OCC Lip Tars in Melange and Clear: review, swatches, and a concoction!

from left: Vintage lip tar, Melange lip tar, Clear lip tar
from left: Vintage lip tar, Melange lip tar, Clear lip tar


Because I had so much fun playing mad scientist with Grandma and Vintage (to see the review and swatches click here) I couldn’t help but pick up a couple more OCC Lip Tars from Makeup and Glow. This time I got Melange and Clear.


The colour is described as a ‘neutral terracotta’ and does look like this on the swatches I have seen on other people. On me, however, it’s much lighter both on the skin swatch and on my lips (the colours in the photo are pretty true to life). I would describe it as a neutral peach nude with slight yellow/orange undertones.

 I can see young Bridget Bardot rocking this colour with lots of eye liner!


Wearing a thin layer of OCC lip tar in Melange on lips
Wearing a thin layer of OCC lip tar in Melange on lips

? Texture and pigmentation:

As with the other OCC lip tars I have tried, it is feather light on the lips, opaque coverage and extremely long lasting.
The one negative thing I have noticed with this (and Grandma) is that I get that awful Melange coloured dried dead skin ring where my lips meet after about 2hrs of wear (although I get around this by applying lip balm to that inner lip area every 30mins). This happens with most brightly coloured lipsticks but more so with the lip tars for some reason.
Still, Melange is my favourite colour so far.

lip swatch- OCC lip tar Melange
lip swatch- OCC lip tar Melange
Playing around with Melange and my Vintage lip tar, I came up with a mid toned dusty rose colour. For lack of a more imaginative name, let’s call it ‘Vint-Lange’ (laugh at this, and I will fight you)

Vintage, Vintage + Melange= 'Vint-Lange', Melange
swatched from left: Vintage, Vintage + Melange= ‘Vint-Lange’, Melange

1 part Vintage 2 parts Melange concoction = 'Vint-Lange'
1 part Vintage 2 parts Melange concoction = ‘Vint-Lange’

Me wearing ‘Vint-lange’ lip swatch

full face wearing 'Vint-Lange' on lips
full face wearing ‘Vint-Lange’ on lips
The Clear Lip Tar has the same base ingredients (castor seed oil, hemp oil, peppermint oil, vitamin E) as the others, just without pigment. It has a much thinner consistency and a glossy finish that stays glossy (unlike the coloured Lip Tars which apply glossy but dry to a satin finish). It is meant to be used to sheer out the other Lip Tars.
I find that it gives Lip Tars a high gloss transparent quality (the extent of this depending on how much you use) which can be quite pretty; however, the staying power of the product drops significantly once the Clear Lip Tar is mixed in with the regular ones.
I got my lip tars from http://www.makeupandglow.com.au/ for $16

For international orders check the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics website www.occmakeup.com

Posted by on Jan 27th, 2011 in Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 8comments

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