• 19th Feb 2013


So let’s talk about what is probably the most intimidating lip product on the market… 

I’ve always heard so much about OCC Lip Tars and I’ve seen them at IMATS and dotted the niche beauty sections at places like Selfridges. They come in a little tube that looks more like a concealer than a lipstick and ‘Black Dahlia’ literally looks black in the tube. It’s one of those products that sits in my lip drawer and I pick it up every now and again, look at it,  tilt my head, then put it back cautiously. 

But this time I thought I’d be brave and give it a go! It’s 100% the type of lip product that you need to use a lip brush with. There is no applicator and a finger just wouldn’t do the trick. I squeezed a little (tiny) bit onto the back of my hand and was surprised it was more watery than I was expecting. It’s quite easy to work into the lips with a brush and felt more like a stain than a thick ‘tar’ like texture. Maybe a little bit like the YSL glossy stain, but don’t quote me on that!

The colour wasn’t black, phew! It came out a gorgeous, deep wine which looks a bit too gothic on me when pale but with a bit of colour it should look less striking. It lasted really well on my lips and didn’t feel at all heavy. 

The lip tars come in loads of different colours and some of the popular ones are stocked on Cult Beauty. They are definitely fun to play around with if you’re into experimenting and the colours can be mixed together easily on the back of your hand. I’m glad I gave it a go and I might look into some of the more wearable colours now. 

Are you a fan of OCC Lip Tars?

Lily xx
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in ‘Black Dahlia’ £12*

Discuss this post

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07079048976235058188 Becca

    I’ve never seen these before but they look so great. I think that colour in your pic would be lovely for a night time look! Going to check them out now.

    Becca x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09520236760813736143 Valérie

    Wow that’s such an amazing colour! It suits you really well!

    Great post! :D


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06275769961431830173 ellavward

    wow love the bold lip

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11143138255588552387 *Jessie‘s LalaLand*

    This is such a gorgeous colour! It reminds me of Mac Dark Side..
    I’ve always wanted to try Lip Tart.. great review! :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13643667680050927736 HelloOctober

    Wow Lily this looks amazing on you!! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01368541233318167002 Jana

    Wow you look so beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14129374177033735534 Josie

    I’ve never tried these before but this colour is beautiful! Looks stunning on you x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10090537924393617277 Maddy

    Wow, this looks stunning on you! xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841471354963157963 Cara Ward
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06960744241372560362 Amaris

    I think this looks amazing on you! It doesn’t make you look goth at all, it just gives us all the impression that you can rock a dark lip! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10039401364148862176 AlinaLoves

    I’ve never heard of this brand, so I’m pleased you reviewed it. It’s definitely a gorgeous, deep colour, but I will be too scared to wear it everyday (I am also very pale, so could potentially look like a vamp, or a goth!). I would love to however see what other shades are available and perhaps give one of them a try.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00861525012963499457 Hannah Cagney Lace

    This looks seriously good on you Lily but this shade would definitely look just a little bit gothic on my pale skin tone. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for these next time I’m in Selfridges though, another shade may work wonders!

    Hannah http://www.cagneyandlace.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10884725250583714164 Lottie Kerr

    That colour looks stunning on you!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11768045744681926503 Mira

    Looks totally gorgeous. Never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing <3



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12725642112603382893 Olivia Law

    This looks amazing! xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06233924697928460535 molly

    this is actually a really pretty colour on you! i have heard so many people talk about these lip tars but i have never been brave enough to actually purchase one xxxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09279335404591531212 Claudia

    I love it on you!

    The January Girl ♥

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06166350395704199373 Samantha

    I love the colour. I think it would look a little too vampy on me, but looks really nice on you! I think I would have to go for a more subtle shade :)



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17149991935437557961 Kate Lees

    Love this colour on you, it looks amazing. Looks like a great product x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11776766899621824817 Gillian

    This colour is gorgeous! Far less intimidating on the lips than in the tube.

    Gillian x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00804461503252469073 Emma Lou

    It looks absolutely gorgeous, I’m all for a vampy lip so I’d love to try this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10931863092582969013 Emma-Kate Jones

    it looks gorgeous on you lily! I wish I could pull this colour off xxx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04542511885023246425 Katy

    This colour looks gorgeous on you; I love striking lip colours so I’d be tempted to give this a go!
    I’ve never used these lip tars before, I’ve heard so much about them though so I may give them a go x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00804978433393252639 Leanne Rachel

    That looks so lovely! xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15121730592777964100 Megan Lillie

    Wow that’s such a gorgeous colour, I don’t think I could be bothered with the hassle of applying however!

    Megan xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16596243643872730463 Anna Black

    That’s so interesting, I’ve never come across anything like it before! I love the colour, it’s gorgeous!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16931628941166343794 Emily

    This colour is amazing:) x

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03726794415718849204 Camille
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01301938821428865081 Tabra

    Without knowing what this post was about I clicked on it to tell you how great that lip colour looks on you, little did I know that was the focus of the post! It’s a striking colour and looks like it would be long lasting, will need to add this to my wishlist for sure :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02037769570528875823 Kelly Marie

    Black dahlia looks gorgeous on you lily!

