Bite Beauty Ginger Malt & Cayenne Power Move Soft Matte Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark

I also struggled to get the product to adhere to the inner area of my lip entirely. The texture was lightweight, thin, and had a bit of velvety glide, but it felt clingy. It lasted three and a half hours and was touched lightly, drying over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

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Formula Overview

$28.00/0.14 oz. – $200.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “vibrant color payoff” with a “velvety matte finish” that “looks (& feels) good on lips.” It’s a silicone-based formula (dimethicone’s first ingredient), often something more “modern” matte lipstick formulas have been leaning toward. This gives them a lighter-weight, more velvety feel–creamy enough to glide on but almost “dry” to the touch without being as clingy as traditional matte finishes.

Soft Matte Lipsticks

The color payoff ranged from semi-opaque to opaque, though some shades applied better than others; the lighter shades seemed less pigmented, while some deeper shades did not apply as evenly. The mid-tone shades performed the best overall; they had fuller coverage, spread more comfortably and evenly, and tended to be more forgiving of imperfections in lip texture. In close-ups, you can see slight “balls” of product, though they weren’t something I could feel nor see in person in most instances.

The silicone-based matte formulas have a thinner consistency that can emphasize lip texture or separate along lip lines, depending on the shade and application. Most of the shadows did not do this, but a few did for me. The wearing down was where I found that medium and darker shades tended to pull more noticeably into my lip lines, as the colors tended to wear away unevenly to some degree.

The colors lasted between three and six hours, with deeper, more red-based hues lasting longer and leaving a stronger stain behind and the lighter shades lasting the shortest time. The formula felt non-drying, but it was very lightweight and comfortable to wear for the first few hours and then felt a little clingier as the product wore away.

Most of the colors are new to the range, though the ones that are “returning” are pretty similar to the colors in Amuse Bouche but have a different finish and, to some degree, depth due to the finish difference. The Amuse Bouche formula was somewhat different, as it was a creamier, denser, and cream/satin finish, so it had shine, more depth, and more slip. The formula had a vanilla scent but no discernible taste. If you liked the luminosity of the Amuse Bouche formula, the new recipe doesn’t have that; if you always wanted a more matte version, you might enjoy the new one. Browse all of our Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Ozokerite, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isoeicosane, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Mica, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Aroma/Flavor, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tapioca Starch, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Aqua/Water/Eau, Bht, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists areas available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you’re purchasing or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

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  • Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren (P, $34.00) is cooler (90% identical).
  • Fenty Beauty Ma’damn (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% identical).
  • Chanel Pivoine Noire (136) (P, $40.00) is lighter and cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.14 oz. – $200.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “vibrant color payoff” with a “velvety matte finish” that “looks (& feels) good on lips.” It’s a silicone-based formula (dimethicone’s first ingredient), often something more “modern” matte lipstick formulas have been leaning toward. This gives them a lighter-weight, more velvety feel–creamy enough to glide on but almost “dry” to the touch without being as clingy as traditional matte finishes.

The color payoff ranged from semi-opaque to opaque, though some shades applied better than others; the lighter shades seemed less pigmented, while some deeper shades did not apply as evenly. The mid-tone shades performed the best overall; they had fuller coverage, spread more comfortably and evenly, and tended to be more forgiving of imperfections in lip texture. In close-ups, you can see slight “balls” of product, though they weren’t something I could feel nor see in person in most instances.

The silicone-based matte formulas have a thinner consistency that can emphasize lip texture or separate along lip lines, depending on the shade and application. Most of the shadows did not do this, but a few did for me. The wearing down was where I found that medium and darker shades tended to pull more noticeably into my lip lines, as the colors tended to wear away unevenly to some degree.

The colors lasted between three and six hours, with deeper, more red-based hues lasting longer and leaving a stronger stain behind and the lighter shades lasting the shortest time. The formula felt non-drying, but it was very lightweight and comfortable to wear for the first few hours and then felt a little clingier as the product wore away.

Most of the colors are new to the range, though the ones that are “returning” are pretty similar to the colors in Amuse Bouche but have a different finish and, to some degree, depth due to the finish difference. The Amuse Bouche formula was somewhat different, as it was a creamier, denser, and cream/satin finish, so it had shine, more depth, and more slip. The formula had a vanilla scent but no discernible taste. If you liked the luminosity of the Amuse Bouche formula, the new procedure doesn’t have that; if you always wanted a more matte version, you might enjoy the new recipe. Browse all of our Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Ozokerite, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isoeicosane, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Mica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Aroma/Flavor, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tapioca Starch, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Aqua/Water/Eau, Bht, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985).

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists areas available by the brand (or retailer) at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable to the product you’re purchasing or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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