I'm not going to lie: I tend to stick to traditional colors when it comes to my lips. I love a classic, blue-leaning red, soft pinks, berries, sheer MLBBs, and blushing nudes. In fact, my definition of "branching out" involves a pop of orange, neon pink or subtle purples, and that's typically as far as I'll go.
All that said, you can imagine my reaction when trying on the new Lip Tar shades from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' spring and summer collection, which features six limited-edition colors that marry floral pastels with some pretty strange psychedelics, including a duochrome and a near-radioactive lime green.
My general opinion is that every color is as weird as it is pretty, and that while I would probably never wear some of the colors in public, others could easily blend into my semi-regular rotation.
One of my primary concerns was that the odd colors would be unflattering, especially where skin tone was concerned. Several really don't do me much justice. However, I was impressed with how each color made my eyes pop in a new way. It's kind of nice when you apply product to one part of your face and another gets a boost, no?
Anyway, as you're probably aware, OCC switched over to a new doe-foot applicator within the last year, which makes all of these easy to apply. For each, it took about two to three coats to attain full, even coverage. They retail for $16 each.
Magnolia is a sweet, pastel cotton candy pink, and it's definitely my favorite in the collection. It brightens my complexion and leans more traditional than any of the others here, which is probably why I like it so much.
Here's one of the weirder colors, in my opinion, but it is still so pretty. It's a pale turquoise that shimmers with gold, giving it a very aquatic, mermaid-y vibe. Definitely one I wouldn't reach for on the regular, but I can see it being a fun color to play with every once in a while.
Though I'm highly impressed with its color payoff, Wasabi is my least favorite in the OCC spring and summer lineup. It's not really flattering on me, and because it's such a peculiar color, it is probably the most difficult to apply. You'd need a very specific reason — or an already bold makeup appetite — to pull this one off.
I was surprised by how much I loved Ingrid, an "opalescent grey with pink duochrome." It's certainly not like many other lip products out there, but it's still a wearable color. I might even go so far as to say that it's flattering on me? I love the way it brings out my eyes.