During my last visit to New York City two years ago, I blocked off an afternoon to head down to Nolita to spend some quality time at the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics boutique, or OCC as its known. I had one goal in my mind – to get my hands on their highly rated lip tars, or liquid lipsticks. OCC Makeup is a !00% Vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics brand that features some highly pigmented products with an amazing range of colors.
You see, OCC wasn’t available in Dubai and multiple efforts to order from their website here had failed (and my skills at circumventing online shopping credit card/shipping issue barriers hadn’t quite properly developed back then). I took this chance to get a handful of their lip tars along with some of their other products including concealer, tinted moisturizer and their gorgeous loose pigments. But I did skip one thing – the nail polish!
As soon as I came back to Dubai, I had severe (non)buyer’s regret. I had decided to skip over the polishes since I couldn’t see a “unique” shade but was drooling over them in swatches on other beauty blogs. However, a few weeks ago I finally got my hands on a bottle of OCC Vapid and that too right in Dubai!
You see, some beauty-obssesed woman has opened up a boutique in Oasis Center called Pro Makeup that carries some of the cult products that aren’t available locally. The few that stood out were OCC of course, Ben Nye Luxury Powders and Anastasia Brow Kits. I was visiting the boutique out of sheer curiousity but couldn’t resist picking up this bottle of OCC Vapid and Ben Nye Cameo Powder.
I’ve been searching for one of those perfect whites and this almost white, pale lilac color seemed like a nice substitute. It reminds me of the pastel colored chalks from grade school you’d wish the teacher used instead of the boring white.
Formula-wise, the color is EXTREMELY pigmented even in just one coat. I recently purchased a bottle of basic white Maybelline Colorama polish, which was still transparent after three coats. However, what bugged me about OCC Vapid is the paintbrush. The brush is a little too long and I couldn’t get the right amount of polish on it. Either it was too much that it spilled over the edges of my nail bed or too little that led to streaks. But I still managed to get perfect coverage after 2 coats.
Based on the wear and if I can get over the brush, I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding more OCC nail polishes into my collection. And if you haven’t tried out OCC yet, I highly recommend you give them a shot with their lip tars.
What: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Vapid
Color: Pale Lilac