Bite Beauty Gold/Sour Cherry Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo ($114.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a holiday party duo if I’ve seen one–a gold, glimmering top coat paired with a rich, ruby red. The richness of the Amuse Bouche formula can overwhelm the shimmer if applied directly from the tube (the shimmer was noticeable, but it appeared ruby in hue–but it did result in a gorgeous, ruby red slippers kind of effect), but I had better success patting it on over the red color with a fingertip to make the gold shimmer standout more.
Each of the Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duos includes one shimmery shade and one cream shade. The cream shade is part of the permanent range of Amuse Bouche lipsticks. Per the brand’s description, the shimmery shade is supposed to be a “foiled top coat,” though you can wear either shade on its own. I love that Bite has really affordable options during the holidays; I think these are a great way to try the brand’s Amuse Bouche formula, but they’re fitting with the holiday season in a fun, practical way. I had no issues with stability of the smaller-sized lipsticks when applying directly from the tube either, which can be an issue with minis.
Gold seems to have a translucent base with a medium-level of lighter and darker gold shimmer. It used a finer pearl that wasn’t chunky in feel, but it had noticeable sparkle and caught the light well. The consistency had moderate slip, which helped the shimmer disperse evenly across the lips so it could easily be worn on its own, but the semi-sheer coverage made it work well for layering under or over another lip color. I found it most effective patted over another lip color with my fingertips. On its own, it lasted for four hours with a bit of transfer of shimmer outside the lip line (I didn’t have any issues with shimmer migration when I used it layered over Sour Cherry) and was lightly hydrating. Bite Beauty Gold (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Rose Gold (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Sour Cherry is a bold, bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that applied easily and yielded even coverage in a single stroke. This shade wore well for over seven hours, left a stain behind, and was lightly hydrating. Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty #012 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC So Good For You (LE, $17.00) is more muted, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Mind Control (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC MAC Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Red Rage (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Mulling Spices (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop JujuRouge (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is more muted, less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Marilyn (LE, $38.00) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.