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— January 13, 2015 —

BITE Beauty Mix N' Mingle Lip Minis | Luminous Crème Lipstick Duos


Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duos individually retail for $12 USD ($15 CAD) and are available in four tubes, each containing two shades (2 x 0.05 oz). These deluxe duos are limited edition, however some shades are part of the permanent line. They are exclusive to Sephora and are said to be "limited-edition luminous crème lipstick duos in head-turning hues and packaged in bright red ornaments for the holiday season."

Retsina is described as a natural pink. [P]
Musk is described as a pink brown. [P] 
Fig is described as a nude rose. [P] 
Date is described as a light brown nude. [LE]  
 
Violet is described as a vibrant purple. [P]
Palomino is described as a vibrant magenta. [P] 
Poppy is described as a apple red. [LE] 
Scarlet is described as a deep burgundy. [LE] 
"BITE’s latest breakthrough formula boasts a collection of beautiful nudes, striking reds, and deep burgundies with a matte yet moist texture. The secret is the moisture-locking power of orange peel wax along with the antioxidant properties of resveratrol. The colors are water-resistent, and long wearing."
The Luminous Crème Lipsticks retail for $24 USD ($28 CAD) and contain 0.15 oz. of product. Each duo contains $16 USD ($19 CAD) worth of product, so with that said, you are getting a good value. You're getting to try two shades for half the price of one regular sized, single tube.

If you're new to the brand here are some facts: Bite is exclusive to Sephora and their products are free of synthetics, polybutenes and petroleum byproducts. All lip products are made with nurturing food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat! The founder believes, "You eat what you put on your lips, so your lipstick should be good for you."

The packaging is a matte black, double-ended tube with a silicone texture. These lipsticks have a slight citrus scent that can be notice once applied, but not tasted. The caps feature the name of the product, which my biggest concern is accidentally switching them around and confusing shades.

I really like the idea of a double-ended tube, it's a lot more convenient than individual miniature sizes. However, I wish you had the option to pop them apart in the middle to mix and match ends and create your own combination of shades. (If you happen to buy a couple, of course.)

Retsina is a light, nude beige with neutral undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, opaque and lightly moved around due to the creamy consistency. I found the pale nature of this lipstick emphasized any dry patches and imperfections on my lips. It was lightly hydrating when worn and lasted +4 hours before fading. (4/5)
Musk is a light-medium, rose beige with warm-to-neutral undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, opaque and had good color payoff. This shade is a great "my natural lip color but better" lipstick. It was lightly hydrating when worn and lasted +4 hours before fading. (5/5)
   
Fig is a light-medium, pink nude with warm undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly opaque and had good color payoff. I found the natural pigmentation of my lips did show through in some areas, but it didn't make the lipstick look uneven. Fig wore well for +4 hours and was lightly hydrating. (5/5)
Date is a light-medium, muted brown nude with warm undertones and a luminous finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly opaque and had good pigmentation. It was lightly drying over time and wore well for +4 hours. (5/5)
 
Violet is a vivid magenta fuchsia with cool undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, opaque and had great pigmentation. This lipstick did feather slightly and moved around due to the creamier consistency. Violet wore well for +4.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
Palomino is a vivid fuchsia red with warm undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, opaque and had great pigmentation. Again, this lipstick feathered slightly and moved around due to the creamier consistency. Palomino wore well for +4.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
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Poppy is a medium, bright red with cool undertones and a luminous, cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly opaque, lightly feathered and moved around due to the creamy consistency. The color was uneven in some areas and looked almost streaky at times. Poppy wore well for +4 hours and left behind a stain. (4/5)
Scarlet is a medium-dark, burgundy with warm undertones and a luminous cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, semi-opaque and uneven in some areas. I noticed the color lightly settled into any fine lines and appeared more sheered out on the smooth surfaces of my lips. This may have been influenced by using a lip brush rather than applying directly from the tube, as the lipstick broke during testing. Scarlet wore well for +3.5 hours and left behind a stain. (3/5) *This was my first experience with a Bite lipstick breaking.

Overall, while I'm a huge fan of the Luminous Crème Lipstick formula, some of the shades were disappointing (mainly the Poppy and Scarlet duo.) They are creamy, opaque, have good pigmentation and lightly hydrate lips throughout wear. Bite tends to release these dual-ended lipsticks quite often, but if for some reason you can't get your hands on them, I would highly recommend checking out the permanent line!

Available now from Sephora!



Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Retsina

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Retsina

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Retsina

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Retsina, Musk)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Date

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Date

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Date

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Fig, Date)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Violet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Violet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Violet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Violet, Palomino)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Poppy

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Poppy

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Poppy

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Scarlet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Scarlet

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Scarlet
(Applied with a lip brush)

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
(L-R: Scarlet, Poppy)


Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased by me for personal use.