I cried a little when Bite Beauty discontinued their Luminous Creme Lipstick range. But I wept tears of joy when I received a package of six of the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in the mail.
The Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks ($30 CAD/$26 USD) are a new range of 34 high-impact lipsticks. In French, an "Amuse Bouche" is a single, bite-sized appetizer served compliments of the chef. The Amuse Bouche is a vehicle for the chef to convey "big ideas in small bites". Fittingly enough, Bite lipsticks are formulated with food-grade ingredients and processed in low-heat to preserve the nutrients, vitamins and omega oils of the fresh pressed fruit. Their products are made in downtown Toronto.
As aforementioned, there are 34 shades of the new Amuse Bouche Lipsticks. Some of the old 25 Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick shades share the same names as the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks. To name a few, there's still fig, tannin, pepper - all of which look like similar (or the same) as their predecessors.
That being said, the formulation feels different from the old Luminous Creme line. The Amuse Bouche Lipsticks feel ever so slightly more sticky and thick than the creaminess of the Luminous Cremes. The Amuse Bouche Lipsticks are still creamy and have a dreamy way of gliding onto the lips but the stickiness also lends to the opacity and the wear-time.
Like any other lipstick, the Amuse Bouches don't look so hot over dry patches so make sure to moisturize and exfoliate before application. The pigmentation of these lipsticks is impressive. I swatched with one swipe on my arms and on the lips, it takes only two layers to get full on colour.
In terms of wear, all six of the shades I tried were comfortable and did not dry out my lips. They also didn't feather or transfer onto my chin or lips but all of the shades will transfer onto cups and food. That's the tradeoff when you wear something hydrating instead of a long-wearing liquid lipstick that drains the life out of your lips. Totally manageable.
The lighter shades Chai (mauve brown) and Honeycomb (beige nude) impressed me the most. After 6 hours with eating and drinking, they somehow managed to look decent. Darker colours like Gazpacho (red), Black Truffle (black violet) and Beetroot (bold berry) stain the lips. They looked stellar for a fair 3-4 hours until the eating and drinking happened, so reapplication was necessary. Spritzer falls somewhere in the middle. It didn't stain my lips like the darker shades but it didn't last as long as Chai or Honeycomb.
A few things to note:
- I apologize for the state of the lipstick bullets. I squealed
a littlea lot when I opened the box and then proceeded to smother them all over my face like a mad woman before I could photograph them.
- Please disregard the piles of clothing declutter and any Christmas coloured boxes in the background. My parents use my bedroom as storage since I'm usually away for school.
- These photos are taken in direct, natural light. No artificial lighting was used, so the following photos are true to colour.
- Oh and all of the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks smell of citrus but don't really taste of anything. A definite plus.
- My lips were, thankfully and surprisingly, not dying after I swatched six of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb (beige nude)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb (closeup)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai (mauve brown)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai (closeup)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Spritzer (plum rose)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Spritzer (closeup)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gazpacho (true blue red)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gazpacho (closeup)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot (bold berry)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot (closeup)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Black Truffle (black violet)
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Black Truffle (closeup) - Wet N Wild's Vamp It Up is a great dupe for Black Truffle but Bite's is 1,000 more comfortable.
As a lover of both food and lipstick, I'm a fan of both Bite Beauty's concept and the products. The Amuse Bouche lipsticks are not revolutionary per se but the quality is there and there's a boatload of colours to choose from.
The Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks are currently only available to Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge members. They'll be available to everyone online February 23rd and in-stores March 4th.
Are you going to pick up the new Bite Beauty lipsticks?
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