Friday, November 22, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Review

I have been eyeing these OCC lip tars for months now just itching to get my hands on these pigmented beauties. Browsing through the array of beautiful colors on the website I had a hard time choosing which ones I wanted because the colors are so uniquely bright and bold.

Recently at IMATS I purchased two of these lip tars, so today I am going to review them and let you know if I think they lived up to the hype.

The colors I chose are called Strumpet which is a beautiful deep plum/grape shade and Harlot a magnificent almost neon looking orange/pink color.



* Incredible pigment!
These lip tars are extremely pigmented, in fact when I swatch them on my hand as you can see in the photos above, they almost look like paint! The colors show up incredibly vibrant on the lips although it doesn't look quite as harsh as these swatches and are actually very wearable. They are opaque when you apply them and a little goes a long way.

*Great colors
These lip tars come in some of the most beautiful and interesting shades I have seen among lip products and brands. I also love the names of these tars, I find them cute and creative.

*Lots of product!
The tubes may look small but because of the intense pigment these babies will last a long time.

*Non drying
When you first apply these colors the formula seems a bit watery and it is very wet. The longer you wear it the more they dry out and become slightly matte while keeping just a hint of shine on the top layer. Although I did not find them very drying on my lips they didn't offer much moisture either.

*100% vegan and cruelty free

*Has good lasting power

*No applicator!
These lip tars don’t come with an applicator so unless you walk around with a lip brush on you, you have to resort to using your finger and since the application is quite messy these aren't very practical for use on the go and re-applying. I wish this product came in different packaging.

*Stains and transfers!
These products are two of the most staining lip products I have ever used. When you apply it with your finger it stains your finger and it is hard to wash off your skin. It stains everything it touches from lips to clothing and teeth! In fact the color transfers very easily to your teeth and keeps transferring and staining your teeth until it dries. My sister actually calls it “teeth tar.”

I don’t mind spending a bit more on products that I love but for a product that comes with no applicator, stains just about everything and is quite messy I think $18-$20 dollars is a bit much. If it wasn't for these cons I think they would be worth the price for the amount of product and pigmentation you get. I got them at IMATS on sale for $12.50 each.

I love the colors and pigmentation but I don’t like how messy these are and how much they stain. I will use the ones I have but as much as I do love this brand I probably won’t be re-purchasing any more of this particular product. I do however like the colors of the OCC loose eye shadows so I would love to try those out next.

Have you tried out these lip tars? What did you think?


  1. I have the Strumpet and love it! I agree with the mess and staining everything. What I do is put some on a small plastic container and dip the brush there.

  2. I really need to try these. They sound so amazing! Also, if you need a lip brush for travel I found a great one by Quo that was pretty cheap one time. I don't know if they still make it, this was a couple years ago now, but I really like it and it was compact with a lid. If anywhere near you carries Quo products, check it out!

    1. Thanks Kat, we do have Quo, they sell it at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada, I do have some lip brushes but I will check this one out.

  3. I like how pigmented they are as well as the colors they have. But I don't like how easily they transfer and how long it takes for the color to set, even for matte colors. I don't mind the staining though,

  4. Harlot looks amazing! I wonder how these would do mixed with something like a gloss/balm.

  5. You got such pretty colors, but they sure are pricey and the application part can be a hassle when on the go!

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. saw the pikson instagram and really wanna to read the post. Thanks For the share.
    I always wanna to try this out but haven't got chance to buy it. I am definitely buying them soon. :D


  7. Such beautiful colors! I have heard nothing but good things about these!

  8. I haven't tried them yet, I don't even think I can find them were I live, I think I have to order them online. I've seen some pretty, pretty colors that I would love to try, they are definitely on my wishlist :D Both colors are gorgeous, Harlot is a little bit to bright for me, but Stumpet is perfect :X

    1. LOL Harlot looks a bit daunting but it actually doesn't look quite as scary on the lips as it does in my swatch. Maybe I will use it in a makeup look soon.

  9. I haven't tried these, and no applicator really is a turn off. I have some of the Sleek Pout Paints and never use them because they're packaged the same way.

    1. Yeah I know what you mean...I hope I use mine


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