My OCC Lip Tar collection - Trick, Beta, Reverb, Grandma, Pageant and Hoochie | KITSCH/SNITCH

My OCC Lip Tar collection - Trick, Beta, Reverb, Grandma, Pageant and Hoochie

October 15, 2012

Lately I have been trying to review products that I have had for a while, in an attempt to stop me from buying more makeup. When I did a post showing what products I had set aside to review, most people said they want to see my OCC Lip Tars. I bought these from the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics website about 18 months ago. Mine are in the older packaging, which is much messier than the new packaging, and these contain 8g of product compared to the new packaging that contains 10g of product. When I bought these they cost $13 each but they now cost $16 each... and when I bought them, shipping was $15 to Australia.

Edit: I also just realised that the Bellabox website stocks a limited number of Lip Tars, including Grandma and Pageant. These cost $16, but the postage is only $6! I'm sure if you are a Bellabox subscriber then you can use some of your reward points to make these even cheaper!

Another Edit: Another Australian website that sells OCC Liptars is They have a much bigger range of lip tars than the Bellabox website. Shipping is also around $6, and you can get 10% off your purchase with the code RepublicVIBs

This is what the OCC website says about Lip Tars:
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!

I agree with some of this statement, they do have the longevity of a lipstick and in my opinion they last longer than a typical lipstick (they last a good 3-4 hours without any problems), but they are pretty hard to apply - they are definitely much harder to apply than a lip gloss or a lipstick, and you need a lip brush to apply them. The fact that they are so time consuming to apply makes me less likely to wear these, unless I am putting a lot of effort into my makeup (I am being a little dramatic, but these do take a few minutes to apply, compared to lipsticks that take a few seconds). Honestly, because of the effort these take to apply, I have been putting this review off for a while because I knew it would be a time consuming and messy review to do. They do have a really pretty satin finish that can almost look matte if you apply a small amount like a stain. They also have a nice minty smell and are lightweight to wear, but they are a little drying after a while. These are also vegan, which might be a selling point for a lot of people, but the think I like most about them is the range of colours. These are also designed to be mixed so you can create your own shades. I am pretty lazy and I don't mix these colours often, this is mainly because I picked colours that I love, but I do like that you can mix them.

When I ordered these I tried to get a good range of colours, but if I were to buy any more these days I would get a dark plum and a light nude to mix with these colours and to tone them down occasionally.

The shades I have are:
Trick - mid toned nude
Beta - bright true orange
Reverb - beautiful orange based bright red
Grandma - the perfect coral
Pageant - a true blue based pink
Hoochie - vibrant purple/dark magenta

OCC do update their rage of colours each season, which is good, but I was sad to see that they no longer have Trick, Reverb or Pageant on their list of colours.

I don't know about the new containers, but these older ones have the names of the shades stuck on with a sticker, which rubs off very easily. I had to look at my order invoice to see what the names of the shades were.

So this is the nozzle of the older packaging, it has a lip gloss applicator, and you can see how messy they can get. The newer ones have much better nozzles which allows a more precise amount to come out. You do only need a tiny amount to cover the lips, and if you tried to apply it directly from the packaging then it would be a mess and you would apply way too much! You need to use a lip brush to apply these - which is one reason why I don't use them often, the fact that you need a lip brush makes it hard to reapply while you are out. What I often do with these is that I will put the Lip Tar on before I leave the house, but I bring a similar shade of lipstick to apply later on in the day/night.

This is the amount of product I used to apply Reverb in my light application lip swatches below. You do only need to tiniest amount, and if you use too much product then it doesn't look as good and it also tends to bleed a little around your lips.

Light application of Reverb
Heavy application of Reverb
Light application of Trick
Heavy application of Trick

Swatches without flash. Left to right: Trick, Beta, Reverb, Grandma, Pageant and Hoochie
Swatches with flash. Left to right: Trick, Beta, Reverb, Grandma, Pageant and Hoochie
Trick without flash
Trick with flash
Beta without flash
Beta with flash
Reverb without flash
Reverb with flash
Grandma without flash
Grandma with flash
Pageant without flash
Pageant with flash
Hoochie without flash
Hoochie with flash

All of the Lip Tars have very similar formulas and they all are very opaque. The one that does have a slightly different formula is Reverb, which appears to contain no white pigment to make it opaque, instead looks more like a super pigmented stain (see photos below). Reverb doesn't act like a stain and doesn't stain your lips any more than the others do (you will get a slight staining with some of the dark pinks and reds). These don't really stain your lips any more than other pigmented lipsticks, but when they start to wear off they do appear to look like a stain because they take on a matte appearance. 

Even though they are fussy, I do love Lip Tars, and doing this post reminds me how awesome they really are. My favourite colours to wear are Grandma, Reverb and Hoochie. Grandma is a beautiful coral that is perfect in Spring or Summer, Reverb is an epic fresh blood red, and I am really upset it's no longer available on the website because I know I would repurchase this for sure, and Hoochie is a really fun magenta and whenever I wear it I receive a lot of compliments... the swatches of Hoochie make it look a little more purple than it really is, it is slightly more pink toned than the swatches.

Great colour range
Really long lasting
Only need a tiny bit of product, so these end up being great value
You can mix your own shades
Nice mint scent
Flattering satin finish

Difficult to apply - definitely need a lip brush
Can be messy
Can feather if you apply too much (if they feather on you then use lip pencil before applying)
Is drying after a few hours of wear
Difficult to buy in Australia - I paid $15 in shipping to buy them off the OCC website

Here is a random photo of me wearing Reverb while I was playing Mahjong in a tea house in Shanghai earlier this year :)


  1. could not have come at a better time! I was just about to buy a few. Thanks so much for the review and swatches :)

    1. Thats exciting! Which ones were you planning on getting?

  2. Ahh this is brilliant! I was considering picking up a few of these. Love that you did lip swatches. Thanks for the review!

    1. Thanks :) I have been putting off this review for a while, because I knew things will get a little messy and will take a little while to do. I'm glad i finally got around to it

  3. Wow, thanks for such a thorough review and the great swatches! Beta and Grandma are especially lovely. I've been dying to try these and they have finally made an appearance at Sephora here in Canada, so I'm sure I'll be snatching one up soon :)


  4. soooo jealous right now!you have a great collection,i love grandma,pagent and hoochie :)

  5. I have Trollop and love it:) def like the new packaging opposed to th old packaging (had to throw one out)


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