OCC Pagan Lip Tar Review, Photos, Swatches

OCC Pagan Lip Tar
OCC Pagan Lip Tar

OCC Pagan Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple.” It’s a deep, dark purple with cool undertones and a lightly shiny finish. This color also was prone to staining anything and everything it came into contact with nearly instantly, so be careful when applying! Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) was the only shade that was even worth mentioning, but it is a lot lighter and more muted. OCC Technopagan really doesn’t resemble this, just as a reference. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unfortunately, I found Pagan to have a similar consistency to Vain, so it was thinner, a little runny, which made it harder to wear and apply. It also resulted in a glossier finish that lingered for awhile, even after using the smallest amount for coverage. It is very pigmented, but it was prone to sheering out/smearing as the color was thinner. I would recommend applying a lip primer or lip liner underneath this, which would help it cling and stay in place better. The color is certainly unique within the colors I’ve reviewed myself, but it is a more high maintenance lip color for application and wear. I experienced feathering after three hours of wear, which worsened as it wore on, though the color lasted for eight and a half hours with a substantial stain left behind.


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OCC Pagan Lip Tar
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OCC Pagan Lip Tar
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OCC Pagan Lip Tar
OCC Pagan Lip Tar

OCC Pagan Lip Tar
OCC Pagan Lip Tar

OCC Pagan Lip Tar
OCC Pagan Lip Tar



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Such a pretty color! Shame about the texture. I really wish I saw more people wearing these types of unusual colors more often. They can be used to create such amazing looks. But staining and bleeding are big issues for a color this bold and dark.
These reviews do help so much!

I’s a shame about the out-of-control-ness, because the colour is phenomenal! But, then again, I have Technopagan in my little purple-lipstick-loving heart at the moment (as opposed to in my hands, sadly ;-)) and it’s taking up all the room… 😀

The color is stunning but it sounds like too much work. I can deal with a little feathering but I hate bleeding. I wish it was a little thicker


I love lip tars for the color range and how mixable they are. However, I have a hard time with them do to feathering. I have tried a clear lip liner on the outside of my lip edge or on the actual edge of my lip. I have tried using less.

What would be another way to prevent feathering? I really want to use mine more.
Suggestions? Thanks!


Beyond lip liner/using less, I’m not sure what else 🙁 You could try a light powdering (put a tissue over, powder over the issue – it helps to diffuse), which is a trick to make lip product last longer without changing the color.

this color is amazing, but everything else about it…not so much. hopefully occ will put out more purples with better formulas in the future. illamasqua’s kontrol is like my dream color, i just wish they were sold in the u.s.!!

This is similar to (but darker than) MUFE #14. I think wearing MUFE #14 over a black or deep purple/plum lip pencil might be a decent dupe.

I’m still totally buying this, Vain, and Technopagan though. I can never have to many purples & blues!

No, no, no! Love the color but do not like how it appears patchy on your lips. For that reason I’ll pass.

WOW!!! I love purple lipstick -why can’t I love lip tars? I love the darkness, but I also love the lighter, more purlpley color at the edges of the swatch. Can you sheer this out to get that lighter color or is the consistency just too bad for even that to work?

You can kind of sheer it out, but Lip Tar is so pigmented that it is kind of a pain to get it to be sheer. The easiest way is to take the tiniest amount and mix it with balm (or gloss).

Pagan itself is a striking color but the formula looks like a nightmare to work with. I think that people would definitely need to apply some concealer around this to prevent feathering and make the edges more crisp because its so runny that it makes the lines very uneven.

Ooh, i love this color. Just by looking at the lip swatches i could feel the struggle you went through when applying the lip product lol. Such a shame for that stunning of a color though 🙁

Oh, what a wonderful colour! Why, oh why couldn’t it be a better performer. This one is well within my comfort zone. I don’t like overly fuzzy products, though 🙂

I bought this shade because I thought it was such a unique awesome color, but sadly after 3 hours of wear it feathered like crazy. My lips looked sooooo bad 🙁 I’m going to keep trying- maybe less product will help!

Hello, Christine… Although this color is strange, I am really loving the color of the blended swatch, the lightest bits are amazing! I have 3 OCCs and, with two of them, I find it’s easy to get just that worn-off color… Do you think this is possible with Pagan? I mean, I’d get it just for the worn out bright purple ahaha
And thank you for the swatch! x

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