Saturday, August 13th, 2011

OCC Banjee Lip Tar

OCC Fall 2011: Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars ($13.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) see the addition of six new shades with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. I reviewed Butch previously (blue can’t help but be an individual, y’know), so this post includes these five: Banjee (freshly sliced mango), Femme (pale flamingo pink), Narcissus (creamy pink/lavender), Pretty Boy (deep, true fuchsia), and Queen (screaming neon red).

If you have any experience with Lip Tars, the best advice anyone can give is: a little goes a very, very long way. You really need much less than you’d think. It’s also much easier to use a lighter hand and add more as needed. You can apply straight from the tube (and the angled applicator works well to maneuver around the natural curves of the lips) or with a lip brush (OCC recommends their #009 brush).

  • Banjee is a vibrant, light-medium orange with opaque color and a subtly glossy sheen. I couldn’t think of any similar shades (you would think with all of these orange lipsticks, there would be something!) because this is lighter and less of a dark orange or true orange–there is a yellowness to Banjee.
  • Femme is a softened, pastel pink with subtle blue undertones. The color coverage is opaque. It’s similar but a touch pinker than MAC Royal Azalea, bluer than MAC Overtime, pinker than MAC All Styled Up, similar in hue but lighter than YSL Fetish Pink, and a tad lighter than MAC Viva Glam Gaga I.
  • Narcissus is a medium, fuchsia-lavender with a subtle sheen. It delivers opaque color coverage. It is lighter and pinker than MAC Love Forever, very similar to MAC Asian Flower, and lighter but similar in color to MAC Petals & Peacocks.
  • Pretty Boy is a dark, blue-based fuchsia pink with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. It’s cooler toned than NARS Carthage, which leans redder. Illamasqua Welt is similar in coolness but lighter overall.
  • Queen is a neon pink-red with a soft shine and really rich, opaque color. Guerlain Shalimar is pinker, while MAC Insanely It has fuchsia shimmer and is less vibrant. MAC Gesina is similar, a touch redder and less neon.

Femme is one of the nicer pastel pinks I’ve seen on me, which is due, in part, to the opacity as well as the subtle blue-base–so if you’re warm-toned and have always wanted a pastel pink, this one might work better for you than many of the alternatives.  There are some similarities with MAC’s recently released Sheen Supreme lipsticks (Azalea Blossom and Asian Flower), but I think OCC does them better–the texture and formula are more flattering to the lips and give them a more even appearance.

Lip Tars are very creamy; they’re very much a liquid lipstick, and as such, they’re extremely rich in pigment.  As stated earlier, you only need a tiny dab for total coverage.  They can be mixed with other Lip Tars for your own custom combination (which is how the Lip Tars were initially, but now they have many shades that are great as-is).  The richness in color makes these long-wearing, too–I usually get six hours, sometimes as long as eight.  Shades like Pretty Boy and Queen do stain over time, so sometimes they wear even longer than eight.

They are mint-scented (from the inclusion of peppermint oil), and I don’t find them drying, but if I wear one color for eight hours, I do need to pat on some lip balm, because I don’t find these very moisturizing on their own.  I don’t have issues with these bleeding, but it will happen if you apply a thicker layer, so you may want to wear a lip liner with some of the darker shades.

The Glossover


OCC Fall 2011 Lip Tars (Banjee, Femme, Narcissus, Pretty Boy, Queen) Swatches, Photos, Reviews

These shades are great to wear as-is; they're more "normal" colors than others in OCC's Lip Tar range, but this doesn't mean they can't still be mixed! You may even find these colors inspire you to mix Lip Tars you already own to see what you might come up with.











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OCC Banjee Lip Tar

OCC Banjee Lip Tar

OCC Banjee Lip Tar

OCC Femme Lip Tar

OCC Femme Lip Tar

OCC Femme Lip Tar

OCC Narcissus Lip Tar

OCC Narcissus Lip Tar

OCC Narcissus Lip Tar

OCC Pretty Boy Lip Tar

OCC Pretty Boy Lip Tar

OCC Pretty Boy Lip Tar

OCC Queen Lip Tar

OCC Queen Lip Tar

OCC Queen Lip Tar

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September 6th @ OCC Makeup, $13 each.

