I woke up on Wednesday and saw a tweet about new holiday lip sets at Sephora. I don’t screw around when it comes to lip sets. Like a Pokemon trainer, I gotta catch em all. I click the link and there it was… a lip set from Bite Beauty. They are one of those brands I love but don’t own personally. I had a sample once and I’ve swatched them a million times, but I’ve never actually made a purchase. There are a lot of other brands in that price range so competition can be stiff. I told myself if they ever put out a set, I’d get it. That time had come.
It’s a limited edition set that comes with 4 mini versions of their High Pigment Lip Pencils. And, it was only $25. Sold. (more on this later, obvs)
I checked for it on the Sephora app just to be sure and found it buried a few pages into their “Lip Set” section. It wasn’t even at the top of the “What’s New” section! It was so new it hadn’t even been featured yet! I hightailed it to the mall after lunch.
Of course, because it was so new, it was still in that day’s shipment in the back. Luckily, the girl working the stock room was awesome enough to dig around and find it for me. SIDE NOTE: She brought out my set AND a different one that I didn’t know about. It was a bigger box and I could see for sure that it had a full sized lipstick in it. Because I’m an idiot, I didn’t ask to take a closer look at it. If anybody knows what that could be, let me know! Ok, anyways, I bought my little set and went home to check it out. *update – Somebody on reddit pointed out that this is the set that I saw. It’s been online for awhile but not on the sales floor at my local Sephora!* Pics pics pics:
The set is a cute little tin with a very decently sized mirror inside of it. It’s feels about the same size as an Altoid box, but a bit deeper. The set has 4 shades; 2 of them are from their regular line (Pomegranate & Rhubarb) and 2 are new ones (Sable & Winterberry). I’ll talk a bit about the formula before getting into the shades and swatches. Like the name promises, these are incredibly pigmented. I was blown away. The color just shows up perfectly on the lips. The formula is creamy and goes on effortlessly. It has a light fruity scent and I hate that. But it’s definitely not strong. The wear time was a good couple of hours (without food). The brighter colors faded into a nice stain while the more nude colors just disappeared. So no ugly feathering or peeling. The finish is a nice, natural matte. It’s not super intense since there’s still a very soft shine to them. But still a matte lip.
The only real downside for me is I absolutely hate pencils. Or chubby sticks. Or whatever the hell companies want to call them. I just don’t get it. What’s the appeal? It’s easier to line, I guess? The problem with pencils is I get less product on my lip, per swipe. Just not enough surface area. Because of that, I feel like it’s easy to over compensate, fill in and go over way too much, and waste product. Especially since these are so creamy and soft, just one application has the tip already worn down more than I’d expect. The only time I really like pencils is when it’s a soft wash of color, like a tinted gloss or balm. For something as pigmented as this, I feel like it should just be a traditional lipstick. Of course, this is a personal qualm. You might love pencils and chubby sticks and fat crayons and thick lip markers…etc.
Here are the lip swatches:
From left to right they are:
Pomegranate: This is a gorgeous, rich red color with a berry undertone. It’s going to look stellar this fall and even better in the winter. I can see why it is part of the holiday set! The berry tones in this will make it very flattering with a variety of skin tones and also make it a less boring “red lipstick.”
Rhubarb: This is described as a plum rose color and it’s such a great MLBB shade. Just a really sweet, soft mauve. Perfect for an everyday look when you just want a subtle color on the lips. This is going to look great all year.
Sable (new): This is a standard nude shade with a pink undertone. Again, stellar. It’s nude without being overly pale, so it’ll be a great step for people just wanting to try nude lipstick. Another shade that will look fantastic past the holiday season.
Winterberry (new): I don’t wear bold pinks after summer. I’m very season strict when it comes to lipstick. But this? This was designed for the colder months. It’s an absolutely stunning raspberry color. Just the right amount of pink with a darkness that is perfect for winter.
I think Bite Beauty hit it out of the park with this one. Amazing product, amazing colors, amazing price. I would definitely recommend this to everybody. I’m getting excited just typing about it!
Buy it here for $25!