Listen, I know what you’re thinking: Karissa, why are you reviewing a product from a brand that is completely defunct? And I would reply that yes, it is kind of silly to be doing that since you as a consumer can no longer purchase it. However, I am acutely aware of makeup waste, and in my mind, if I have a product that I don’t do any sort of review or use in any sort of capacity, it adds to that drastically. I want to make sure that even if a product is no longer available for purchase that its original purpose of being purchased for review is satisfied.
I hope that even if you can’t buy some of the products I review, you’re still entertained or learning something!
Color: Nori is an oxblood. It’s a very deep reddy-brown shade; on my lips it actually does look more brown than red, but there is so much red pulling through that I can’t confidently call it a brown.
Finish: The Amuse Bouche formula is a cream lipstick. The finish isn’t high shine like a gloss, but definitely reflects light, creating that pretty creamy look.
Packaging: The packaging of this particular lipstick is a mini, but the full sized packaging is identical to this, just bigger. It’s a soft touch matte grey tube, and the cap has a piece taken off (a bite taken out of it, if you will), reminiscent of the standard shape of a bullet lipstick.
Applicator: The shape of this is a standard bullet lipstick; the point is a bit sharper than most other bullets so that does make a difference with a shade like this.
A bittersweet review – as will all of my Bite Beauty reviews be from now on! One of my favorite lipstick brands, Bite Beauty, has announced that they will no longer be producing makeup, and instead solely focusing on their Lip Labs.
There’s no Lip Labs local to me, so I’ll have to just cherish the products that I already have! The good news is that I have a large assortment of Bite Beauty products despite my lack of reviews on them – that’ll have to change!
Color: Chicory is a warm toned brown, that leans somewhat orange on my lips.
Finish: The liquified lipstick formula is exactly as it sounds. The finish is creamy like a gloss, but more opaque than a lip gloss. It really does look on the lips like a cream lipstick that was never solidified into a bullet.
Packaging: The packaging is a grey soft touch shaped like a rectangle, with an acrylic spot on the bottom of the tube where the color is exposed. There’s a sticker on the bottom and the Bite logo printed on the cap.
Applicator: The applicator looks similar to a traditional doefoot, but is longer than is typical. This particular shape works very well with the product, as it is a bit thicker.
Application: I thought the application of this product was really nice! I love the shape of the applicator, and it made it easy to apply with one quick swipe and just a bit of cleaning up on the edges because I was messy with it.
There is a citrusy scent in this product – while it’s not super strong or offensive to me, it did linger for about 10 minutes after application before dissipating.
Transfer: Unfortunately, this particular formula is definitely one that transfers a lot. It never seems to set down and so drinking or eating definitely leads to lipstick on your cup, your food, your chin, etc. However, even something as simple as accidentally touching your lips will mean that you will definitely need to wipe it off of your finger or whatever might have accidentally touched it.
There doesn’t ever seem to be a point where it stops transferring, so it can get frustrating to constantly be checking your face or hands to make sure there’s not lipstick there.
Fading: Despite the amount of transfer, I felt like the color ended up staying pretty consistent throughout the wear. Part of that could be that the shade is close to my natural lips in depth, so that hides fading pretty well. Either way, it does end up looking like the color it starts with for a while. The glossiness of it does fade with the more product that transfers off the lips.
Comfort: This formula feels pretty hydrating, but I noticed that as it continued to transfer it got a little more sticky over time. Not sticky in the sense that your lips would be stuck together or that it was stringy, but it just got a little more tacky feeling and heavier instead of weightless.
Overall: While I enjoy the color and adore Bite as a brand, this formula just wasn’t a hit for me. I like products that are no fuss, and this is definitely not one of those if you’re out and about doing things, eating, drinking, etc. I will be moving this out of my collection to allow more breathing room for the rest of my makeup.
Price Point: Even before Bite Beauty was closed, this formula has been discontinued for a while now and there’s no way of getting ahold of it. It was $24 at the time of it being available.