Unsung Makeup Heroes: OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Tars

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Guest blogger Celia San Miguel wearing OCC Lip Tar in Anime

Celia San Miguel of Sicka Than AverageAbout the Author
The following guest post was written by Celia San Miguel of sickathanaverage.com. You can also find Celia on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The word “tar” might not conjure up beautiful imagery, but don’t let that dissuade you from checking out Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ range of oh-so-sexy Lip Tar shades ($18 each). Introduced in Fall 2008, OCC Makeup’s Lip Tar coats lips with super-saturated, astoundingly opaque pigments with a satin-y finish. The formula, meanwhile, incorporates several beneficial botanical ingredients — chiefly hemp oil, which is rife with nourishing and softening omega fatty acids; peppermint oil, which has a cooling effect and also boasts antimicrobial properties; and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, which protects lips from free radical damage and prevents premature skin aging.


Swatches of some of my favorite Lip Tars: Anime, Lovecraft and Electric Grandma

Each 100% vegan lip color is packaged inside a tiny, pocket-sized tube that, although small, will last surprisingly long given that you’ll only need a bead-sized amount for each application. Ideally, you should use a lip brush when applying the Lip Tar shade of your choice since the color saturation is almost mind-blowingly high, and you’ll want to be precise when smoothing the color onto your pout (and that goes double if you choose an ultra-bright shade like Beta, Anime, or Demure).


There is literally no product on the market that compares to OCC’s Lip Tars in terms of consistency, texture, color payoff, or longevity. Each Lip Tar shade packs a mighty punch in the opacity department, balking at the notion of wimpy sheer hues and instead embracing a bold, flamboyant, adventurous and bodacious approach to color. Pigment saturation aside, I find the Lip Tars to have a delightful texture — they’re not sticky or tacky like some glosses nor do they have the clump-prone creaminess of a lipstick; instead, they have an almost oil-like feel, though their consistency is by no means runny or watery.

OCC Lip Tar in Lovecraft

When you first apply the Lip Tar, then, it feels rich but moist and, as time passes, the color dries down a bit while retaining a slick finish. And, as if these attributes weren’t enough of a draw, each Lip Tar lasts surprisingly long, often locking onto lips for hours at a time — all without drying your pout as so many long-wear lipsticks tend to do.

The long-running Makeup and Beauty Blog Unsung Heroes series features much-loved permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.

There are currently 53 Lip Tar shades available — from neutrals like Hush and Memento to ultra intense reds like Radiate and Harlot. And true to OCC Makeup’s experimental roots, there are a plethora of intriguing, odd-but-magnetizing shades like Belladonna, a funky purple reminiscent of the color of African violets, and Super NSFW, a delicious red with alchemist-worthy golden undertones.

Wearing Super NSFW

I own at least 20 different Lip Tar shades (some favorites include Digitalis, Strumpet, Stalker, Super NSFW, and Lovecraft), and I’m always expanding my collection since the colors are always so inventive, so unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Sure, each Lip Tar costs $18, but considering that come-hither lips can light up your entire face, it’s an investment well worth making.

Celia San Miguel of Sicka Than AverageAbout the Author
This guest post was written by Celia San Miguel of sickathanaverage.com. You can also find Celia on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


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  1. hanna says:

    Those swatches look beautiful.
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  2. Emme says:

    The look of these reminds me of the Rimmel Show-Off Lip Lacquers. Not sure how the tars feel though.

  3. Gowthami says:

    OMG shades look gr8!
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  4. Phyrra says:

    I love my lip tars, especially Nylon. I made them into pencils recently and really like that for the portability.
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  5. Carina says:

    New blog/channel discovery! Thank you so much for posting about her. She is awesome. 😀
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  6. Liz says:

    I’m very interested in reading a blog by a Latina. Yay!

  7. Judith says:

    Great post I love the lip tars. I wouldn’t recommend the more muted ones, but they are really worth it for seriously bright colors. I have anime and queen and I love them!

  8. Lena says:

    I have four of these OCC lip tars and I love them. My current favorite is Authentic, this is THE unsung of the Unsung Heroes. Such an interesting and versatile color.

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