1.20.2015

Lip Tars & Lip Paints: Reviews & Info!

I'm pretty sure if you've somehow found yourself in an ULTA or Sephora you've encountered one or two of these beauties. Maybe you've heard of them? Heard the word "dupe" in their presence? What are these things anyway? Are they glosses? Wonder no more--I'm going over 5 of the most popular of these lip tars, lip paints, and their similarly packaged cohorts.

"Lip tar "is the product name for the brand OCC. It's supposed to make you think of how tar is hard to remove.

"Lip paint" is a way to describe these products. They're like melted lipsticks in a tube that go on shiny that dry to matte or satin, and give long staying power. They're very, very pigmented.



1-Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick--think shiny gloss with the pigmentation of a lipstick that's kind of like a lip stain.

  • This doesn't fit the lip tar or paint definition, but I am including it because it looks similar. It features a fuzzy tip applicator (same material as a doe foot) and has very pigmented color. The shine fades, which doesn't bother me, but I've found the long wearing aspect depends on the shade. Also, some shades can be more drying that others.
  • $21, 4 oz.
  • 18 shades
  • Ulta, Sephora

2-OCC Lip Tars--Considered a revolutionary product when released, these lip tars are long-lasting, very pigmented, and come in different finishes. You will need the tiniest amount--a tube will last forever.

  • These take a little bit to get used to in application and finish, but they are worth it. I kinda got it everywhere the first couple of times! Occasionally, I have experienced dry lips (matte) and suggest the clear primer to help with application.
  • It comes in the original matte, metallic, and stained gloss. It also comes with a brush--necessity since this is a tube and you only need a little.
  • peppermint scent
  • $18, .33 oz
  • 43 shades, including blue, yellow, and black. Shades like those allow you to change the colors of other OOC products to create custom shades.
  • Sephora 
3-J. Cat Wonder Paint--This is a liquified, pigmented product with long wearing time.
  • Similar to OCC in terms of application (little goes a long way). Wish it came with a brush for easier application. Can sometimes feather, but excellent for the price.
  • $1.29 (2 shades at ULTA.com) $4.99 J.Cat site, .33oz
  • 31 shades
  • peppermint
  • has parabens
  • ULTA, J.Catbeauty.com
4-LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint--pigmented like a lipstick, but looks like a gloss
  • I first purchased these because they look so similar to the Too Faced ones. Scroll back up--don't they look similar? But these are the closest thing to a dupe to the OCC I can find. I like these.
  • $3.49, .4 oz
  • 18 shades
  • peppermint
  • online, Kmart, I got mine at the store Five Below
5-MAC Lipmix--It's an opaque cream used to mix and customize lipstick. MAC Pro item.
  • I'm sharing this here because it is similar in packaging to OCC and J. Cat, but this is a completely different product. Whereas the others are liquid-y (runny), this one is like a mousse-like texture. I use using these--I think of them as lip pigments--for a variety of purposes.  While I love these, I don't think a beginner or casual beauty lover will find them a necessity.
  • $15, 10ml
  • 13 shades, including black, yellow, blue that are used to change colors
  • MACcosmetics.com
Overall, if pigmented long-lasting lip products are what you're into, I suggest giving these a shot. There's something for every budget.


Extra Elle: Just finished the audiobook Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. I didn't really know much about him, bought it on a whim, and ended up loving it. What a life this guy has had so far!! I love hearing a celeb read their autobiographies, for some reason!


58 comments:

  1. Thank you for this detailed ost Elle :)
    xoxo

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  2. Hi Elle! Love how your review is so detailed! Great post! I love Too Faced Melted Lipsticks! They're the best!!

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  3. I've only tried them once, I need to give it another shot.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  4. This is really great lots of detail I have always wondered about the lip tars now I may give one of these dupes a go!

    www.MyBeautySleuth.com

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  5. Wow, I loved the review! I went to Poland last year and bought two lip products, that I thought were glosses. Then at the hotel I saw they were different, but didn't come up to "liquid lipsticks"... and they are! And now I know how they are called, through your review! By the way, they are amazing! I My boyfriend at the university was the exact portrait of Rob Lowe, gorgeous! I was always a very envied girl for years! I always liked Rob Lowe for that :) but don't know about his adventures! I think they must be great, as fro what you say!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  6. I love my too faced nude shade!! I tried to get into the lip tar, but it may have been the name or the application but I was scared away!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  7. I never knew mac had lip paints too...maybe we dont have them here in india yet..

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  8. When I used to freelance as an MUA, I did order those OCC ones to try and I love those things!

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  9. whoa #4 does look like the two faced balm! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  10. I'd never heard of a lip tar before! This was so interesting!

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  11. I love you picks and anything + everything OCC! Thanks for sharing!
    -Kat
    http://www.katwalksf.com/

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  12. I think i tend to be more a lip gloss person, I am not a fan of matte finishes. Thanks for the info on the Rob Lowe book, I think that sounds interesting, and worth a read or listen.

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  13. Great post! Thank you for sharing!! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  14. Just bought my first Lip Tar ever (in color Rollergirl), and was beyond impressed with the results! This could become my latest addiction, so I think it's time to check out the dupes! xx

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  15. I really like how you described these products, I didn't know about it before, even though I have one! =)

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    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  16. I wasn't a huge fan of the Too Faced Melted. I felt like it was a bit too pigmented for me. They have gorgeous colors though! I'm going to have to try the OCC lip tar! That sounds right up my alley! Great reviews girl!

