There are a few makeup items that I am so in love with by certain brands, that I could see owning every single shade. Thankfully for my wallet, those must have launches come only once in a while. The last time this happened to me was with Bite Beauty’s Matte Créme Lip Crayons. I was sent several to review and ended up buying the rest because I was head over heels with the formula and shades. (I still am! Sucre is my favorite right now.) Then…Bite did it again. They came out with their Buttercream Hand Cut Lipsticks. And once again, I had to have them all.
The texture is buttery of course, like the name would suggest. It is creamier than Clinique’s Butter Shine lipsticks, and creamier than Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks. They manage to be creamy but still have enough texture that the lipstick tube doesn’t break as you’re applying it. The formula has a cling to it so it can be creamy on the lips yet it doesn’t slide around all over and make a mess. These lipsticks are in a league of their own. The way Bite went about achieving the creamiest lipstick was to develop a technique to hand cut each bullet, removing the outer waxy layer to expose each lipstick’s creamy core. They are infused with five nourishing, aromatic butters including lavender, shea, almond, pomegranate, and chamomile. And they come in 8 gorgeous, universal, wearable nudes and neutrals.
Cream is an almond nude. Caramel is a fleshy nude. Both read yellow on my skin and didn’t show up but managed to make me look jaundiced. Pecan is a warm, dusty pink. It’s my favorite of the bunch and a perfect neutral shade on me. Marzipan is a milky chocolate. I found it to be a perfect 90s brown that is so in right now- it’s a little on the darker brown side without being goth. Hazelnut is a brown pink. This is another brownish shade that comes across as a little more purple. It reminds me of my favorite lipstick from high school in the early 00s (Clinique Teddy Bear- long since discontinued). Rosewood is a plum rose. This one is a little darker but also leans purple and is another favorite of mine. Heather is a dusty rose. This comes across as a coral-caramel shade on me. Moka is a warm dark brown. On my fair skin it looks very dark and like a deep brown rusty red.
I wasn’t sure what the “hand cut” was all about but when you hold the lipsticks to the side, you can see that it’s slightly uneven on the top. Not quite like the machine cut, factory made lipsticks that we see from every other line. But you will know that your lipstick is still fresh when you open it despite how uneven the top is, because it comes with a small sticker on top that reads “hand cut.” Essentially, instead of being shiny on the top, they have broken open the shell of the lipstick so that you are applying the inner core right way.
It’s slightly annoying that the tip of these is flat because they are hard to apply without a lip brush. Even if I’m being super careful, the circle is large, and it’s hard to stay within the lines of my lips unless I am using a lip brush. I don’t think they could have done an angled lipstick though, because due to the texture of this lipstick, it is prone to breakage. A super creamy formula can easily break the lipstick tube because any amount of pressure to the stick can cause it to snap. Instead, when the tip is flat, you either have to dip into it, or put pressure on the lipstick bullet in an up and down motion rather than side to side. It is worth having to work with it though for the results, because the creamy texture is amazing!
I love that there are so many different shades of nude here. I found that Hazelnut, Heather, Pecan, and Rosewood flattered my complexion the most. I typically look best in cooler toned lipsticks and even though a couple of these are a bit warm I thought these were really nice on me. These four are my favorite of the bunch.
Like I had mentioned above, Cream and Caramel were not my best matches. I wonder who they would look nice on? Maybe someone with a yellow undertone to their skin. Marzipan and Moka were nice on me, but I don’t tend to reach for a darker, redder nude shade as often.
The lipstick brush I have is this one by MUFE. I love that it has a metal cap so it doesn’t get squished when I store it. I don’t use a lip brush often so it’s not something I want to repurchase when it gets yucky so I’m glad I have a really nice one. It’s stiff enough that it will really pick up this lipstick formula easily.
I am just loving this formula. Bite Beauty has done it again! What shade do you think you would like the most? At first I loved Pecan the most but the last couple days I’ve been rotating between Heather and Rosewood too. I can’t decide! Luckily there are so many neutrals, you are bound to find a favorite. I’m also loving pairing these gorgeous neutral lippies with a shimmery eyeshadow shade. I wrote about the MUFE ones the other day and I think Taupe Platinum all over the lid looks beautiful with Rosewood!
Do you have any of these yet? Are you drooling over any of the shades?