I have to start with saying this: I am addicted to lipsticks. I love to have them in a range of colors and formulas. Sephora had a number of limited edition holiday sets, a lot of them were lipsticks only, or contained lipsticks, but since I already own more than I can possible use up, I had to really control myself. However, when this Bite Beauty Discovery set went on sale, I had to have it. I wanted to try more of their products, especially since this company is Canadian!
The set is a limited edition, housed in a beautiful cherry red tin, golden on the inside, with sturdy plastic holding a nice variety of Bite Beauty products:
- Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Leche – full size
- Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot – full size
- Agave Lip Mask, clear – deluxe size
- Line & Define Primer – deluxe size
Before this set I have only tried the lip primer and a matte creme lip crayon in a different color. I read so many great reviews of the Amuse Bouche lipsticks and the Agave lip mask, that I was dying to try them.
Both the Matte Creme Lip Crayons and the Amuse Bouche lipsticks come in smooth, sleek, dark gray packaging, that feels velvety under fingers. However, I can’t tell which color I am holding until the cap is off, or I read it at the bottom, which is one thing I don’t like about the packaging. I like to be able to grab a lipstick and go, without too much time wasted on this.
Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Leche is described as dusty pale pink. To me it more looks like peachy nude. It glides nicely over lips, and the sharp tip provides precise application, making this crayon a lip liner and lipstick in one. The bottom of the crayon contains a sharpener (it’s easy to miss it) – just pull it out and sharpen the tip when you need it.
I don’t find this lip crayon completely long-lasting. It transfers a bit on tissue, drink glass and similar. It did last 3-4 hours of wear, and that can be even longer if you don’t eat and drink.
I found it a bit sticky when lips are touching together upon application, but the feeling went away after a little while.
I am not usually big on nude lipsticks, but I will be saving this one for the summer. I think it will be perfect for a no make-up look.
Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot is described as bold berry and I have to agree with this. It is intense berry red, brighter on the lips than in the tube. It is very smooth upon application, and highly pigmented. I don’t find this one particularly long-lasting either, and it also transfers on tissue. It is prone to feathering, and I recommend a lip liner.
Since this color stains lips, like most deep ones, wear can be extended with some lip balm after a few hours, which gives a nice rosy look to the lips.
I swatched both colors below, and performed a smudge test after about 30 minutes. They both smudged, so don’t expect them to be transfer-proof.
Since I have very dry lips that get extremely dry during winter, I was really excited to try the Agave Lip Mask. This mask was a member of my Sephora favorites list for a while now, but the price tag always stops me from buying it. A deluxe sample was a good way to test how would it perform on my lips, especially during winter.
The mask itself is yellowish, very think and tastes sweet. Because of it thickness, it does stay put, but the sweetness make me lick it off of my lips. Because of this, I’ve only used it right before bed.
It goes on completely clear. I’ve used it when my lips were particularly dry and chapped. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, there are parts of my lips that are raw and red. It has definitely helped me, but I still need to use a lip balm during the day.
The Line & Define Primer is the only product from this set that I’ve used before. I got it in one of the Sephora Favorites sets, also a deluxe size, and we have a love-hate relationship. It is recommended as a lip liner, or an overall lip primer.
The primer tastes minty, and as a liner really does help prevent feathering. Since it goes on almost clear, it works with any lipstick you may have, which makes it very universal.
However, as a lip primer, it doesn’t work for me. Like the Matte Creme Lip Crayon, it feels a bit tacky on my lips, and as a result this makes any lipstick I put over it feel tacky. The feeling does go away, but it takes a while. Used as a primer it does help smooth out dry areas on my lips a bit, so I sometimes use it that way when my lips are extra dry and I want to wear a bolder color.
Since I am using it only as a liner, this sample will last forever!
And now for a little rant.
I love when the packaging of a set is reusable. When it’s a cute red tin like this one, with just a simple “B” for Bite Beauty on the lid and no other branding, it makes me really excited!
Remember I mentioned that the plastic inside is nice and sturdy? Well, that makes it very hard to remove from the tin. I am an engineer, and it took me about 2h of frustration and trying to figure out how. So, if you have this (or similar) Bite Beauty sets, this is how you do it:
Find the one corner that looks different than the others. It has a dent towards the inside of the tin, whereas other corners are nicely rounded. First bend the two sides of the tin right next to that corner outwards, then use a hard long object (I used scissors, but be careful with the sharp edge), slide it right in the corner, and twist around while pulling towards you.
I managed to get the plastic out quite fast this way, while any other spot on the tin doesn’t work (other corners, sides). The edge of the scissors did make a little slice in the tin, but I can live with that.
This set was being sold at Sephora for $45, and I got on sale after the holidays for $32. It was sold out online back then (still is), but there were quite a few available at my local Sephora. I recommend you try to find it in stores if you are interested.
Although the set itself is limited edition, everything in it is available year-round, so if you see something you like, you may buy it individually.