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Don’t you just hate the feeling of having high expectations and then it turns out to be – well, something else, to put it mildly. Well that is exactly what happened in this instance. I bought Bite High Pigment Matte Pencil in Velvet ($24) thinking it would be exactly what I had thought it would be – amazing.
I don’t have a problem with the formula, per se, but I detest the colour. It is just not flattering, simply put. On my skin tone at least. The colour, though described as a vibrant rose pink, looks ashy and ghostly on me. I cannot imagine it looking vibrant or rosy against any skin tone, to be honest. It is more along the lines of MAC Myth Lipstick, which only works if you are going for the corpse look – but hey, isn’t that so 2002?
The formula is great and I can see why Bite High Pigment Matte Pencils are so popular otherwise. It tastes kind of like toothpaste, good toothpaste, that is. It is also long lasting. These pencils are best showcased in darker colours, I would recommend picking a darker shade any day over a lighter one. That has just been my experienced with these.
Overall thoughts: The colour description for this particular shade is awfully misleading. It is described falsely, swatches differently and ends up as another shade all together on lips. The formula is lovely, though. I would recommend getting a darker shade from this line, which Bite does beautifully.