Getting obsessive with Lip Tar

These liquid lipsticks really do inspire obsession in the beauty community. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has been around for over a decade now and with the launch of their Lip Tars in 2009 they have grown in mainstream popularity. First, let me say I LOVE OCC’s Lip Tar – just looking at the bright colors in their little tubes makes me excited. They are 100% vegan and cruelty free, which is always important in my book. They are highly pigmented, very creamy and go on smooth like melted butter. The formula contains hemp oil and is paraben-free, instead using peppermint oil to give its light, minty fragrance. The tars also come in over 60 shades – from the prettiest nudes and reds to bright blue and primary yellow. Each Lip Tar comes with a small lip brush to apply the product. You really only need a very tiny amount on your brush as these colors are very pigmented and the formula spreads and blends well.

This is not a “double dip” situation. I personally love the tiny brush, it’s a stiff precision brush that will give you a clean and crisp line but if you are not the sort of person used to putting lipstick on with a brush it may take some getting used to. As a makeup artist, I love that these guys come in a little tube, which is great for managing how much product is used (and keeps waste to a minimum) and helps everything stay hygienic. The color payoff is fantastic, but if you slick it on like icing on a cake it will come off on your morning coffee cup. Remember, be sparing.

I recommend making sure your lips are properly exfoliated and always use a lip liner (OCC also have a wide range of liners but you can use any brand in a similar shade to the Lip Tar of your choice). After your lips are lined, use a small amount of the Lip Tar and evenly blend over your lips. I find it incredibly moisturizing and it feels smooth and lovely on the lips. The Lip Tars come in Matte, Metallic and Gloss but being a matte lipstick kind of girl I prefer the pretty matte nudes, rich corals and glamorous reds. My favorites are “Annika,” a perfect peach, “Grandma,” a beautiful classic coral and “NSFW,” a balanced red, meaning it works for both “cool” and “warm” skin tones (if you’re into that sort of thing).

At $22 at Sephora, you might not think these lovely little tubes are for the casual makeup user, however because of its pigmentation and opaque coverage this little tube will really last. This product is for the obsessives out there, and it’s very easy to get hooked.

Explore the line here and see what else OCC has to offer!


Kerry Riordan
Kerry comes from a visual art background, practicing printmaking at OCAD University in Toronto. Eventually she discovered the face was her favourite canvas and pursued her love of beauty, makeup and most of all, people! She studied makeup, special effects and skincare at Seneca College. Working as a makeup artist gives Kerry the opportunity to meet different kinds of people and help them look their best, whether it's sweet and natural, high glamour or avante garde. A lover of all makeup products - from drugstore to professional brands she knows the best products for everyday wear, special occasions and even special effects.
Kerry Riordan