I have already waxed poetic about my love of olden time-y insults as product names. Charmingly, OCC lip tars are awash with casually insulting product names, including Psycho, Harlot, Strumpet, Stalker, Hoochie, Grandma and Trollop. It's no "Pox Marked Varlot"... but perhaps they'll make that one next.
Although lip tars are hardly a new product, hopefully what I lack in timeliness can be made up for in ludicrous numbers of pictures (and math).
Unfortunately, OCC has recently raised their prices... again. Lip tar now costs $18 for 0.33oz ($54 per ounce). For many of us, me included, that is prohibitively expensive if we want to build up a substantial collection of colors.
Luckily, there is one really nice solution: Retro Wombat, a Kansas City based lip tar lover, has a storenvy store where she splits lip tar tubes into four leakproof vials. At $5 a vial, she makes a very tiny profit, but the prices are more than reasonable. The majority of my colors came from her store.
|Swatches from left to right: Harlot, Stalker, NSFW, Beta, ChaCha, Grandma, Trollop, Hoochie, Strumpet, Rx.|
|This should be enough product to cover my entire lips.|
Harlot is a bright, orange-based popsicle red.
|OCC Lip Tar in Harlot|
|OCC Lip Tar in Stalker|
|OCC Lip Tar in NSFW|
|OCC Lip Tar in Beta|
|OCC Lip Tar in ChaCha|
|OCC Lip Tar in Grandma|
|OCC Lip Tar in Trollop|
|OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie|
|OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet|
|OCC Lip Tar in Rx|
|The four-hour test on Grandma|
|The four hour test on ChaCha|
|The four hour test on Rx|
|The four hour test on NSFW|
That makes the mean about 0.014g. We've previously established that the average lipstick application is about 0.008g. So, clearly, an application of lip tar requires more product than an application of traditional lipstick. Part of that may be because lip tar is lost on the brush every time you apply it.
Based on these numbers, there are about 668 applications of lip tar in a tube. 668 applications of Covergirl lipstick, at $6.99 for 425 applications, would be valued at about $10.99. 668 applications of MAC lipstick, at $15 for 354 applications, would be valued at $28.31.
(To further elucidate: Ounce per ounce, if lip tar were the same size as a MAC lipstick, it would cost $5.45 at its current pricing. Application for application, it would cost $9.53. Obviously, both of those prices are well below the cost of a MAC lipstick.)
So, unsurprisingly, the value of OCC lip tar depends on how much you are willing to pay for lipstick. However, given the fabulousness of OCC's pigmentation and lasting power, I think it is well worth the cost.