Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) is a cosmetics line founded by pro makeup artist David Klasfeld. Makeup lines started by makeup artists – NARS, Stila, Make Up For Ever, Shu Uemura – are generally my favorites because they are developed by people who know how makeup should act, what it should do, and how it should perform. What was particularly appealing for me about OCC right from the jump is that the line is entirely cruelty free and most of the product line is vegan. Until very recently finding professional grade vegan products was nearly impossible, so as a veggie I was stoked to learn of a new veggie-friendly line. The item that drew me in was the item that started the line – the Colour Lip Balms. No ordinary balms, these are super moisturizing but super pigmented balms that exist somewhere in between chapstick and lipstick.

Now David and the OCC crew have outdone themselves with the introduction of the Lip Tars. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe this product. Somewhere between a lipgloss and a lipstain but with a smooth satin finish the likes of which you’ve never felt before, the Lip Tars are THE “It” makeup item right now. I honestly do not know one makeup artist who hasn’t tried it yet and to try it is to fall in love with it. The Lip Tars are currently available in 20 shades including a clear gloss, 5 primaries for custom blending and then colors ranging from the subtle to the outrageous. For basic makeup wear, the colors are pretty and ready to go right out the tube, but if you are a mixologist and want to create your own shade, the sky is the limit with this product. I got my first Lip Tars at The Makeup Show in March 09 and then new colors came out and I got those at IMATS. Now even more new colors have been released, so I’ll have to get those too. New colors are seemingly added daily. You will want all of the fashion colors. I certainly do…

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars
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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars

P.S. – the other items in the OCC line are fantastic as well. I’m particularly fond of the Loose Color Concentrates pigments. These are very concentrated, not necessarily the easiest product to use, and definitely not for the faint of heart. But once you get the hang of them, you’ll be hooked.

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