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OCC Lip Tar and Stained Gloss Swatches and Review: Annika, Narcissus, Trollop, Meta, New Wave, Rhythm Box

Products in this review were provided by PR/the brand

Occ Lip Tars
Top Row L to R: Annika, Trollop, Narcissus
Bottom Row L to R: New Wave, Meta, Rhythm Box

*Note: LeCosmetique.com has generously given me a promo code: POP15 so you can get 15% off these lip tars and other products on their site!

I have been a long-time OCC lip tar fan. In fact, I believe I began reviewing them my first year of blogging! LeCosmetique.com, an online beauty supply retailer for pros, recently offered me the opportunity to review a handful of them for you and I jumped at the chance. 

OCC Lip Tar Profile


For those of you that aren't familiar with OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics), it is a cruelty-free cosmetic company founded by David Klasfeld that offers a wide variety of cosmetics from lip tars (meant for the lips) to loose shadows; face products to polishes. I have tried a lot of their lip, eye and nail products and am a huge fan! I've been eyeing the OCC Skin Mini Sets for some time as I'd love to give those a try.

Anyway, OCC's lip tars are basically highly pigmented liquid lip stain-lipstick hybrids. They are incredibly great for those that want cruelty-free lip products and who love opaque coverage. I'm going to give you some quick application tips, details on the difference between the old and new tubes, and view of the mini brush that now comes with all lip tars after my review for those new to using them, so check that out below!

Lip tars with the original formula tend to have a bright, semi-matte finish, while the new Stained Gloss formulas have a nice squishy-gloss finish. Lip tars have a light peppermint scent, but no flavor.

Price

These are priced at $18 retail.

Where to Buy

These can be purchased at LeCosmetique as well as directly through OCC and other pro beauty supply companies and retailers.

Pro Discount

LeCosmetique.com offers a pro discount for pros at varying levels!

Note: For the purpose of swatching I never use liners or other prep products beyond a clear balm so that colors are true-to-color. My skin is incredibly sensitive and does NOT react adversely to lip tars, however, you can see that like it does with any straight matte formula, my lips tend to wrinkle when a hydrating lip liner is not applied underneath. Again, when I apply these as I normally would to wear them out my lips look full like they normally do, but with straight lip tars (this does not apply to the gloss formula) you can see my lips are slightly wrinkled. I do not edit my swatch pictures except to crop and watermark them so you get the full effect!


OCC Annika Lip Tar Swatch & Review


OCC Lip Tar Annika

Color

Annika is a pigmented, creamy apricot. Semi-matte finish.

Application

This applies like most original formula lip tars (see tips below). 

My Thoughts

I really like this color and I think it's one that will appeal to both those that love color and those that are just branching out to try new colors. 

Recommendations

I would pair this with a nice nude or peach lip liner to give it longer wear or consider playing around with some brighter color lip liners underneath to see what colors you can create. 


OCC Narcissus Lip Tar Swatch & Review


OCC Lip Tar Narcissus

Color

Narcissus is a slightly lavender-leaning light pink. Semi-matte finish.

Application

This applies like all other original formula lip tars I've worked with (see application tips below).

My Thoughts

I love colors like this, so Narcissus is definitely a win for me! I love wearing colors like this in the winter! All the white around you (in New England) with a nice light color--magical!

Recommendations

This is a great color for those that want a lighter, more obvious lip color, but it could be played down by putting a slightly deeper pink lip liner underneath it or gloss over it.


OCC Trollop Lip Tar Swatch & Review


OCC Lip Tar Trollop

Color

Trollop is an orange-pink shade--it almost reminds me of the color you'd get if a papaya and a guava had a baby! This has a semi-matte finish.

Application

This applies like the rest (see tips on application below).

My Thoughts

I really like this color and I think it's fairly unique! Definitely gorgeous for summer.

Recommendations

You could definitely encourage this color to lean more orange or pink depending on the lip liner you choose. Personally, I love it as it is so I'd use a clear lip liner and clear gloss!


OCC Meta Stained Gloss Swatch & Review


OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss Meta

Color

Meta is a slightly orange-toned red. This has a squishy gloss finish.

Application

This applies so smoothly and evenly. 

My Thoughts

Love, love, love this new formula!!! Seriously, these Stained Glosses have literally blown me away and given how many lip products I purchase and swatch each year ... that says a lot! I love the finish, I love the consistency. I love everything! For those concerned about it (I don't mind either way), these do not have a tacky consistency. Texture-wise they remind me of a super light-weight, slick gel. Fabulous!

Recommendations

I love this alone and I can only imagine how absolutely fabulous it will be over a complementary lipstick. Cannot wait to give that a try!


OCC New Wave Stained Gloss Swatch & Review


OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss New Wave

Color

New Wave is a beautifully bright pink. This has a squishy gloss finish.

Application

Absolutely lovely to work with like the other Stained Glosses! Goes on smooth and evens out quickly.

My Thoughts

I am in love! Pure and simple. 

Recommendations

I love this on its own and will definitely wear it solo, but I would also suggest pairing it with both pink and red lipsticks!


OCC Rhythm Box Stained Gloss Swatch & Review


OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss Rhythm Box

Color

Rhythm Box is a lovely raspberry. This has a squishy gloss finish.

Application

Super easy to work with and easy to achieve even coverage with on the lips.

My Thoughts

I thought this one might be a bit darker on the lips, but love that on its own it's a really lovely and fairly light raspberry. 

Recommendations

This will look lovely and wearable on its own, but I'd also suggest pairing it with darker shades to give them a glossy depth.


