Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set ($35.00 for 0.36 oz.) contains a lipgloss, lip pencil, and a multi-use cream stick (can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks). All three shades are part of the brand’s permanent offerings, so they can be purchased individually as well. They are full-sized products, so the set has a great value at $65 worth of products.
I did notice some issues with packaging, though, as my Multistick had a fault twist mechanism and damaged stick (cosmetic damage, only) and my lip pencil had no point so I had to sharpen to expose product and there was a tip of wax after sharpening. If any readers pick up the trio, I’d love to hear if there were any discrepancies in packaging, as it struck me as odd. The products themselves were consistent with the permanent versions that I have reviewed previously. Edit: I wanted to update and let you know that Bite reached out to get batch codes for the Multistick and Lip Pencil so they can look into it 🙂
Champagne Pearl is a light-medium, bronzy gold with warm, orange undertones and fine gold, copper, and pink pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightweight texture that was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and easy to apply. It wore well for four and a half hours on me.
- Kevyn Aucoin Copper (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar).
- Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Jouer Tan Lines (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar).
- Colour Pop Just Surfed (LE, $6.00) is less pigmented, cooler (85% similar).
- Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery (85% similar).
- Too Faced Show Me Your Coconuts (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
- MAC Goldieloxxed (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar).
- Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
- Smashbox XO, Vlada (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar).
- Makeup Geek VIP (P, $15.00) is cooler (80% similar).
$22.00/0.14 oz. - $157.14 Per Ounce
The Creme Lip Gloss is supposed to give a “modern, foiled lip look” with “pearlized color pay off” while softening the lips. The formula had a light-medium weight to it, which I think helped ensure that the shimmer didn’t feel gritty on the lips. It had a little tackiness after an hour of wear, but it was never a really sticky or goopy gloss on. The wear was anywhere from four to five hours, and the formula felt hydrating to me. They had a really strong, mirror-like finish that made them more wearable on their own, as it was hard to notice any imperfections in the coverage. They also worked well layered over various lipsticks (both Bite’s lipsticks as well as other brands’ formulas) for adding shine and sparkle. The gloss had a sweet, fruity scent–the same one found in other Bite lip products.
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Triisostearyl Citrate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Lanolin, Dilinoleic Acid/Propanediol Copolymer, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Bis-Stearyl Ethylenediamine/Neopentyl Glycol/Stearyl Hydrogenated Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Glyceryl Rosinate, Silica,Cera Alba (Beeswax), Flavor, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Linoleic Acid, Ethylcellulose, Glyceryl Oleate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tin Oxide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Trans-Resveratrol, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit) Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).
Cashew is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that could be sheered out. The big thing is how one applies it; swiping directly from the stick yielded more opaque coverage whereas tapping or patting it onto the skin had sheerer coverage (or if one used a brush or fingertips). The texture was denser, a bit thicker, and lightly creamy with an almost powder-like feel to it as it touched the skin. It lasted for eight and a half hours as a blush, four hours as a lip product, and minutes on the eyes (creased very quickly!).
- Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar).
- Make Up For Ever M101 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar).
- MAC Spirit (P, $18.50) is warmer, glossier (95% similar).
- Colour Pop Beeper (P, $6.50) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar).
- MAC Half 'n' Half (P, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar).
- MAC Spice (LE, $18.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
- Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar).
- KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).
- Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar).
- Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar).
$24.00/0.17 oz. - $141.18 Per Ounce
Bite 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 dried 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 (the 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.
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Triisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate*, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate*, Squalane*, Silica*, Coconut Alkanes*, C10-18 Triglyceride*, Cera Albla (Beeswax)**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax**, Jojoba Esters*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Mica*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax, Bismuth Oxychloride*, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables*, Flavor*, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate*, Tocopherol*, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax*, Polyglycerin-3*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil**. +/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*. *Natural, **Organic.
#036 is a medium, rosy plum with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was smooth with minimal tug (quite good for a pencil!) that applied fairly evenly to the lips. I was able to smooth and even out the color by pressing my lips together. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer and didn’t sink into lip lines. It wore well for five hours and was non-drying.
- Bite Beauty #018 (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar).
- Bite Beauty #022 (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
- MAC Morning Coffee (P, $19.50) is darker (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar).
- MAC Nice 'n' Spicy (P, $19.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar).
- Bite Beauty #040 (P, $18.00) is darker (80% similar).
$18.00/0.05 oz. - $360.00 Per Ounce
The Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. I think the formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping color on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but some applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with.
The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as I found the best way to “even” out the coverage was to press my lips together, and while there was a touch of tackiness, the color almost always appeared more even after that than if I kept trying to maneuver and push the color around with the pencil itself. They do feel lightweight, and they lasted anywhere from five to six hours on their own. They weren’t spectacularly long-wearing as a standalone lip product, but they extended the wear of lipsticks by two to four hours.
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