Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Palette: Swatches, Review, and Photos

With the onset of grad school applications and the subsequent fees, I've had to get rather creative when it comes to being on a no/extremely low-buy. Hoarded gift cards, manufacturer's coupons, and store coupons have made it so I pretty much haven't spent any money on recent makeup buys. When Sephora had their annual Beauty Insider gift card, I used it on this Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Palette that previously was one of their Black Friday promotion and combined with Ebates, I got awesome cashback on my purchase (if you're not signed up for Ebates, feel free to use my referral link).

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Palette

I really loved the outside packaging for the palette, the gold accents on the textured material feels much more luxe. The palette itself is a magnetized and there's a plastic sheet covering the lipsticks. I think it's so in theme to have the pans be shaped like B's.

BITE Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Palette

Where to purchase: Sephora*

Price: $10.00 for .075 oz or 2.1 grams (.025 for each color). I know companies get to deicde the value of their product but I think it's a little difficult to reconcile where Sephora is getting that it's valued at $38.00 because the total amount of lipstick is approximately 57% of their full size lipstick (which is .13 oz), coming to about $13.84. Unless the brush is somehow worth $25.00, I don't see how it's worth $38.00. I do understand the labor involved in producing the palette, but I don't think the packaging (which is fairly basic) is enough to compensate for the fact that a palette with a lipstick content 43% less than a full size is somehow worth 56% more (including the brush).

Cruelty Free? I believe they are cruelty free.

Packaging: This is packaged in a sturdy textured beige box with gold accents. The palette  itself is made out of dark grey/almost black cardboard with a magnetic closure and mirror on the inside. It also includes a good mini paddle lip brush with synthetic fibers. There's also a piece of ribbon underneath the brush that makes it easier to pick up (a feature I love seeing in any palette!)

Product Description: "This trio of universally wearable shades delivers exceptionally smooth long-lasting colour and moisture-rich coverage. Organic fruit butters soften and nourish lips with every use, while antioxidant-rich resveratrol fights free radicals and conditions around the lip line"

My Thoughts on the Formula/Wear Time:

The lipsticks are creamy yet firm at the same time. I found Retsina to be a little drier than the rest of the lipsticks. I find that the lipsticks, especially Rose, have some slip to them so it can be difficult to build up an even full coverage using the brush. I preferred applying them with my finger; I also think you use much less product that way. The brush isn't bad though, better than other palette brushes I've tried. I didn't detect any smell or scent in the lipsticks and I was very happy about that, I wasn't sure if the resveratrol would create a wine scent in the product. I found it moisturizing on me during the four hours of wear that I got.


BITE Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Palette


A close up of the brush. It doesn't feel like one of those cheap brushes you get in a palette. I like that it's very easy to clean, I can often just squish it through a makeup wipe and it'll be clean. It looks to be made of synthetic hair. I tend to use up more product with the brush as it seems to absorb a little too much product. You may like it with other lipsticks but I think the slight slip to the lipstick formula makes it more prone to be absorbed into the brush fibers. You also get a plastic cap to cover the brush.

BITE Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Palette

Swatches ahead! These were swatched using my fingers and pictures were taken in natural daylight.

Retsina


Bite Beauty Retsina

Retsina: A ballet pink with a hint of mauve. I wanted to like Retsina but I feel like it looks dry on my lips and the hint of mauve just ends up giving a grey tone to the lipstick on me

Rose


Bite Beauty Rose

Rose: "Peachy pink" There's a part of me that's reminded of MAC Strawberry Blonde lipstick (which has gone MIA in my stash so I don't have it to compare to) so I couldn't help but like it. It's creamy and smooth, with just a hint of brightness. I know we're heading into fall where bright lipsticks like this may be considered out of season but I love it anyway.

Tannin


Bite Beauty Tannin

Tannin: "Poppy red" I absolutely positively loved Tannin. It's one of those deceptively dark looking colors which appears like a deep wine in the pan but applies berry red on the lips. This isn't fully opaque in one swipe but instead builds up to a nice opacity. You can definitely wear this sheerer as a stain on your lips. A perfect red when you want something with a berry tone to it.

Final Thoughts

Weird value pricing aside, I think the palette is worth the $10.00 since it allows you to try a few different colors across the Luminous Creme Lipstick formula. I was a little disappointed in Retsina since it looks a little gray and dry on my lips but Rose and Tannin made up for that (especially Tannin). I'm definitely interested in trying the Luminous Lip Library (a palette similar to this on except with nine colors [two are Rose and Tannin which is fine with me], a lip prep, prime, and protector) which is on sale for $30.00.

Disclaimer: I purchased this product for review from the brand. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for the review. The link marked with a * is an affiliate link which gives me a commission based off your use of the link. Feel free to use a nonaffiliate link for your purchase.


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I hope you enjoy my Bite Beauty lipstick swatches and review! Do you own anything from Bite Beauty? That Luminous Lip Library is definitely calling my name!

12 comments :

  1. The last two were very pretty. I contemplated on getting this palette too and I think $10 is okay and justifable but like you said, $38 is insanity for not even half the lipstick of a full sized version.

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    1. Yeah I really don't understand how it could be valued at $38.00. I mean brands are allowed to set their cosmetics at whatever price they want to but when I could easily compare it to an existing product, the "value" price that's supposed to lure me in doesn't look so good when I do the math

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  2. I think these looks super pretty :) I really like the last one on you!

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  3. I've been contemplating getting the library of colors from Bite, but I was disappointed in the formula the last time I tried it. Tannin is gorgeous though!

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    1. Awww I'd love to hear your thoughts on why you didn't like the formula!

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    2. I had bought a set at sephora quite some time ago, i think it was $25 for 5 small sized lipsticks, and most of them were quite dry and patchy. Perhaps I just got an old set? (It was on sale...)

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  4. That's a great value at just $10! I bought the Discovery mini 5 lipstick set and the Library, and am pleased as punch with both of them!

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    1. I was thinking about getting the mini 5 lipstick set but since this was cheaper I picked it up first. I may have to try it out though, the cute lilliputian lipsticks are adorable!

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  5. I think this set is pretty good for inducting other people into the world of makeup (and possibly makeup addiction!) - I think I may just snap this up for my younger sis! Thanks for the review, Mai :D x

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  6. I saw this at my local Sephora, but I ended up getting the Buxom set from Black Friday instead. Tannin looks amazing!

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  7. LOVE these, I just may have to pick one up too! I love Rose the most but Tannin might be a close second. I love a bold lip.

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