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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Did you know that carmine, a typical ingredient in many cosmetics products is made from BEETLES? Me neither…And EW!  In fact, other regular ingredients like lanolin (secreted by the  sebaceous glands of sheep) are also derived from animals.  Don’t even ask about testing…

A vision of innovation and a desire to create a vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics brands inspired make-up artist David Klasfeld to create Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.  Along with fellow artists Katie Pellegrino, he created a collection that counts celebs like Lady Gag, Regina Spektor and Beyonce as fans. 

When you think of a vegan, PETA-approved brand, you expect to see a granola look with lots of natural colors.  The creative team has paid their dues working with M.A.C., Patricia Field and Heatherette.  The color palettes were bold.  The highly pigmented products were very fashion forward.  

I tried their signature Lip Tar product.  It is a thick, opaque lip gloss/lipstick hybrid.  It gives a very slick, bold look to your lips.  The Obsessive Compulsive line was built for professional use.  The Lip Tar  wasn't going anywhere anytime soon.  I tried the loose color powders as well.  The color was intense (other brands usually disappoint in this department).  The products are intended to hold up under bright lights and HD cameras…Perfect for the red carpet.  

Should I be surprised that the creative directors were meticulous in their product development?  With a name like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics?  Absolutely not.
Photos by Mariana Leung

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