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  17. I have a few of the OCC but still have yet to try them. Thanks for the review on the other contenders!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  18. How have I never tried lip tars before? Seriously, how? Okay, that's my new plan for the weekend. That and seeing if my local library has a copy of that book.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  19. I have been dying to try the OCC lip tars. I will definitely try one now that you have given your stamp of approval.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  20. I have never tried a Lip Tar before, but just received a deluxe sample of Too Faced's Melted in the mail yesterday that I am super excited to try! I also have my eye on a few OCC shades!

    xx

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  21. Lip tar just doesn't sounds beautiful, haha. I like the name paint, better. Are they sticky like glosses?

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  22. Really want to try the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Peony. I'm also hoping they'll bring the new colours to the UK as I've seen a nude one that I'd really like to try as well. We have have about 7 colours available here. :-/ x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  23. Oh I have heard amazing things about the lip tar! I think I might have to try it!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  24. I have never heard of lip tar! You introduce me to the coolest stuff! Thanks! Susan

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  25. You teach me so much... I never even knew paints or tars existed.

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  26. I have not heard of very many of these before, I definitely have some new products to check out!!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  27. I got one of the j cats one in an Ipsy bag. I made a huge mess with it lol

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  28. I've always wanted to try lip tar but have yet to get my hands on one. Actually I have yet to enter Sephora after arriving here! LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  29. I've never heard of lip tar or lip paint, not surprisingly. Sounds like a cool product though and I'm loving the matte look lately!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  30. I'm an addict when it comes to lipsticks, lipglosses and stuff, so I got to check these out :)

    www.morestylethanfashion.com

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  31. Great reviews. I love that you include whether or not they have parabens! I spend a lot of time reading labels for that kind of thing!

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  32. Haven't heard of lip tar before...Looks like I have something new to give a shot!

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  33. These sound very interesting! This is my first time hearing about them.

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  34. These do sound interesting. I'm not sure they're for me (lipstick beginner over here!) but if I do try one I'll consult this first :) Someone else I know recommended that Rob Lowe book...who knew?!

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  35. I found this so helpful as I'm always interested in long-lasting lip colour but in the past I have found them to be very drying.

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  36. Way to break it down, Elle. :-) I've tried three of these (Too Faced, OCC and JCat) but not the MAC or LA Girl versions. I agree that the JCat lip paints are an affordable option but they do feather bit. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  37. I've never even heard of lip tars before! I definitely need to try these out. Thanks Elle!

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  38. Rob Lowe is awesome.

    Lip tars? Interesting! My daughter would probably want some.

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  39. Great overview! My favs are still the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks!

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  40. Great post! I must try those Lip Tars. Love Rob Lowe ... I feel like he's been around forever! :)
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  41. great post! this product sounds even better than i though it might be. thanks for sharing

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  42. I never fail to learn something by reading your posts, Elle. I had no idea lip tars even existed until reading this. I had heard of stains, though. Glad to know the difference! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  43. I tend to lean more towards glosses, I dont really like the matte finish on me but I think it is cute on others. I have never tried any of these paints or tars. I don't think I have actually heard of tars? So many new products out on the market these days!

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  44. I haven't heard of lip tars before, I want to try them out! Thanks for this list! :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  45. loved the comparison.. I would love to try lip paints.. :)

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  46. You always introduce me to something new. I love beauty products, but am no expert, now I will fully understand what a tar is!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  47. Oh yes I've read about them but they arent available in India yet. But Sephora is opening in my city tomorrow so I'm really excited! Can you please do me a favor! Can you like my pic on sephora_India on instagram? It's for a contest and today is the last day. The link is http://instagram.com/p/yBuFGCRxiJ/

    Thank you!
    Keep in touch
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  48. Thanks for this breakdown! I've been wanting to try the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick.

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  49. I have the Melted Ruby and Melted Fig shades in the Too Faced Melteds and I LOVE them. They're long-wearing, but don't give me that weird ring around that happens with some formulas. I have noticed that the Ruby is more drying than the Fig- interesting! Great rundown, Elle!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  50. great video :)

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  51. I've only ever tried the Two Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks before, but I really like Melted Fig. The color is so vibrant and pigmented. And it does last a long time, as long as I don't eat anything. :-) Great review of all these products!

    Katie // From My Vanity

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  52. I got a J. Cat lip paint in my ipsy bag and have been loving it.

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  53. to be honest i really havent heard of tars or paints before! clearly i am living under a rock. i'll have to try one of the cheaper ones.
    and thanks for the recommendation for the audiobook! i love when celebrities read their own books as well, and i dont know much about rob lowe but you made it sound so good!

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  54. Wow I had no idea that's what all those words meant- lip tar! Whatever will they come up with next? I'll have to go venture into ULTA to find out;)

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  55. haha I've gotten OCC lip tars all over me too. They really are amazing once you get the hang of them. Seen so many reviews of Too Faced and they look so gorgeous.

    Thanks for the round up!

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  56. Wow I love coming to your blog especially today because so many of my questions about different makeup items I've been hearing a lot about have been answered. Like with these, I heard so many people talking about the occ lip tars but I had no idea what they were and I saw them at sephora and I thought they were lip gloss. Now I see that they are long lasting and like a lipstick. So interesting, thanks for all the knowledge! :)

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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