Thursday, 2 June 2016

The Summer of Orange: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Blood Orange

This is the summer where I start to embrace the orange lip. But not really an orange lip, because even the orangiest of oranges tend to pull red on me. Regardless, I have committed myself to The Way of the Orange Lip. And finally, finally, finally, I've picked up the lip product that originally inspired a long-harboured, rarely acted upon desire for orange lips: Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Blood Orange. I first fell in love with it in 2014, when the Matte Crème Lip Crayons were released as a limited summer line. I wasn't sure how Blood Orange would look on me, and by the time that I decided to stop swatching it every time I went to Sephora, it was gone and I was left to explore other colours. 

Blood Orange returned the next year, however, when Bite decided to add the Matte Crème Lip Crayons to their permanent lines of lipstick, and made a bunch of new colours. But I only had eyes for one of the returning ones: Blood Orange. And then...then, what exactly? I didn't buy it. I would go, swatch, think about it - I even added it to a few Sephora carts and never pulled the trigger. I just couldn't bring myself to buy it. It was too bright! Too orange! I would never wear it! But as I've grown more adventurous in choosing lip colours - hell, even just wearing lipstick - Blood Orange has looked more and more appealing.

All the Matte Crème Lip Crayons come with a nifty little sharpener in the end. I'll never use it. But it's cool.

When I was at my parents' for Victoria Day weekend, I took myself to the mall, because when you live in rural New Brunswick, you take advantage of proximity to real malls with real Sephora, even tiny, pocket-sized ones. I wanted to go swatch some of the Sweet and Savoury Bite Amuse Bouches. I originally had my eye on Taro and Thistle, but feel completely in love with Squid Ink. While attempting to talk myself out of Squid Ink, I swatched a few more things. And this time, Blood Orange made it home with me.

The matte part of the Matte Crème Lip Crayon is not really all that matte. At best, it's demi-matte. At best. I don't know anyone who actually expects Bite's mattes to be matte, but in case you did, they aren't. This is probably the closest matte in all of their matte lines, though. It's lightly moisturizing and has a very soft citrus scent - not like the crazy strong one of the Amuse Bouches. 

The colour wears pretty well, though it tends to fade in the middle of the lip pretty quickly. And if you have any flakes on your lips, they will be highlighted in a huge way. I do like the ability to outline my lips with the pencil and then fill them in - it makes for very tidy wear. I don't have any bleeding or feathering, though to be fair, I almost never do.

Bare lips.

One coat of Blood Orange.

Like most oranges, this pulls fairly red on me, but still bright and orangey enough to satisfy my whims. Blood Orange is lovely and I can't believe I took this long to pick it up. 

But. There's a but.

I swatched it next to some of the other oranges I own - surprisingly more than I thought - and it's barely different from them. Look at it next to Bésame Tango Red. They're basically the same. The difference is imperceptible.

MAC Huggable in Fashion Force, HelloWaffle lip gloss in Flamingo, Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Last Ghost, Bite Blood Orange, Bésame Tango Red, Kae Q Carambola

And MAC Fashion Force is just a sheer version of the other two. 

Top lip is Blood Orange, bottom is Tango Red. There is a difference, but unless you're looking very closely, you won't catch it. It was a little more apparent in person, but not by much.

I'm not returning either the Bésame or Bite Blood Orange, mainly because the window has already passed, and also I don't live near a Sephora, and I like both formulas, but jeez. I have way too many similar colours. The madness must stop.

Provided that I don't justify Squid Ink with this rationale. I mean, it doesn't look like anything I own...


  1. My favorite orange is the misleadingly named Maybelline Neon Red, which is (on me) an electric orange. It's SO DAMN ORANGE I can't imagine it pulling red, but looking up some swatches just now I guess I'll need to broaden my imaginative horizons. I liked the look of Blood Orange when it was initially released too, but I wear warm lip colors so inoften I talked myself out of it. It looks smashing with your hair and eyes.

    1. I tend toward cooler colours, but recently I've been scooping up warmer colours like crazy. I really like them.

      Thanks! I managed to talk myself into wearing it to work both this week and last so I'm making huge strides in my lipstick wearing journey.


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