Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Moderncraft Lip Tars

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Several weeks ago, I attended a launch for the new Moderncraft fall collection from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics! There are six new nail lacquers, six new Lip Tars and six new Creme Colour Concentrates!

It was a great event, with a performance from Calpernia Addams, a modern cabernet performer who is the face of the campaign. The entire collection was inspired by 1920s Berlin.

Calpernia Addam performs during a recent press event for the launch of the OCC Moderncraft collection

Moderncraft launched with six new Lip Tar™ shades and was the first Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics collection to launch with all three finishes: Original Matte, Metallic and Stained Gloss™. As with all Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic Lip Tar™ they carry loads of pigment and wear LONG.

“Moderncraft is first and foremost inspired by the cabarets of 1920s Weimar Berlin, and the art that period begot,” said David Klasfeld, CEO/Creative Director, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, in a press release. ”Calpernia Addams personifies everything enduring and endearing about its spirit, which live on in the modern cabaret performer. Beyond that, Calpernia is a hero, an activist, and absolutely one of the most beautiful women in the world.”

David Klasfeld on the left, Calpernia on the right.

Calpernia has been entertaining – on both stage and screen – for more than 20 years. She has performed alongside Jane Fonda, starred in her own MTV/LOGO television series, written a memoir, composed and arranged countless songs, and hosts a weekly Pop, Jazz and Standards cabaret show that is consistently sold-out. As one of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics biggest fans, Calpernia stated in a press release, “Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics products offer endless possibilities for reinvention in brilliant vegan colors. With the long-wearing formulas, I won’t appear in front of an audience or a camera without wearing it.”

How about some swatches?!


Dekadent is a beautiful, soft purple pink in the brand’s newest Lip Tar finish, Stained Gloss. It’s described by the brand as a translucent crushed blueberry – I love that description. This is one of my favorites from the launch. It’s perfectly soft and feminine and pairs nicely with a smokey eye.


Sebastian is a matte, plum-toned taupe that for me, needs to be mixed with other Lip Tar shades. It’s a little too fair for my lighter skin tone, and for my everyday corporate job. You can see it looks different in flash vs. normal lighting by my two photos above. Below photo collage is more accurate.

Role Play:

Role Play is described as a beautiful deep maroon with red pearl, a metallic Lip Tar. This color is AH-MAZING. Such a vibrant red, it’s one of those WOW! colors that just made me feel confident and beautiful when I put it one. One of my favorites!

Mein Herr:

Mein Herr is a a very light nude translucent shade, described as a “creme fraiche Beige” by the brand. This is a great shade for the everyday woman that needs to find balance in her face when using a bold eye look. This is a great nude for me. It wasn’t too light, although it was close to my skin tone!


Anita is a really cool brown burgundy shade. This is my perfect warm red; I love this one! This is one of the matte Lip Tars in the collection.

Black Metal Dahlia:

Black Metal Dahlia is probably the star of this collection! It’s a metallic take on the brand’s existing Black Dahlia shade; this one is a blackened burgundy with red pearl. Another one of my favorites!! It feathered a bit on my lips but I generally don’t have that issue with Lip Tars, so I will take the blame for that!

Moderncraft Lip Tars™ launched August 27, 2013 on Sephora.com for $18.00 USD, and in select Sephora stores and occmakeup.com on September 6, 2013.

They are all beautiful, and the collection feels cohesive to the 1920s Berlin theme. I love how OCC carefully chooses its collection themes, and brand ambassadors. They do an amazing job at staying unique, different and on trend, and it’s part of what makes them one of my top 10 favorite brands!

The formula on all of these was on-point, and I would advise application with a small brush or your finger. I sometimes find that staining my finger is preferred to applying with a brush, because I can fade out the color to the edge of the lip line, eliminating a higher chance of feathering.

Have you picked up any of the Moderncraft Lip Tars? What do you think?! What’s your favorite shown here?! I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments!

Disclaimer:The OCC Moderncraft Lip Tars were provided for review by the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!