Milan Tarred and Feathered | Review

No we’re not talking about tarring and feathering a city. We’re talking about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Tarred & Feather Color Correcting Lip Balm Duo. I used NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan for my swatches. I used a bunch more during my testing but this is the one I used for the pictures in this post.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Tarred & Feathered Lip Duo | Retail $18 0.28 oz

What is it?

It’s a duo of innovative, color-correcting lip balms that condition lips, darken (Tarred, a sheer true black) or brighten (Feathered, a sheer true white) the natural lip color, and can be applied on top of lip colors to darken them. This duo was actually what started it all for OCC as the Founder and makeup artist, David Klasfeld, created this in his kitchen in 2004! It’s what brought us Lip Tar! Let’s all be thankful 😉 And this brand is cruelty free and 100% vegan.

What’s in it?

They didn’t have this particular product on Skin Deep but they do have the company. Their other products all fit in the range from 2-3 so that’s not bad.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Fruit (Avocado) Butter, Caraca Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubigenosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil. May Contain: [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)]

How To Use It

Feathered can be used as a base to cancel out your lip color making your lipstick more “true-to-color”. Tarred could be used the same way but making a darker hue but not necessarily “true-to-color”. When working with Tarred, I preferred mixing it with the color before applying it to my lips. It was just easier to blend and get an even look that way.

R-L Milan Tarred, Milan, Milan Feathered

What Do I Think About It?

At first I thought it was going to be like paint but really it was more of a sheer pigmented gloss. It was a little weird putting black or white pigments on my lips. I felt like I was gearing up for a Marilyn Manson concert. There’s a slight mint scent to the balm so that was pleasing. It also added just a little bit more moisture to my lips so when I mixed it with matte formulas it wasn’t so drying.

I had a lot of fun playing with this, I could darken or lighten any of my lippies. I felt like a kid in a toy store. It’s definitely fun to experiment and there are a ton of combinations since you can add it to anything. I think I preferred Feathered over Tarred because most of the things I tested seemed like they ended up a purple color. Instead of making a pink a darker pink, it looked more purple.

Bottom line, it’s fun to play with but I think you could achieve the same look by adding some black eye shadow to your lipstick, it just might be harder to blend and more dry than the lip duo. The downside to customizing your lippies is that you might not get the same hue every time. If you want to do touch up and you want the same color you have to bring it with you. I’m much more of a minimalist when it comes to touch ups during the day. I just don’t get to it.

Grade: C+/B-

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