Thursday, 6 December 2012

OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia

I'm always a little wary when it comes to products that have a lot of hype surrounding them. To be honest I'd never really been interested in the lip tars by OCC, mainly because they're difficult to get hold of here, you can only really buy them online and I much prefer being able to actually see something before I buy it. This changed when I saw the new Heroine collection (it's inspired by horror heroines which I thought was very exciting) and I loved the look of Black Dahlia, and I took a gamble and ordered it.


The Lip Tars come in a small tube with a precise nib. It also comes with a mini lip brush, which is really handy (it would be an excellent brush for travelling as it's so small). It also dissuades people from attempting to apply the product with their fingers!



You need the tiniest drop of product. A small amount goes a very, very long way and I can't really stress that enough! When I was applying this the other day I actually squeezed the tube a little too hard and it went everywhere. You have to apply this with a lip brush, I wouldn't even attempt applying this with my fingers, it'd be messy to say the least.


Black Dahlia is a gorgeous blackened red. I own a ton of dark lipsticks and I don't actually have one that is even close to this colour. It's really beautiful. It also fades into a light berry colour, which is more like a stain. The colour isn't as opaque as I was expecting, you have to gradually build up the colour, which means that you can apply it lightly during the day and really build it up to a darker colour if you're going out in the evening. I really need to buy a dark red lip liner to wear with this as I did find that if you over apply as I did in my swatch to build up the colour it will begin to feather. (if anybody knows of a good affordable one please let me know!)

My skin is freaking out a bit at the moment, my skin around my chin is really dry and everywhere else is really oily...apologises for the dry patches! :(
The stain that it leaves. 

While I didn't find this to be drying, I did find that it showed up the dry areas on my lips (although my lips are very dry, it may not have this effect on you). It's long-wearing, but it will fade into a light berry stain after eating/drinking. The only downside to this product for me is that it's not a product that's easy to apply on the go because it requires a lip brush. Fortunately the brush and the tube is small and compact if you do want to take it out with you, but it's a little more awkward than packing a lipstick into your handbag.

Overall I'm absolutely in love with this colour! It's beautiful. I'd definitely think about getting more of the lip tars, and I'd love to find a colour similar to this in lipstick format.

I bought this from Cocktail Cosmetics for £9.95.

Have you tried any of the Lip Tars?

Disclosure: I bought this product myself.

8 comments:

  1. Oh my god I love it! What a beautiful colour! I neeeed it! I love that it comes with a brush. Thank you so much for sharing :) x

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    1. It's an amazing colour isn't it?! I love that it comes with a lip brush too, my main lip brush isn't very good so this one will tide me over until I get a new one. x

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  2. Have never tried lip tars this colour looks amazing on you although don't think I'd be brave enough to wear it!

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    1. You can build it up so it's as sheer/opaque as you want it, so you can apply it so it's a light berry colour and a bit more wearable! I really love the dark colour though. x

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  3. And another Lip Tar is going on my needs to buy List. Love it:)
    Sara xx

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    1. It's really nice. I have a lot on my list now!

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  4. OMG, I am so completely and utterly jealous of you right now! I've been waiting for them to get Black Dahlia in the UK since I saw a sneak peek of jazziebabycakes wearing it on Instagram! I checked Cocktail Cosmetics and Love-Makeup only a few weeks ago to see if they had it in but they didn't! Now I have to fight the urge to go buy one right now! I'm really trying not to purchase anything for myself until after Christmas :( Boooo! I quite like OCC lip tars although they can be very difficult if you use too much, only the teeny tiniest amount is needed! I currently have Tarred (black) NSFW (retro red) and the clear one - Black Dahlia will be the next to add to my collection for sure! ~♥~

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    1. Haha, I saw it somewhere on Youtube first (I can't remember where) and I was on the lookout ever since! It was out of stock for ages on Cocktail Cosmetics, but I luckily happened to check the one day it was in stock! It's definitely worth waiting for! I was going to wait until after Christmas but I was sent a Black Friday discount code so I couldn't resist! Ooh Tarred is on my wishlist!

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