Canada has been looking really good lately.
When Bite Beauty landed at Sephora a few years ago, I added it to my list of favorite Canadian imports, which includes poutine and Drake.
The original Amuse Bouche line is one of my go-to lipstick collections. Pigmentation, formula, moisture level all come in at an A+. Not to mention that if I do happen to ingest the average one pound of lipstick per year — probably two, thanks to this job — it has natural ingredients. So when I heard the brand was making a liquid lipstick version of Amuse Bouche, I had to get my hands on it.
When I first opened the tube I noticed two things: It smelled like a fruit snack (no complaints here) and it has a slanted, doe-foot applicator. The tapered tip and creamy formula have just enough grip to make it easy to get a clean lip line. Now this is not your traditional cream-to-matte, so-drying-it-feels-like-shrink-wrap liquid lipstick. The liquefied formula sets to a semimatte finish (so there's still a bit of a sheen) and contains coconut oil and monoi butter to keep lips comfortable and hydrated.
The shade Chutney is a flattering mauve with the slightest hint of brown to make a flattering nude tone for my skin. My natural lip color tends to blend in with my skin tone if I get tan and this is just the right rosy shade to make them stand out (to make my lips look like, well, my lips, just pinker, prettier, and fuller). I wore this shade on a date last week — probably not the best time to test the staying power of a lipstick — but it held up through oysters and a glass or two of sauvignon blanc. Before we left the restaurant I noticed the color had faded into a pretty pink stain. (Side note: This formula does not claim to be long-lasting.)
While it makes a great pinkish-nude color for my skin tone, it may show up a bit more purply on fairer complexions and a bit paler and pinker on darker skin tones, depending on your lips. But what's great is that there's not a lot of white in the formula, so it won't end up looking too chalky or too pastel on anyone.
In my opinion, another A+ formula.