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New OCC Lip Tar Packaging: Old Vs. New

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With the newest collection from OCC out, The Garden Collection, they have introduced their new Lip Tar packaging, which is something I am soooo excited about. I love OCC’s Lip Tars, but the packaging was an issue that made the product somewhat confusing to those who were not familiar with super pigmented lip products. The new packaging is sleek and much more user-friendly!


Right off the bat, you can notice the main differences: Matte packaging, new tip, and a slightly larger tube (and more product).


The most exciting change is the new tip. This is SUCH a needed change for Lip Tars, because the old tip, which was a slanted tip resembling something you’d see on a lip balm, gave the impression that this was a product you could easily put on right from the tube. It’s not. Lip Tars are so so so pigmented, that the amount you need for an entire lip look is such a small amount, applying it right from the container is almost guaranteed to give you about 5x more product than you need.


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people at trade shows who go up to the OCC booth, see the lip tars, and try to put them on right from the tube and wonder why it made a mess. I don’t blame them, the packaging was misleading. Too much Lip tar is a mess, will feather and bleed outside of your lipline, and is just not attractive, and when people don’t know the type of product it is, just a simple packaging style like this can make them think it’s something it isn’t, and turn them away from a great product. With the new tip, you really have no choice but to use a brush, and it solves the messy problem!



Another new change- Matte packaging. I LOVE the fact that they made these matte. I think it looks so much nicer. It gives you a better idea of what the color is inside, I think. I can’t think of any other tube lip products that do matte packaging, so I think it’s a nice, unique change!

Last but not least, OCC upped the amount of product you get from .27fl oz to .33fl oz. Along with this, the price of the Lip Tars went up from $13.50 to $14. Considering that the amount of product increased 25%, that’s a pretty good deal!

The only downside in my opinion is something that hasn’t changed from the old packaging, and that is the clear stickers that have the name of the shade on them. The lip tar packaging isn’t changed for each shade (and I wouldn’t expect it to) but the ink that they use for those stickers likes to rub off really easily. Just pressing your thumb over the sticker a few times shows that the ink starts to deteriorate, which means that it’s easy for these to become nameless. Obviously this is a very minor issue, but for someone like me that needs to know the names of products I use, it can be a bit irritating.

OCC Lip Tars are available for $14 each from OCC Makeup. For a post of (almost) all of the lip tars swatched on my lips, click here (I WILL be redoing this with my new camera soon, promise!!)






  1. Christopher Cameron

    March 31, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I feel as though the new caps for the tubes will make it hard to store them as easily as the old packaging. Hopefully they won’t be an issue! Let us know if they do?

    • xsparkage

      March 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm

       if you store them upright, then yes, they will be a bit more annoying. I store mine in lipstick containers I got from The Container Store, and while they slant a little bit, it still works well for storing :)

  2. Marta

    March 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I agree with you about the ink, that happens all the time with my Skin Tint from Occ too. Btw I’m giving away a Lip Tar on my blog here’s the link if anyone is interested :) xx

  3. Wdysgrl

    April 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Put some scotch tape over the name before you use thr tube. It will protect the name. :0)


    • Yui

      April 1, 2012 at 2:05 am

      Or clear nail polish.

  4. Phyrra

    April 1, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I really like the new packaging with the tip. 

  5. Stayover13

    April 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve never tried these but I do agree. I can understand how the old packaging could be misleading and misused.

  6. Rachel Mazzie

    April 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I do love the new packaging, I have so many with the old that this makes it so much easier to use as a makeup artist.  I’ve been using lip tars for probably 4 years now and love them and this packaging makes it even better so you don’t waste a lot of the product.  I do have a lot of tubes that have lost their sticker names and sometimes can’t remember which is which.  That is something I wish they would change, otherwise it’s still amazing!

  7. Valerie39

    April 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    FINALLY NEW PACKAGING, i recomend these to a lot of my friends, when they get it, they complain to me dats its a sticky mess, then i gota go trhough a whole process of explainin it, wit da new packagin, its pretty self explanatory

  8. Jacqueline Kastil

    April 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I’ll be excited to see your new swatches, they have some new colors that look so cool!

  9. snowflake_01

    April 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    the new packaging will make it a lot easier to dispense onto a lip brush!
    i just started a blog!

  10. jordan

    April 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    hey leesha – why dont you paint a teeny coat of top coat over the stickers? it might help with the wear and tear of the laser ink on the stickers!

  11. Angelica Temoche

    April 8, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Yay! I think this tube will solve the gushing problem with a lot of the applicators being defective too. My tube of NSFW gushes everywhere whenever I open it.

  12. Jaehoang

    April 10, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Just wondering if anyone ever ends up with a white film on the inner part of your lips after a few hours of wearing the lip tars? Any way of preventing this?

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