Pro's Picks Lip Tars Set ($49) when Sephora had its V.I.B. sale. It was in my cart at 10:00 pm, and by early morning on the first day of the sale, it had sold out. I think it was this set, but I'm not dead-sure. Once it became available, I tried again - at full price. These Lip Tars are a makeup artist's dream, and I had never tried them. It was about time.
A trade secret heralded by makeup artists in the know, OCC Lip Tar has eclipsed cult status and has become an instant favorite of the beauty-obsessed worldwide. OCC Lip Tar is a liquid lipstick that contains an unprecedented amount of pigment and a blend of essential oils, including hemp and peppermint oils and vitamin D. This formula is also 100% vegan and cruelty free, which makes me smile.
The Pro's Picks selection of shades from the artists at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics are designed not only to be ready-to-wear, but made to be mixed. A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar "combines the longevity of a lipstick with the easy application of a gloss, delivering an opaque and comfortably long-wearing finish." Truth be told, these Lip Tars have the longevity of a lip stain. They are amazing.
I used a sponge-tipped applicator to apply them to my arm in alphabetical order, top to bottom: Grandma, Melange, Pretty Boy, Stalker, and Vintage. I took my photos in full sun.
I find the formula interesting. Despite many scrubbings after I took these swatch photos, the shades stayed on my arm until the next morning when I showered. I was interested in that durability, so I ran my finger across my lips after a half-hour of wear and saw that the color transferred to my finger, just as it would with a regular lipstick. The conclusion? These Lip Tars don't "set," as we think of stains setting as they dry. I suspect that's why they feel moist. Remember, though, do not get this product on your clothing. It will set on fabric, and it will be difficult to remove.
The company recommends that you apply these Lip Tars to moisturized lips with a lip brush, starting at the center of the lips and blending toward the lip line. Apply the tiniest bead of Lip Tar with their Precision Lip Brush for complete, opaque coverage, either
mixed with other shades or on its own. Applying too much product can
result in feathering outside the lipline, so remember: a little goes a
very long way. The tubes are small, but they should last forever.
One more thing...don't worry about the peppermint oil giving Lip Tars a minty taste. It's fresh, but barely noticeable.
If you take a look at OCC's Web page, you'll see that the Lip Tars come in a full range of colors - even yellow. They cost $16 when purchased individually.
Have you tried them? What do you think?
Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty