Hey True Believers!
I hope you’re having a happy new year! It looks like my first post of this year will be a makeup review (I’m a little behind on these, I really apologize! They just take the most time which is something I’ve had little of!) The folks at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC for short) were very kind to send me some products of theirs to review and test out. At the time I received the products, I didn’t own any OCC products. Well needless to say, I have a TON of lip tars now as they are one of my favorite lip products to use on not only myself, but my clients. They keep things sterile due to you having to squeeze it out and a little (and I mean a LITTLE) goes a LONG way! Anyway, on to the review!
(This is a pic heavy post!)
*Items received courtesy of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I was not asked to review them, nor paid to use them.
OCC Lip Tars: $16.00 USD | .33 FL OZ
OCC Skin Conceal: $20.00 USD | 8.5G
OCC Skin: Mixing Medium: $25.00 USD | 1oz.
OCC Concealer Brush: $22.00 USD
About Lip Tars: A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment – a little goes a very, very long way! An intense yet featherweight layer of color that never looks or feels heavy. Meant to be mixed, Lip Tar comes in concise array of colors for a limitless selection of shades made by you! A simple, elegant formula that contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E, OCC Lip Tar feels as good on the lips as it looks!
DIRECTIONS: Apply the tiniest bead of Lip Tar with our newly-included #010S Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush (At the time I received these, they didn’t come with the mini brush yet) for complete, opaque coverage, either mixed with other shades or on its own. Applying too much product can result in feathering outside the lipline, so remember: a little goes a very long way
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate | May Contain: Silica Dimethyl Silylate, D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, D&C Red #30, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica
Precautions: Due to peppermint oil content, Lip Tar is not recommended for use in the immediate eye area.
I absolutely love the tube that they come in as it’s very easy to control how much product is dispensed. They’re also very minty on the lips, which feels really nice, but they don’t taste of mint. As they say, a TINY big goes a very long way. With a small dot, I am able to cover my entire mouth and have an even coverage. If you use too much, it will “pool” in the corners of your lips and it will also bleed below your lip line. It dries down satin, so if you want a more glossy look, you must use their clear Lip Tar over it (it also works well as a primer under the colored lip tar). Using a clear gloss that is oil based will destroy the lip tar application, so I really do recommend you use the clear lip tar as a gloss if you desire a glossy finish. The ability to create your own custom colors out of them is a makeup artist’s dream! This is especially handy when you can’t find a lipstick in a color you need (I’m looking at you Cosplayers! Put these in your arsenal!)
All of the below lip swatches were applied on my bare lips without a primer.
OCC Lip Tar in Feathered
OCC’s Description: TRUE WHITE, LIGHTENS
My Thoughts: Feathered was definitely meant to be mixed with other colors to lighten them. Not to say you can’t wear it alone, but it was a bit more sheer than lip tars usually are. If you have more pigmented lips, then you might want to skip on wearing this as a stand alone. Lip Tars are not drying at all and your lips remain soft and flexible while wearing them. They also last for hours on your lips without having to re-apply. I typically get around 6-8 hours of wear with a lip tar and this is including eating and drinking.
OCC Lip Tar in Traffic
OCC’s Description: TRUE PRIMARY YELLOW
My Thoughts: Traffic was also on the sheer side, and I had to work to get an even finish all over without having to over apply the product. It is a gorgeous bright yellow, and would definitely stand out more on someone with less lip pigmentation. Lip Tars are not drying at all and your lips remain soft and flexible while wearing them. They also last for hours on your lips without having to re-apply. I typically get around 6-8 hours of wear with a lip tar and this is including eating and drinking.
OCC Lip Tar in RX
OCC’s Description: PRIMARY CYAN BLUE
My Thoughts: RX was opaque and had even coverage. This formula was more akin to the other lip tars I own and had even coverage. It’s a bright, beautiful, true blue. I should have photographed it under my new lights to really show off how bright and true this blue was. BEWARE that this lip tar WILL stain your lips blue! I had a time trying to get this off, and knew it would probably stain due to how pigmented the blue was. The lighter colors didn’t stain. Lip Tars are not drying at all and your lips remain soft and flexible while wearing them. They also last for hours on your lips without having to re-apply. I typically get around 6-8 hours of wear with a lip tar and this is including eating and drinking.
