This post features samples which I received as part of an Influenster campaign. The products were provided to me free of charge but this post is not sponsored and all opinions remain my own.
I was lucky enough to be selected for an Influenster campaign for Bite Beauty’s new Lip Pencils. I’ve been wanting to try Bite for a few years now due to the overwhelmingly positive reviews and the fact that they started out right here in Toronto. (Between Deciem and Bite, the Toronto beauty industry is killing it!) Along with two full-sized lip liners, I received two matching mini Amuse Bouche lipsticks, in Honeycomb and Whiskey. (To be honest, I was probably more excited about the lipstick minis than the liners.)
The Lip Pencils are classic wooden pencils which you sharpen rather than twist up. Don’t be confused by their marketing, these are normal lip liners, not “artisanal wooden barrels“. Bite describes the Lip Pencils as having “creamy coverage” and a “weightless formula”. They come in “22 neutral shades inspired by natural lip tones”.
I received shade 020, a lighter beige-brown nude, and 044, a rich brown with hints of berry. Despite my preference for twist-up pencils (which comes out of sheer laziness, you understand) and my aversion to wooden pencils (which can sharpen weirdly), I like these a lot. They sharpen to a very fine point (which I find some wooden liners never quite do) and are certainly creamy and easy to apply. I did receive a Sephora brand sharpener in my Influenster box, but I’ve chucked it in my “let my friends go through this” bag because I already have a perfectly serviceable NARS sharpener which does a fine job with these pencils.
One of the obvious advantages of a sharpenable lip liner over a twist-up is that the tip is much more precise, unless you get one of those self-sharpening ones. And because this one does sharpen to such a fine point, I feel like I can line my lips with the utmost precision. I will say that because this formula is quite creamy, the tip is prone to bending a bit if sharpened too far. There’s a sweet spot here, a compromise which comes with having a creamier formula. You can see what I’m talking about here:
I wouldn’t say this is the creamiest lip liner formula I’ve ever tried – it doesn’t exactly glide on the lips like some lip pencils. But compared to most wooden lip liners I’ve tried, which tend to be a much dryer formula, it’s up there. I think it’s a good balance between creamy and long-lasting; some lip pencils go on smoothly but never quite set, which I think defeats the purpose of a lip liner in the first place.
Shade 020 is a pretty classic beige nude with enough depth that it doesn’t look like concealer lips. It pulls a bit more pink once on my lips. It pairs perfectly with the Amuse Bouche lipstick in Honeycomb, which is also a beige nude. These aren’t shades I gravitate towards, but I actually like how these look on me:
I’m not sure how suitable shades like these two would be across all skintones, but I like this combination on myself though I’m quite picky about nude shades.
The Lip Pencil in 044 is a deep brownish burgundy. It has a bit more purple in it than Whiskey, which is a rich mahogany, but they pair beautifully. This pencil does a good job of defining the lips and helping lipsticks adhere to it, but it’s a bit patchy so I wouldn’t wear it on its own.
This is a shade that I would not choose for myself but which I absolutely adore now that I have it. I can see this looking great on a variety of skintones. I don’t think it would truly be nude on anyone since it does have strong purple undertones, but it’d be a more understated way of wearing purple on dark skin and something more dramatic on fair skin.
I think the Lip Pencils pair well with the Amuse Bouche lipsticks not just because the colours match well but because the Amuse Bouche lipsticks have a very creamy formula. I wore Honeycomb on its own to test its lasting power without liner, and it was significantly diminished. At this point I think many of us have started gravitating towards more comfortable formulas that don’t necessarily last as long on the lips, me included, so I’ve been a fan of the Amuse Bouche formula. (Now that we’re truly in the dead of winter my skin and lips have been super dry, so I’ve been using creamy lipsticks pretty much exclusively.) That said, it’s nice to have a liner that will help a formula like this last a bit longer, which the Lip Pencils do without drying out my lips.
So far I’m really impressed with what I’ve tried from Bite Beauty. The Lip Pencils do a great job and I think they fall perfectly between “comfortable to wear and easy to apply” and “long-wearing”. I’ve been looking for a lip liner that will match my lips exactly for awhile, and this line seems promising. If they have a shade that suits me I’ll definitely drop some of my own cash on another one of these, and I can see myself purchasing more of the Amuse Bouche lipsticks as well. A great offering from a Toronto-based company!
The Bite Beauty Lip Pencils retail for $20 CAD/$18 USD for 0.05 oz, or $400 CAD/$360 USD per oz.
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