kimber Lip Tar
OCC Kimber Lip Tar

OCC Kimber Lip Tar
OCC Kimber Lip Tar

OCC Kimber Lip Tar
OCC Kimber Lip Tar

OCC Kimber Lip Tar
OCC Kimber Lip Tar

OCC Kimber Lip Tar
OCC Kimber Lip Tar

OCC Kimber Lip Tar
OCC Kimber Lip Tar

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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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I wish I had an Ulta or Sephora close to me because I really love how Kimber looks, but I’d like to try it on. I’ve been looking for an orange to suit my skintone. MAC Sounds Like Noise turned out to be way too bright for me, so I usually mix it with red.

I have a few beauty products that I’ve bought just for fun. I will never wear them out in public, but I still want them to experiment and play with!

Christine, I really appreciate that you make this a safe space for all different styles of makeup. Pastel blues generally aren’t my thing (lips or otherwise – actually I rarely wear any pastels at all), but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate them on others! I am, however, a huge fan of purple/navy/black lips. I once saw a cashier at Sephora wearing a bright blue lipstick – might have been OCC Rx – with matching eyeliner and no other color makeup and it looked amazing, I have been meaning to do that sometime, though probably with a deep/bright purple.

I love the new OCC packaging and logo. I hope they place it on all their packaging. Also, I must have Pool Boy! I will wear it strait and use it as a mixer with my other OCC, which is what I do with R/X now. Thanks for the review!!

Your lip swatches always look so nice up close. The lips are always smooth. How do you prep the lips? Do you apply directly from the lipstick or use a brush?

Hi Jenny!

I usually exfoliate prior to doing lip swatches, but if I just did swatches the day before, then I might not. I would say the biggest thing is more about keeping lips hydrated so that the canvas is smooth. I rarely use lip brushes, though for Lip Tars, I use lip brushes for half of them I’d say (otherwise, fingertips).

You are the only blogger brave enough to wear a shade like OCC Pool Boy and actually make it look not so odd!! Kimber is beautiful, but unfortunately I have had no luck with OCC lip tars, they smudge all over my lips within seconds.

Really! The only thing I can think of is maybe you’re applying too much, but I’m sure you’ve tried applying less already so I’m sad to hear that you can’t wear the formula 🙁

Also, I love your “Be kind” disclaimer at the bottom. And if blue lips were my thing, I’d be dying for this colour as it’s really quite a pretty shade.

Pool Boy seems like the perfect color for this super cold weather we’re getting on the East Coast! It would be perfect for being an Ice Queen 🙂

Kimber actually looks really nice! I usually feel that most lip tars are mostly for photoshoot purposes or other creative purposes (not being judgmental, just saying how I feel about them :-)) but this shade is actually very wearable and pretty.

Everyday is an opportunity to be creative – I like to think that any makeup we apply is a way to be creative and fun for the day 🙂

I feel the same way about a lot of the shades tbh, but colours like NSFW and Queen (the latter especially as an ombre look with femme) really pull the line together for me. I think OCC has tried really hard to appeal to both worlds with their lip tars, and as far as I’m concerned, they’re done a damn fine job of it.

Gorgeous colors <3 pretty blue 😀 I wish it was more acceptable to wear colors like blue, turquoise, green, lime(I guess i'd suit green and lime better) and black 😀 white, idk, I saw some good examples(light and dark people) and some very bad ones(where the so-called "original" girls-it's actually a trend there so yeah, not original either) tan till they look like leather and then wear white lipstick :)))) white can be artsy on all skintones, imo, but lipstick that's so light compared to someone's skin that it looks ashy or white-pink looks very bad.

I think when it comes to shades that are unconventional like Pool Boy… confidence is probably the biggest component to pulling it off!

I quite like both of these 🙂 Wish I could use the blue, but I’m warm toned and cool lipsticks don’t pull really well on me. You look great in them!!

They both look awesome! I’m impressed with how opaque and smooth Pool Boy looks, it would be fun for editorial looks or for Burning Man. And I would wear Kimber all the time! Thanks for the review!

Me too! For something as pastel as it? Wow! And plus, there are no natural pink tones to it, which can sometimes help make a color look more even!

