I had to search my Gmail inbox to get the backstory on my mysterious Lydia purchase. I mean, I didn’t forget buying it, but I wasn’t sure what the circumstances were or why it took me so long to review it. After remembering why I got it (Black Friday sale—$12.80 instead of $16), I began writing this review.
The OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil is “a long-wearing multipurpose pencil for the eyes, lips, and body. This versatile range of cosmetic pencils perfectly complement Lip Tar. From everyday neutrals to bold hues, each pencil can stand alone as highly pigmented liners for the eyes and beyond.”
Tragically, Lydia is one of the eight shades that are not recommended for use in the eye area. But, it matches one of my first and favorite lip tars. Here they are, swatched side-by-side:
Swatched, L-R: OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Lydia, OCC Lip Tar in Lydia
As you can see, the CCP is a hair darker. My lip tar has also gone a bit watery, which is one of the things I hate most about the lip tars in general. It’s absolutely grating and inescapable, and only worth it if the color is abso-fucking-lutely unique. Here is both on my face:
The color itself, wonderfully described as a “darkroom plum,” is fabulous—one of the few purple tones that are both bright and “natural” or laid-back looking, but the texture of the pencil is a bit dry. It delivers powerful pigment, but it is also very drying. The lip tars are, thankfully, pretty hydrating, from my experience, so paired together, they make your lips look plush and amply moisturized.
OCC’s one of those companies that I wish I naturally gravitated towards because they are “100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free,” plus their colors are so good. The price point is a little steep, though, sometimes. For some reason, I don’t think that these are worth $16, though I would jump on the chance at getting Trick and Sebastian, in case another sale comes along.
Have you tried any of these pencils? And because I’m curious, do you have anything from OCC that you can’t live without? Do tell!