That moment when you realize you want to wear a lip product solely because you think it might match your nails…
Your opaque white nails.
Yeah, I think I crossed over into uncharted makeup territory this week — uncharted for me, at least, since I can’t recall ever wanting to wear white lipstick before.
Sure, I realize that it’s not exactly a super wearable look (RIGHT?!), but I got it into my head a few days ago, and whenever that happens… You know me!
Say hello to the new $18 Tarred + Feathered Lip Balm Duo by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Weird and wonderful at the same time, it comes with two lip balms in white and black.
In calling it “new,” I should put the “new” in air quotes because this duo actually first appeared 10 years ago. It was the very first product OCC ever released. They’re reissuing it meow for their 10th anniversary.
So, what’s the deal? Well, both moisturizing halves of the balm contain hemp seed, pomegranate and avocado oils, and they’re made to moisturize AND function as color correctors to either brighten or darken any lip colors you layer on top.
Feathered, the white balm, works to cancel out your natural lip color, making any colors you wear on top of it appear truer.
LOL! No, it normally doesn’t look quite as scary as it does in the first two face pics because I built it up with a lip brush for those shots to see how close I could get to making my white lips + nail tips fantasy come true (pretty close, but not really, since the balm ends up looking patchy when I build it up in layers).
If I just apply a thin layer instead, like I would with most any other lip balm, I think Feathered actually looks fairly wearable.
Now, after trying it beneath a few different lip products so far, I’ve found that I like to combine it with super sheer tints, like Benefit’s new Posiebalm.
When I prep my lips with a little Feathered first and layer Posiebalm on top, more of Posiebalm’s pink pigment comes through.
And then there’s Tarred, the black shade, which has the opposite effect; it makes lip colors layered on top look deeper and richer (but not necessarily truer to their actual color).
I like wearing Tarred all by itself, actually, where it reminds me of a blacker version of Clinique’s Black Honey (think tough rocker chick after she takes off her chains and spikes).
Both shades have a very thin, smooth consistency, smell and taste a little like mint (it fades fast), and last about an hour on my lips.
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Fruit Butter, Caraca Papaya Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Rosa Rubigenosa Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil. [+/-] Ttianium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499).
Since the $18 duo, which is limited edition, so it won’t be around forever, comes in a case, you’ll either need to bring a lip brush or your fingers to apply. Both work fine, but I usually use my fingers because it’s quicker.
The vegan, cruelty-free formula also gets two big paws up from Tabs.
Pretty cool product! — especially if you like to experiment with lip color. You can find it now online at Sephora.com, and in stores June 6 for $18.
Ready, set, GO!
I officially signed up to start the 100 Happy Days challenge this morning!
You should totally do it with me! I’ll be posting my pics on Instagram and Twitter. If you decide to sign up, let me know your handle so I can follow you.
I mean, 100 happy days? Um, yes, please. I’ll take that.
I have a feeling I might end up posting 100 pics of Tabs, but I’ll try to be more interesting than that, LOL! But whatever, right? If it makes you happy…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,