A Red Lip #3 (and a Nude): OCC Lip Tar in Memento and Stalker

Job hunting is hard. I'm choosing to see it as character-building for now, but man, I don't think I'm too far off the "soul-destroying" stage. Perhaps it's unsurprising, then, that I'm regressing to childhood and slathering what basically amounts to paint on my lips.

OCC Memento and Stalker product shot.JPG

The OCC Lip Tars are high-pigment, lightweight liquid lipsticks that dry down to a satin finish. Lucy and the Powder Room had a selection on sale for half off a year or so ago, where I picked up dusty rose Memento and bright, blue-based red Stalker. 

Memento lip swatch

I find Memento to be quite thin -- definitely thinner than Stalker -- and it has a tendency to slip into my lip lines, emphasising any flaky bits. 

SHOULD HAVE EXFOLIATED

SHOULD HAVE EXFOLIATED

Stalker is very similar in colour to MAC's Ruby Woo. You'll probably want to use a lip liner with this one, though -- particularly if you're a bit cack-handed like me. (I used fingers for all of these shots, which was probably a bad idea, but I don't have a lip brush and didn't particularly want to gunk up my eyeliner brushes with this stuff. Plus they were dirty.)

OCC lip tar memento and stalker mix

I can see the potential for these, particularly if you're a makeup artist. The shot above shows a mixture of roughly 2/3 Memento and 1/3 Stalker. You could probably even use these as blush if you mixed it with moisturiser. I don't know if these particular colours are eye-safe, but I know that OCC also do their Lip Tars in colours like blue and black, so you could potentially make up a whole face using them. 

OCC Lip Tar mess

It's a hassle, though. They're not particularly long-wearing, although Stalker leaves a bit of a stain, and would probably last really well over the top of lip liner, or under a strongly-pigmented gloss. You could apply them using your fingers like I did, but lip brushes are probably a better idea. In that case, what if you need to touch up when you're out and about? Maybe a little too high maintenance for me, but it's still fun to play with them.

They reminded me of the painting on my new pocket mirror. I've flashed it out on the tube a couple of times. No weird looks yet. 'The Toilet of Venus', by Velazquez. Apparently it was slashed by a suffragette with a meat cleaver in 1914!

They reminded me of the painting on my new pocket mirror. I've flashed it out on the tube a couple of times. No weird looks yet. 'The Toilet of Venus', by Velazquez. Apparently it was slashed by a suffragette with a meat cleaver in 1914!