Before I started to study for Step 1, I made a haphazard list of fun things I wanted to do in NYC before I started my third year of medical school. I knew I wouldn’t be able to go on a vacation this year, so I wanted to make the most of it between driving lessons and such. So far, I’ve read four novels, viewed the Met’s stunning Manus x Machina exhibit, and have eaten tons of delicious food with friends and family. My favorite outing has definitely been to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. I took my sister and mother with me as a girls day out, and a delayed Mother’s Day gift post-boards studying.
So yes, this is a pricy experience. But it was the experience I wanted. I’m that girl that has asked my family to drive a couple hours to watch how glass-blowing was done and made jewelry and tie die art at street fairs. I love this kind of thing! It costs $45 for a tube of lipstick or 2 for $60 if you create two tubes of the same color. To put it in perspective, eating dinner in Manhattan almost never costs less than $30 per person anyways. This isn’t something you do everyday and when you go with friends, you can try the shades they created and if it suits you, get a duplicate for only $15 more. So essentially its $30 a tube that way, comparable to many high-end lipsticks on the market. Furthermore, the ingredients in Bite lipsticks are so worth it. They are composed of all natural ingredients that are essentially food-grade! According to the Sephora site:
“Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit.”
They are made with reservatrol, an antioxidant. They do not contain gluten, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates or sulfates. Lastly, these are the older Bite Beauty lipstick formula, the Luminous Creme. Currently discontinued, Bite Beauty has launched a new range of lipstick called the Amuse Bouche. My lips are as dry as the Sahara desert, so I prefer the former, more creamy and moisturizing formula. Some say that it slips too much, but I found that was such a minimal problem for me, very easily remedied with a neutral lip liner (Sephora’s Pink Beige Lip Liner to Go). I wore this long-lasting lipstick in 90 degree weather while shopping in Soho and it remained on my lips for hours. I love how smooth and perfect it makes my lips look! There is no shimmer or glitter in these, something I truly appreciate.
Now that you’ve been hopefully convinced that this lipstick formula is fab and worth the dinero, let me tell you about the actual experience.
You have to schedule an appointment months in advance because the lab is usually completely booked, especially on weekends. While it says it is a half hour appointment, the ladies that work there (all makeup artists!) did not rush us at all. We stayed for about an hour or so total. I had already put thought into what kind of color I wanted to create so I shared my inspiration photos of pinky red roses to the Lip lab Artist helping me. She created a few options based on the feedback I gave her, like “let’s try something a little lighter, more pink, more red..” etc. They are remarkably good at not giving their own opinion because they want to help you create the ideal shade for yourself. I think we were extremely successful because we achieved the shade that I have always wanted, a carefully balanced cross between red and pink.
My mother went for a warm reddish-brown color and my sister chose a brighter red-orange terracotta color. They both selected a matte finish while I wanted a creamy finish. The third finish we could’ve chosen was a sheer one. Next, you choose which scent and which cap style you want for your lipstick. I opted for citrus mango!
After the lipstick ingredients are centrifuged, heated and put into a mold, it is cooled. I loved that my brother and sister, a chemist, asked so many scientific questions like at what rate were these centrifuged, what temperature are they cooled to, and more. It just made this fun experience, educational as well.
And while I told my mom I wouldn’t repeat the experience, I def would go back if I ever finish my lipstick. I cannot get over how beautiful, sophisticated, and high-quality these are. Out of curiosity, I swatched these two lipsticks next to many Amuse Bouche shades to compare. We were pleased that there weren’t any colors like these in their current range. I’d love to know which shade of lipstick would you create? What flavors and finishes would you choose?
Until the next post,