Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I was bound to get it someday. After getting my first taste of their amazingly addictive Lip Tars in celebrity makeup artist Kristie Streicher‘s chair this week, I instantly got some retail therapy. (Ahhhh.) Now, I’m considering buying the whole collection. (Um, does anyone have $300?)
At first glance, $13.50 might seem pricey for one of these little thumb-sized tubes, but they are massively potent. You only need a tiny drop to wash your lips with a blaze of color. And I’m talking intense color. Like, the kind you can see from across the street.
While they look like a satin-finish lipstick on, OCC Lip Tars actually have more of a gloss consistency — which makes them easier to apply. Even more impressively, the entire line is 100-percent vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free. It contains very few ingredients, mainly castor, hemp and peppermint oils, as well as vitamin E and whatever dye is being used. And it doesn’t dry up your lips the way some long-lasting, highly pigmented lipstick and gloss formulas can. The color stays so well, I ate a baguette sandwich and still had a healthy dose of Queen on afterward. For 12 hours, I only reapplied once to boost the color. The catch: It’s hard to get off. But that’s fine by me; I appreciate a nice set of rose-stained lips the next morning.
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