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My Bite Beauty Lip Lab Experience

I was lucky enough to spend almost two weeks back on the east coast with family and friends this summer and part of that trip landed me in New York for a few days. As some of you may know, the Bite Beauty Lip Lab is in SoHo so of course I had to go check it out and make my very own custom lipstick!

Bite is probably my favorite brand for bullet-style lipsticks so the opportunity to take that amazing formula and create a custom color just for me was far too exciting to pass up. I scheduled my appointment online well in advance, but I do believe they take some same day appointments. Still, if you know you want to go, just schedule in advance to be sure you can get a spot!

I walked in to this tiny little alley-style shop absolutely filled with lipstick making ingredients and signed in. I was only waiting for a few minutes before it was my turn to have a seat at one of the booths and get started on my personal creation.

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The tech sat down and talked with me for a few minutes and we discussed what I was looking for while I showed her a few photos of what I had in mind. (I feel terrible, she was so nice and I completely forget her name). I explained that I am cool toned and I’ve had a hard time finding a good dusty rose / mauve type shade to suit my skin tone – most brands pump out warmer shades that tend to pull brown on me. I showed her NARS Audacious lipstick in Anna on Temptalia as an example of what I was looking for and we got to work!

First she gave me a doe foot applicator with some of their whipped cherry lip scrub to exfoliate my lips, several tissues to wipe it off, and then their agave lip mask to moisturize (which I already own and love).

She asked what kind of finish I wanted for the lipstick (surprise surprise, I said matte) and then mixed up several different base shades as a first run for my color. Then I got a little brush to test it on myself but we both agreed it was way too dark for what I wanted.

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For the second attempt she added a lighter pink to balance it out. I still wanted it a bit lighter, more pink, and more cool-toned so she (very happily) mixed up a third concoction for me to try.

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The third mix was pretty perfect to me so I snapped a few pictures and ran it by some opinionated voices in my life. This one was definitely the winner.

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We have a winner!

Once we figured out the color I wanted, she wrote down the shade ingredients on a card for me and put together a bigger batch of it to turn into my lipstick. The shade and formula ingredients, along with the wild berry scent/flavor I chose, were mixed together and then poured into a mold over an ice-cold anti-griddle to set for five minutes. At this point I also got to choose the packaging I wanted for the shape of the lid. I chose a smooth angled cut to separate it from all the Bite shades I already own from current and previous collections.

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The bottom was shaved off to even out the bullet and then, once it had set, the tube was lowered onto the lipstick. She allowed me to take a few photos, but then packaged it up and suggested I wait at least 30 minutes before opening it again to make sure the lipstick was fully set (otherwise you risk breaking the bullet!)

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My perfect custom shade!

Overall, I am so very happy I got to experience the Bite Beauty Lip Lab! It was really fun and I was able to fill a gap in my collection with a custom shade after years of failed purchases. If you’re ever in New York and have $45 to spare (plus tax), I highly recommend giving Bite a visit at their Prince St. location.

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