Beauty Beat: Obsessed with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Monday, January 18, 2010



Obsessed with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
by Tamara


I am a woman on a mission: finding high-pigment, long-lasting makeup, especially in the lippies department. Who has time to retouch that lipstick every time you take a sip of coffee? Traditional long-lasting lipsticks leave a stain after wearing off, a feature I love. What I don’t love is the drying effect of these lipsticks, leaving pesky flakes behind. What would you say if I told you there is a solution to this dilemma? Meet Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) and its star, Lip Tars.

Lip Tars combine the long-lasting effect of a lipstick with the ease of application of a lipgloss. These babies go on vinyl-shine glossy and thick, dry down to a smooth, long-lasting, satiny finish and are mega-pigmented (if you have highly pigmented lips and your lipstick never shows its true color, Lip Tars are here to help). And a little bit goes a long way: a tiny squeeze is enough for one application.

This product is a color cream that provides high opacity, blends easily and offers longevity in a wide array of colors. Lip Tars are also highly mixable, which allows finding THE perfect color that works with any skin tone; not to mention, multipurpose: dab a bit on your cheeks and blend for a nice flush that won’t leave a sticky mess.


A group shot of a few Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars at the showroom


A sampling of Lip Tars

My quest to find out more about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics led me to visit the company’s headquarters in New York City. I had the pleasure of meeting David Klasfeld, CEO and Creative Director, and Danielle Johnson, PR director, who walked me through the brand’s origin. David, a makeup artist with 15 years of vast experience, including High-Def, fashion and runway makeup, launched OCC in November 2004 to offer professional, high-quality makeup accessible to consumer makeup enthusiasts.

The brand started out with two lip balms that achieved a cult following: Feathered and Tarred. Feathered is a matte white lip primer/base which allows color to stay and show true. Tarred is an ultra-sheer, smooth-as-butter black lip balm that serves to darken and define the lips. These products were lauded in the professional makeup community at a time when achieving the nudest of nude lips was of utmost importance. OCC further expanded the line into airbrush makeup, key in the era of HD television. Following the success of their airbrush makeup, the fabulous Lip Tars were born.


Top row: OCC loose pigments and bottom row: a shot of the lip balms that started it all, Feathered and Tarred

The brand has also released loose pigments and nail polishes, and there is no lack of pigmentation here either. High-pigmentation and color customization are what set OCC apart from other products in the market. Another feature that sets OCC apart from others? The brand is 100% vegan, a certification that is extremely tough to get. OCC has gone beyond cruelty-free, as their products do not contain any animal-based products, such as lanolin or beeswax. Additionally, all of OCC’s color products are paraben-free. Such efforts have been recognized by PETA, and OCC has earned two awards from this organization for their commitment to be vegan.


Sampling of loose pigments

The brand's distribution is growing, and you can currently purchase products on their website (don’t worry, the company ships worldwide). I am officially obsessed with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and trust me, once you try them, you will be too. For more information visit Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics at http:/www.occmakeup.com.

Disclaimer: The company provided samples for this review.

Tamara is our Beauty Editor and also writes about beauty and style at Brunette and Pink.

29 comments:

Taylor Sterling said...

i love these! That grandma color is amazing!xx

MissNeira said...

Love that Hush lipcolor! so pretty and girly!

L.P said...

I love you'r blog! I think it's wonderful. Hugs

janettaylor said...

Love that phageant colour.

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Emilie said...

Great colors!
x
Emilie

daisychain said...

I love OCC, must save up and place an order!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Lip Tars looks pretty awesome - I'm always on the lookout for long lasting lip color that goes on easy!

Susan said...

oh yes, OCC is great!
have a lovely day, xoxo

Tiffany said...

i need more makeup like i need a hole in my head but dude, I really do need those lip tars. I'm always on a mission to find long lasting high pigment lipstick.

thanks for introducing me to the brand, off to the website to make my purchases!

Mish Dish said...

I love the Grandma color...is that a problem??? xo Mish

http://www.themishdish.blogspot.com

Madison. said...

That is such a good idea!! Lipstick with the easiness of lipgloss? Why has this only JUST been invented?! haha, anyway I've started a new blog (www.letitbemadi.blogspot.com)and am quite proud of it. Please check out and see what you think :)

Lottie said...

wow! have to give this a go!

Leah said...

I love the brand name... it suits me so well. I'm so OC. Hahaha!

Denise @ Swelle said...

You've sold me! 'Grandma', hilarious! When one of my grandmothers still wore lipstick that was the colour.

I have almost zero pigment in my lips and though I don't wear eye make-up every day because I work at home, I do put some colour on my lips whenever I go out of the house. I've also found that all of those staining formulas are very drying. How I love red-hued skin flaking off my lips. So glam. I will be trying these. Thanks for the tip!

Erica said...

great lip colors!

-Erica
http://allaboutitt.blogspot.com/

Dream Sequins said...

Thanks, Tamara and thanks for your comments all!

I'm obsessed with these now, too. I want a true, opaque nude hue... No sparkles allowed... :) For $12.50 I'm willing to give it a go!

thesydneygirl said...

wow wow wow! these lippies look awesome!!! i wonder if i can get it in aus.

amazing how it stains the lips for a while - love that too!

big hugs xxx

thesydneygirl said...

p.s. thanks for the birthday wishes :)
x

Jill VT said...

Oh my! If these work, my life would be a LOT easier. Thanks for the tip!

Clara said...

Fabulous post.
xx

Wrecked Stellar said...

Love the bold colors! I'm totally in love with the Grandma, Pageant, and Plum colors- so fun! Hope you had a great weekend, love! xo, Mel

An Affair With Fashion said...

Ooh Hush won't be a secret for long! It is a gorgeous shade! Love your work Tamara!

Closet Full of Nothing said...

oo i really wanna try the "grandma" color - looks interesting!

xoxo,

Coco

http://closetfullofnothing.blogspot.com/

lisa said...

A lot of glosses and light lipcolours don't show up on my lips precisely because they're a dark rose colour. Obsessive Compulsive's Feathered product sounds right up my alley!

Hanako66 said...

hmm, i will have to check this brand out further!

modediktat said...

Is that color really called GRANDMA??? XD
Hilarious thing....
Hey sweet D - how are you? I hope all is well and that the first weeks of the new year treated you very, very well!
xxxxxx Sofie

A Perfect Peach said...

love that glisten - great finds!

Style (R)evolution said...

The Hush Lip Tar is gorgeous!

Amanda said...

I just wanted to say hello and that i'm honoured to be nominated with you (on shrimp salad circus-i'm in the food category). you have a great blog! have a creative day :)

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