Continuing with my series of red lip colors, I am bringing you a personal favorite, Apricot, a shade in Bite's Luminous Creme Lipstick line. It is a true orange red, brighter than Nars' Rouge Basque. I love wearing this blotted as a stain throughout the day, and fully opaque at night and for special occasions. When blotted, this leans more deep orange than orange-red, creating a nifty variation. You can find Bite at Sephora for $24, and the lipsticks have .13 ounces of product. Bite claims that these lipsticks have long-term anti-aging benefits, with the antioxidant resveratrol. Furthermore, these lipsticks are free of synthetic fragrances, synethetic dyes, parabens, and petroleum by-products; Bite boasts that these would be safe enough to eat, should you so desire.
The formula is densely pigmented, and creamy but not thick; it goes in in a thin layer. I find this lipstick to be on the messy side; it's looking for any excuse to smear on my hand, my cup, outside of my lip line, etc... It's obnoxious, but alright as long as I am careful about it. I do find that it only wears for 2 or 3 hours before it has worn off significantly and needs to be touched up. I find the formula to be slightly moisturizing. They have a very faint scent, barely noticeable, but it is a bit peppery to me. I have not noticed any taste to these.
|The case; matte black with a curved tip|
|Bite's logo is pressed into the lipstick bullet|
|Bite's Apricot, no flash|
|Apricot by Bite, no flash|
|Bite's Apricot, flash!|
|Blotted, no flash|
|Blotted, with flash|
I really love this color, it's been a great, versatile summery red that works equally as well blotted as full-color. Because this is so pigmented, it leaves a nice stain for quite awhile when blotted; however, if you are wearing it opaque, the wear time suffers and the formula can be a bit messy. On the other hand, I appreciate that these are natural and that the company has gone out of their way to avoid controversial ingredients, such as petroleum. I think this pays off; I find this lip color to be slightly moisturizing, which is a feat considering how thin the lipstick feels on my lips!