Bite Beauty Rose Gold/Fig Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a well-paired set of shades, as it creates a warm, rosy lip that can be shimmery or satin-like, depending on whether you layer the two shades. I liked both shades, and I felt Fig was consistent with the permanent version I had in wear and color.
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.
Rose Gold had a soft, rose-tinted translucent base with copper, flecks of pink, and gold shimmer that gave it a metallic finish overall. The consistency felt surprisingly smooth despite having a distinct shimmer and metallic sheen on the lips. The formula was thinner but did not feel drying over time, which is something I’ve typically experienced, so that was a nice surprise! The shimmer covered evenly, so it was possible to wear it on its own. It had semi-sheer, moderately buildable coverage, which made it work well as a top coat over Fig (or any other shade). It wore well for four hours on its own, and I didn’t notice any shimmer/sparkle migrate beyond my lips over time. MAC Gel (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden (065) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gold (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Live Long and Prosper (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Whip (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC You've Got It (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Fig is a light-medium, rosy pink with warmer, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly, though it slightly emphasized my lip lines as some color settled there after an hour or so of wear. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Slowburn (246) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Cabana Boy (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Plink! (P, $17.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Only You (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Audition (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cami (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.