What It Is:
BITE Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Velvet
Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
I’m a lip product junkie. Maybe even a lip product whore. Seriously, I have a makeup drawer dedicated to lip gloss and another to lipstick! Lip products are the easiest way to pull a look together and take you from drab to fab. Throwing on a bright lipstick has been proven to improve your mood, and it being one of the easiest steps in any makeup routine, why not?
BITE Beauty is a newer company in the cosmetics world. They tout a super antioxidant, Resveratrol, “which fights free radicals with potent long-term antiaging benefits.” Each and every lip product they produce contains as much resveratol as 5 glasses of red wine, so you’re getting added benefits everytime you apply!
How To Use It:
A lip pencil is super easy to apply, even a matte one like this. The pointed tip makes it simple to outline your lips first and then fill them in. I wouldn’t recommend using a lip brush with this one – you need the warmth of your lips to help apply the pencil smoothly.
CC Rating: B+
Overall, the BITE Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil delivers on most of its promises. Super-pigmented color, good-for-you ingredients and a long wear time. Velvet is truly a beautiful color. It adds lovely color to my already pigmented lips and is rather cool-toned, so it works well against pale skin. It’s a bit more glossy than I expected, as “matte” is in the title, but I really love the finish!
I’ve yet to see any antiaging benefits from using BITE Beauty products, but I do confess that I’m not using them everyday. The lines in my lips are still as prominent as always, but I’m also only 22. Perhaps someone will more defined lines and wrinkles would see quicker benefits! Some may also take issue with the price: $24 for 0.09oz. Most lipsticks run at the same price for around 0.12-0.13oz of products, so you need to be really impressed with the formula before taking the plunge with this pencil. Just for comparison’s sake, NARS matte lip pencils are $24 for 0.086oz, so you’re getting slightly less for the same price and no beneficial ingredients. Bottomline: lip pencils are amongst the priciest of lip products, and BITE Beauty’s is fairly priced.
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