Bite Beauty is branching out, and I am SO excited.
Since launching five years ago, the Toronto-based makeup brand (exclusive to Sephora) has been known for its unbelievably creamy, high-pigment lipsticks, made with food-grade ingredients.
If you've ever owned lipstick, then chances are, you've also worn it as blush, maybe even eyeshadow. Bite Beauty founder Susanne Langmuir had this mind when she came up with these creamy colour sticks, which go anywhere on the face, are completely buildable, and apply with fingers, a sponge or a brush.
In case you're wondering, these aren't just a repeat of the famous NARS Multiples. Bite's formula is free of silicones and petrochemicals, and each stick packs 35 percent powder for long-wearing, weightless, high-coverage colour. Here are the ingredients in the shade Praline, for example:
Triisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate*, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate*, Squalane*, Silica*, Coconut Alkanes*, C10-18 Triglyceride*, Cera Albla (Beeswax)**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax**, Jojoba Esters*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Mica*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax, Bismuth Oxychloride*, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables*, Flavor*, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate*, Tocopherol*, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax*, Polyglycerin-3*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil**. +/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*. *Natural, **Organic.
I've been playing around with these, and while I might not use them too often as eyeshadow (I'm more of a shimmery champagne/cool taupe girl, and I need a non-creasing formula), I really, REALLY love them for lips and cheeks.
Ready to see all 18 shades? Here you go! (Don't mind my slight flush—got a bit too much sun!)
Bite Beauty Multistick in Blondie
Blondie is a nude beige. Unlike so many nudes, it's not chalky, and it completely covers your natural lip tone—very rare! In the photo, I slicked it on straight from the tube, but it's prettier/subtler when blotted down. I like this most as a neutral blush.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Papaya
Papaya is a coral. It leans more pinky than orangey, and is a super-pretty in-between shade—perfect when you want a bit of colour, but not as bold as red or fuchsia. I like this one best as lipstick, since I'm too pale to wear it as blush (and not brave enough to wear it as eyeshadow!). This is one of my favourite shades in the range.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Cocoa
Cocoa is a deep chocolate brown. Although it's outside my comfort zone as a lipstick, at least for daytime, I love how rich and dramatic it looks—and that it's a departure from the more predictable vampy berries. It would make a good brown eyeshadow shade, or contour (if your skin is darker than mine).
Bite Beauty Multistick in Cerise
Cerise is a red wine shade. It's almost a classic berry, but with a brown undertone that gives it a more unique twist. This is the perfect fall lipstick shade; I'd also wear it to mimic a rosy flush on my cheeks. Another favourite here.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Anise
Anise is a deep warm brown. It's similar to Cocoa, but a little lighter and with warmer, reddish undertones. For that reason, I find it more wearable as a lipstick. I was surprised that I liked this one! It would be an excellent choice if you're looking to experiment with the '90s brown lips trend. Obviously, a no-brainer as eyeshadow, or as a contour/nude blush on skin darker than mine.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Biscotti
Biscotti is a rose. A deep, rich, rose—actually quite a bit darker on the lips than I expected. I'm a fan; it's much more unexpected than the typical boring sheer or hot pinks. I think this is another one that's even better blotted down to a lip or cheek stain.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Macaroon
Macaroon is a pink. I'd describe it as a classic medium pink; like the other shades, it gives beautiful opaque coverage on the lips. It's also a great pink blush for medium skin tones. For me, it's probably a little too pinky to work as an eyeshadow.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Mochi
Mochi is a red. It might be the perfect red lipstick, to be honest—the best texture (no blotting required) and the best shade (not too cherry nor too orange). Worn very sheer, it could even be fun on the eyes, since red shadow is having a bit of a moment right now. As blush, it would be too clownish on me, but amazing on dark skin.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Gelato
Gelato is a light mauve. Light, cool-toned shades never look great on me as lipstick, so I'd be inclined to wear it on my cheeks only; it would also make a pretty shadow. Again, I'm so impressed with the opacity of these colours! None of my natural lip colour shows through.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Brioche
Brioche is a rosewood. It has a similar intensity to Biscotti, the rose, but with warmer, tawny red undertones. This is a nice option if you're thinking about inching into the brown family, but aren't sure you can pull off Anise. As blush, it's best for darker skin, but I like it for all skin tones as a rusty shadow.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Almond
Almond is a reddish brown. It's almost the same tone as Brioche, but darker. Are you noticing a theme here with all the brown tones? I found this quite flattering, and a fresh alternative to cool-toned berries. This isn't right for me as a blush (I'm too pale), but could work on darker tones.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Nectar
Nectar is a violet. This is the most playful shade in the line-up, a cool-toned (and very on-trend!) creamy purple. It's not the best on my skin tone as blush, but I think it would be fun as an attention-grabbing lipstick. It could also look very cool with black liner as a smoky violet shadow.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Lotus
Lotus is a pale pink. Normally, light pinks have that same chalky issue I mentioned above. But this one is different. It's actually a very flattering '60s baby pink, with complete coverage, so you don't have to worry about your natural lip tone interfering with the colour. It's also a perfect pink blush for pale skin tones (although might not show up if you are dark).
Bite Beauty Multistick in creme Caramel
creme Caramel is a soft peach. If you know me, you know I love my peaches and oranges—so of course, this was my one of my top picks in the whole line-up. It's very hard to find a peach that isn't sheer, so for that reason I'll be wearing this a lot. It's also my perfect blush shade. As for shadow... maybe!
Bite Beauty Multistick in Praline
Praline is a burnt orange. This is yet another favourite of mine, because it's the ultimate creamy orange—not too yellow, not too red, and just bright enough to pop. For me, it's too intense to pull off as a blush (or shadow, for that matter!), but it would be fantastic on deep, warm skin tones.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew
Cashew is a mauve pink. It might feel like we've already seen this shade, but we haven't—this is a lighter and more purplish variation on brown. If there's one colour here that could be described as "your lips, only better," this is it! It's a neutral I'd wear everywhere: lips, cheeks and lids.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Mascarpone
Mascarpone is a deep pink. This is like a darker version of Papaya, and just as gorgeous on the lips, similar to a classic raspberry. It's definitely one of the most wearable lip shades of the bunch. On darker tones, this would also be great to mimic naturally flushed cheeks.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Honeywheat
Honeywheat is a warm light brown. Although it matches my hair, this shade was the most iffy with my complexion—it's just so yellowish brown! However, I can totally picture it on golden skin tones, especially as a warm blush.
If you ask me, the Multisticks are one of the most exciting makeup launches of the year!
If Bite Beauty had launched them as lipsticks only, I'd still be over the moon. The shade range, richness of pigment and opaque coverage are THAT impressive. The fact that they can double as blushes—with no potentially pore-clogging silicones—is the icing on the cake. Medium skin tones will have the most options there, as some of these will be too deep or too pale for those at the other ends of the spectrum.
As cream shadows, your mileage may vary. Everything creases on me unless it's waterproof (which these aren't), but I can still see myself reaching for them when I only want to carry around one colour in my purse. They're not only convenient and portable, and but they also take all the guesswork out of matching your shades.
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