Oh, hell naw! Remember how excited I was to try the new $22 Bite Beauty Lip Rouge in Nectarine? Check it. THIS (up top) is what happened the very first time I opened the compact.
What a way to make a gal grumpy, right? I suppose one could even say it “bites.” Sure, the compact could have been damaged in shipping; it may not have had anything at all to do with Bite Beauty’s quality control, but I’ve received many other orders from Sephora, and this kind of thing’s never happened before…
Nevertheless, we persevere! I’m not going to let a possible shipping accident stand in the way of getting Lip Rouge on my lips and cheeks.
Looking at their name, you may be wondering if vampires made the new Bite Beauty line. Nope. The 50 pieces in the line, which recently went on sale at Sephora, get their name from the edible ingredients they contain — ingredients like resveratrol, a potent antioxidant.
I’d hoped that matte peach Nectarine, one of six creamy Lip Rouge shades in the line, would have a thin texture like the Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tints (LOVE!) previously released for spring, but it’s surprisingly thick, almost like a matte lipstick.
I thought that might make it difficult to work with, but it only takes a couple of swipes to apply and then blend on my cheeks. A single layer produces a flushed yet natural look.
Unfortunately, there’s one vampiric attribute the color could greatly benefit from: longevity. On my combination oily/dry skin, it doesn’t last long, and whether atop foundation or bare skin, the color’s all but gone within four hours.
As a lipstick, I’d call it just a’ight. It has neither a flavor nor a scent, so which is fine by me, but it feels thick and heavy on my lips. I’ve also noticed that Nectarine seeks out any flakes or cracks, drawing unwanted attention to them (eww!). Here again, the wear time isn’t spectacular, with the color lasting about an hour.
If I were determined to find a place for Bite Beauty Lip Rouge in my life, I’d keep it around as a blush, applying it on top of a primer, with a powder blush on top of that (this is me jumping through hoops).
If you like thick, pigmented cream blushes, you still might give it a go, but I think Bite Beauty Lip Rouge is heading back to Sephora soon…
Jennifer is the new Katniss!
Fellow hungry girls, have you heard that 21-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, fresh off her Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone, is slated to play Katniss, the lead character in the upcoming Hunger Games movie?
I DEVOURED all three books in the series and can totally see JM doing Katniss well.
I hope director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) pulls out all the stops. My inner sci-fi nerd would have liked to see J.J. Abrams at the helm, but whatcha gonna do…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,