January 17, 2014

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set

Despite their generally non-existant customer service and one-sided social media presence, Bite Beauty puts out consistently good products. When I saw this little set - with the balance of good value and try-it-out variety - I jumped on it.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince


Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince

The packaging is cute, sturdy and travel friendly (should you feel the need to bring all four of the lip pencils with you at a given moment), with a very handy mirror to boot. It's also, of course, reusable for whatever else you'd like to carry neatly in your bag (personally I'll be using it for the twelve million bobby pins that inevitable find their way to the bottom of my purse).


Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince


The pencils themselves are a smaller version of the High Pigment Pencils, and are priced very favorably at 25$ USD for the set of four 0.05oz pencils (with the regular size coming in 24$ USD for 0.09oz). Essentially, you get four half-sized items for the price of one regular-sized item, which is both a good deal and a low-commitment way to test out a selection of shades. 

(If you can no longer find this set at your local Sephora - as it no longer seems to be available online - you can at least purchase the shades in the regular format.)

The texture of these is absolutely dreamy. They are intensely creamy and rich feeling when applied, and surprisingly hydrating for a lip pencil, particularly one that has a non-glossy finish. That creamy texture carries through the duration of the wear, so while they do dry down to a satin finish, they remain flexible. That translates to both a more comfortable wear, and a slight tendency to bleed, especially with the richer colors. 

They are also deeply pigmented, and appear opaque with the first swipe. That high pigment load is possibly what helps them adhere and last better, given their buttery texture. 

I also love the fact that they twist up, because, well, I'm lazy like that. And really, who wants to sharpen these things anyway?

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince
Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince 

Now onto the colors!

Madeira is a slightly warm-toned nude. It's lighter than my lips and marginally deeper than my skin tone, and once on it basically just blanks my lips out entirely for that ever-so-sexy zombie look. Not something I would ever wear on its own, but a good base for a pink-nude gloss. This is also the only one that picked up on dryness, caking up a bit.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set Madeira

Cranberry is a deep but vibrant red, just a touch cool-leaning. It is classic and sexy and totally gorgeous. And makes your teeth as white as can be.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince

Rhubarb is mauve-rose, with a slight brown undertone that makes it the Most Likely To Flatter of the bunch. It's not the attention-getter of the set, but it's by far the one I'll be reaching for most regularly.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince

Quince is a stunning fuchsia rose - grounded by the rose tone to keep it wearable as opposed to searing. Quince is super-confident, but not overbearing, and as such is a beautiful alternative to the classic red for a 'power' lip. It's also just a fun, flirty, fabulous color. (Alliteration for emphasis!)

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Madeira, Cranberry, Rhubarb, Quince

So aside from the minor issues I had with Madeira, I am very impressed with the Best Bite Set, and all the more tempted to own ALL THEIR THINGS.

What about you guys? Have you tried any Bite items that you love (or loathe)?

(I purchased this item. This post is not sponsored or compensated, all opinions are my own.)

6 comments:

  1. I bought the same set and Rhurbarb is my favorite of the bunch. I am pretty happy with the set. However, the twist up o my pencils don't work very well. On my first or second use of the pencil, it broke and now every time I apply, I have to be careful so it won't slide right out.

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    1. Oh no! That sucks! That hasn't happened with mine, and fingers crossed it doesn't. I've never had any luck getting an answer from their customer service either, so that never bodes well for issues like that.

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  2. I've been hearing everyone raving about this brand, and every time I'm in a Sephora, I always find myself in front of the Bite display picking things up, then just as quickly putting them down. I wasn't sure I would commit, but 2 things in your post have convinced me: the fact that they're twist-up (although I'm now worried about that part being faulty, as your previous commenter mentioned) and that QUINCE! And I don't even wear vivids like that!

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    1. Isn't Quince utterly stunning?? LOVE IT.

      I do encourage you to give the brand a try, they have really gorgeous stuff. If not the pencils, then the lipsticks.

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  3. I love Quince on you! I didn't pick this set up because, I don't know, I'm probably spastic or something. Rhubarb looks fabulous for every day too :)

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    1. Thank you! I think Quince is one of those shades that ends up faltering more people than you'd initially imagine. It's just that right balance of tones.

      Have you tried anything else from them?

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