I've been experiencing a makeup renaissance of sorts. A paradigm shift in how I experience cosmetics. This is not the first time such a thing has happened to me. When I first indoctrinated myself into the world of cosmetics and makeup-ery, I went for high impact color with in-your-face flair. It was go big, or go home. Pansy assed neutrals need not apply - the Cult of My Anything But Better could check itself at the door. Then I sort of unplugged myself for a while, and became a staple one look girl - winged liner, mascara, bronzer, nude lip. I could've cared less about color in blush or in lipstick. And now, now, I am cycling through another phase where I am finding that subtle use of color on lips and cheeks can be more dynamic than balls out bold and more feminine than minimal. In short, I think my attitude(s) about makeup are, in fact, maturing. I'm mildly alarmed by this.
Now, I told you that story, so I could tell you this story. (10 points if you get the reference!) I am digging dark lips for fall, and was looking for a lip balm/ color adding product to wear during the summer but then, once it became fall, use it as an amplifier for darker lipsticks so that when they fade, they fade a bit more evenly. Enter in Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Black Currant.
|I love Bite Beauty's packaging - it's this delicious charcoal grey with a velvet matte finish. Inocuous and luxe.|
My one beef with ordering this brand online is that the Sephora.com swatches are terrible. You don't really get a good feel for the color of the product online, and it gives no indication that the product is so sheer. Or what the actual lip product bullet looks like (at least for the lip tints). When I purchased this, I knew I wanted to layer this under darker lipstick so I just went with the darkest one I found thinking that any undertones would be obliterated by a darker lipstick.
|The inner bullet - with the awesome B full of stuff, that I am going to divulge in the next paragraph!|
The Bite Lip Tint is dual cored, with an overall balm like texture and consistency. It's supposed to be a sheer tint, that deepens as you layer it with a glossy finish. There's a lot of stuff going on in this lipstick ingredient wise - argan oil, vitamin E, fruit butters and Resveratrol. But that's typical of Bite products, they like to cram the antioxidants in there. They also like to be $24 USD, which is a bit of a... Wuuutttt..... for me. Because in this day and age, you can find similar products for cheaper. Notice, I didn't say better. I love, love, love the way this product feels on my lips. It's smooth, moisturizing and sinks in like none other. All Bite products feel this way. They're just luxurious, and a delight to wear.
|Bite Lush Lip Tint in Black Currant is on the Left. The Right Swatch will be revealed in due time.|
The above swatch is one swipe of Black Currant. The one difference you can see between BC and the mystery swatch is how natural it looks, and by natural I mean, the color looks like it appears in nature, like someone took a black currant and crushed the living daylights out of it and put it in a lip product. It's a color that isn't punched up with lots of pigment, its very soft and beautiful. BC also has a ton more sheen than mystery swatch as well, something that the Bite Lush Lip Tint is touted to have and clearly delivers. On heavily pigmented lips, this wouldn't do anything. It's way too sheer, even for a sheer product - on my lips one layer of this barely comes up, and I have pretty un-pigmented mauve-y pink lips naturally. What it looks like is a bare hint of color, some shine and a cushiony, plush lip feel. So what is the mystery swatch? I mean it's clearly there for a reason.
|Why it's Revlon Colorburst Red Velvet Lip Butter!|
I actively tried to find a cheaper dupe for the Lush Lip Tint, because for $24 I couldn't justify keeping a product that didn't really do something I couldn't get cheaper products to do. The challenge for this, was going to be duplicating the color. I was unsucessful at this. The RCRVLB is clearly more pigmented and pinker/rosier/fuschia toned than the BLLTBC. In fact the Lip Butter is so pigmented that it applies more like a lipstick than a lip tint or moisturizing balm. I had to dab this onto my lips and really blend it out to get a similar look to the Lush Lip Tint, but it still was pinker than I wanted it to be, and I purposely bought Red Velvet because it appeared to be the darker, browner version of the two shades that were the darkest reds offered by the Revlon Lip Butter Range. This product is also a good deal drier than the Lip Tint, which I thought was strange for a product whose main attraction is that it's supposed to be moisturizing and shiny. Which. It's neither. To me, this lip butter is more of a semi-moisturizing lipstick in disguise. Product dupe fail.
|Just to be thorough - what the Lip Butter Bullet looks like. But you can see why I thought it may dupe Black Currant.|
All that being said, it's not a bad product for $8 USD. And in direct comparison, you get more oomph for the price versus the Bite Lush Lip Tint - whose benefit will probably be seen in the long term and a bit faster on a person whose lips are a bit older than mine. Bite Lush Lip Tint is sold on Sephora.com and the Revlon Red Velvet Lip Butter is available not at Sephora.com and literally everywhere else.