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114 thoughts on “OCC Fall 2011 Lip Tars (Banjee, Femme, Narcissus, Pretty Boy, Queen) Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Amalia

    Queen is amazing!

  2. malia

    these all look sooo amazing and glossy! man I think I am going to have to take the plunge- Narcissus and Queen are so gorgeous!!

  3. Antoniar

    Queen and pretty boy look amazing on you!

  4. Kim

    OMG they all pretty but the first is not so pretty than the pink ones ^^

  5. Devi

    Is it bad that I really like Banjee on its own and wouldn’t mix it with anything else? I mean, I wouldn’t wear it in public, but if I had a blog and wanted to do a FOTD, it would be a nice change to do a look that revolved around an orange lip.

  6. These are so FUN!! I love it. Too bad I’m way too lazy to wear lipstick/colours that way, and that cool colours suit me. I love cool colours. Otherwise I’d be, like gently said in a famous comedy movie, allover those things like a fat kid on a cupcake. Seriously. Fantastic.

  7. LOVE pretty boy and queen!

  8. Josiane

    I want queen so bad!

  9. Violet

    Queen is gorgeous, and this is coming from someone who rarely does in-your-face-pinks, but usually the darker, reddish hues of it.

    “You can apply straight from the tube” I would never, ever recommend this. You usually get way too much product, it goes on uneven and you often run outside the lips. Very difficult way to apply it.

    • I haven’t had problems applying it from the tube myself :) It’s how I applied all of these! You just need to be aware of how much you need!

      • Violet

        Huh, then it must come down to your lip shape; I don’t have as defined a cupids bow as you do, so it always ends up a mess for me. You’re lucky, Christine! Relying on brushes can be an evil making me reach for other lippies quite often, unfortunately.

  10. Jessica

    I want Banjeeeeee! I’ve been looking for a lip color just like that for a while!

  11. Hend

    Narcissus, pretty boy and queen are the best pinks I’ve ever seeen !

  12. samantha

    how similar are queen and pretty boy to anime?

  13. Emily

    WOW these are flippin’ gorgeous; I want Queen and Pretty Boy but I have no idea how I would make the useful in my collection…

  14. Dana

    Pretty Boy and Queen are amazing on you Christine!! <3

  15. Jill

    Pretty Boy looks fantastic on you!

  16. Maggie

    Oooh, Pretty Boy and Queen are calling my name :)

  17. kelli

    Are Queen and Harlot really different; if you own Harlot would buying Queen too be kind of…OCD?

  18. Rachel

    omg they are all so gorgeousssss!!!!!

  19. Suzanne

    Oh Pretty Boy, come to me.

  20. leesie

    Ooooh, I really like Pretty Boy and Queen.

  21. Alyssa

    Queen, Pretty Boy, and Banjee just made my wallet cry out in pain

  22. Rachael

    I love Queen! Do you have Anime lip tar? I’m curious how it compares to Pretty Boy.

  23. meme

    Like the idea of all these new liptars – the best parts of a lipstick only no broken bullet or mushed bullet to deal with or worse – a pot with lip cream in it. But these colors are mostly really odd. Only 1-2 that I would wear.

  24. I love all of these. Your lip-product swatches are the best. It’s really nice to see them on actual lips! :)

  25. stephanie

    omg i was NEVER interested in these after years of them being out but after seeing these colors I seriously want some, and im not a gloss kind of person always into lipsticks but these wow.

  26. Chelle

    I’m all over Pretty Boy!

  27. jasmin

    Christine y must u do this to me lol thank heavens these aren’t le

  28. Swimsalot

    OMG. Pretty Boy is awesome on you. Where can I buy it?

  29. Judy

    I am in love with Femme!!!Do you think it’s too cool for asian skin tones?

  30. Melissa

    MUST buy Queen and Pretty Boy!

  31. Diane

    I love all of these! I’ve been wanting to try liptars forever.

  32. Katherine

    The more I see these the more I’m intrigued by the possiblities of mixing. Mix, sheer out—really interesting!

