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

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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  • Reply Silhouettex

    Pomegranate…oh dear…*fans self* O___O
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    December 18, 2011 at 3:05 AM
  • Reply kuri

    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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    December 18, 2011 at 5:18 AM
  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips

    You look gorgeous in Pomegranate! Really brightens up your face! How's the lasting power though?
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    December 18, 2011 at 7:47 AM
  • Reply Jamilla

    I LOVE you in Reds! Absolutely GORGEOUS!

    December 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM
  • Reply Jessica

    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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    December 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM
  • Reply Larie

    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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    December 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM
  • Reply Tiffany

    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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    December 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM
  • Reply Maggie

    Oh, I didn't realize these were made in Canada. FANTASTIC.
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  • Reply BeautyReflects

    SOLD. :) They look fab on you! :)
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    December 18, 2011 at 1:04 PM
  • Reply Alex - Lakehead University

    Pomegranate looks BEYOND on you! Gorgeous :)
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    December 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM
  • Reply Nina

    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

    December 18, 2011 at 3:57 PM
  • Reply Kris Kritique

    beautiful colors! I love it!

    December 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM
  • Reply rites of beauty

    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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  • Reply AdorableOnYourVanity

    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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    December 18, 2011 at 7:13 PM
  • Reply Makeup Kismet

    Pomegranate looks lovely on you. Actually, all of them look lovely on you!

    December 18, 2011 at 10:50 PM
  • Reply Rocaille

    Wow, these are absolutely beautiful! And yes, Pomegranate is just… beyond :)
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    December 19, 2011 at 12:10 AM
  • Reply rachael

    I love that red on you!!

    December 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM
  • Reply @BloominBeauty5

    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!!

    December 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM
  • Reply Xiao

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

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    December 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    xD I agree with everyone above, Pomegranate looks spectacular on you!
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    December 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM
  • Reply Jen W

    WOW they look beautiful! I can see by the photos how velvety and gorgeous the texture is.

    December 20, 2011 at 10:53 PM
  • Reply Arianne

    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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  • Reply Rola

    Wow, I love Pomegranate and Honey Berry. Gorgeous!
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    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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