NY Bite Lip Lab and My Custom Lipstick

Hi Readers!

Long time no see! I’m really excited about this post because it’s all about my experience at Bite Lab in New York! Over the weekend, I flew out to see some my friends and family, and stopped by this very cool spot to make my own custom lipstick! I’m sure many of you have already heard of the Bite Beauty brand- they make a variety of lip products and are currently sold at Sephora. Less known, but more interesting, is that they have their own store in NY’s Soho neighborhood, and at this store you can basically create a lipstick that is entirely your own, from the color, to the texture, to even the flavor. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll just show you the photos I took and comment along the way. Enjoy!

Blank Slate - You start with a blank clear plastic sheet on top of a white counter top. The lip magician (that's what I'll call her) will be physicallyblending a variety of pigments together on this surface to achieve the color you're looking for. RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!
Blank Slate – You start with a blank clear plastic sheet on top of a white counter top. The lip magician (that’s what I’ll call her) will be physicallyblending a variety of pigments together on this surface to achieve the color you’re looking for. RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!
Before beginning, the Magician asks for what texture/finish of lipstick you'd like. There are four kinds, which you can see on my hand. One of them is more expensive than the others - something about having an extra punch of antioxidants - but I ended up choosing the cream finish. There are also matte and sheer versions. You can see the Magician has written my name down on the sheet and will begin magic shortly!
Before starting, the Magician asks for what texture/finish of lipstick you’d like. There are four kinds, which you can see on my hand. One of them is more expensive than the others – something about having an extra punch of antioxidants – but I ended up choosing the cream finish. There are also matte and sheer versions. You can see the Magician has written my name down on the sheet and will begin magic shortly!
I had a lipstick shade already in mind - my trusty Make Up Forever stick was running out -
I had a lipstick shade already in mind – my trusty Make Up Forever stick was running out! As you can see, she tried blended together the pinkish shade on the left, but I thought it was a bit too pink, so on the right she is mixing a more nude color. 
And, of course, you get to try on each shade like I am doing here...
And, of course, you get to try on each shade like I am doing here…

 

All done! After numerous rounds of blending, applying, and blending again, I have found the perfect color - the bottom right. It is a mixture of their shades shiraz and cin cin, a beautiful warm brick color that is a bit more vibrant than my Make Up Forever.
All done! After numerous rounds of blending, applying, and blending again, I have found the perfect color – the bottom right. It is a mixture of their shades shiraz and cin cin, a beautiful warm brick color that is a bit more vibrant than my Make Up Forever.
After you have the texture and the shade down, you get to choose a flavor! Look how many there are!! In the end, I chose vanilla ( I know, so vanilla...) because I wanted a light, subtle fragrance. Yum!
After you have the texture and the shade down, you get to choose a flavor! Look how many there are!! In the end, I chose vanilla ( I know, so vanilla…) because I wanted a light, subtle fragrance. Yum!
So I've skipped a few of the steps here but they basically take the color and the flavor and the base, put it into a little plastic jar, stick it in the microwave (this is behind the counter so you don't see it, but of course I was interested in the WHOLE process), spit it around in a lipstick centrifuge (this is definitely not the name of the machine, I just have no working name for it) and then you get the lipstick in hot liquid form. This gets poured into the metal lipstick mold you see here, and it cools on top of this metal surface with lots of ice on top.
So I’ve skipped a few of the steps here but they basically take the color and the flavor and the base, put it into a little plastic jar, stick it in the microwave (this is behind the counter so you don’t see it, but of course I was interested in the WHOLE process), spit it around in a lipstick centrifuge (this is definitely not the name of the machine, I just have no working name for it) and then you get the lipstick in hot liquid form. This gets poured into the metal lipstick mold you see here, and it cools on top of this metal surface with lots of ice on top.
The magician puts the bullet into the bite lipstick component...
The magician puts the bullet into the bite lipstick component…
And voila! This is my lipstick. They don't normally give you the pot on the right, but, girl you know I'm all about waste not want not and I did pay $40 for this so I expect to have every drop of that lipstick.... Cool right?
And voila! This is my lipstick. They don’t normally give you the pot on the right, but, girl you know I’m all about waste not want not and I did pay $40 for this so I expect to have every drop of that lipstick…. Cool, right?!
Happy with my lipstick!
Happy with my lipstick!
Some shots of the store....
Some shots of the store….

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From the outside!
From the outside!

I definitely recommend coming here if you ever visit New York, especially if you are a beauty junkie. It does run a little pricy – at least I think – but I thought it was entirely worth it, since you’re not just paying for a lipstick here… you’re paying for someone putting together your very own custom lipstick that looks and feels and tastes like what you want it to. Here’s more information about Bite Lip Labs!

Xoxo
Trace

4 thoughts

  1. OMG This is so AMAZE! Did you have to make a reservation?!?! I think that $40 price tag is worth every penny considering the entire experience behind it! SO, SO cool!!!

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