My aversion to makeup started with my first professional experience. It was (almost) fifteen years ago, for my quinceañera. Long story short, she turned my chair and I had NO idea who I was looking at – in the bad way. The eyebrows were thick & dramatic, my lips were a deep burgundy, and I could barely see my skin under the foundation and blush. I went home and washed it all off immediately, then my mom gave me the natural look I still rely on to this day.
Since then, I’ve been more of an eyeliner & lip balm kind of girl, adding a touch of eyeshadow for special occasions. My sister, on the other hand, might as well be a pro, and her looks have made me curious to try more daring looks (without spending a lot, to be honest). I’ve experimented with different brands, Revlon, Milani, etc., but I never tried any of the ‘higher-end’ brands that required an investment over $10.
The opportunity came through when Influenster launched a campaign with BITE Beauty and I was selected to test out three of their Matte Creme Lip Crayons. I’d never received products to test, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. As soon as I saw that flash of color on the box, I got excited to try them out. Inside were three full-size samples with an intro card describing each color. I decided to try one color a day, and started with the mildest shade.
Color: pale mauve hovering on baby pink.
Cava looks great in warm sunshine, but otherwise blended too well with my skin under any interior lights. In some cases, my lips looked almost too pale, so while I like the color, I know that I can only wear it in certain situations.
Color: true mauve, balances nicely between pink & brown.
Glace is easily my favorite of the three, and became my go-to shade. It’s not a deep color, so it gives my lips a nice fullness without exaggerating them. I found that it looks even better when I combine it with a touch of Cava for highlights.
Color: exactly how it sounds, BOLD.
Let me start by saying that if I avoid lipstick in general, I run from reds. I’ve never tried a red that was flattering, each seemed to highlight my downturned corners more than the last. I don’t know whether it was the easy application that made this one work for me, but it’s the first time I’ve ever liked a red lip on me! While I wouldn’t wear it to the office daily, it is a perfect special occasion (read: brunch) lip. Side note, this one also felt a little drier than the other two in texture, but still didn’t feel heavy.
- BITE Beauty only uses food grade ingredients.
- The texture is creamy, not chalky at all.
- It glides on easily.
- Nearly weightless.
- Comes off as easily as it glides on.* (coffee mugs, clothing, etc.)
- Needs frequent touch-ups.
- How do you sharpen once you wear down the point?
Overall, I think these are a great value for their gorgeous color & easy application on top of being food-grade. I didn’t mind the frequent reapplication, because it was so quick and I liked having the option to switch colors easily between events. My lips also tend to be dry and each of the colors did a great job at smoothing the appearance of my lips and keeping moisture in. I’m going to use these until they’re completely worn out, and I can promise that I’ll be running over to Sephora during my lunch break to try out my next color – which I can’t even begin to choose with how many there are:
As always, I want to hear from you:
- Have you tried these or a similar lip crayon?
- Which color is your favorite?
- Seriously, does anyone know how to sharpen lip crayons once you wear down the point?
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
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