OCC Pro Picks Lip Tar Set v1.0 Review

From right to left: Ophelia, Melange, Grandma, Stalker, and Vintage.

Ready for some more OCC Lip Tars???

My last review of the OCC Lip Tar Trio Set in Neutral started me off on this obsession, which has grown quickly. In the past few months I’ve amassed a nice little selection of colors. I use the excuse of these being incredibly useful in my professional work (both on clients and for blogging purposes), but the truth is, I just find them so damn fun!

A quick recap on what OCC Lip Tars are (for those who know, or read my previous post, you can skip this bit and head on to the review of this set after the jump). OCC stands for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Lip Tars are quite possibly the product that they are best known for. They are liquid lipsticks that apply like a gloss, going on slick and moist, but drying down to a satin or matte lipstick-like finish. They come in dozens of colors, and can be mixed to create custom shades. They are vegan, free of cruelty, and gluten-free. One thing to note is that they do contain peppermint oil for preservative purposes, so if you are sensitive to that oil or its scent, keep that in mind. Being Queen of Sensitive Skin over here, I can say that for me they did not cause any sort of reaction, other than being a bit drying.

Okay; on to the review!

This set is the Pro Picks Lip Tar Set v1.0. This is the first edition of three Sephora-exclusive Pro Picks sets, all of which contain 5 full size (0.33oz) Lip Tars for $49.00. Again, that is quite a deal considering the stand-alone price-tag of $18.00. And, considering once again that you truly only need the tiniest dot of product to cover a full lip, these tubes may just last forever.

This is probably the most versatile of the Pro Picks sets currently available, at least in my opinion. It has a good range, giving you a nice selection of shades that are both wearable alone or great for blending with one another.


From right to left: Ophelia, Melange, Grandma, Stalker, and Vintage.

The colors included are:

OCC-Lip-Tar-Ophelia-Lip-SwatchOphelia(basic ladylike pink) This is a great basic, cool pink but it comes off very sheer. This is by far the sheerest color I’ve come across in the twenty-odd colors I’ve tried. Even when applied without the Clear base underneath, it just doesn’t come off as super pigmented on me.

I wasn’t a fan of it alone on my lips. It isn’t a bad color; it just didn’t do anything for me. However, it looks great when mixed with Melange or mixed in with some of the darker shades I have to sheer them out a bit.

OCC-Lip-Tar-Melange-Lip-SwatchMelange (terracotta neutral) While the hand-swatch makes this appear flat and brown, its much more flattering on the lips. Its also lovely when mixed with pink (like Ophelia) or sheered out to make a nude lip with a lighter shade (like their pale-peach, Interlace or the white, Feathered).

I didn’t think I would wind up liking this one as much as I do, from its original appearance in the tube and then on the hand. It was a pleasant surprise on, however, and I’m really liking this as a go-to “nude.”

OCC-Lip-Tar-Grandma-Lip-SwatchGrandma(classic coral) The name for this one is pretty odd, but I get where they were going with this. This is a nice, well-rounded classic coral shade–a classy shade, like something your grandmother wore.

I personally adore coral lips and think they really flatter my pale skin/red hair combo. Not thrilled to be rocking something with this name, but it is a beautiful color.

OCC-Lip-Tar-Stalker-Lip-SwatchStalker (true blue based red) Yup, that’s red. This is a great blue-based red that will flatter a lot of skin tones, provided you like a dramatic lip. This color also stains; I was walking around with faint swatches of this (and Vintage) on my hand for a day after swatching, even after multiple washings. This isn’t so great on the hand, but great for the lip–even if it starts to wear, it will likely wear well and not leave you looking patchy.

Notice, I forgot to reapply lip liner between these swatches and they’re feathering more and more as we go on. Lesson learned: always, always wear a lip liner!

OCC-Lip-Tar-Vintage-Lip-SwatchVintage (deep burgundy) I love this red. Its a lovely, deep, vampy red with just a hint of berry. Its so dramatic and pretty.

As you can see, darker lip tars are not very forgiving; my application was a bit sloppy because I was rushing to get the swatch done and it shows. (Or maybe my lips really are just that uneven and I should give up makeup and put a bag over my head for the rest of my days.) Vintage, like Stalker, does stain quite a bit, so even as it fades through the day, it leaves a lovely berry color on the lips.

I gave a brief (yet rambling?) rundown of how I prep my lips and apply the Tars in my last review, if you’re interested in my tips. Perhaps I will do a stand-alone OCC Lip Tar Tips & Tricks post in the future… Would that tickle anyone’s fancy? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “OCC Pro Picks Lip Tar Set v1.0 Review

    1. I’ve quickly become obsessed with OCC! There are just so many beautiful shades of lip tar available, and its so much fun to mix them and make custom colors. I highly recommend them!

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