Product: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Collection.
Price: $18.00 USD for 0.33 oz
Finish: When applied liberally to the lips the stained glosses create an incredibly high-shine finish. It is also easily transformed into a more subdued satin texture, especially if it is blotted and worn as a stain.
- Voyeur – (Yellow glaze): I wasn’t a fan of this shade when I first applied it, but it would certainly be useful to mix with other lip tars or layered on top of other colors. It’s also a great tool for neutralizing your natural lip color.
- Androgyne – (Psychadelic orange gel): This is one of my favorite stained glosses in the entire collection! This bright orange shade would be suitable on both pale and dark skinned gals, especially for a vivid pop of color in the summer months.
- New Wave - (Glassy neon pink): Hot pink is not normally a color I gravitate towards in my daily makeup routine, but I think it would be a lovely universal shade that would compliment most neutral or black smokey eye looks. If you’re a fan of bubble gum pink, this lip tar will surely not disappoint!
- Meta - (Red-orange shellac): This is definitely one of my preferred shades of the bunch, as it is a warm toned and offers the most pigmentation out of the entire collection.
- Jealous - (Popsicle pink/red): I think this shade is very similar to Meta, but depending on the pigmentation of your lips it pulls a bit more red than pink.
- Rhythm Box - (Translucent Purple burgundy): I wish there was a touch more of the purple pigment in this shade, but it still makes for a perfect berry tone that is neither too dark for day time or too pale for the evening.
What I like:
- Consistency - I think the glossy nature of these lip tars make them much easier to apply, especially for those of you that prefer wearing gloss on a daily basis as opposed to lipstick. The slick formula has a virtually lightweight presence that make them a breeze to work with. David Klasfeld, the creator of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has stated that the inspiration for the collection was derived from the marriage of the vivid colors and translucency of stained glass windows and lighting gels. I think this would be a great alternative to the original lip tars if you’re someone that prefers a no-fuss approach to makeup. The product seems to be geared towards more non-chalant applications and can be blotted down to a stain if you prefer sporting something a little less opaque on the lips. Another notable aspect is that it is a non-sticky formula which I know can be an important factor for all of you veritable lip gloss connoisseurs.
- Pigmentation - In typical OCC fashion, the newest incarnation of lip tars pack a bold punch of color while still maintaining a sense of translucency in contrast to the opaque originals. I’m an avid lover of lipstick, so I can appreciate a pigmented lip gloss that doesn’t sacrifice pigmentation even when it comes to a more sheer formula. I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone that may have some reservations about experimenting with the original lip tars or outlandish lip colors in general. Its a great in between product that will have gloss and lipstick lovers in awe of their richness and versatility.
- Staying power - I like that I can wear any of these lip tars as a simple stain or layer them to create a high-shine look. I have worn each of them out to test their longevity and I was absolutely impressed at how long they lasted given the glossy texture. I think the combination of a gloss and stain work surprisingly well and offer some extra reassurance to those of you that prefer lipstick for longevity purposes. I think that the stain element may offer a more natural fade throughout the day as well, so all of you working gals take note of this collection, especially if you can’t spare the time for touch ups!
Left to right: Meta, Androgyne, Jealous, Voyeur, New Wave and Rhythm Box.
What I don’t like:
Overall, I think this new formulation is a wonderful addition to the OCC family. I think some beauty enthusiasts may be intimidated by some of the more bolder color choices, such as ‘Voyeur’ the yellow glaze lip tar. I think it is definitely an acquired taste, but certainly useful in other ways. I think perhaps OCC could demonstrate each lip tars potential uses to educate customers as to how diverse and customizable this collection truly can be.
Tips for application:
Moisturize your lips with a lip balm and allow it to absorb before applying.
Blot off any excess moisture.
Next, use a tapered lip brush to apply the lip tar for a more precise and clean application.
Alternatively, you may dab on a bit of color with your fingers for a less concentrated application.
Blot with a tissue to create a subtle stain and remove the glossy sheen.
If you would like to learn more about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, check out my review on the spring Sci-Fi Lullabies collection here.