September 3, 2015

OCC Lip Tar / RTW Review & Swatches

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OCC Lip Tar / RTW is a brand newly packaged Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Ready to Wear formula that launched for the Fall 2015 season. One of my biggest complaints about OCC Lip Tar is the fact that it can prove messy to apply for the average user but OCC Lip Tar / RTW as per its name of Ready to Wear is exactly that! A ready to wear Lip Tar formula that’s easy apply thanks to a new lipgloss barrel packaging with an attached doe foot applicator.

So rejoice Lip Tars fans and embrace a new and great packaging!

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I’m actually a late users to the OCC Lip Tar formula. Where as everyone has been talking about these liquid lipsticks for years I only just started using them several months ago. The original formula comes housed in a squeeze tube with a lip brush for application and weights in at 0.33 oz for $18 each.

The new OOC Lip Tar / RTW formula now comes in a traditional lipgloss barrel with an attached doe foot applicator for application. It weights in at 0.14 oz for $15 per shade. Personally I think Lip Tars are as great as people say they are but they can be very messy during application and they can have separation issues during storage. The average user likely wants to swipe a gloss or lipstick on and go and I think with Lip Tar that’s not really an option or at least it hasn’t been up until now. You have to take your time with Lip Tars and have a little patience during application. The new packaging allows you to easily swipe on without the mess you may have experienced in the past.

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OCC Lip Tar RTW swatches

OCC Lip Tar RTW Swatches (Vintage, Anita, Grandma, Memento, Stalker, NSFW, Stalker, Strumpet)

I find Lip Tar’s formula can vary from shade to shade with some shades being creamy, others thinner and runny, and some wearing long and strong where as others wear a little shorter. I think many can settle into the natural lines of my lips and can accentuate drier areas or flakiness without proper prepping. This is why I love the new packaging as I find application and finish much, much better than application using a lip brush!

The doe foot applicator makes application much easier for me and a lot less messy. I’m also able to easily go over my application for the smoothest finish which ensures the color doesn’t fall into the natural lines of my lips and looks smooth and even. I don’t think a lot has changed with the formula aside from the fact that it seems creamy now yet not as runny as I’ve experienced in the past. The formula seems to be “holding together” better versus the tubes which tend to have a separation issue. Pigmentation is obviously no issue here as these are bold, dramatic, and incredibly pigmented with full color payoff on a single application and a wear of a solid six hours. Initially they apply with a bit of glossiness but that fades as the color sets and you’ll get more of a satiny matte finish. I never felt like the shades ran dry or made my lips appear dry. Since they are very rich in pigment they can feather slightly and migrate so lip liner is a good idea to keep them from creeping around your lips. For sensitive users they do have a peppermint taste and flavor that I find pleasant but might not be for everyone.

OCC Stalker Lip Tar RTW

OCC Lip Tar RTW Stalker

OCC Lip Tar RTW (Stalker)

OCC Strumpet Lip Tar RTW

OCC Lip Tar RTW Strumpet

OCC Lip Tar RTW (Strumpet)

OCC Vintage Lip Tar RTW

OCC Lip Tar RTW Vintage

OCC Lip Tar RTW (Vintage)

OCC Lip Tar RTW Anita

OCC Anita Lip Tar RTW

OCC Lip Tar RTW (Anita)

OCC Lip Tar RTW Grandma

OCC Grandma Lip Tar RTW

OCC Lip Tar RTW (Grandma)




OCC Memento Lip Tar RTW

OCC Lip Tar RTW Memento

OCC Lip Tar RTW (Memento)

As far as I’m concerned the smartest thing OCC ever did was introduce such an easy to use and wear formula. I love the old version but if I had to choose I’d say the OCC Lip Tar / RTW are by far the best way to apply this gorgeously pigmented formula.

For a bold and brilliant Fall lip you NEED to pick some of these up.

Grab them now at Although Sephora doesn’t have these in stock you can score some hot deals on OCC now at as many of the older tubes are on sale for as little as $9 each and many other deals on the brand!


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Phyrra

    I agree with you! I love this packaging! I depotted some of mine into packaging like this. Love you in Strumpet and Mememto!

    • Isabella Muse

      bookmarked your post a few days ago because i wanted to read about it πŸ˜€ great IDEA!!!!!!!!! as the tubes are so so so messy!

    • Monica

      I never thought about squeezing the original tubes into a lip gloss container. Where can you find empty ones? eBay possibly?

  • Darijo

    Strumpet, Grandma, and Memento look soo good on you. I think I may need these…for science

  • Maggie

    Ooh, I agree with Phyrra, you look awesome in Strumpet! (The others as well, that’s just my fav :P) I love me some lip tars, but have yet to try this new packaging – thanks for the review as always!

  • zVintageFashionizta

    Colors are GOR-GEOUS!!!
    I β™‘ them all but want stalker and vintage!

  • cora

    I’m so excited to try these! One thing makes me nervous, though! The thing that held me back from spending all of my $$ on the original was the application process! Ladies and gents, please keep my bank account in your hearts and minds during this tough (faaaabulous) time.

    • Isabella Muse

      Cora, that’s pretty much eliminated thanks to the new packaging πŸ™‚

  • Iris

    So happy these are in new packaging. I’ve been wanting to try them but was intimidated by the brushes and their not being able to be applied conveniently.

  • Marie

    So I bought Vintage, and while I adore the color or just won’t stay on. It doesn’t go matte completely and it fails to pass the kiss test even after hours of it being on. I can’t eat with it or drink. Does anyone have natural suggestions for setting it (no talc) or just tips I could try? I can’t give up on it because it was $15, and I love the color…