Since I’m such a sucker for trying out new lipstick formulas, I picked up the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in the shade Sugarcane ($26.00 USD/$30.00 CAD, available here). They’re described as “a collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” I figured my lips could use a change from all the dry, matte liquid lipsticks I’ve been wearing, and this nude-pink shade will be perfect for spring… whenever it gets here (which could be a while, since I live in Alberta). I’ll start wearing the lipstick, but I won’t hold my breath.
Sugarcane – described as “pale pink”. It’s a light, slightly warm-leaning pink with a satin finish.
Why You Might Like These:
- They’re formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates. They’re also gluten-free.
- They contain “a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips”.
- They’re also made with food-grade ingredients, so you could, in theory, eat them. Though I wouldn’t suggest it — for $30, I’d go grab a restaurant meal instead (but if the restaurant doesn’t have gluten-free options, at least you have your lipstick as backup).
- They’re very pigmented and opaque with only a couple of swipes, but could be dabbed on lightly if you prefer more semi-opaque coverage.
- They’re creamy and remain extremely comfortable on the lips, even after several hours of wear.
- They have a soft satin finish — not too matte, not too shiny.
- They have a pleasant citrus scent, which is a nice change from some of the overly sweet-smelling lip products.
- They last a decent amount of time for such a creamy formula. I didn’t notice any bleeding or feathering, either.
- There are 34 shades in the line, so you’re likely to find at least one colour you like!
Why You Might Not Like These:
- If you prefer a completely matte lipstick, this probably isn’t the formula for you.
- The same thing applies if you like your lipsticks to be sheer and glossy (like M.A.C.‘s Lustre formula, for example). Though they can be sheered out a little, these babies pack some pigmentation.
- If you’re extremely sensitive to scents, the citrus smell might bother you. I personally found that the scent faded after the lipstick was applied, though.
- Since this is a creamy, hydrating formula, these don’t last quite as long as a matte/liquid lipstick. I needed to touch up around the 4-5 hour mark.
Since trying out Sugarcane, I’ve put a couple more shades in my shopping basket! I’m really impressed — the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick is now tied with the NARS Audacious lipstick as my favourite (regular) lipstick formula. I love lipsticks that are really opaque but still provide some hydration, and this fits the bill perfectly! What’s your favourite lipstick formula? Let me know in the comments!