Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark chocolaty brown with warm, reddish undertones and a hint of orange. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is less glossy (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (P, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $23.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Hollywood Blvd. (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating! Anise had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation when applied with a brush or fingertips and opaque coverage if applied directly from tubes (in swipes/passes, if you just dotted or dabbed it, then it was sheerer). The consistency was creamy, light-to-light-medium in weight without feeling or looking heavy, and very blendable on eyes, lips, and cheeks. As you might expect by this point, the performance on the eyes was the weakest while the performance on the cheeks was strongest, though it wore well and comfortably on the lips.
As a cheek product, the product was very forgiving on the cheeks and blended out with ease. I had no trouble using synthetic brushes of all kinds as well as my fingertips; the latter is my go-to for most cream cheek color for blending but I like initially laying down color with a synthetic stippling brush. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. It did not dry down fully, so it would transfer if I touched it, I didn’t notice migration or movement over time either (which was a surprise). This shade looks a lot lighter when used at lower coverage levels, instead of the deep brown it appears in the tube; the difference is a bit more dramatic than in other shades to me (I think it’s the warmth that comes through when it appears lighter in hue).
As a lip product, it’s versatile in its pigmentation depending on how you apply it. For ease, I applied it directly from the tube, which yielded opaque pigmentation in a single pass, but you could easily apply with fingertips for sheerer coverage or a lip brush for more precision (it is a rounded tube!). The texture was smooth, creamy, and a little powdery without feeling dry–there’s something to the texture that reminds that there is powder in the formula–and applied even color. It wore well for six hours and left behind a slight stain afterward, and while it was not hydrating, it was also not drying.
As an eye product, I applied with fingertips, which yielded a semi-sheer application, and it was easily built-up to greater coverage, if desired, though fully opaque was a little more challenging without applying it directly from the tube. It blended out easily and while it did not fully set, this particular shade managed to hold on for–wait for it!–two hours before creasing set in.
Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.