I celebrated the start of October with lipstick. A few weeks ago, I picked up Kale by Bite Beauty, this gorgeous shade of dark green. Seemed like a bit of a ludicrous purchase, but I was enamoured with the idea of it, and now, having rocked the look for a full day – a full work day – I have fallen even more deeply in love with it. Dark green lips aren’t a standard, every-day sort of thing, but in the darker, cooler days of fall, in the days leading up to Hallowe’en, it’s perfect.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks retail for $30 at Sephora and come in a variety of shades beyond dark green. Kale just happened to be the most distinctive to my eye.
Bite Beauty lipsticks come in a matte, slate tube. Simple aesthetic.
I don’t like it.
Look, it’s sturdy and functional and does it’s job, and yeah, I started off my entire series of reviews by claiming that I don’t care about packaging, but I still don’t like it. The tube is just not my style. I’ve been primed by MAC’s matte black tubes and now, their new sleek, glossy tubes. The matte gray packaging here isn’t a deterrent for me to own the lipstick; it’s just not my jam.
The lipstick applies smoothly and with little effort over a base or the bare lip. It benefits from being warmed slightly (but what lipstick doesn’t?). The tube comes sharpened to a point, so I had no difficulty following the edges and contours of my lips.
Kale looks like a dark green in the tube and, when I swatched it on my hand, seemed more of a forest green tone. However, when applied to my lip without a base, it developed more of a teal sheen. A few people asked if it was blue today rather than black. In natural light, it’s most assuredly green, but I guess fluorescent lighting plays up the cooler tones in the lipstick. I’m also thinking that without a base the colour may not be opaque enough to stand up to my natural lip colour, which is fairly strong.
Nevertheless, the wear on this lipstick: oh, my goodness. I wore it to work today without a base – no lip liner, no nothing – and it didn’t feather at all. The lines around the edges of my lips stayed clean and crisp. I did have to reapply after lunch, but that was truly optional. For the most part, the formula survived my eating and drinking.
The formula is creamier than my usual lipsticks. I typically wear matte, so this being a satin meant that it looked glossier and stayed creamy throughout the day. It did benefit from a good blotting a few minutes after application. Afterwards, it adhered to my lip and didn’t budge much, though I did notice transfer on the edge of my coffee mug (but, again, that’s pretty typical).
It’s kind of a mix-bag then: in terms of colour payoff, I think a base benefits, but throwing this lipstick formula on a naked lip still works!
Bite Beauty has an impressive line-up of shades and finishes, and it’s a Canadian brand that I would love to patron. However, $30 is a lot to spend on a lipstick that I would simply describe as being ‘solid.’ Maybe I need to investigate other shades, see how well a matte compares to some of my dreamy MAC lipsticks. I certainly don’t regret Kale, and I will be wearing it again before the end of the year, and I am still eager to shop through Bite product. I’ll be taking my time with my next purchase though. Hopefully, another great unique shade will crop up in their range.