“The first step is admitting you have a problem,” says company founder David Klasfeld, “I did and the result is a line obsessively crafted from the finest ingredients possible, to celebrate the driving compulsions of makeup fanatics everywhere.”
David Klasfeld, makeup artist.
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All of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s products sport a transparent, acrylic package with either a clear or white twist top lid. This is especially efficient if you’re carrying a number of products in your kit and want to pick and choose colors with ease.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is widely known as a brand that’s created by professionals for professionals. Although their main goal is to produce high quality and diverse products that withstand the harsh HD technology of today, they’re also highly invested in formulating products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. All of their formulations are 100% vegan and cruelty free.
Even though the company hasn’t been around as long as other established brands, OCC’s lip tars have quickly become coveted by world renowned makeup artists and beauty addicts alike.
During the time that David Klasfeld began studying film at Purchase College, he acquired a part-time job in the cosmetic department at Nordstrom’s. Soon after he finished his program, David switched paths and began his career as a freelance makeup artist working backstage at several notorious runway shows such as Heatherette, Diesel and Patricia Field. While on set in the early two thousands, David encountered several conflicts with the natural makeup trends that were prevalent at the time. Photographers complained that there were no products pale enough to translate correctly on camera so Klasfeld put his problem solving experience to use and devised a product that could create definition while barely registering on camera. This seemingly simplistic combination of black eye and clear gloss eventually evolved into the lip tar, entitled Tarred and its counterpart, Feathered. In its earliest stages, the balms became popular among artists that specialized in male grooming for news personalities that required definition for HD television, without looking as if they were wearing makeup.
David continued his career working on commercials and advertising and was once again faced with products that couldn’t perform. The airbrush foundations on the market were not stacking up to the recent switch to high definition film and the airbrush finish often appeared either too wet or too dry on camera. This concluded in an over abundance of powdering to maintain a naturally matte texture which became too noticeable for the new and improved technology. Eventually, this led to the creation of OCC skin, an oil-free water based airbrush foundation. From there a line of airbrush body paints arose called OCC Ink and more recently, an airbrush tinted moisturizer foundation called OCC Tint.
As for their loose color range, David claims that they emerged as a by-product of their airbrush body paints while experimenting with a type of shimmer that was fine enough to pass through an airbrush system that wouldn’t clog it. They soon realized that the loose color was just as functional on its own and decided to expand their line with a number of loose pigments that can be utilized as eye shadow and body paint alike. As it stands, their collection includes 36 eye shadows ($12 each), 36 lip glosses ($13 each), 28 nail colors ($8 each), 12 tinted moisturizers ($25 each) and 11 brushes ($18–$28 each) and continues to grow each year. If you want to check out their products you can do so here.
Lip tars in the shades Stalker, Harlot, Melange and Vintage.