Wowzers that blue is something else! I like to think I am bold with lip colour but I don’t think I could pull this one off! I love the fact they make them for people who dare to wear and if I could I so would! I love the idea of mixing them up to create your own unique colours. Loving the orange one, wish they were more easily available in UK.

That blue, that blue! It’s so beautiful, I could look at it forever. But so impractical for me! I recently tried Portland Black Lipstick Company’s Difficult Island, and learned that these pretty light blue/aquamarines don’t play well with my off-white teeth and the pink of my gums :(. It looks lovely on you and the promo model for this collection, I think its your dark features.
Anyhoo, really impressive opacity on both. Did you or have you used them with the colored liners yet?

I agree with your comments about different styles of beauty, and I love the way you put it “this post is for them.” Makeup should be fun!!
Thanks for all the awesome reviews!

Pool Boy will be mine! I feel like I have never needed a blue lip color like I feel like I need this one. I don’t even know what I am going to do with it, but I need it.

Hm…if you use Pool Boy to add cooler blue undertones to things, do you think you will inevitably get the ‘chalkiness’ or white background too? I’d love to add some blue to things I have, but I don’t want them to simultaneously become ashy or ‘pastel’…

Kimber is nice – next to Pool Boy it looks positively tame! 😀

If you use a lot of it, yes, the lightness can impact the other color if it’s really dark/light. If you want a pure blue, you could try RX (more of a medium blue).

Have you tried mixing RX with other colors? I worry it would dull reds and pinks, because it’s more of a green-blue than a violet-blue. Pool boy looks similarly green-ish. It’s like phthalo blue vs. ultramarine blue.

Kimber is the perfect spring/summer color on you! Pool Boy is super fun also! It’s awesome that you review/swatch some unconventional colors. I’ve tried some things I never realized I would like because they’ve looked awesome on you. Thanks for fueling my makeup addiction and making it even more fun! 🙂

Pool Boy is too pale for my dark features, and Kimber is too orange for my very neutral skin & personal aesthetic/style, but both are very pretty to look at!

For those lacking the confidence to wear “unconventional” shades such as Pool Boy, try wearing them as a “stain”, sheered out/blotted, and a pale pink/iridescent/shimmery gloss over it. Once you get usedcourse glossyourself in it, and other seeing it, build the color gradually. Eventually, you may gain the confidence/acceptance, and choose to wear it alone. Of course I’m not advocating wearing it to work, or anywhere with a strict dress-code, but running errands or a night out may be a chance to go for it!

Those are some really great tips, Amy!

When I think about blue or other unconventional colors, I think about how I felt wearing red lipstick for the first time – which wasn’t sexy or confident – but now I love it!

Sometimes I think, “If everyone who *wants* to wear unconventional shades just did, there’d be enough people to make them seem ‘normal’…”

I’ve been warming up to wearing more orange orange tone lips and Kimber seems to have a slight warm brick base that I think love it. I wonder if I mix Clockwork Orange and Beta I would get something close.

II really like Pool boy. Pity I look terminally ill in pastels. True, I do. It’s an awsome colour and the opacity is really very good. I hope to see it used in real life.

I was a full on goth from age 12 to 17 so i have no qualms wearing any color!!!! i wore white face makeup black green or blue lipstick and went thru a few eyeliners a week drawing all sorts of art work on my face!!! and used those paints from india all over my face for color!! i loved those, havent seen them in yrs!! But point being until you try it out for a while how will you ever know if you will like it or not?? i have always just did whatever i wanted to my appearance and can say i never regretted just having fun being creative

Mmmm Pool Boy. I love RX but sometimes I accidentally get a bit too much of it (the one I have is in the old, clunky packaging!) and it totally takes over the mix I’m making. Pool Boy looks like it’s much more manageable, and not only because of the packaging.

a little late to this party, but I was wondering if you think Kimber is really similar to Grandma or not? Wondering if it’s worth the purchase if I already have grandma.

I bought Pool Boy on a whim while I was buying a bunch off OCC at IMATS here in LA. I have to say, it was such a great decision. It’s so unique! I love it. It definitely is very eye catching. LOVE

Pool Boy looks a lot like Lime Crime’s “Oh No She Didn’t”. But a million times better because it has a much better application and the people who make it aren’t asshats!

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