Friday, March 11, 2016

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil | Honey Berry | Swatches + Review

In the 90s, I wore a pearly white lipstick from The Body Shop during the 90s. My lips looked like they were painted with iridescent cellophane wrap. Never mind a dark lip. My lips are already dark and pigmented so I guess I was wanting something different back then. In the beauty and fashion world, the 90s lip is dark, deep and nude. And it has made a comeback. I've only just now had any desire to go down this path for fear of looking ridiculous and outdated, I suppose.

I believe in color harmony so I thought the most logical way to find the best nude lip for my skin tone was to get matched using ColorIQ at Sephora. It was brilliant because I found not just one, but three different colors that I am now completely in love with. For your reference, my ColorIQ number is 3Y06 - meaning I have yellow undertones and my shade is 6. I want to show you my favorite - Bite Beauty's High Pigment Pencil in the color Honey Berry, $24 for 0.09 oz.

This is the most heavenly lip pencil. It glides on smoothly and is relatively moisturizing to my lips. It has a slight waxy scent. The lasting power is about 4 to 6 hours depending on how much I eat or drink. The actual product can be advanced by twisting the colored plastic end so no sharpening needed but you will end up with a blunt tip. But because this applies so easily, I don't think a pointy tip is really necessary.

The color of Honey Berry is described as a "toasted almond shade". It's the most brown out of the other shades in this range. In the sunlight, the brown and orange undertones really stand out. I think the forearm swatches are the most accurate in terms of color.

In direct sunlight:

In indirect light:

The ingredients are mostly natural and organic according to Bite Beauty:
Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Silica*, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Tocopherol*, Natural Flavor*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinefera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit)*. May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019)*, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Fd&C Blue No. 1 (Ci 42090), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), Fd&C Yellow No. 6 (Ci 15985), Fd&C Red No. 40 (Ci 16035), D&C Red 6 (Ci 15850), D&C Red 7 (Ci 15850), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*. *Natural. **Certified organic.
I also purchased Sephora Collection Cream Lipstick in Charmer 19, $12.50 for 0.14 oz., and Rouge Shine Lipstick in Miss You 10, $12.50 for 0.13 oz.

Charmer is a warm nude with red and orange undertones. Miss You is more sheer, glossy taupe.

In direct sunlight, from L to R, Honey Berry, Charmer, Miss You:

In indirect light, from L to R, Honey Berry, Charmer, Miss You:

I'm so glad that I now have these three nude lipsticks to choose from.