Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy with red undertone.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a luminous finish. Tom Ford Beauty Pavlos (LE, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Since brands have really embraced the whole “let’s release a way more expensive version and call it luxury” over the past year or so, I think it’s important that brands do it right–that’s the least they can do–and Bite gets it really wrong here. Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme formula (which has the exact same packaging) retails for $24 for 0.15 oz., which makes this luxury formula 50% more expensive. Huge fan of the Luminous Creme formula and other lip products by Bite, but I really couldn’t feel anything different in this “better” formula, and worse, it under-performed, period. It had semi-opaque color coverage that goes on unevenly with visible streaks and patchiness, while the formula is unforgiving and pulls into lip lines. I had feathering, which is unusual for me, after two hours, and the color was mostly gone after four and a half hours. The consistency had a lot of slip (a little more than their regular formula), but it was also thin, which I think made it shorter-wearing. It didn’t stain, which was also a surprise, given the darkness of the color. It was only somewhat hydrating, but it didn’t seem as moisturizing as their standard formula. The extra kick in the pants was that it had a strong, waxy scent and lemony-soap taste.

You would think that to kick off a 12-month long limited edition release party, they would have come out with guns blazing and given us something to covet, but this was disappointing and you’re far better off looking to their Luminous Creme formula for a better-performing, longer-wearing, and more pigmented option. The packaging should have reflected the up-charge, and the formula should have been near perfection, especially since their Luminous Creme formula is excellent, so there’s no excuse for this under-performing release. Bite can do a lot better.

One last annoyance was that the bottom wasn’t labeled with any name or number, so you might want to mark it!

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Peach is often like the lighter, softer version of coral, as you can find pink-leaning peach shades or more orange-leaning peach shades, so there is usually a shade that will work for someone! There are even more peachy-beige kind of shades that are more neutral. I love peach on the eyes, whether as an eyeliner or on the center or inner lid. The center of lid is great to really brighten, especially if you use darker, more contrasting shades on the inner/outer areas of the lid. The inner tear duct is a nice place for a pop of more shimmery peach that I find helps to open up eyes.

  1. Bite Beauty Leche — a satin-finished, medium peach lip color
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a peach with champagne shimmer and warm undertones that works as a highlighter or subtle blush
  3. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — brighten eyes with this peachy-pink eyeliner
  4. Make Up For Ever #I524 Pinky Beige — a light-medium peach with a pearly sheen to brighten eyes
  5. YSL Tender Peach (26) — a glossy, pink-tinted peach lipstick

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Bite Beauty Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

Straight from the Lip Lab, located in the heart of SOHO, in New York City, BITE sees hundreds of clients monthly and, without fail, can pinpoint emerging color trends. Each month, BITE will create a Lip Lab-inspired, limited-edition run of a stand out shade that is new, fresh, and fashion-forward, with a scent to match. Each cream lipstick is also packaged in a limited-edition red box, with a hand-stamped label that features the shade number and the date it was hand-crafted. Created with BITE Beauty’s coveted Crème Deluxe formula, this lipstick is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and offers over 20 amino acids, freshwater pearl, and silk—which have been used in traditional beauty rituals dating back thousands of years. When added to lipstick, this pairing offers natural moisture-adjusting benefits that leave lips softer and more sensuous. Get the coolest shade in a luxurious formula—available only for a limited time.

  • Shade 001 Deep burgundy with red undertones (January 2015)
  • Shade 002 (February 2015)
  • Shade 003 (March 2015)
  • Shade 004 (April 2015)
  • Shade 005 (May 2015)
  • Shade 006 (June 2015)
  • Shade 007 (July 2015)
  • Shade 008 (August 2015)
  • Shade 009 (September 2015)
  • Shade 010 (October 2015)
  • Shade 011 (November 2015)
  • Shade 012 (December 2015)

Availability: Coming soon, exclusively at Sephora

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is described as a “universal red-wine tint.” It’s a brightened, cherryr ed with cool undertones that turns to more of a pinky-red color applied to lips. NARS Shade IV (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Josie Maran Always Cherry (P, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Night is Young (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I haven’t used this extensively (as I would if I was testing a lip balm’s healing/hydrating properties), though I have previously reviewed the original. This is more of a quick review to show how the newest tinted version looks. I think those who were disappointed by the subtle nature of the Champagne version will find this more palatable, as it produces a very noticeable reddish tint to lips. It will be nice for those who have good luck with this formula who want a little more color during the day but need the ultra-hydrating properties of the original. The formula is thicker and heavier, fairly tacky, and the color seems to fade faster than the feel of the balm, where the color seems to disappear after three to four hours, the balm lingers for five to six with some lingering as long as eight hours. The past iterations of this formula have been hydrating for me, and I found this one to feel much like those. The only critique I really have is that it doesn’t always look completely even applied, which is often the nature of sheer, but vibrant, shades like this.

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “jewel red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented and yielded full coverage in a single stroke. The consistency is lightweight, a little creamy (but not wet or slick), and holds without feeling clingy. It lasted for six and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is brighter. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is more matte, pinker. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Framboise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink/purple.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented and easy to use with a lightweight, creamy consistency that applied evenly but didn’t slide around once applied. It wore well for six and a half hours. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is darker. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Peche Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly with smooth, glide-on consistency. The color lasted for five and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Gucci Beauty Fever (P, $39.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more muted. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is slightly more orange. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Blood Orange (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is glossier. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Bite Beauty Brandy Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Brandy Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Brandy Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “muted raspberry.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the color applied evenly and smoothly with just a smidgen of shine initially (it wore away within an hour). The color itself lasted for five and a half hours on me, and the formula was comfortable and hydrating. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, more matte. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Givenchy Rouge Egerie (305) (P, $36.00) is brighter, lighter. Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) (LE, $36.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) (LE, $51.00) is similar. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is similar. Revlon Wild Watermelon (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Sucre Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, full color coverage that applied beautifully with smooth, even color. This shade wore well for five hours and was moderately moisturizing over time. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is glossier. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is similar. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Tatin Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich color payoff with a lightly creamy, comfortable-to-wear formula that applied evenly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker. Guerlain Georgia (P, $51.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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