Do you remember Julie Christie? She was stunning (and still is) in Doctor Zhivago, Darling, Shampoo, Petulia in the Sixties and Seventies. I loved her long (usually) blonde hair, bangs and the pale lipstick she wore.
So, I was channeling my inner Julie Christie when I tried Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Annika, a “toned-up neutral peach”. Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar is a new kind of lip product: think lip stain meets lip gloss, sort of. It comes in a tube with a separate little lip brush. It goes on wet and dries to a kind of gloss. It’s opaque, highly pigmented and long lasting. It’s loaded with oils so it’s not supposed to be drying.
Lip Tar comes in 46 “normal” shades plus green, blue, yellow, black, and white that you can mix with the other colors to create zillions of custom lip colors. There are frosted shades, neons and neutrals.
This product has been on my radar for a while. When I was in Sephora not long ago, I decided to give it a try. As usual, I asked one of the sales associates for a sample.
I wanted to sample Memento, described as “pink/plum neutral”,
but somehow I ended up with Annika, the pale peach.
A little goes a long, long way. I put on too much initially, and it took a long time to dry. If you apply just a little, it dries immediately. It is extremely lightweight, and feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. It is long lasting. Eleven hours later, after eating a meal or two, it was still lightly visible on my lips. Unfortunately, in spite of the emollients in the formula, it was just a little bit drying for me…but then I have very dry lips. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to isolate the ingredient in many lipsticks that is drying for me. Any ideas?
Here’s a swatch of Lip Tar, Annika:
and what Annika looks like on me. Since I usually wear brighter shades, the pale peach is a real change. And it does look like a throw back to the Sixties. Although the bright light in the room makes the photo a little difficult to see, I think you can tell that Lip Tar does have a glossy look to it.
In sum, I think Lip Tar is a pretty good product…though I’m not sure how different it is from Revlon ColorStay Liquid Lipstick or L’Oreal Endless Liquid Lipstick for much less money etc. With Lip Tar, if you buy a few shades including the unusual primary colors, you can really get creative. In fact, Lip Tar is available in a variety of sets of four shades so you can mix away. And it seems like they are always coming out with new shades. But for me, I’m on the fence about it because of my dry lips and the price.
Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar is $18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz. It’s available at Sephora, Amazon, and the company website: www.occmakeup.com. It’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free. If you’re gluten-free, you’ll have to check into the origin of the Vitamin E.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Oil, Mentha X Peprita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate | May Contain: Silica Dimethyl Silylate, D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, D&C Red #30, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica
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