Friday, April 26, 2013

Product Review - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

So I'm a little late to the game on this one - I just got my first Lip Tar! I'm so late that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is now releasing newer versions of their Lip Tar that are glossy, metallic, and probably others. Oh well, better late than never. I picked this up in the shade Memento, which is one of their more wearable shades. These things come in an impressive shade range that includes blue (RX), green (Power Plant) and even black (Tarred and Batty)! The whole point of these, is that  you are able to buy multiple colours and then mix your own custom look, so I guess the black would be quite helpful in achieving a deeper evening look. For now, I just purchased the one colour.  

I have to confess - I didn't love this at first. Yikes, I know these are so popular, and I had such high expectations, but it was a lot more liquid-y than I had expected. With a name like Lip Tar, I expected a thicker, more tar-like consistency. When I applied the product to my lips, it just felt kind of slippery and strange and was travelling around like crazy. I don't know, but I didn't really think I would pick it up that often.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Memento

But, out of some strange coincidence, the next day, there was a tutorial posted to Sephora's You Tube account showing how to properly apply the Lip Tar, and I realized the problem was that I was using way too much product. This is extremely easy to do, however, as the product comes out of the tube very quickly, and is quite liquid-y, as I mentioned. So I gave it another shot and the results are in the above photo - not to bad, right? 

Later, I checked the OCC website and found the following directions:

DIRECTIONS: Apply the tiniest bead of Lip Tar with our newly-included #010S Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush 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!

Well, I should have looked at that from the beginning!

The OCC website claims that this product has the longevity of a lipstick with the ease of application of a lipgloss. I would definitely agree that the lip tar has a good amount of staying power. I've been wearing a lot of creamy lipsticks these days, so I'm actually used to lipsticks that do not last very long at all, so for me, the Lip Tar lasts a significant amount of time. I would not say that the ease of application is that of a lipgloss. First of all, they do supply a little brush, but this is not good for taking with you in your purse - what do you do with it once it has been used? If you put it back in the little pouch it come with, you smear product allover, so it always has to be tissued off. It's just not convenient. So I will be using my retractable lip brush instead. Further to this, the beauty (to me) of a lipgloss, is applying on the go without even needing a mirror. You will most definitely need a mirror for applying Lip Tar. Not a big deal, but something to be aware of.

Anyways, overall, I'm glad I picked this up. I'm interested in trying a coral shade, so I may pick up another at some point in the future. I might pass on the black though!

Have you tried the Lip Tar range? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading!


  1. Sounds pretty good! And I really like the color. I have never tried a Lip Tar before though.

    1. They are definitely something different, at least for me. I don't have anything quite like this product.