The holidays are always a good time to take advantage of gift sets some of our favourite brands put out, and the sales following Christmas make those sets that much sweeter. I was quick to scoop up the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencil Essentials set when it went on sale for $24.00 (it’s still available!) and had my 20% off coupon at Sephora. It was easily one of the best deals of the holiday season since the pencils in the set are full-size and regularly retail for $18.00 each!
OCC has one of my favourite Instagram feeds (even if everything looks heavily photoshopped and totally unattainable) because I love how playful the brand is with colour. They’re known for this, and the pencils in this set will allow anyone to experiment with customizing looks, mixing and matching shades.
The great thing about these pencils is they’re multipurpose – safe to use just about anywhere (most would lean toward lips and eyes, though some shades aren’t recommended for the immediate eye area) and they blend together super easily.
The set includes the following shades (left to right):
- Tarred (true black)
- Black Dahlia (blackened red)
- Hoochie (vibrant magenta)
- NSFW (true primary red)
- Pool Boy (aquatic blue)
- Feathered (true white)
Lots of basic, bright colours that will take you back to your first lesson in art and the colour wheel – the possibilities are truly endless when you’re blending them together.
The pencils themselves glide on smoothly and are highly pigmented, and I haven’t found them to be drying. They’re great underneath product and can change the appearance of other lipsticks, and of course work really well with their Lip Tar counterparts if you have them. I have yet to try doing anything with them around my eyes but am looking for my next night out to serve as the perfect opportunity!
If you haven’t scooped these up yet I really don’t know what you’re waiting for – I can’t stress how great of a deal the set is right now and even if you only reach for them occasionally, you’ll be glad you have them on hand!