Lip tars have always intrigued me not alone with the formula but the shade selection they have. But I never somehow got around buying it. Wonder why? So when Sephora released this mini set as part of the Holiday collection, I saw the chance and brought it home.
What it does:
A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment – a little goes a very, very long way! An intense yet featherweight layer of color that never looks or feels heavy. Meant to be mixed, Lip Tar comes in concise array of colors for a limitless selection of shades made by you! A simple, elegant formula that contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E, OCC Lip Tar feels as good on the lips as it looks!
This set contains: 0.08 oz x 4 Lip Tar in Memento (pink plum neutral), NSFW (primary red), Anime (vibrant neon pink), Black Dahlia (blackened red), Short-handled precision brush
What it is formulated WITHOUT:Parabens, Sulfates ,Phthalates
How it fared:
The Lip tars come packaged in small squeeze tubes. They come along with a lip brush that really does a good job. In this case as well,a small lip brush is included with the set.
The pigmentation of lip tars is unbeatable. No matter whether you have pigmented lips or not, it just goes on fully opaque. (At least the above 4 shades included did). I find them extremely long wearing. They do leave behind a stain after hours of wear. In fact they are very much staining. Make sure you don’t get it on your clothes! Lips tars give a semi-matte finish with a pretty sheen. I find them surprisingly non-drying. I had it in my mind that these would definitely be drying on me somehow. But it isn’t!!! The lip tars have a very thin consistently and are non-sticky. A very little amount goes a loooong way. A little too much of the product can actually cause some feathering because of its consistency. So start with the smallest dot possible and build it up if you need more coverage or color. I find the blotting method gets better results out of the lip tars. Since all the above shades are really opaque/bright shades, I prefer using them as stains instead of full on lipsticks. Lip Tars have a minty fragrance associated with them which I find pleasant.
The thing with Lip tars is that you really have to have a neat exfoliated canvas to enjoy it. By this I mean, if not properly exfoliated and prepped, lip tars have the tendency to settle into fine lines which isn’t very pretty. Another complaint that I have heard about Lip tars is that they tend to separate over a period of time. Since my set is pretty new, it is still intact. But in case so happens, I will update the post and let you know!
The set has 4 shades all of which are part of the permanent range.
Memento: The shade is described as Pink Plum neutral. The shade actually goes on more pastel on me without much plum on it. I don’t find the shade really flattering on my NC40 skin tone unless I use it as a stain and top it up with a gloss. Too much work!
NSFW: The shade is described as primary red. It is in fact a bright red shade that is a tad bit bright for me. But it looks very pretty and flattering as a stain.
Anime: The shade is described as a vibrant neon pink which is exactly what it is. Again I find the shade quite wearable as a stain.
Black Dahlia: The shade is describes as blackened red. Though the shade description is quite true to the actual shade, I find it doesn’t go on as neatly opaque as others in the set. It does go on dark but not quite neatly. Layering does take care of the problem but then the shade itself is quite dark without having to layer!
- Highly Pigmented
- Long wearing
- Little goes a long way
- Pretty semi-matte finish
- Minty Fragrance
- Can settle into fine lines
- They are staining
- Exfoliated and prepped lips are mandatory
- Limited edition exclusive to Sephora
Overall Verdict: I would like to try few more wearable shades from the range. Though they didn’t sweep me off my feet, Lip tars aren’t a bad bargain either. They are really nice liquid lipsticks that is available in almost all the shades imaginable including blacks, blues and greens. It is a must try for the formula, pigmentation and the wear you get.