  33. Pretty Boy and Queen will be mine!

  34. Victoria

    WOW I love queen! looks like a slightly more coral Impassioned! do you think they’re similar?

  35. Lisa

    im going crazy for “queen” thats so pretty!

  36. Megan

    The pink colors are amazing!

  37. amanda

    the last three are beautiful on u!!

    i never would have guessed that these would be so opaque, otherwise i would have snatched a few up at IMATS last year!

  38. cait

    queen is uber pretty! I have never really been interested before in the OCC Tars but WOWIE!

    I love how even that pale pink looks well on you!

  39. Melody

    They’re all stunning! Femme is a big win since it’s so hard to find a pastel like that that isn’t chalky. I’m in love with the smooth textures here!

  40. Pan

    Wow, those shades are fantastic! I love how bold most of them are.

  41. Jane

    I realize these are meant for blending together to achieve custom color – Banjee is still one of the most startling lip colors I have ever seen. Queen is incredibly pretty on you!

  42. emily

    holy i love the last 4 pinks! banjee is quite cool lol

  43. Pretty Boy looks a lot like MAC Full Fuschia l/s. Queen looks gorgeous.

  44. Nicole

    Queen looks awesomeee! Do you think that lip tars will last after eating?

  45. Yui

    How does Femme compare with MAC’s Pink Friday?

  46. I think I may need to check out OCC when my next paycheck comes in 😉

  47. Queen is just flippin’ gorgeous. <3

  48. can’t wait to put my hand on these!!

  49. Diane

    Femme, Queen, and Narcissus are right up my alley.
    It’s hard to want to pass any of these up, though.

  50. frida

    i neeed queen !!

  51. Sarah M

    I have to have Queen… It looks amazing!!!

  52. Stephanie

    Wow, I love all of these! I own about 10 lip tars already, looks like I might have to pick these up as well.

  53. Carmen

    Queen is the nicest of the bunch. I had a few liptars, and I am no longer a fan. My personal opinions are that they should make smaller (and cheaper) tubes, since these do last forever, and if you have many lippies, like me, you’ll neer use up a tube. Also, they can be messy to mix in a jar, and they do tend to run. I also find the peppermint scent annoying. I still prefer the MAC lipmixes.

  54. VJNS

    Hi Christine. LOVE the Pretty Boy look on you. Would you know how long these last in the tube? You mentioned a little goes a long way so i was just wondering.

  55. sweet lord! these are awesome. you look so gorgeous in all of them :)

  56. Aly

    I think you meant Royal Azelea not Azelea Blossom. Because from what I know, Azelea Blossom was a blush & Royal Azelea was in the new Mac Seasonally Surpreem collection, which is the page you linked it to(: Just trying to help ya out!

  57. *swoons* Banjee, Pretty Boy, and Queen look AMAZING on you! I’m dying over here for Pretty Boy, but I don’t think it will look as good on me. A girl can dream though, right? 😉 Thanks for the beautiful swatches!

  58. lucy

    these look amazing.

  59. Rachel W.

    queen and pretty boy omg!!

  60. narcissus and queen…love it :)

  61. Yaz

    Queen is Divine!

  62. Juvy

    Hi Christine! I have YSL RV in pink lingerie, so do you think I should still get Femme? They look similar.
    Oh and thanks for all these lovely swatches! I’ll definitely grab Queen, Pretty Boy and Narcissus…. maybe Banjee too…
    The name Temptalia really suits this site. You really tempt us all!

  63. Miss Mercurial

    ASDFGHJKL gaahhh.
    OCC, I hate your politically incorrect name but love your color range.
    And I just talked myself out of getting the lip tar set, too…le sigh.

  64. Sarah

    Bangee is soo gorgeous and different!! :O

  65. Lena Vaz

    WOW! These colors! I want all of them!

  66. Laia

    Pretty Boy and Queen, HELL YES 😀

  67. Arica

    Christine, how does Narcissus compare to Pageant? Pretty Boy vs Anime? I’d love to see more comparisons when you get a chance! Thanks for the photos! I love love love Lip Tars 😀

    • Narcissus is less pink (more lavender), not as bright. I don’t have Anime. I pulled out the comparisons I could think of – sorry if that is not enough!

