This will be a very brief and informal review…. And by review, I mean me gushing about how much I adore Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.
I will start by discussing the tinted moisturizer, since it is something I use every single day. I am extremely low maintenance and like to keep my makeup very natural. I am the type of woman who would rather hear, “You have flawless skin!” than, “I love your makeup!” My daily routine involves a moisturizer (either a tiny amount of Dr Jardt’s hydrating bb cream or my water/glycerin mix I recently posted about), then tinted moisturizer, then a sheer layer of bareminerals, then blush and a quick swipe of eyeshadow across my lids. That is all most days. Plus whatever lip gloss I have that day. I get a lot of compliments on my skin, which is remarkable to me because I think of myself as having very splotchy skin with a lot of redness from sensitivity. The fairest yellow based color from occ cuts the redness perfectly and brings my face back into the neutral-to-yellow color family of the rest of my body.
The tinted moisturizer is extremely watery. At first I found this a little unsettling, because I wasn’t used to it. But after wearing it, I fell in love. Once it sinks in it doesn’t feel like you are wearing anything! It just feels like skin! One problem I had with it initially, is that, on its own, it really sinks into the skin and I was layering on way too much.
I believe this would be remedied easily by using the occ primer with it. The reason I don’t is because I am allergic to chamomile and the primer has that in it, among all the other natural ingredients. That is why I put a very small amount of bb cream underneath, mainly just in the nose/cheek area where I will need the most coverage. I imagine other primers would work, too, but it is definitely needs a base. The product is reasonable for a quality brand at $25, but I still hate to waste.
It is also not particularly moisturizing, but I don’t see that as a problem. Honestly, tinted moisturizers are never enough on their own, so I prefer that they stay lighter rather than oily/greasy like some I have tried.
I also purchased the concealer. I would probably buy it again, since it is such a perfect color match, but it seems so dry to me. I want to find a way to love it, so I am still playing with different brushes, etc, but it just seems to shrivel into my skin by the end of the day. This, again, might partially be because I can’t use their primer. I also have extremely dry skin, so other people might not have such a problem with it. When I layer some of my water/glycerin mix over top, it seems to help for awhile, but after a twelve hour day it has usually dried up. Probably my skin’s fault, but it really isn’t even bad, I just have high standards.
Bottom line, if you haven’t checked out this brand yet, you need to. Especially if you like to support vegan or cruelty free cosmetic lines.