A new year also means it’s my birthday month! Despite being in the colder months of winter, I am so thankful to continue the feeling of celebration right after the holidays. It makes the holiday blues a little more endurable.
I picked up one of the birthday gifts from Sephora, as I do every year. I think 2018 was the first year that they have 3 choices (correct me if I’m wrong):
- Bite Beauty makeup – lip products
- Bumble and bumble hair products – shampoo and conditioner
- Glamglow skin care products – moisturizer and mask
I have little interest in hair care products and Glamglow is unfortunately not one of my favourite skin care brands (I had a bad sensitivity issue with one of their masks). So I chose the Bite Beauty package.
It comes with a duo sample of the Agave Lip Balm in Clear with the Agave Lip Scrub, mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai and a mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé.
This is a great bundle if you haven’t tried out Bite Beauty lip products yet, I finally discovered that the Agave lip duo didn’t work out for me. The scrub was too sticky, almost honey like with very few sugar crystals. I found that the lip scrubs from Lush is a much better choice for your money. They have an insane amount of crystals that makes them more effective in scrubbing and is also edible like Bite Beauty’s – honestly, better tasting as well. As for the lip balm… I hope it’s better in its original packaging, I had to drag it across my lips to apply and felt very dry. I prefer emollient lip balms where I don’t have to drag it across my lips. I suspect that the packaging it was dispensed in didn’t really help.
The lipstick and lip crayon are one of the best colour choices they could have picked out for a birthday gift. I personally think they would suit many skin tones. I don’t have a confirmed MAC shade yet, but I believe I’m around NC30, I also take the darkest shade available in Korean cushions, usually #23 or #25 if it exists since it is my exact match.
Chai is a warm mauve leaning towards the pinkish red side, very creamy. Glacé is a bit cooler than Chai – leaning a muted mauve and is slightly less creamy than Chai. I almost thought they were dupes of each other in a different lip product format. It’s only noticeable on the lips and not so much on the hand swatch.
The photos below were captured in natural daylight without any editing aside from blurring the skin around my mouth.
As you can see Chai fits my complexion much better as I lean warm but Glacé isn’t entirely off-limits. I can’t wait what next year will bring, for now I’m adding Chai to my lipstick wish list.