Bite Beauty Anise Multistick Review, Photos, Swatches

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise MultistickBite 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 Exotic Ember (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Bronze #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $24.00) is less glossy (90% similar). ColourPop Hollywood Blvd. (P, $6.00) 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.

Anise

PPermanent. $24.00.
B+
B+
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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Formula Overview

Bite Beauty MultistickBite Beauty Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a cream formula that can be worn on eyes, lips, and face, and it is supposed to be “blendable, breathable, and buildable” with a “soft focus finish.” In general, it has a more cream-like feel than powder-like, even after it “dries.” The consistency is medium in thickness–more noticeably thick when used on the lips, as it is quite dense–and is quite blendable across the majority of shades. They don’t have a true cream-to-powder dry down, as the Bite formula does not dry down completely. I did notice that the exposed portion of the bullet itself (like the flat top) gets drier and firmer after each use, as if it dries out a bit on the exterior, but a light swipe on the skin reveals a much creamier interior. When I’ve used it directly from the tube on the lips, I can sense that “35% powder” part of the formula as well. I really liked the formula as a cream blush, as it was blendable, buildable, and long-wearing. As a lip product, it was decent to good (performance depended a lot on the shade), and as an eye product, it was a total miss for me due to poor wear.

As an eyeshadow: The texture was blendable around the edges, while the thicker consistency and buildable coverage enabled me to get better coverage that didn’t just sheer out immediately. The issue I had with wearing the formula on my eyes was that I could not get the formula to wear well on eyes, as they continuously settled into creases within minutes of applying; I would smooth the color back out after the initial creasing, but it would just happen again after another five to ten minutes. I tried using the formula over different primers (Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Eye) as well as dusting with translucent powder, but the wear was only improved to a couple of hours of wear before creasing occurred (instead of minutes).

As a cheek color: The formula has performed the best as a cream blush (or bronzer/contour). The were very much as described–blendable and buildable–and could be worn as true-to-tube color if desired, but it was easy to diffuse and blend out the blush on the cheeks. I liked to use a synthetic blush brush to swirl on the color and then used my fingertips to blend out the edges. While the formula didn’t dry down completely, it yielded a natural sheen that was glowy in a subdued way (and without shimmer), and it didn’t seem to result in wear issues, as the shades I have tested have all lasted between nine and ten hours as a cheek color. If I patted lightly at the blush on my skin, there would be immediate transfer onto my fingertip and a missing splotch of color on my skin. It set well with translucent powder but does lose its sheen (no transfer if I set it).

As a lip color: I was surprised to find that the formula wore about as well as an average lipstick on the lips, and the formula wasn’t drying at all. If you apply it directly from the tube like a regular lipstick, it’s very, very pigmented and totally opaque, but if you apply with fingertips or use a lip brush, it is more buildable. You can also apply directly from the tube to the center of lips and then use a fingertip/brush to blend and diffuse to the rest of the lips for sheerer coverage. It is most comfortable and flattering worn at a higher opacity, as the denser texture seems to help lips look smoother without emphasizing lip lines. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines while worn (after an hour or two), while others didn’t have such issues. Some shades were also more prone to fading more noticeably from the center of lips. What I was most impressed by was the fact that they did not feel dry or clingy on the lips, and the formula itself wasn’t drying at all, even after six hours of wear. Bite’s Amuse Bouche formula is a far superior lipstick formula, but these were absolutely wearable as a lipstick. It took as long as four hours before the color would start to look more matte, but it never felt truly powdery or dry.

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

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Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
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Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

Bite Beauty Anise Multistick
Bite Beauty Anise Multistick

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2 whole hours?!? WOOT!!!! ?
This one, for me, is a great shade for cheeks and eyes. But not something that I would ever like on my lips. Too reminiscent of MAC Photo. Yellow toned browns will never be a good lip look for me.

Now this is beautiful! I don’t normally do multi-use makeup but Bite nailed this. The color looks perfect on eyes, cheeks and lips. It’s so 90s and I love it!

This has to be one of my favorites of the bunch! Brown lipstick is always good in my book, and if I wasn’t more of a powder formula person (due to being on the oily side), this would make a pretty bronzer.

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