OCC Lip Tar Collection

Monday, September 19, 2016

Me and OCC Lip Tars, the "original liquid lipstick", go WAY back. I purchased my first two, Grandma and Hush, back in 2011 when they were in a squeeze tube with a slanted tip. It's been a while since I've actually bought any, but they still had fond memories for me. When I was at TMSLA I did hit up their booth and got some killer deals since they were transitioning from their slightly older squeeze tube packaging into something more lipgloss-esque.

discontinued packaging

One swipe of the product and it was like I was back to when I initially started getting into makeup hardcore. Their formula hasn't changed much, if at all, since the last time I wore them. They're super pigmented, like, a small dot is definitely enough for my tiny lips. However, I do still have some of the same complaints as I did back in the day. There is a very slight grittiness to this product which doesn't bother me much when the lip tar is still shiny, but as it dries down it tends to settle and feel a bit powdery. Since these are pretty much an oil based product, they can slide every which way if you're not careful, so I highly recommend doing very thin layers and building up, or using a coordinated lip liner to keep 'em in place and prevent feathering, which can be an issue with most shades. I also find the formula of some colors to be a bit streaky, especially when the shine dies down. When compared to average "modern" liquid lipstick, these are quite bizarre since the slick, minty formula never fully dries down.

new packaging

I have 5 shades, two are in the new tube packaging, and three are in the recently discontinued squeeze package which, by the way, has 6 more mL than the new ones. Both have their pros and cons, but ultimately I think I prefer the squeeze ones best. With the tubes you don't have to worry about product separation because you can just pump the wand a few times and you're good to go, but I find that the applicator lays it on too heavy without wiping it off first. The squeeze tubes came with little lip brushes for application, which I liked because the brushes were excellent and you can never have too many of them, and that made it easier to customize your coverage. Unfortunately the squeeze tubes made it difficult to re-mix separated product because mashing the poor things only got you so far. However, the squeeze tubes made it so much easier to mix different colors together, and ultimately they're the most sanitary package if you're going to be tossing them in your kit. I really wish that OCC would have kept the squeeze tubes around for pros, especially because of their larger size, or at least had kits with mini squeeze tubes like they did back in the day.

Psycho, John Doe, Sebastian, Tarred, Wasabi

Psycho is an orange-red shade, which I absolutely adore. I cannot for the life of me find it on their website and that seriously bums me out! Why do all the things I love get discontinued!?

John Doe is what I'd call the perfect corpse lip for me. I know, I know, that sounds absolutely dreadful, but some days I'm feelin' a little strange and this pale, ash-toned taupe is exactly what I need.

Sebastian takes John Doe's "dead lips" look one step further. This taupe is plum-toned and looks seriously bizarre!

Tarred is your traditional inky black. What more is there to say?

Wasabi is the last shade of the bunch. I didn't purchase this true chartreuse shade myself since it was a press sample, and I don't think I would have because it's just so outside the scope of what I'd wear. It's definitely a unique item since I haven't seen any other brand with a similar product, but this definitely is not for me.


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