Quick Re-Cap


*Note: LeCosmetique.com has generously given me  promo code POP15 so you guys to get 15% off these lip tars and other products on their site!

Price

These are priced at $18 retail.

Where to Buy

These can be purchased at LeCosmetique as well as directly through OCC and other pro beauty supply companies and retailers.

Pro Discount

LeCosmetique.com offers a pro discount for pros at varying levels!

Final Thoughts

I am as impressed with the original formula lip tars I reviewed here as I have been in the past. They are consistently some of the most opaque lip products I work with and find that with the right prep and products, the wear is phenomenal!

When it comes to the Stained Glosses ... there are no words! I absolutely adore everything about them from the finish to the color range. They are amazing and extremely unique in my opinion! I definitely need Jealous now.

LeCosmetique.com offers a full range of OCC Lip Tars and Stained Glosses. My experience with them has been amazing so far and I recommend checking out what they have to offer for OCC products as well as other pro brands!


OCC Lip Tar Tips & Tricks

If you're like me and hovering around 30 and beginning to notice slight changes in your skin, you may have to take some extra care in applying lip tars to get the most out of them. I have been using them for several years and have found that the following works best in achieving a lovely finished look:

  • Prep - Make sure you exfoliate and moisturize ahead of time as lip tars work best with a smooth, hydrated surface
  • Lip liner - I actually use a perimeter liner around the edges of my lips and fill my lips in. As you can see above, if you have super sensitive skin when it comes to hydration, lip tars may cause your lips to wrinkle a bit if they are applied directly to your lips. A nice creamy lip liner prevents this from happening, extends wear, and prevents bleeding/feathering.
  • Lip Brush - Generally, I am a fan of makeup brushes over anything else, but when it comes to lip tars I truly think they're a must. I know some people like to apply with their fingers, straight from the tube, etc., but consider trying a good lip brush first. I like a fairly firm paddle-style lip brush, personally. The one I used for my swatches above is made by Royal & Langnickel and I'll be reviewing it at a later time in a large series of brush posts I'll be posting later this summer. 
  • Using the Right Amount - It is critical to not overload your lips. You'll want to use far more than you need to, but if you use a teeny bead on your lip brush and start from the inside and work your way out, you'll get amazing coverage. Keep in mind, you can always layer it on to achieve a more pigmented affect, so keep it minimal!
  • Staying Hydrated - A hydrating gloss over the original lip tars can help your lips to stay hydrated. I also find that as the day progresses, my lips begin to feel a bit dehydrated. By patting on a little clear balm over my lips I can instantly re-hydrate them through the lip tar. I love EOS and find it works well for this purpose. 
  • Shake It Up! - Lip tars do separate over time, but if you shake them up they mix back up perfectly (I have some over 2 years old that are still great when re-mixed).

This is literally all you need to do your lips! This teeny bead on the tip of my lip brush is enough to give you one layer of ample coverage.


Old Lip Tar Tube vs. New Lip Tar Tube


If you've been following OCC for some time, you know they switched lip tar tubes not too long ago.

L to R: New Lip Tar tube, Old Lip Tar tube

Major Differences:
  • The tip is different. On the new it has a long, thin tip similar to Napoleon Perdis Lip Lacquers. The old tube had more of a typical slanted tip like what you'd see on a lip balm.
  • Control. The control you get with the new tip is far better! It is so easy to apply the right amount to your lip brush--love it!

Note: The same amount of product comes in both tubes.


The Itty Bitty OCC Lip Brush


I think the OCC lip brush is adorable! Seriously, so cute! But it's not what I personally recommend for applying lip tars unless you're in a pinch. It's super teeny so it can make getting even coverage a bit more tricky. If you don't have a covered or retractable lip brush ... run out and get one! Or you can keep this with you and try to work with it. Personally, I think it's more novel than anything ;) Or again, good in an absolute pinch!

Top to Bottom: Standard lip brush vs OCC mini lip brush

I know it doesn't look insanely different, but trust me, a standard sized lip brush is significantly larger than the mini one the lip tars come with. It's a lovely gesture and so adorable, but I like larger lip brushes personally. You may like it though, you never know!

Note: Product in this review were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

20 comments :

  1. These all look so pretty! I've only ever tried Lip Tar as a tester at Sephora and I think I put way too much on. I love that you showed exactly how much to use!

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    1. I hope it helps! It is SO easy to use too much, though the new tube is better than the old when it comes to that :)

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  2. I love all of these! Meta looks AMAZING on you!

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    1. Thanks so much! I think it would look fabulous on anyone, but I'll take the compliment!!!

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  3. I loooove Annika and Trollop. Need to get those!

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    1. They are definitely good additions to any collection ;)

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  4. Your lip pics are always fab! Now I need to try some of these!

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  5. I think I need all of the above!!

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    1. Woohoo! MUST HAVE ALL THE LIPPIES! ;)

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  6. What a great thorough review! Love these!

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  7. I've been dying to try these OCC Lip Tars! These shades all look so stunning and wearable. I appreciate the old vs new comparison as well!

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    1. They are really lovely! Granted I love just about any color (especially if they're bright), but these are quite lovely ;)

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  8. I have never used a lip tar, but now I want to try!

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    1. Definitely do!!! They are really lovely and you can get 15% off with promo POP15 ;)

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  9. I have NO lip tars and need to fix that ASAP! These are gorgeous!

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    1. They really are! The promo POP15 I mentioned above will give you 15% off, too!

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