Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar and Nail Polish
The word tar isn’t exactly synonymous with cosmetics. However, what are some of the words that spring to mind when you think of tar (besides its deep black color); permanent, heavy duty, a glossy surface. Hmm, maybe it should be? Who doesn’t want a lip product that has a glossy shine and a long lasting formula that stays put? Well, let me introduce you to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and their Lip Tar.
Lip Tars ($12.50) are everything you wish a lip stain would be – non-drying and long wearing. But so much more! Not quite a lipstick, definitely not a gloss. They are an intense yet featherweight layer of color that goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. If you are a beauty junkie, you’ve heard all the hype about this unique lip product and I’ve gotta say, the Lip Tar is meeting its (high) expectations!
Beyond the extended staying power and unique finish, word was that a little Lip Tar goes a long way, and they weren’t kidding! Lip Tars have “an unprecedented amount of pigment“ and just a tiny dab of color (exact amount shown below) can cover your whole lip. And this is a case where less is definitely not more (over-applying will result in the dreaded bleeding or feathering).
The colors are very bold, and incredibly saturated. So if you’re in the market for subtle color, you may want to look elsewhere. Or at the very least, plan on getting crafty. Lip Tar can be mixed to custom blend the dream color of your choice. Or, add the clear Lip Tar to any shade for a more subdued version of the original. Think artist meets mad scientist!
I got to test three Lip Tar shades and my favorite was Hoochie, a true perfect magenta. The staying power is incredible. I apply a small amount in the morning, and when I look in a mirror late in the day, I still see it going strong. When I go out at night and want to amp it up to a full on magenta frenzy…I add a bit more and boom, unfading pure magenta lips for the whole evening. I’m talking, eating a meal, having a few drinks and having my lips look as magenta as they did before I started eating!
Lip Tar also feels pretty nice on the lips and doesn’t leave them feeling parched like my other ‘fade resistant” products. Ingredients like hemp oil, peppermint oil and vitamin E helps to keep lips moisturized.
I also had the pleasure of testing Vapid, a bubble gum lavender and Katricia, a creamy violet. These two colors are so much fun! Maybe not your average every day colors, but certainly nice to have in the make up arsenal of an adventurous make up connoisseur. Make sure to check out the entire range of 27 remarkable colors from a “pale bridal pink” to a “saturated blue cyan”.
Lips aren’t the only arena OCC has created long-wearing goodness for. They offer airbrush face color, eye color and skin prep products. Not to mention nail color, which the wht team also checked out. Again available in a stunning range of modern, vibrant colors, these nail polishes ($8) “are densely pigmented, quick-drying and super long lasting”
I tried Flatline, an ultra matte, ultra flat, top coat for nails and was again amazed. No matter the color or formula (I’ve tried it with red, pink and purple all of which were super gloss colors) once I applied Flatline, it instantly transforms any nail color into an ultra matte finish that also serves as a chip protector. I went six days without a chip!
This company must certainly be obsessively compulsive when it comes to creating lasting, vibrant and gorgeous products, and I for one am so glad to have discovered them! And all you do-gooders should note that all OCC products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and free of parabens and harsh preservatives.
With prices that are below most high-end cosmetic companies, and what I found to be even longer staying power, plus the fashion forward shades; there is really no reason not to give OCC the attention they rightly deserve. I can’t wait to see if my fellow testers were just as impressed – check the comments for their reviews!
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Christy is an artist who hails from New Orleans, who’s specialty is fine art dolls and photography. Her work can be seen on her website and in her etsy store. She’s currently working on her second short film, and second book. Besides dolls she also loves dogs, tea parties, cupcakes, and metal.
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