Here is a custom lip tar I created using a drop and a third of Traffic mixed into a drop of RX. I got the most gorgeous Kelly Green color!
OCC Skin Conceal
About OCC Skin Conceal: More than just a concealer, OCC SKIN:CONCEAL may be the only product you’ll ever need for complexion perfection! Tested behind-the-scenes by the artists at OCC for over two years prior to its release, it’s passed the pro’s test for ease of use, coverage and endurance. Formulated from the finest vegan ingredients available, OCC SKIN: CONCEAL also nourishes and hydrates the skin with Cocoa Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract and Vitamin E for coverage that feels as good as it looks! Perfect for any medium from Digital Photography and Hi-Definition TV to everyday use and wear!
• An opaque but adjustable coverage.
• Available in 12 multi-ethnic, internationally calibrated skin-tone shades.
• Paraben-Free and also free of Silicone, Petroleum and Fragrance
Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ozokerite, Paraffinum Liquidium, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Peg-40 Castor Oil, Tocopherol, Pentaerythirityl Tetraethylexanoate, BHA, Aloe Barbadenisis Leaf Extract | May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77489), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)
This concealer is AMAZING! Like their lip tars, a little of this goes a long way and has excellent coverage! I’ve seen people use it as a foundation as well. I really like the fact that they have a range for those with yellow/olive undertones and those with red undertones. I use the shade Y2 (although I could probably get away with using Y4 as well) as I have olive undertones and it’s very close to my skin tone but still lighter (which is great for brightening up the eye area). For those with dry skin, I might not use this as it will enhance the dry patches. This would be good on people who have normal or oily skin. It does need to be warmed up with your finger before you apply. After you’ve warmed it up a bit, use a concealer brush to blend it out.
Here is a before and after of my face without the OCC Skin Conceal and my face using it as a foundation on one half. Yes, I don’t have wonderful skin (been fighting moderate-severe acne since I was 12), but I’m actually into week 2 of using Paula’s Choice skin care products to help with my acne and battle damaged skin. We’re also having severe (for Southern California) winter weather and my skin is dry from it. I will do a review on that in February after I’ve given the product more time to work. So far, so good though!
OCC Skin: Mixing Medium
(This can be found on their website under the Airbrush section)
OCC SKIN INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water (Aqua), Vegetable-Derived Glycerin, Glycerol Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Triethanolamine, Soy Lecithin, Kaolin, Cellulose Gum, Talc, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate | MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
OCC’s Description: USE TO SHEER OUT FOUNDATION OR CREATE YOUR OWN COLOR WITH PIGMENT
My Thoughts: I first learned about Mixing Medium from Amy when she was posting her EOTD with eyeliners created using her loose eyeshadows. I knew I needed to get some of this so I can have more ways to do cool things with her products (and other loose shadows!) This is my go to for making custom eyeliners!
Below are examples of me mixing OCC Mixing Medium with Sugarpill’s Loose Eyeshadow in Magentric.
OCC #003 Concealer Brush
OCC is proud to present our introductory selection of 100% Vegan Professional Makeup Brushes. Selected by the artists at OCC and field tested behind-the-scenes during LA Fashion Week S/S 2011, OCC Brushes combine form and function in a sleek and cruelty-free fashion. Unprecedentedly soft synthetic bristles made from blends of nylon and taklon apply powder, liquid and creme products effortlessly. OCC signature white handles emblazoned with our logo fit ergonomically into your hands and are specially weighted with nickel-plated ferrules to balance with ease. A must for any artist’s kit or for a pro-quality application of your favorite cosmetics.
Please Note: Measurements below are approximations. Bristles are measured width by height.
OCC’s Description: A uniquely shaped, flexible concealer brush that applies smoothly and evenly.
BRISTLE: 2.75 CM x 1.10 CM | FERRULE: 4.0 CM | HANDLE: 10.0 CM
My Thoughts: This brush is SUPER soft. It feels really nice against your skin. But it’s a bit TOO soft for me to use it for concealer application which I usually only do under my eyes and on acne blemishes. I did use it to apply the OCC concealer in the photo above as a foundation, but I had to warm up the product first before I used this brush to blend it out. The brush is far too soft to pick up the concealer on it without warming the concealer up first. It did a good job of blending out the concealer though when I applied it as a foundation. If I plan on wearing the concealer as a foundation again, I will probably use this brush. Otherwise, I will probably go for a different brush for spot application.