Matte lip products can be a bitch. It seems to be something that is hard for cosmetics companies to nail, formula wise. Some matte products aren’t really matte and move around a lot, others dry your lips to the point they hurt. Some flake or just don’t seem to last… you get the drill! However, Bite Beauty have absolutely nailed this water resistant, matte lip formula – they’re unlike anything I’ve ever tried.
As a bit of background, Bite Beauty are renowned for producing high quality, paraben-free, food grade products that contain antioxidants. They’re also cruelty free and gluten free. I had seen their products around the interwebs but they never caught my attention until I saw Jaclyn Hill rave about these in a haul video. Aggressive googling of swatches ensued.
I purchased two shades, Glacé and Tatin from Sephora US using a forwarding service. The third and last addition was Léche, purchased from Sephora in Sydney. Upon first use I fell in love – they have a high colour pay off, offering full opacity in one swipe. They’re incredibly creamy and hydrating – not words you’d associate with matte products, right?
Glacé has got to be my favourite of the three. It’s a dusty mauve shade with warm undertones. I find it’s a shade darker than my natural lip colour and has some brown to it. So flattering and on-trend!
Léche is a dusty pale pink, with peachy-pink undertones. I find this one to be a very flattering nude on my NC35/NARS Punjab skin tone, and it goes with any look.
Tatin is a warm, rose pink. This type of shade is not something I usually go for, but I thought I’d try something a bit different, and I’m glad I did. It really brightens up the complexion and is lovely for everyday wear!
These are so creamy; they go on with a satin or semi-matte finish. As the product sets on the lips, the high shine seems to wear off, making the finish appear more matte. They stay put for a good 6-8 hours, sometimes longer (depending on food/drink). Incredibly long-lasting! There is neither feathering nor bleeding. I don’t know how to describe the scent – I’d say it reminds me of lemon, but it’s not strong or unpleasant at all.
A lot of people hate pencils/mechanical wind-up lipsticks. You may also be wondering what happens once the narrow tip gets used; but the bottom end of each lipstick pops out to reveal a sharpener. I’ve sharpened mine as they weren’t fine-tipped any longer, and I was extremely annoyed at the amount of product I wasted. These are way too creamy to be sharpened, so unless you really need the sharp tip, then don’t do it.
- Opaque, high colour payoff.
- Long lasting.
- Comfortable wear.
- Gorgeous shade range.
- They’re pricey – $36 a pop.
- Lots of wastage when sharpening.
- If you’re looking for an ultra-matte lipstick, then these are not for you.
I can wholeheartedly vouch for these amazing lip crayons. The formula is just fantastic! These are so addictive and I am already planning on picking up Cognac and Truffle for the colder months.
Where to buy: If you don’t have access to Sephora in Sydney (like myself), there are a few places you can purchase these from online (Bite Beauty has been popping up everywhere, and I like it). Ry.com.au and Kleins Perfumery online are a good bet.
Have you tried any Bite Beauty products?