Bite Beauty #038 is a slightly warm-toned, medium plum with a matte finish. It is a permanent lip liner that retails for $18.00 and contains 0.05 oz.
Bite Beauty #038 The Lip PencilBite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dark plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though not quite opaque, that applied with minimal tugging as the consistency was soft but not really emollient or slippery. The lip pencil was comfortable to use along the edges of the lips and took a bit more work to fill in for all-over coverage. This shade stayed on well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bite Beauty recommends wearing this particular shade with Pepper, Rhubarb, or Sake; I think it would work well with Rhubarb (warmer) or Sake (lighter, cooler) -- see comparison swatches.
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.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
With high precision texture that defines the lip line, The Lip Pencil provides perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage. Bite Beauty’s lightest formula yet, it offers addictively creamy coverage that’s so lightweight it feels like nothing on your lips. The case is an artisanal wood barrel that encapsulates whipped shea butter and three times the amount of pigments for a perfectly defined line.