So what is Lip Tar? Lip Tar, in my opinion, is basically lip paint. While the product itself is anything but basic, it combines the wear of both lip gloss and lipstick. OCC features a wide range of shades that are mixable for plenty of color options. Not only are there a wide range of colors but the coverage is incredible and in most cases, opaque.
Is this worth your time and money? To be honest, at first I wasn't impressed after placing my order. It wasn't until a small perk when my order shipped on top of trying the product itself that I felt that a favorable review was in order. Am I going to tell you that you immediately need to place an order? No, especially considering reviews should only be conducted for the reader's consideration and not to be misleading for the purpose of selling a product. Like I said though, this is all for your consideration; you be the judge and decide if this is right for you.
Synopsis - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics clearly have something great going for them with Lip Tar. The product, in my opinion, lives up to the hype and despite the fact that many larger Gurus and Bloggers sport the brand, I don't feel like their products will let you down or come off as a scam. Lip Tar is a great product to try and I honestly feel like creativity is unleashed with actual artistic cosmetics. The ability to mix, match and control the color and application really adds to the fun. The only real problem I had was shipping, which I touch upon later in the review, but other than that I'm nothing but satisfied and ready to order more shades.
Product - 8/10
Use - 8/10
Packaging - 10/10
Value - 3/5
Overall - A
Packaging - I was surprised at how high quality the packaging is. Not only is all the wording printed onto the tube, all the ingredients are printed on the back as well. The only sticker on the packaging is just the name of the shade but its very small and is transparent.
Product - Vibrant red with plum undertones. A little CERTAINLY goes a long way. The swatch directly below this is smaller than a piece of corn and that covered my entire bottom lip as well as some of my upper-lip. After a while, it does bleed a little but not only is there minimal staining but the product doesn't transfer once dried. I spent exactly one minute rubbing my lips together (TMI?) and after I was done, the only noticeable difference was that the immediate glossy look disappeared but the color remained perfectly intact. Even if I tried to rub it off with my wrist, barely any came off. While I haven't mixed shades together yet since I only own one shade, I plan on getting several more to experiment with.
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Use - While these do come in something similar to a lip gloss tube, you're really better off using a lip brush to apply these. All you really have to do is just squeeze the tube ever-so-slightly, dip your brush in and start painting. While I would only keep these strictly for lip use, I have seen these used as blusher colors.
Value - Each tube has 8mL of product and is sold for $13 each. While they look rather small, the product really does go a long way. There is an option to purchase all 36 shades for $450, too. The value also has a lot to do with what your price range is. They're just slightly cheaper than MAC lipsticks and/or lip glosses but its also important to note that none of the Lip Tars come in any matte-like finish -- they all have a glossy finish. Basically, you'll be paying for basically the same product but in different colors. The shade I purchased was Valentino but is marked 50-60% off due to the company's sale right now.
Shipping - This is the not-so-stellar-but-has-a-good-ending portion of this review. I made my purchase from OCC's Garage Sale on April 18th and my credit card was charged immediately. There was no order number given to me or any type of indication that my package had been shipped. It wasn't until a week later that I both emailed and tweeted them; inquiring about my order status. Needless to say, my email or tweet was never responded to, which I find rather unsettling. It wasn't until late the next day (April 26th) that I saw that my order had been shipped via USPS using First Class shipping. Here's the rub: I was extremely annoyed because if there was any type of issue that would halt operations, I feel that its only fair to let the current customers know so they're aware there will be a wait. Nowhere in the few amount of emails I received said that there would be any type of wait, only that my order would be processed in 1-2 business days and would be shipped to the address I provided. Of course it could have just been a misunderstanding and my order was simply overlooked or forgotten about but I am still a little annoyed by the lack of communication.
However, on the same day that I received notification that my order had finally shipped, I received a second email stating that I was enrolled in the OCC Pro program without having even applied for it. How cool is that? I do consider it a very fair trade being that its a 20% discount and as it turns out, I seriously love Lip Tar. So as you can imagine, I'm already planning on purchasing more shades to experiment with and review.
Verdict - Despite my shipping issue, I think this is a very good investment if its within your price range. Lip Tar is very easy to use and performs beautifully, its as simple as that.
Lip Tar is available at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
*Valentino Lip Tar was purchased by myself from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I have no affiliation with OCC Makeup nor was I paid or sponsored to provide this review.