Color In Or Out Of The Lines With The Latest From Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Part of me is still very much a kid. Sometimes I like to grab an artsy coloring book and some markers or colored pencils or crayons, and just fill a page with dozens of vibrant colors, like I did when I was a kid, without a care in the world. Well, nowadays I do like to have a nice pint of barrel-aged beer while coloring, so I guess some things have changed, but my enthusiasm for good quality coloring utensils has not.
Which is why I was THRILLED to see that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics was expanding their line to include the new OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils – a rainbow-assortment of multi-use pencils that can be used just about anywhere, for any kind of effect that your child-like heart desires!
By the way, here at we heart this we are kind of suckers for anything OCC. From their very first product (the beloved Lip Tars), to their Tinted Moisturizer, to their Lip Tar Stains, to their nail polish, to their loose pigments, We Heartsters are pretty much in love with the OCC lineup. And while their line has plenty of bold, runway worthy, electric shades, there are also tons of fantastic neutrals and classic shades. Oh, and to add to their swoon-factor: OCC is cruelty-free and vegan.
But back to the OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils ($16 each). These little beauts come in 11 colors, as well as a clear anti-feathering option. Formulated to be multi-purpose, these pencils can be used on the lips, most on the eyes or anywhere on the body and they don’t contain any carmine, binders, or fillers, just mineral pigment!
Anti-Feathering – clear primer pencil
Pool Boy – aquatic blue. A fun funky shade for eyes or lips.
Hoochie – uber bright magenta
Grandma – the coral in Stef’s dreams, bright and perfect
NSFW – true red. Gorgeous and perfect for a classic matte red lip.
Anime – bright, neon pink. This is BRIGHT, and people will notice!
Pennyroyal – warm medium brown
Sybil – deep dark chocolate
Tarred – inky black
Black Dahlia – blackened red
The Anti-Feathering pencil is a clear primer containing coconut EFAs and Japan Fruit Wax, as well as vitamin E. It’s meant to enhance the look and wear of of your cosmetics. This can be used on eyes or lips. Try it with a Lip Tar!
I love that the pigmentation of all the Cosmetic Colour Pencils is quite intense, the length of wear is pretty good, and that they leave just a bit of a stain on your lips too. There’s no scent, it’s a simple wood pencil, and the price is fairly standard for a mid-range eye or lip pencil of this quality.
The texture of these pencils is a little on the dry side (with Black Dahlia being the driest and hardest to apply. On it’s own looks a little patchy.) Applying the Anti-Feathering pencil or a bit of lip balm before applying helped the color apply more smoothly. I did notice a bit of feathering with most of the shades, particularly if my lips were dry and when I applied the Anti-Feathering pencil without letting it sink in a bit first.
Finally, for me the biggest draw for the OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils is that many of them coordinate with an OCC Lip Tar, and that many of the shades are multi-use, on eyes or lips–perfect for theatrical looks (please note that the red/pink shades are not recommended for use in the eye area.)
Overall, these pencils add another fabulous, full pigmented product to the vivid Obsessive Compulsive Line. And here at wht, we can’t wait to see what they will introduce next!
Readers – Are you going color-crazy over the OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils?
photos: Stef and Marilyn for we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: oily, acne-prone
favorite beauty product: eyeshadow