LIP SET WEEK(end) | Bite High Pigment Pencil Trio: review, photos, swatches

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The product: Bite High Pigment Pencil Trio (High Pigment Matte Pencils in Pomegranate, Honey Berry, and Bouquet)

The formula: the Bite High Pigment Pencils feel absolutely gorgeous. Good mattes have a very specific texture, and it’s hard to describe unless you already own a matte with a similar formula. It’s sort of… well, it’s sort of a bit like poutine. Everyone always says that the cheese “squeaks,” which makes no sense to someone who’s only ever had fries, and so much sense the second you try your first bite of cheese curd.

So, yeah, these pencils have the formula of a good matte. Velvety, surprisingly lightweight, and (perhaps most importantly), not drying!! There’s a bit of a lingering “fruity” scent, which I’d have preferred to do without, but the gorgeous shades & formula more than make up for it. (Worth noting: I believe the fragrance is naturally-derived, so those who have problems with synthetic scent headaches should be OK with these.)

The shades: Bite’s High Pigment Pencil Trio includes full-size versions of three of the line’s six High Pigment Pencil shades: Pomegranate (described as a rich red), Honey Berry (toasted almond), and Bouquet (peachy pink). The amount of pigment they’ve packed into these is really, really impressive – I’m used to being let down by “high pigment” marketing talk, but pigment-wise, these really deliver!

Of course, Pomegranate is my favourite of the three – it’s a delicious, completely opaque, bright blue-red. As fair warning, though, it has a sort of wild red vibe: no red lipstick is understated, of course, but this one seems particularly bright. As far as mattes go, though, it’s very forgiving. The formula of Pomegranate seems to wear  just a bit more velvety than the other two, but I’m not complaining!

Bite High Pigment Matte Pencil swatch in Pomegranate

Honey Berry was perhaps the most surprising of the bunch; it’s a medium brown (which normally look awful on me), but somehow, it looks totally fine – even against my fair skintone. I’ve swatched it for full opacity here, but it really brings its A-game when worn sheerly. It’s an unexpectedly lovely medium nude, with just the right balance of yellow, brown, and pink tones.

Bite High Pigment Matte Pencil swatch in Honey Berry

Finally, Bouquet is a lot brighter than I thought it would be. It looks a fair bit more muted in these swatches than it does in real life, where it (like Pomegranate) comes to the field as anything but demure. It’s bright, loud, and will definitely appeal to lovers of shades like MAC Chatterbox and Please Me. There’s something about this shade that, when paired with the matte finish, takes it from quiet to L-O-U-D in ten seconds flat.

Bite High Pigment Matte Pencil swatch in Bouquet

Is it giftable?

Yes. But with reserves! For a beauty addict, this would be a fab gift - it’s all gorgeous satin-matte finishes and high pigment. For a muggle, though? Perhaps it would be best to hold off. Pick up a Colour & Shine set for them instead, perhaps!

As for whether or not this set is a good deal for yourself: it’s $38 US, but has a $72 US value. The pencils twist up (always a plus; no need for a sharpener), and I’m betting that you’re all going to pick up Pomegranate anyways. So, in short, yeah. It’s a good deal. ;)

As an introduction to the Bite line, the High Pigment Pencils are fantastic. I’m excited to try more! Which, okay, is probably going to take forever, because it’s me, but still. I’ll get to it. Eventually.

Bite High Pigment Matte Pencil ingredients

And perhaps the best part…

Made in Canada!

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49 Responses to “LIP SET WEEK(end) | Bite High Pigment Pencil Trio: review, photos, swatches”

  1. Pomegranate…oh dear…*fans self* O___O
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  2. absolutely gorgeous! If I ever run across this I'll have to pick it up. Love the honey berry color in particular!
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  3. You look gorgeous in Pomegranate! Really brightens up your face! How's the lasting power though?
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  4. Jamilla, on December 18th, 2011 at 8:25 am said:

    I LOVE you in Reds! Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  5. I think I need these! I'm all about lip pencils, especially when they're as smooth as these appear to be. Love your poutine comparison: definitely sums up the unique texture of the product.

