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The subject: OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet
I’ve recently added to my lipstick collection 3 different kinds of lipstick that come in a liquid form: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar, Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream, and MAC Lipmix. Since I’ve already gone on in depth about Bite Beauty and also mentioned MAC, I thought I would start with the OCC Lip Tar.
OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet
I have seen these at Sephora and read a little about them, and was deathly curious. Fortuitously, one day I was actually right near the Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics location on Ludlow Street, having killed time at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema seeing Drinking Buddies (I highly recommend, but found it personally devastating) before going to see Eugene Onegin at Lincoln Center, so I decided to mosey on over and check them out.
OCC are gaining a cult following, almost entirely based on these matte Lip Tars, described as high-pigment liquid lipsticks. They come in a range of colors from normal to weird—but don’t look askance at the yellow or cobalt blue, those are there so that you can customize your own lip color. Buy one, buy a mixer, and poof, you have your own! They also now come in different finished, including metallic and glossy. They’ve now expanded their line to include nail polish, concealer, foundation, and eye shadow pigments and creams. And all of OCC products are vegan and cruelty-free, so you feel a little good about yourself as you’re dropping your money. 😉
OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet
I immediately gravitated towards similar colors to those I have from other brands. Come on, we’re all habits of creature, right?! Luckily, the sales assistant came over and immediately pointed at one I had swatched on my hand and said, “That one would look great on you.” I tried it on. It did. I bought it. She is VERY good at her job.
Strumpet is described as a “seedless grape red,” but I think it comes off as more of a plum-toned magenta. Either way, it definitely fits into the greater color scheme of my life.
With flash, outdoors
What’s a straight face in a photo?!
Without flash, outdoors
It’s weird having a camera so close to my face!!
The verdict: The color—gorgeous. The application—a little fiddly. It comes with its own lip brush, and they warn you to only use a drop, since a little goes a long way. It’s definitely the most liquid of the 3. I find it harder to apply darker colors when they’re liquid and still have it look neat. But I managed pretty well with my trusty Bite Beauty Line and Define Lip Primer. You want to let it dry and set a bit.
I hadn’t known this before purchasing it, but OCC recommend using the Clear Lip Tar before applying the Lip Tars as a primer, and also after, if you prefer a less matte finish. In addition, you can apply it throughout the day to refresh your Lip Tar without having to apply more color. (I’ve since purchased it, and while I haven’t yet used it with my Lip Tar, I did use it last night under the Bite primer and a matte lipstick, and it stayed on all through dinner!)
I did actually touch up once or twice during the day, but I was out for hours in 80 degree weather, and it stayed looking nice all day. It didn’t bleed, and it also didn’t form the weird crusty stuff where your lips meet that sometimes forms when you’re wearing a dry lip product for a long time. (Is there a technical name for that??) And it even stayed on through macarons and beer!
I’m already eyeing two other colors, Stalker and NSFW, in my quest to find the perfect red lipstick (more on that!), so I guess I’m a satisfied customer.
Have you tried any of the Lip Tars or any other OCC products? Are you a fan of liquid lipsticks? I’d love to hear from you!
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