I really like Bite Beauty, and their Amuse Bouche formula is easily one of the more comfortable ones on the market. So when Influenster sent me Bite’s new Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick complimentary for my review, I was pretty excited and confident I’d like the formula. In reality, my opinion is kind of mixed on the whole thing.
I was sent three shades to review: Demi-Glace is a chocolatey mauve, Éclair is a midtone rose, and Flambé is a bright, orangey red.
My opinion of this lipstick varies significantly with the shade. The formula is super pigmented, and a little thick but not overly sticky. It’s important to note that these are not a matte formula liquid lipstick – they stay pretty glossy on me, actually. This is both a blessing and a curse – although this makes them comfortable, it also makes them prone to shifting around. Bite also sent along their Line & Define Lip Primer, which helps, but like, sometimes I don’t want to be bothered with 42 layers of lip products, you know?
Bite Beauty Demi-Glace
The glossy and comfy formula works super well for the shade Demi-Glace because it’s a really pretty everyday colour, and an easy almost-nude on me. If it wants to slip around a bit that’s fine because it’s close enough to my lip colour that I won’t look too strange.
Bite Beauty Éclair, no liner
Problems begin to arise when we get to Éclair. This soft rose looks like donut frosting on me. But the colour is really pretty, so I lined my lips with the Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in 040 and blended really well to create a nice gradient. I was really happy with how this looked!
Bite Beauty Éclair, 040 Liner
I wore this lip combo to work one day, and when I checked my look in the mirror after a few hours, the bright pink at the centre of my lips had migrated all over my lips, completely covering the liner and making me look donut-frosting-y again. No bueno. For reference, this liner-gradient technique works beautifully for light liquid mattes like ColourPop Beeper and KVD Bow n Arrow, but in this case, the slippy formula did not work in my favour.
The same could be said of Flambé and, presumably, any of the other bold shades in the collection. I had a hard time getting a crisp lip line with this, even though I used a separate lip brush to apply it rather than the doe foot applicator. With just the applicator, it would’ve been impossible to get a nice sharp line.
Even with a lip brush, I also found it tough to get even coverage on my lips. My top lip is much darker than my bottom lip, and this was a little bit patchy in areas on me. I probably spent about 5 minutes perfecting this swatch, and although it’s a stunning shade, I do not trust it not to slip and slide all around and leave me looking silly after a few hours. For bold shades, I definitely prefer a matte formula, but your mileage may vary.
Overall, I think Bite killed it with the formula for nudes and neutrals, and I’ll definitely be picking up more nude shades! I’ll probably pass Éclair on to a friend, and I might try the bright red as a topper on another orange-y red lipstick or liner.
I received this product complimentary from Influenster for my review.