OCC Strange & Unusual and Working Girl RTW Lip Tars Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Sephora Cosmic Purple (105) (P, $14.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Theo (DC, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS La Paz (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Inez (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Model Behavior (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Milk Makeup Willow (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Drumroll (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Delusional (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Urban Decay Mad (PiP, $18.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Too Faced Mermaid Tears (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% 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 (DC, $18.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Extatique (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Raspberry Pavlova (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Gravity (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Illamasqua Welt (P, $24.00) is darker, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Working Girl Lip Tar/RTW

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  • NARS Dual Intensity Blush I and II
On eyes:
  • YSL Scandal Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner

About the Reviewer

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

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Both of these are beautiful, but I especially love Strange & Unusual. I’ve been surprisingly drawn to metallic/frosted lipsticks lately, as long as they’re bright enough or dark enough to not wash me out. I love Theo but it looks darker and more purple on my lips, Strange & Unusual looks pinker and more metallic… justifying purchasing a dupe! 😉

I like the color for Strange & Unusual, and love the shimmers, but it looks a tad frosty, bringing back some memories of the ’80s. Maybe if I put a lip balm over it, will tone down the frost and make it more glossy

I really can’t tell a difference between the two packaging types, so I think if you liked the regular Lip Tars, you’d like the RTW!

You know, that pretty plum shimmer is pretty tame for something called “Strange & Unusual,” especially for OCC! But it is gorgeous! 🙂

Strange and Unusual is gorgeous! I love the color of working girl, but not the consistency and opacity. It would have to go over a liner. I have dupes, so I’ll just skip it.

Love ’em both! Although the name of the one paired with the actual shade gives me pause: a neon in your face pink named “Working Girl”? No, it doesn’t mean 9-5 either! But then again, OCC has others named “Strumpet” “Hoochie”, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, I suppose.
Oh well, I’ll probably buy it anyway!

I really like Strange & Unusual. It sort of describes me as well 🙂 It’s almost a must have then, isn’t it?!

Whoa! Both of these are beautiful on you Christine. I would have never looked at these on my own. I simply never tried any of OCC’s products because nothing has interested me in their past collections. I have to check these out. Thanks for the review Christine!

These are so pretty! I love Strange & Unusual!! It’s something I used to say (laughingly) about myself when questioned why I was doing something in a different way than someone else. 🙂

Christine, you mentioned some differences in the way these felt (lightweight consistency; more slip). If someone wasn’t thrilled by the way the cream Lip Tars felt, do you think there’s a chance they might like these?

The Metallics have always had a slightly different feel than the Lip Tars, as they have had more slip in general than the cream Lip Tars. You’d have to tell me what it was about the cream Lip Tars you didn’t like for me to be able to provide any useful insight (and even them, I am doubtful I’ll be that useful!), though! Let me know 🙂

First off, let me say that, on me, the Melted Metallic Jelly looks REALLY similar to the way Strange & Unusual looks on you. My natural lip color is between UD’s Backtalk and Rapture, and my closest MAC color is NW13/NW15 (but both are still too yellow for me). Therefore, with the love and support of my family, I’ve come to accept the fact that Strange & Unusual would not be the same, beautiful plum color on me as it is on you. :'(

When I tried a Lip Tar a few years back (in Strumpet), I could not leave it on my lips, even applied in a thin layer, because it felt like I had a mask on my lips (if that makes sense). I can comfortably wear the TF Melteds, the Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, and a few lacquers/glosses from other brands. However, I cannot tolerate the Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss and definitely not the Stila Lip Glaze.

The OCC website calls the Lip Tar “the original liquid lipstick” that has a “natural matte finish.” Looking at your various swatches, some of the shades (even the creams) look more matte and/or of a thinner consistency than others. (Perhaps that has more to do with application?)

So, for future reference, do the consistencies vary between shades enough that a person might like some Lip Tars but not others? Or… should I just stick with the Melteds?

I don’t think you’ll like them, because they really haven’t changed, IMO! The Metallics have a little more lip, but it’s still very comparable to the regular Lip Tars and not like the Melteds!

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