• 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’ ยฃ12*

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65 Responses

  1. Becca says:

    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

  2. Valรฉrie says:

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

    Great post! ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. ellavward says:

    wow love the bold lip

  4. This is such a gorgeous colour! It reminds me of Mac Dark Side..
    I’ve always wanted to try Lip Tart.. great review! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. HelloOctober says:

    Wow Lily this looks amazing on you!! xx

  6. Jana says:

    Wow you look so beautiful!

  7. Josie says:

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


  8. Amaris says:

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. AlinaLoves says:

    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.

  10. 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!

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  11. Mira says:

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



  12. Olivia Law says:

    This looks amazing! xo

  13. molly says:

    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

  14. Samantha says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚



  15. Kate Lees says:

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


  16. Gillian says:

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

    Gillian x


  17. Emma Lou says:

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

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


  19. Katy says:

    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

  20. That looks so lovely! xx


  21. Megan Lillie says:

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

    Megan xxx

  22. Anna Black says:

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


  23. Emily says:

    This colour is amazing:) x

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  24. Tabra says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚


  25. Kelly Marie says:

    Black dahlia looks gorgeous on you lily!

    Kelly xo.


  26. Dazzlin Sana says:

    Looks amaaazing on youu! x

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

  28. 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


  29. Lipmunn Tang says:

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


  30. Oleta says:

    That colour is so nice really suits you!


  31. it looks amasing on you!

  32. Pippa Jones says:

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

    Pipp xx

  33. This looks super scary in the packaging but on your lips it looks gorgeous!! Great lip colour for a night out! ๐Ÿ™‚ ♥

  34. elin erna says:

    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!


  35. 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!
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  36. Lily Rose says:

    I love the colour! It looks lovely on you!

  37. Sian Curtis says:

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


    Sian x

  38. Katie says:

    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

  39. Nora says:

    omg i hate the ad ๐Ÿ™‚ without advertising it looks so much better ♥ but the lip tar suit you

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


  41. JC says:

    This looks so good on you ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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

  43. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

  44. Eleanor says:

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

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

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

  47. Latisha says:

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


  48. Amelia says:

    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

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


  50. WanderBug says:

    Your lips look insane!! In a super good way ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!


  51. I think this is a stunning shade on you! ๐Ÿ™‚


  52. Jen27 says:

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚



  53. 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.


  54. Dest Aus says:

    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!!


  55. 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!

  56. Akira Ureshi says:

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

  57. BeautySpazz says:

    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!


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