Hi, everyone! There are few things I love more than lipstick and New York City. This has been evidenced via my terribly expansive lip stash as well as the fact that I've now visited the Big Apple a whopping 7 times. During my most recent trip to NYC, I found a way to blend these loves in the most exciting way. Bite Beauty is a fantastic Canadian cosmetics brand that creates vivid, food-grade lipsticks that are completely non-toxic and always beautiful. Nestled in a quiet corner of norther SoHo, Bite houses their Lip Lab, where lipstick enthusiasts like myself get a chance to create their very own customized lipstick. How cool it that?! As I've been wanting to visit the Lip Lab for the past couple of years, it was a complete must during this trip. Last Wednesday finally brought me there and I decided to document the entire process!
Here I am, arriving at the Lip Lab, full of eager anticipation! My parents were lovely and were also quite excited for my experience! They popped in to check out the lab before heading out to wander down Prince Street while I got down to business.
Upon meeting my ultra-friendly Lip Lab consultant, I sat down in front of an impressive array of pigments. Before we started talking colour, I was treated to some of Bite Beauty's Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub (which smelled amazing), followed by their Agave Lip Mask, an ultra hydrating balm that left my pout so soft and smooth.
After my lip treatment, we started brainstorming about colour. I told her that I'm all about a vibrant lip and that I wanted to create something vivid and saturated. I think "as if fuchsia and coral had a baby" were my exact words. Being the pro that she was, she immediately knew what I was talking about and began to mix some pigments! She reached for Quince, a vivid fuchsia, and Garnet, a warm bright coral orange.
She then had the idea of adding some Red 121, a rich burgundy, to add some depth to the shade. We tried a few different blends, and I got to try on each until I was fully satisfied!
After mixing up the perfect shade, I got to choose the scent of my lipstick. The options included cherry, mint, violet, vanilla, lime, mango, and blueberry. I opted for Cherry Mint- fresh and fruity!
Next I got to select the finish of my lipstick. I chose the Matte finish, since I wanted something long-wearing for summertime. She also promised that Bite's matte formula was neither flat, nor drying. I was sold!
She then grabbed portions of my chosen pigments (which were lined up along the wall like bon bons- yum!) and mixed them with a pat of their matte lipstick base. Here was the formula before mixing:
She next heated the ingredients to soften them, then placed the container in an ultra-fast centrifuge, which was mesmerizing to watch!
After the base was heated and mixed, it was poured into a mold that would form the lipstick bullet. It was then placed onto a freezer slab to cool.
While the lipstick was chilling out, I got to choose the design of my lipstick tube. The options were smart and adorable, mimicking the different shapes that women's lipstick bullets form after use. How cool! I mean, have you ever looked at someone else's lipstick and thought "how did they get it to that shape?!". But I digress. I selected the slanted tipped tube (seen in the back), as that is how my lipsticks look after using.
After taking a couple selfies (why not!?), my lipstick was cooled and ready to come out of the mold. My Lip Lab consultant slipped the tube over the bullet....
... and ta-da! My lipstick was complete!!
My consultant was so patient and accommodating- she even staged this photo for me!
Here is the entire lot that I got to take home, including a post card outlining all the specs of my new treasure:
After the experience, my family and I went to lunch (an amazing Israeli meal of Shakshuka! so good!), after which I was terribly excited to try on my new lippie! I had to photograph it first, of course ;)
And here is a photo of me wearing my custom-made colour. It was exactly as I'd hoped- a rich, vivid blend of cool fuchsia and warm coral, with a hint of red. I find the shade to be ultra flattering and perfect for summertime, and the matte formula is truly smooth and comfortable!
Overall, my experience at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab could not have been any better. The process was fun, engaging, and unique, the service was ultra friendly, and I could not be happier with the lipstick I left with! For only $36 USD, I'd say it's a steal. I'd recommend this experience to anyone!
Have you ever been to the Lip Lab? What shade of lipstick would you create?
Have a wonderful weekend!