Hello everyone! Sorry I've been MIA the last couple of weeks but life took an unexpected turn. In addition to my main job, I've also been doing freelance translation jobs on the side, and on top of that, taking a daily Chinese class which is very, very hard!! 汉语很难! Priorities get shifted and unfortunately, blogging is at the very bottom on my list right now. I hope to get better at time management soon though because I miss this space and talking and sharing about makeup with you! :)
The item featured in today's post is none other than the already cult-favorite, holiday-exclusive Best Bite Rewind Lip Crayon Set from Bite Beauty. I didn't originally plan on getting it but the pressure from the beauty community (and blog reviews) was too much I could not resist! I know there are so many reviews out there already but another positive thought wouldn't hurt right? ;) Without further ado, let's get on to it!
Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind is a set of four assorted travel-sized Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayons housed in a repurposable festive red metal tin that has a full-sized, built-in mirror for convenient touch-ups. The set is currently Sephora- and holiday-exclusive. The crayons are in Bite Beauty's signature grey rubberized material with the shade name in small print at the bottom. It is impossible to distinguish one color from another from the crayon itself unless you either look for the shade name at the bottom or uncap the crayon. I wish it had a color-coded ring of some sort to make spotting the shade less troublesome.
These are twist-up, retractable lip crayons with a super pointed tip making it easy to line the lips with precision although you'll likely dull the tip by the third or fourth use. The crayon is unsharpenable and does not come with a sharpener.
I think the colors included in the set are well-thought-out. There is a nude pink for smokey eyes, a muted pink for everyday wear, a raspberry red for a party/night out, and a berry-plum appropriate for Fall. They are all truly wearable colors and from what I see should be flattering on many skin tones. All of them have the same fairly mild scent of vanilla citrus that vanishes quickly upon application.
The formula overall is wonderful as you'd expect from a company specialized only in lip products! They are richly pigmented, smooth, creamy, and comfortable to wear. They are not exactly matte like the name suggests because they have a bit of a satiny shine to the finish. Those who fear of their lips looking dry and cracked, fear not! From my experience, Bite Beauty's Matte Crème Lip Crayons are quite hydrating and nourishing to the lips!
As always, all Bite Beauty lip products are made entirely of food-grade ingredients with the main key ingredient being resveratrol — a powerful antioxidant found naturally in red wine.
* Natural ** Organic
Arm swatch comparison
The colors included are Café, Torte, Coulis, and Aubergine as seen below. I'll go into details of each color down below! :)
Café is described as a peachy-brown nude but it leans heavily pink-nude on me. I need to pair it with a dark smokey eye or I'd look washed out. I guess it will look more lovely on those with fair skin. The texture is creamy, smooth, and almost opaque in one pass but it tends to fall into lip lines and make my lips appear drier and more texturized than they actually are. Applying it over a lip liner/primer and topping with a clear gloss does make the application look a hundred times better! :)
Yes, you guessed it! Torte is my favorite of the bunch! :) The brown-toned rose description is spot on. I love that it's not too bright or too dark and is very close to my natural lip color. Truly an everyday shade that you can wear anytime and will complement probably any eye makeup look. The texture is lovely — soft, creamy, buttery smooth. It applies evenly and nearly opaque in one layer and is buildable for a fuller coverage. This color makes my lips look very smooth and healthy!
It wouldn't be called a holiday set without a festive red! Coulis is described as a raspberry red. I love they way it brightens up my complexion so beautifully and instantly! It seems to make my lips appear fuller and thicker as well. Consistency-wise, it's smooth and highly saturated. It has just a tiny bit more slip than the other shades but still applies fairly easily and evenly. Once the tip becomes dull, though, you'll probably need to line your lips with a lip liner first. This color does leave a bit of a stain behind so any mistake should be avoided when possible!
Though described as an eggplant color, Aubergine is actually a berry-plum on me. It's a gorgeous color but I was hoping for a more purple/vampy tone. I have to admit that I'm a bit disappointed with the berry tone strongly present in this shade. The formula is slightly thinner and sheerer than Coulis but can still be built to full coverage. It is creamy but has some slip to it so you'll need to be a bit more precise during application. Aubergine also leaves a soft stain behind.
Lip swatch comparison
I don't find any of these colors particularly long-lasting. They are just about average. Café lasts the shortest at about 2-3 hours while the rest 3-4 hours. None of the colors feathers but they do transfer due to the creaminess of the consistency. Café, Torte, and Coulis are new and exclusive shades whereas Aubergine is permanent and can be purchased individually. For the price, I think this is a great starter set for those who are new to Bite Beauty. It would also make a cute gift or stocking stuffer for the holiday season! :)
My good blogger friend Erin also has a nice review on this set here!
Hope you liked my post today. 再见 and hopefully see you again very soon! ^_^ (I have faith that one day I'll be able to write the whole sentence in Chinese. :D)