in the photo, i'm wearing a lipstick by bite called "carmenere", which was the first product i picked up from them. in the last few months, i've accumulated another full size lipstick and a couple of little "goody bags", each containing two miniature lipsticks and a gloss. so, yes, that first shade really did whet my appetite.
as it happens, whetting the appetite is exactly what bite products should do, because they're pretty much the only cosmetics that are made with eating in mind. no, that doesn't mean they last through a meal [they don't], but it means that they're made entirely from food grade ingredients, so if for some reason you wanted to chow down on your lipstick, it wouldn't do you any harm. although the whole "you've got some lipstick on your teeth" thing would probably be way worse than usual.
based on the factoid that the average woman in the western world consumes pounds of lipstick over here lifetime, bite have made their lipsticks and glosses [they're an entirely lip-focused company] from food-grade ingredients. that makes me feel better, especially since, if i look around my office, the vast majority of women don't wear lipstick, meaning i'm probably eating for seven or eight.
CARE FOR A TIPPLE OR SIX... PRAY CONTINUE
bite's standard lipstick formula is their "luminous creme", which is aptly named in that it does have a lovely, satiny sheen and a rich texture. i've now tried six of their existing shades and every one has applied smoothly and evenly and felt just lovely on my lips. it's not one of the lightest formulas i've tried, but it doesn't feel caky or clingy either. it feels somewhat similar to hourglass femme rouge lipsticks- extremely soft and emollient.
this also means that the shades tend to be extremely pigmented- even the lighter and more natural shades.
the wear time on these colours is average to slightly better than average. if your lips are dry, they will tend to vacuum up the good stuff, which means that you'll notice fading a lot faster. under normal circumstances, the colour sticks around pretty well and fades very evenly, without getting flaky or uneven.
here's a brief run down of the colours i've picked up thus far, along with some little wine-lovers' tidbits to round out the bouquet...
"carmenere" is named for a grape varietal originally from france, but now nearly extinct there. it's associated chiefly with chile, whose growers seem to have been the only ones to notice that it wasn't just a good blending grape, but made a very tasty wine all on its own. the shade is a rich raspberry red, a little less in-your-face than a true red and a little cooler. it reminded me a lot of a more muscular version of yves st. laurent's "rouge vermilion".
|camenere :: natural light|
|carmenere :: with flash|
|barolo :: natural light|
|barolo :: with flash|
|tannin :: natural light|
|tannin :: with flash|
|cin cin :: natural light|
|cin cin :: with flash|
|pepper :: natural light|
|pepper :: with flash|
|fig :: natural light|
|fig :: with flash|
this is one of the few lipsticks that does leave my lips feeling better at the end of the day, which points to the fact that the ingredients are of great quality and that they're properly formulated. they have a faint verbena-like scent and a very slight herbal taste, although both fade fairly quickly. interestingly, nars has almost the same scent. i can't imagine it being strong enough to be off-putting for anyone and i'll come out and say that i really like it.
i've also tried a couple of glosses that are available from bite- "salute" and "champagne pearl". these are actually "lip shines", so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they're more about shine and less about colour. both shades were very sheer on me.
"salute" is a slightly warm, slightly milky pink that really just looked like my lips with a clear gloss over the top. you actually notice the colour far more in the close up shots than you do in person. chanel has a lot of sheerer glossimers that look like this.
|saulte :: natural light|
|saulte :: with flash|
|champagne pearl :: natural light|
|champagne pearl :: with flash|
if you like fairly sheer, natural-looking shades, these are absolutely worth a look.
obviously, i've been bitten by the bite bug. i'm eager to try some of their other products and some of the new shades they've been introducing. they're available exclusively through sephora at the moment and, if you'd like to give them a shot, they have several "bite sized" kits that are perfect for trying out a few shades to see what you like.