I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I live by their Skin Conceal products and I own about a bazillion and a half Lip Tars.
As much as I love the Lip Tars, application and retouching the product can be a pain in ass. While carrying around a small tube and a small brush doesn't sound too elaborate, it just isn't as easy as opening up a twist-off tube and applying with a doe-foot applicator like a standard lipgloss. Plus, I can't just throw the brush back into my makeup bag without streaking color on the insides. So, when I saw some buzz online about OCC releasing a Ready-To-Wear (RTW) version of their famous Lip Tars, and I was initially pretty excited.
However, after reading that the Lip Tar/RTW would be the exact same formula that's inside the original tubes and that there's a massive price spike per fl oz., I just couldn't justify the $15 price tag of something that I already own. So, I took matters into my own hands - I went on eBay and bought a 5-pack of empty lipgloss tubes with wands (like the ones here) for less than $5 and decided to re-tube my Lip Tars. I also decided to not purchase standard "hard" tubes like the ones that RTW come in because one of the perks of the original Lip Tar packaging is that I won't lose out any of my product by not being able to reach it (I call this The-Coin-Between-Car-Seats Effect).
Once it arrived, I just squeezed out the contents from one Lip Tar tube (I chose Vintage) into the new one. It was very much like squeezing a toothpaste tube to get the very last drops. And with the aid of a Sharpie, I labeled that sucker so I knew which shade I was using. Fans of the original Lip Tar packaging were worried that the doe-foot applicator would simply apply too much product. And if you're an Lip Tar user, you know that less-is-more when it comes to this product. However, I found that I had much more control over how much product was on my applicator, as I could simply "scrape" the excess into the tube.
Plus, my brushes that came with the original Lip Tar are all close to fraying and, with this new applicator, I'm able to create cleaner lines on my lips. Yes, it's not as pretty as the original or the RTW packaging, but it does its job. Also, I think that this method would be great for fans of the Lip Tars to mix-and-match their favorite colors to get unique shades and be able to carry it with them for retouches without having to re-mix.
Saving myself $15/shade with some ingenuity and looking good doing it? Priceless.