    Kelly xo.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05249922555247156344 Dazzlin Sana

    Looks amaaazing on youu! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12066612405954029967 LuxeLifeAspirations

    This looks amazing! I’ve always heard about them but didn’t realise Cult Beauty stocked them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15755894274806529932 Alexandra Butler

    My friend is obsessed with lip tar and I have borrowed hers occasionally, i agree with you that they stay on your lips for a really long time, but personally I can just never be bothered with the effort of lip brushes! I am so lazy when it comes to beauty, especially my lips since I don’t often wear lipstick and tend to go for dark eyes instead


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05521161818906629810 Lipmunn Tang

    this looks gorgeous on you! These look great especially if the lasting power is so good!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00719261474500582694 Oleta

    That colour is so nice really suits you!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07604725482019257040 Gabriele Guerra

    it looks amasing on you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13650527631954561268 Pippa Jones

    I have never heard if anything like this before, but the colour does suit you, Looks lovely deep plum.

    Pipp xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01244665211791239170 ABeautyRomance

    This looks super scary in the packaging but on your lips it looks gorgeous!! Great lip colour for a night out! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09977449798447776115 elin erna

    I think it suits you very nicely! it’s a very pretty shade xx
    I’ve been wanting to try out lip tars for so long, i should really jump on the OCC bandwagon asap!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00654772296830214461 rebeccalouiseee

    I think just looking at the colour tube would totally put me off ever buying this but it looks gorgeous on you. It is a totally weird concept though, everything from the packaging to the colour change and texture! But you’ve definitely made me look into them a bit more… not that I need any more lip products!
    Rebecca-Louise – autumnleaves-x.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03823430257186036287 Lily Rose

    I love the colour! It looks lovely on you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12147887575356472248 Sian Curtis

    This colour really suits you, love it so much! This is going on my wish list!


    Sian x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01485424122777664697 Katie

    I’m so intrigued by this – I adore the colour, but I’m worried it would look a little too harsh with my pale skin. It looks lovely on you!

    Katie x
    And Katie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16600444548214651422 Nora

    omg i hate the ad :) without advertising it looks so much better ♥ but the lip tar suit you

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04676105492382220536 Charlotte Ann Owst

    I’ve never heard of these before but I really like the colour, I think it suits you:)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05161830017311560277 JC

    This looks so good on you :) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18232699344640108747 Makeup Over Mind

    That is absolutely stunning! I must have it in my life!! :O

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05822974228910627172 Porcelain Eleanor

    I love the colour on that of you, it’s one of my favourite colours for lips, that deep burgundy, lovely! They sell these on http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk as well if you wanted to look at buying more :) I haven’t bought one though because the swatches on them on the shop websites aren’t very good and you can’t tell what they’re really be like
    Eleanor x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05514003350762812637 Shradha G Loves

    Looks absolutely gorgeous!
    s xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10629934383199807190 Eleanor

    This is such a gorgeous colour but I don’t think I could deal with having to use a lip brush all the time!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18343576992321052459 Barb Brussels

    Youre a stunner, Lily!such a beautiful look!
    And the lips, yes, darker than usually, but what a great effect!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13737462596334360447 Girl in green

    This look is so original on you. I was shocked when I fist saw the thumbnail, but you pull it off so well…x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05657050576269622014 Latisha

    I’ve been dying to try these for the longest time! This is such a gorgeous, bold colour too! xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07035522683622096690 Amelia

    This color looks exactly like what I wanted MAC’s Rebel to look like. Thanks to you, I know where to get my purpley-fuschia fix! Btw, I think you can rock it with your coloring as is, looks great. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04396722536411918729 Alexandra Miehe

    I love this color!! Reminds me of the Mac Rebel!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14818643445550003733 Andrew James

    That is absolutely gorgeous!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09830008823758143461 WanderBug

    Your lips look insane!! In a super good way :) I always work scary colours into my lip with heavy doses of lip balm, and might have to try out one of those tars for once, looks like they stain well!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16262654408474771674 Nicole Moseley

    I think this is a stunning shade on you! :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11197039176005001157 Katherine xo

    stunning shade on you :) x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03054415164458688286 Jen27

    What a striking shade! OCC Lip Tars just made it to Toronto and I was so eager to try them out! I own Strumpet (a lovely berry, similar to MAC Rebel) and Grandma (a cheery coral) and love them both! :)



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10209656353866534598 Raffles Bizarre

    I’ve still never tried any of the OCC lip tars but I really want to, they look so night and pigmented and have such a great range of colours! I love this shade on you, suits your skin tone perfectly.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10565039698036799887 Dest Aus

    the shade is stunning, too beautiful to define and her lips look all the more beautiful with the tar on…the next on the list is deft. this TAR!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15507884189943373527 Kittenmoustache

    I’ve been wanting this colour for a while, it’s so pretty. I recently got Hoochie, which is a wonderful light purple.
    I wanted to mention though that Cult Beauty charges £15 when you can get them for just under £10 on sites like cocktailcosmetics.co.uk and love-makeup.co.uk I can’t believe someone would charge £15 for them when they’re available for so much less!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07500025160595649101 Akira Ureshi

    I’m so intrigued by this… I love the colour *_*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01880723677892000694 BeautySpazz

    Oh man, I wish Black Dahlia looked that good on me!

    For those of you who haven’t tried any Lip Tars (sad!), there is a girl on eBay who sells samples. I bought some from her and she’s top notch!