Now before I get to my review of The Lip Pencil by Bite Beauty, it's time for me to get real with you all for a minute. Like really real, so pull up a chair and get comfortable for a minute. While I'm no stranger to lipstick, nail polish, eyeshadow and the like, there are some parts of the beauty process that I may skip in my eagerness to put together a collected look. You know, like how some days you skip the foundation and use BB cream instead, or forgo concealer? Well, what if I told you that I've skipped lip pencils... about 90% of my beauty life?
Yes! It's true! While I may OWN a small handful (like... four) lip pencils that I collected in beauty boxes or in promotions, for my VAST lipstick collection, I'm woefully behind in the lip pencil game.
BUT THIS CHANGES NOW!
I always had the impression that lip pencils were coarse, drying and a total pain, as my first experiences of them were inevitably from the drug store. Call me SHOCKED when I got The Lip Pencil from Bite Beauty and discovered that NO, they can be smooth, creamy and while matte, not neccessarily drying or rough on the lips at all.
And CAN I tell you how great it is to be able to line my lips with something that STAYS when I'm wearing a dark lippie? (Of which I have many!) It's truly a thing of beauty. And considering I have a lot of love for Bite Beauty, it's no surprise it's lovely. I'm always happy to support a product that is Made in Canada too, and Bite Beauty's stance on being natural and pretty much edible make them basically the best in my books.
Here's Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche in Honeycomb lined with The Lip Pencil 020. I'm not usually one for a peachy-beige nude but this lipstick is almost a dupe of Maybelline's Stormy Sahara which is one of my favourite lipsticks, except the formula of Bite's is better so I already know I'm going to be picking up a full tube sometime soon.
I found that 020 was a really good lip pencil that I could fill in for a light "my lips but better" look, but it also acts as a great adhesive base for your favourite beige/peach toned nude lipstick. I didn't find the Lip Pencil formula too drying and with Honeycomb slicked on top, my lips felt moisturized and fabulous.
I also got to test out Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche in Whiskey, lined with the darkest of The Lip Pencil's in 044. It's funny because Whiskey is literally an Amuse Bouche version of Bite's Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Cognac, which is one of my favourites. 044 is a great pencil for this and other dark shades because it can lean dark brown or dark burdundy depending on what colour it picks up from the shades around it.
I DID find that it was hard to fully fill in my lips with 044, it's a slightly darker shade, the pencil wasn't patchy per se, but it was hard to make sure my lip colour wasn't bleeding through. It does a fantastic job as a base for Whiskey however, and also my other favourite dark Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Cognac!
Overall I'm totally enamoured with these pencils, and I definitely am going to pick up a few more shades to match some of the reds and deeper rose colours in my collection. You can pick up The Lip Pencil from Sephora for $20CAD and they are worth every penny.
These products were provided for free for review by Influenster and Bite Beauty but all opinions are my own.