Through some weird illusionary makeup magic/trick of light, blue lip products are supposed to make your teeth look whiter, but I dunno… Do my teeth look whiter in these pics? I’m wearing OCC’s new Lip Tar in Vain.
I seriously cannot tell; all I see are those blue lips.
They’re just so…blue.
OCC explores the boundaries between light and shadow in their fall/winter 2014 Unknown Pleasures collection. Vain is one of the six new $18 Lip Tars in the release.
Most of the time when liquid lipsticks dry down, they form an impermeable film on my lips, which is usually long-wearing (yay!), but also very drying (boo!).
Unlike run-of-the-mill liquid lipsticks, which tend to bleed my lips of every milliliter of moisture like Edward Cullen on a bender, the Lip Tars stay wet from start to finish, so they don’t form a drying film.
But the wet texture also leads these to scoot beyond my natural lip line, so it helps to be mindful of rubbing your lips together, especially with the darker shades.
And speaking of the darker shades…when they fade, they wear down to a deep, almost impossibly difficult to remove stain. I have to use several makeup wipes, two different oil cleansers and three cotton pads saturated with Trish McEvoy Long-Wear Face and Eye Makeup Remover to remove all traces of the black and the blue.
The Lip Tars are non-sticky and have a pepperminty flavor and scent. Wear time varies from 2-3 hours for the nude shades to 4-5 for the darker ones.
The blackened purple matte shade, Pagan — ahh! Remember Pure Heroine, the lipstick from the MAC Lorde collection? Blackened purple Pagan is what I wished Pure Heroine had looked like.
Reddish orange Metallic Manhunter is also worthy of note, I think, mostly because of this: it’s a glitter-fest. Kind of like a glittery golden liquid lipstick version of MAC Lady Danger. The glitter doesn’t really show itself in these pics, but it’s there… Oh, it’s there. Up in yo’ face!
All six new $18 Lip Tars arrive August 5 at sephora.com and occmakeup.com, and September 19 at Sephora stores and at OCC’s flagship boutique in New York, which is located at 174 Ludlow St. between Houston St. and Stanton St. in the Lower East Side.
I’m not sure if they’re limited edition or permanent yet, but I reached out to my contacts at OCC and will update this post when I find out.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,