Since their introduction to Sephora, I’d heard rave reviews of Bite Beauty’s lip-only product range. Despite being assured of their flawless texture, incredible pigment, and progressive ingredients (all Bite products are food-grade!), I was a little put off by the prices. Their lipsticks, lip pencils, and glosses are solidly in the high-end price range, at $24-$30 a pop, which is a lot to spend when drugstore brands like Revlon have been making huge strides in their formulas.
It wasn’t until the Best Bite set came along, featuring four mini-sized High Pigment Matte Pencils for $25, that I took the plunge. Bite’s pencils are pretty straightforward– no gimmicks, no fuss, just pure creamy color.
The pencils came packaged in an Altoids-style tin, durable and fingerprint-resistant. Perfect to toss in your purse. And! There’s a great mirror on the inside, which makes this reusable even after your pencils are all used up.
The pencils included cover all the classic bases. There’s Cranberry, a lovely holiday red, Rhubarb, a plummy-rose that’s awesome for daytime wear, Quince, a party-time warm magenta, and Madeira, a slightly-pinky pale buff. All are part of Bite’s core lineup, so if you run out, they’re not LE.
I’ve worn these shades several times now, and I am incredibly impressed by them. They wear for 4+ hours and through coffee and a light meal, with the exception of Madeira. They go on opaque in a single buttery swipe. They combine the color of lipstick with the ease of application you get with a pencil, so they’re great for quick touch ups. They feel wonderful when worn, and there’s no funny smell or taste.
As you can probably tell by the swatches, they’re not matte, as advertised. There’s some subtle glossiness going on. I’d call them satins, and creamy ones at that.
I get the most wear out of Rhubarb, obviously, since it’s the best for day wear. Quince is my favorite, however– it’s the perfect focal lip shade for my coloring. Madeira actually surprised me– nude lip looks generally look chalky and terrible on me, but there was just enough of a pink tint that it pairs perfectly with a smoky eye on me. Cranberry gets less play, because it’s hard for me to pull off deep reds with fuchsia hair, so I rarely wear looks that call for it.
This is a wonderful set in general. I do believe it’s no longer on the Sephora website, as it was a holiday set, but you should be able to still find it in brick and mortar stores.
Consider it if:
— You’re new to lipstick, and want a no-guessing stash of classics
— You want a purse stash for all occasions
— You’re new to the brand and want to check out the formula before investing $$$
As for me? I’m now obsessed. Next up? Probably Violet.