Bite Beauty reds + my custom colour

I went to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab a few months ago (you can read about the experience here). But I thought it was due time to show you the shades actually swatched on my lips, so I did what I tend to do — both a YouTube video (at the end of the post) and post with still photos to pair with it.

As stated in my first post with Bite Beauty, I’m so glad I ended up making a nude colour for my custom lipstick shade, because my second thought was to make a bright red-orange shade. I didn’t realize we were going to get gifted with more product, and the one here in the middle called Cayenne is the exact shade I would’ve created. The formula of all three red lipsticks are in the new Amuse Bouche formula.

My nude is in a matte creme shade, and I’ll be honest, there’s not much difference between the matte creme formula, and the amuse bouche. That’s telling you that the matte’s are comfortable, and not drying on the lips. Win! This is the peachy-nude I came up with: 

Oof, I just love it. 

In the lipstick bullets Gazpacho and Cayenne look significantly different, however swatched onto the back of my hand and even on my lips they’re quite similar, on my skintone! Check out the reds, followed by my custom lipstick colour at the end — so exciting!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche · Gazpacho

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in CayenneBite Beauty Amuse Bouche · Cayenne

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in TanninBite Beauty Amuse Bouche · Tannin

Bite Beauty Matte Creme · My custom colour!

I immediately had no questions of what colour I wanted to create for myself. I have this Burberry lipgloss in the shade Nude Beige No. 17 that I love, and wear to death – and I wanted to somewhat mimic that shade in a lipstick form with a different finish. So that’s why I ended up getting it in a matte creme — Oh my gosh, I LOVE how it came out, and what a fun experience!

See the swatches live in action in the quick video below :)

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Custom Lipsticks at BITE Lip Lab San Francisco

Bite Lip Lab on Fillmore, San FranciscoI would say my first introduction to the brand BITE Beauty was a pretty fantastic one. Having knowing about the brand, but never trying their products I was invited to create my own custom lipstick at the 4th, and brand new BITE Lip Lab in San Francisco on Fillmore Street.

As soon as I received the e-mail invite I knew immediately what kind of lipstick shade I wanted to create for myself. I have a Burberry gloss in a colour that I think is the perfect nude shade for my complexion, and I love it so much I wanted to make it in a lipstick form.

While the event happened a few weeks ago in the stormy weather (with tons of landslides, eek!) I’m Canadian and I’m going to admit that driving through the rain in Sunny California was just as bad as a mild Canadian snowstorm. Driving to The City (what the fancy folk call San Francisco) took twice as long, calling the roads treacherous was an understatement. California highways are not built for rain. Ya can say I was white-knucklin’er the entire way trying not to hydroplane too often. I made it, and I was early enough to snag free parking on a side street. Unheard of!

Bite Beauty Lip Lab San FranciscoAs soon as I stepped inside from the gloomy weather outside, I was greeted by many smiling faces, and Canadians too! Susanne Langmuir, founder of BITE is a Torontonian and came down for the event — definitely cool to meet her in person.

How to make your own lipstickWhen you arrive at a Bite Beauty Lip Lab, you’ll work with a Lip Lab Artist and have your choice of the following services:

1 lipstick | $55 -Or- 2 lipsticks| $80

a] choose a shade from 200 lip pigments
b] pick a finish: glossy sheer, matte creme, amuse bouche
c] pick an all-natural scent: 9 scent to choose from

2 lipsticks | $150

a] Work with your Lip Lab Artist to create a unique lipstick colour of your choice
b] pick a finish
c] pick an all-natural scent

Katie, a BITE Lip Lab Artist sat down with me and we got to work on my custom lipstick! I prepped my lips before starting, and applied their Agave Sugar Lip Scrub followed up with the Agave Lip Balm. They gifted us those two in a goodie bag in addition to their popular seller, Lip Mask.

Mixing Lipsticks at Bite Lip Lab

I was so prepared you guys. I sat down in front of their ‘new neutrals’ set of pigments as I knew that I wanted to venture into that realm of colours. Because I work with many lipstick colours as a beauty blogger, I already know what shades suit me and what don’t. I found my peachy-nude shade on the second go, and was ready to select the finish and create the lipstick then-and-there. What I wasn’t expecting was to choose a matte finish, assuming it would be drying for my lips. Not this one by BITE though, it was a matte creme and felt so comfortable on. I also got to pick an all-natural scent for my custom lipstick. I ended up mixing coconut and mint together for my nude lipstick! An odd paring, right? But it smells fantastic. Here’s the colour on me! 

Bite Beauty Custom Lipstick in 411MSince I found my perfect shade so quickly, we decided to play around with more colours. If I was going to made a second colour, it would hands-down, be this orange-red shade. I love a good orange-red and although definitely an outstanding bold colour, I think it pairs well against my teeth and skintone, Ha! Not humble-sounding at all, am I?

Most noteworthy, the entire experience at BITE Lip Lab is pretty impressive. From picking out your custom shade, to watching it get mixed with a finish + scent of your choice, then have it be frozen-in-time to a solid in 7 minutes, then carefully applying the bare naked lipstick colour to the plastic bullet. So fun! Therefore, I suggest a lipstick lover to do it at least once in your life, especially if you’re one of those ladies who had a favourite lipstick that ended up getting discontinued. This is the way to bring that long-lost shade back to in your life by choosing the Bespoke Lipstick service.

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BITE Beauty Lip Lab
2142 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 – 7 / Sunday 11 – 6
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