Review: BITE | High Pigment Lip Pencil

Never one to shy away from a bright lip, my motto for lip colour has always been… bigger, brighter, better. For the past few years I’ve been sneakily stalking BITE lipsticks which are sold exclusively in Sephora. Based out of Toronto Canada, their brand concept of healthy natural lip products that pack a punch of colour had them high on my Lust List.

Brand: Bite Beauty
Product: High Pigment Lip Pencil Set
Colours: 21 Shades
Size: 0.09OZ (full size) / 0.05OZ (mini)
Price: $30 CAD/set , $28 CAD (full size)
Details: Food grade colour pigments, no parabens / sulfates / phthalates
Availability: Sephora, BITE Flagship Stores
Would I repurchase: YES!

Sephora’s value beauty sets are a beauty blogger’s dream. I spotted these mini lip set for a great price, full of delicious holiday shades all tucked into a festive red mirrored tin. These are the BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils and is not to be confused with their other Matte Lip Crayon.

Each mini pencil is an exact packaging of the full size, featuring a rubberized body, twist up dispensing system and a capped end to show exactly what colour you are putting on your lips. I don’t believe they are purposely fragranced but there is a faint waxy scent reminiscent of traditional lipsticks though the smell neither bothers me nor lingers.

Now if there’s one thing I’d like to scream from the top of my lungs on a high building, it’s that “THESE ARE SOME SERIOUS PIGMENTS”. 
In fact, in my current experience dabbling in natural beauty products/makeup, it’s rare to find something with such incredibly rich saturation and smoothness in a lip product. The formulation is very creamy which makes it easy to apply yet does not sink into lip lines. A single swipe will get you from drab to absolutely gorgeous full on colour. While these are described as a modern matte, they apply like a cream and sit like a cream to satin finish on your lips with a supple soft shine.

These are formulated with the brand’s signature Resvertrol ingredient derived from grapes which is said to provide anti-oxidant and anti-aging effects but frankly as far as lipsticks go, you’re not likely to get full benefits from it unless you are wearing this all day everyday.

With 21 shades in the collection, there are a few light pinks and neutrals to choose from but I think it’s these bright colours that makes them really worthwhile. In fact, I’m pleasantly pleased that there 3 of the 4 shades in this set are brights. Winterberry, being my favourite, is especially beautiful on pale skin with a bit of blush and simple eye makeup in the snowy weather. 
These High Pigment Pencils wear an average amount of time, around 3 hours, before I noticed fading however due to their creamy nature they have a tendency to rub off onto cups (and faces, should you be stuck under the mistletoe). Despite this, I found they faded very evenly without leaving any odd patches and the brighter shades left a soft stain that lasted for quite some time after the top layer wore off.
Things to note: You’d benefit from wearing a lip liner with these as they are a bit hard to control around the lip line. There’s no significant feathering but the creaminess means the colour will tend to travel easily.

If you’ve been on the fence about these BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils… read my lips: You. Need. Them. I am thoroughly impressed by the rich range of shade options, the serious saturation and the creamy formulation that feels great on the lips. Hard to believe it but these are also naturally based and made with food grade ingredients which is an extra bonus in my books. At the price right now for this quadruple mini, pick up one set for a friend this holiday and an extra one (or two) for yourself. I will definitely be going back for a full size once I polish off these.


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INGREDIENTS: Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Silica*, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Tocopherol*, Natural Flavor*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinefera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit)*. May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019)*, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Fd&C Blue No. 1 (Ci 42090), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), Fd&C Yellow No. 6 (Ci 15985), Fd&C Red No. 40 (Ci 16035), D&C Red 6 (Ci 15850), D&C Red 7 (Ci 15850), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*. *Natural. **Certified organic. 

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