      • Arica

        awesome, thanks so much! You really need to get Anime; it’s the brightest pink I’ve ever seen. It would be gorgeous on you!!

  68. Amy Em

    Are these at all similar to MAC Kissable lipcolor (from Peacocky, I think)?

  69. Michelle

    Hi Christine, I love these!!! I would love to see more of the lip tars, do you own any more? If you do, could you swatch them???? THANKS!!!

  70. I’ve got to have pretty boy n queen its like woooowwwww … Everything looks nice on u Christine :)

  71. These colors are so pigmented and amazing. I cannot wait for the release because there are more than a few that I would love to try. I perused their website for a bit yesterday as well and had no idea there were so many colors in their collection already! Gotta love the 100% vegan and cruelty free, too.

  72. Smidge

    Banjee looks like the radioactive goo I get when I pre-mix the cheese flavoring from my Mac and Cheese with the milk in a little bowl: neon and not particularly appetizing. XD I can definitely see it being used to change the tone of other products, though.

  73. alyssa

    I def love Narcissus, Queen and pretty boy! those will def be my first lip tars EVER!

  74. Courtney

    I’m shaking right now I am soo excited!!! Yeah…I think I have an addiction

  75. Lumi

    WOW, these colors really pop!

    The only color I might want is Femme. I don’t have a light pastel pink lip product yet… But I’m not sure if that would look good on me.

    Pretty Boy & Queen are so pretty too!!!

  76. Monifa

    Awesome colours!!! I just purchased these without seeing the swatch review, and I am sooooooooooo happy I did!!!!!

  77. Amanda

    omg pretty boy and femme are to die for!! they honestly all look amazing on you!! especially pretty boy

  78. Meika

    I have a thing for orange lipstick/lipgloss/liptar and Banjee is nice, but Pretty boy and Queen are amazing.

  79. Jenn

    Thanks for putting swatches up! I have been looking for a color like banjee for so long, and am glad to have found it. I just have one problem; I have OCC lip tars, and when I wear them for more than 20 minutes or so, it builds up on the inside of my lips and the corners. Does this happen to anyone else? It’s very unattractive, and discourages me from buying more lip tars.

  80. Mel

    I cant’t believe you apply straight from the tube.. you must be some kind of wizard! I use MAC lip brush and I have a problem with the lines that the brush makes on my lips (sorry the bad english).

  81. artemis

    femme is perfect

  82. Danielle

    Hi Christine.. I am having a little trouble deciding if I should order Femme.. I have MAC’s Infinitely Likable Pro Longwear Lipglass and was wondering if that is similar to Femme at all.. Bc I find that pink looks good on me .. Also, I am not sure about the OCC lip tar in Trick.. Is that light like Mac’s Peachstick lipstick or darker?? If you could help me with these questions I would greatly appreciate it bc I have a coupon for a site that I want to use to order today and not sure when it expires.. Thanks in advance!!

  83. darkforest

    A lot of people have been asking comparisons to Anime. Queen is very bright and slightly more orange-pink neon, Pretty boy is much more similar to Anime but Anime is brighter and more vibrant. The differences are subtle btwn the two, but I would choose Anime bc I prefer brighter.

  84. Lanelle Clarke

    Hi Christine :)

    thanks for the wonderful swatches and pictures! it can be quite difficult figuring out what lip tars are going to look like on yourself without great quality pics :). I plan on getting a bunch of these for my birthday and since they are cheaper in the US, i’m going to have them shipped to australia. most sites advertise lip tars as $14 each (one site I found them for $13.50) and I was wondering if you knew of any other sites that might sell them cheaper? if not, no worries. still beats paying over $20 a pop! thank you xx :)


    • I don’t think there are any cheaper – I am not sure if OCC ships internationally, but I know they sometimes bundle their lip tars together, so you can save on them that way!

  85. Pinky

    Hey… How does OCC Narcissus compare to MAC Saint Germain…. I love Saint Germain lipstick…