OCC Synth & Structure Lip Tar/RTW Review, Photos, Swatches

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “true rose gold metallic.” It’s a brightened, medium rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, though there was slight translucency so the natural lip color came through just barely. The texture was thinner and little more liquidy, but it didn’t seem to interfere with application, which was still quite even. It wore well for five hours on me, and it was a little drying after four hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dune (02) (LE, $55.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Demsey (DC, $36.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Luca (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Calypso Shimmer (10) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). shu uemura OB Dream Orange (LE, $30.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Metallic Debutante (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Skinny Dip (P, $55.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Chanel Teheran (412) (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Surratt Beauty Lili Doree (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). Revlon Peach Me (P, $8.49) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Sari Dore (DC, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Supermoon (LE, $19.00) is darker, less pigmented (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lara (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Sari Dore (414) (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “concrete grey beige.” It’s a muted, light-medium beige with hints of pink and a cream finish. I see the gray cast to it, which gives this muted, neutral vibe (though I’d still say it is a warmer shade overall!). It had rich color payoff with a smooth, even application. It applied well, lasted for five and a half hours, and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Stone (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Choker (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Retsina (DC, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Mirage (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Luxe Natural (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Zenith (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Peachstock (P, $19.50) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Oh Snap (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | OCC Lip Tar/RTW ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented liquid lipstick. The formula is light-to-medium in weight with some shades with a thinner or thicker consistency. As you might expect, the thinner ones tend to have sheerer coverage, though the average Lip Tar is semi-opaque to intensely opaque (like the smallest amount is needed to get opaque coverage). The Metallic shades tend to be thinner and have more slip compared to the cream ones. The formula is sometimes drying, sometimes just not drying. The formula is mint-scented but has no discernible taste. The new Lip Tar/RTW comes with a doe-foot applicator, which makes it easier to apply from the tube than the original Lip Tars.

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OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW
OCC Structure Lip Tar/RTW

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD
  • MAC I'll Hold My Breath Blush Duo
On eyes:
  • MAC Halcyon Nights Face Kit
  • Lancome Paradis Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Without Your Love Lipstick

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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Damn, I usually don’t like Metallic but I think I have to get Synth – I hope he get it, Selfridges has OCC but the range seems smaller here and I’m not sure if we get LE stuff.
What’s the closest non-shimmery lip colour you can think of to Synth?

Hard to say – I don’t think you can really get the rose gold color without the shimmer? It’s kind of like gold without the shimmer is really yellow, so you’d just be looking at a darker peach shade.

Wow! These are looking really good! I have to say I am honestly surprised. Is the application easier with the doe foot compared to the brush? Your edges look pretty clean.

For me, it’s the same with a brush, with fingertips, or with the doe foot applicator – I really didn’t have an issue applying before, so that is probably why it doesn’t make a difference to me, lol! I think a brush is still a little easier for say, a really deep shade.

Brush doesn’t bother me except the mess it creates if your out in public or in the car. It gets a bit time consuming as well. May be worth trying a shade I don’t have in the RTW. I guess I could always whip a brush in there If I prefer it. Thanks!

WOW, Synth is gorgeous. I am a sucker for rose gold anything. Have never owned a OCC product but I may need to pick this up from Beautylish once it comes back in stock.

Synth is SO pretty! You’d never think how flattering that color could be until you see it on. I’ll definitely consider getting it.

All indications are; frosty, shimmery lippys are back! Or so it seems. Synth is a stunner! Something I would be down to wear during summer and into autumn, because of that molten copper look it has.
Structure reminds me a bit of MAC Spirit or VG II lipsticks? If it’s close enough, then I’m good having both of the latter.

I didn’t think I wanted any of these, but Synth is really pretty and I like the look of Structure as well. Might have to snag Synth, at least!

Gorgeous neutrals on you! I’ve never tried this product, but I’ve seen people decanting these into empty lipgloss containers which I thought was an interesting strategy to make it easier to apply. Do you use a lipbrush? Maybe I’ll try it someday.

Synth looks really great on you. I think I’d prefer Structure on someone very dark skinned or very pale skinned more than mid toned skin. I feel like it would have more impact.

Omg, omg, I love Synth and I love that name!! (anyone else playing Fallout 4? 😉 )

Unfortunately, I have Too Faced’s Debutante and that looks so, so bad on me, so I probably shouldn’t waste my money…

They both look gorgeous on you, Christine!

Omg I need Synth. A metallic rose gold lippy done well? Yay!

Structure is definitely not a shade for me, but that’s one of the best there-but-nuded-out lip looks I’ve seen on you. Blends so well with your skintone.

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