"My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand/ To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." - William Shakespeare
BITE. Four little letters. So much staying power. I picked up these slim black tubes mostly on a whim in Sephora, remembering I had read a positive review or two about them when I stopped to test out a few shades. I swatched many BITE shades which all seemed to fall in the medium to deep “berry-toned” category but settled on “Tannin”, “Pastille” and “Rhubarb”. They're rather unassumingly packaged in matte black tubes, a twist up pencil top which is too large in circumference for lining the mouth and too thin for traditional lipstick application.
Top to bottom: "Tannin", "Rhubarb", & "Pastille"
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BITE Beauty Lip Pencil in "Tannin"
BITE Beauty Lip Pencil in "Rhubarb"
BITE Beauty Lip Crayon in "Pastille"
At $24 per stick, this Canadian-made lip product isn't the cheapest, and honestly, I wouldn't naturally reach for a matte lip pencil as my lippie of choice, but holistically speaking, it is a great product! My favorite shade is "Pastille" which is a Matte Creme Lip Crayon while the other two are both High Pigment Pencils. It was indeed creamy and applied smoothly while providing a fairly sheen-free appearance that didn't pull, crack, or slide.
As the name suggests, all three are stains; whereas I typically like borders and soft shades for my lip products, these are meant to be bold and blended as if you bit your lips for a flush of color, so even the "lighter" shades I chose were still vibrant and strong. They all lasted well into busy days keeping a firm grip on my lips and wearing off gradually but evenly, no oily residue or flaking left behind. The color selection is a bit limiting, but again, seeing that they're "stains", not lipsticks, that rings true in the name of the [stain] game.
All this to say, try one of these BITE tubes for yourself! You'll find they're comfortable, durable, and the perfect pop of pretty for a minimalist look!