    Bright red is definitely your color. Pomegranate looks absolutely amazing on you.
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  6. Hurray! These look gorgeous on you. I think I want to try that Honey one now. I was afraid it'd make me look terrible, but I have high hopes now!
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  7. These lip pencils look lovely!!!! *o* Pomegranate is GORGEOUS!! Kind of want to try these for myself now….lol. And they're available on Sephora? Oh dear…hehh.
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  8. Oh, I didn't realize these were made in Canada. FANTASTIC.
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  9. BeautyReflects, on December 18th, 2011 at 1:04 pm said:

    SOLD. :) They look fab on you! :)
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  10. Really good! Sorry, I meant to include that in the post (but obviously, forgot completely). I tested these for four hours, including dinner, and they were still on afterwards. Definitely needed a touch-up after eating, but I was pretty impressed!

  11. Man, ikr? ;)

  12. Get thee to a Sephora, kuri! Or, at least, to Sephora.com :P

  13. Aww, thank you! :)

  14. :D Thank you! And YES, you totally do. I bet Pomegranate would look even better on you!

  15. I was sure it was going to look awful on me – but, nope, not at all. It looks horrid when applied thickly (warning! warning!) but it's just lovely sheer.

  16. Yep! :D I dare you to try and resist. Seriously. It can't be done! :P

  17. Neither did I! It's kinda the cherry on top though, eh? ;)

  18. Alex - Lakehead University, on December 18th, 2011 at 2:34 pm said:

    Pomegranate looks BEYOND on you! Gorgeous :)
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  19. OK quick comment: The second I saw you with Pomegranate on, I thought "man, she looks beautiful!" And didn't even look at other shades :D

  20. Kris Kritique, on December 18th, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

    beautiful colors! I love it!

  21. I like Honey Berry the most. I saw some adorable little Bite lipsticks in Sephora recently. Are you planning to review those? I hope so!!!
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  22. AdorableOnYourVanity, on December 18th, 2011 at 7:13 pm said:

    I got the one in Velvet – it is allegedly a "bright rose" but it looks so pasty and ghostly against by skin tone. The formula is total love though and I especially love pomegranate; it is flawless on you! I may return velvet and get that :)
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  23. *swoons*
    Pomegranate looks lovely on you. Actually, all of them look lovely on you!

  24. Wow, these are absolutely beautiful! And yes, Pomegranate is just… beyond :)
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  25. rachael, on December 19th, 2011 at 9:32 am said:

    I love that red on you!!

  26. All of these colors suit you SO well! The red is stunning, but the pink one also a nice feminine sweet shade on you. Love them Rae!!

  27. ;o) Thanks, honey!

  28. Thanks, Alex! Pomegranate's such a stunner, isn't she?

  29. LOL! Thanks, Nina :P You are my favourite!

  30. It's a great set! :)

  31. I wasn't planning on it- sorry, hon!! But I'll hopefully be reviewing more Bite in the future – just, probably not that particular set :)

  32. Aww :( Sadface! But YES, you should totally return Velvet for Pomegranate – what's the point in keeping a lip pencil around if you're never going to wear it, right?

  33. Thanks, Rachael!

  34. It is, isn't it? :)

  35. Aww, thanks Danielle! I didn't *love* the pink against my skintone, but it is a gorgeous shade in its own right, isn't it? :)

  36. Aww, thank you honey! :)

  37. You are SO pretty, Rae!! *chomps head*

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  38. xD I agree with everyone above, Pomegranate looks spectacular on you!
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  39. WOW they look beautiful! I can see by the photos how velvety and gorgeous the texture is.

  40. Exactly! So velvety the texture translates through the screen ;)

  41. Thank you!!

  42. !!!! YOU JUST CHOMPED MY HEAD

    XIAO, WHY DID YOU JUST CHOMP MY HEAD

    (It was excellent. Thank you. :D)

  43. Uh, Rae? Holy shit. This is awesome. All three are beautiful.

    Pardon the French. :) I'm just blown away at how awesome these are.
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  44. Haha, thank you! <3 <3 <3

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  46. Wow, I love Pomegranate and Honey Berry. Gorgeous!
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  47. OMG! I love your teeth! Haha! =)
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  49. Honey Berry looks great on you! I hope it will look like that on my lips because I just want something to tone down my lips! LOL and loved the "made in Canada" part!

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