A stained glass glow for the lips
My neighbors have a stained glass window in their living room. At a certain time of the evening, light passes through and creates the most otherworldly glow of colors. The effect is magical but much too fleeting – unlike the heavenly “stained glass” glow of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar Stained Gloss. Inspired by actual stained glass windows and lighting gels, this new glossy, slightly translucent Lip Tar has me swooning and longing for more.
How could OCC improve upon their beloved Lip Tar (which wht called “the most genius lip product ever”)? By adding a see-thru, glossy look to the famous “hyper-opacity” of the most unique lip product ever created. I’m going to cut to the chase here: I really am obsessed with this new Lip Tar!
Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18) comes in the tried-and-true see-thru tube, and includes a small companion brush, both housed in a nifty ziplock pack – perfect for keeping your makeup bag mess-free.
Need another reason to love OCC? All of their products are truly vegan. OCC never uses animal-derived ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, or Carmine) in any of their products. And, of course, OCC products are never tested on animals.
OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss Shades:
Voyeur – sheer yellow, this really seems to work best to add gloss and tone to other shades (yellow added to red will give you a more orange or coral tone, see below)
Androgyne – safety cone orange
Jealous – fluorescent pinky red
Meta – fluorescent orange red (Jealous and Meta are almost identical)
New Wave – hot pink
Rhythm Box – berry-toned reddish pink
I tested three of the Lip Tar Stained glosses, including Voyeur, and I must say I was a little freaked out by the bright yellow hue in the tube. But it really did morph into something else on my lips – a yellow/peach new wave hybrid. I probably won’t be wearing it on its own, but blended over other colors (coral and orange, especially), Voyeur will be in my regular rotation.
I also tried Rhythm Box, a translucent purpled burgundy. Dark purple in the tube, I was expecting a dark goth hue. Instead, it’s not purple and not burgundy either; Rhythm Box is the hottest berry pink on my lips, a beautiful, super bright surprise. And the color lasts all day.
Finally, I put Meta to the test. This Lip Tar is extremely bright, the kind of summer red that looks good on anyone. The semi-see-thru, glossy finish makes this a rare bright red that works for daytime. I adore it, and the color does not fade even after the sheen is gone (at least six hours).
OCC recommends priming lips first with their moisturizing clear Lip Tar. I didn’t have any on hand, but no worries. Even when I apply the little dollop of Lip Tar (which is all you need, believe me) over my bare lips, the brush spreads it easily, giving me precise, smooth coverage. Make sure to check the comments to see what the wht testers thought of the Stained Gloss formula and hear more about New Wave, Androgyne, and Jealous.
• Slick, glossy finish lasts for hours
• Color stain lasts even after the gloss effect is gone; unlike most stains, this Lip Tar is not drying at all
• Can be worn alone or over other lip products; try layering over original Lip Tar for cool custom colors
• Included brush and zip case are perfect for touch ups on-the-go
• You won’t be happy with just one tube (so start saving now, girls)
In conclusion: Irresistible. Addictive. I’m officially obsessed!
Readers – are you already a Lip Tar superfan, or will Lip Tar Stained Gloss be your introduction to your future obsession?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC 25/30 skintone
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.
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