OCC Lip Tars

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Timothy C Photography with model KJaeger

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has a great reputation amongst pro artists and definitely stands out as one of the most earth- and animal-friendly lines. Their products are super natural and super pigmented despite feeling very light on the skin. OCC is probably best known for their Lip Tars, which, frankly, I could not live without in my pro kit. These are the qualities that make Lip Tars irreplaceable:

Mixable.
You need very few colors to be able to create nearly any shade. Keep in mind that a tiny drop goes a long way. This is the biggest perk for me because I try to travel as lightly as possible. Not to mention, each tube will last you a loooong time.

Matte.
Lip Tars can go on matte with a very thin layer. They can also be mixed with the clear for more of a gloss. They work best when the clear is applied first (during skin prep) and has awhile to really sink in as a primer and then the color is applied overtop. It dries completely depending on how much clear is used, more clear gives it more of a gloss feel.

Versatile.
The product is so paint like it is easy to use with brushes. I use it as lip liner for shoots with an angle brush then a fluffier brush for the center. I have even used it on other parts of the face (be sure you are aware of your ingredients if you try this! Some things are safe for lips but not other parts of the face).

Where to buy?
Sephora is now a retailer for Lip Tars, which is exciting for the up and coming makeup line. There is a more complete selection on OCC’s website and sometimes some deals on discontinued colors. They also have a pro discount. Also, for anyone near New York City I would recommend just stopping into their store. It is an adorable little shop and the people there are very passionate and helpful.

OCC Tinted Moisturizer

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.