One of the top places on my list for my time is New York was the Bite Beauty Lip Lab, down in Soho. The concept of making my own, personalised lipstick was just too good to pass up. It wasn’t until towards the end of my trip that I actually got time to go but boy, was it worth it. When I was researching the Lip Lab I couldn’t find a lot of information around so I thought it was worth writing up a quick little post about my experience there for any other prospective lipstick makers or anyone just interested in the process!
The consultation starts off with a quick little treatment with their lip scrub and agave lip mask to prepare your lips for the next step – a one on one chat with one of the talented girls, explaining to her what you want while she gets mixing. Then I tried on the shades and let her know what I thought. I decided that I’d get a nude-y pink and a fuchsia, because they’re the shades I wear the most. The first mixes for the nude were a little too orange for my liking so we kept changing ratios around, and trying them on until we found one that I loved. We then went on to finding a fuchsia. That was a bit of a quicker process. After nailing down the colours, we moved onto choosing the formula. You can choose from Creme, Matte and Sheer as well as Deluxe Creme which is a little pricier. I chose Creme for my nude and Sheer for my fuchsia. You can see my process to find the perfect shade in the pic below.
My mum came along with me and made two of her own lipsticks at the same time, it was my birthday present to her, and she loved the experience just as much. She ended up with a matte warm orange-y red and a sheer peachy nude, both of which she’s very happy with. As I was writing this post, she was gushing about how much she loved the formula. The below picture is a look at her sheet of swatches.
The next step was to choose scents for our lip products – there was a choice of Cherry, Mango, Wildberry (this is the one they use for their normal lipsticks, apparently), Vanilla, Lime, Mint and Violet. You could mix and match however you pleased but I ended up going with one Wildberry and one Mango. I found this step surprisingly tricky! We also got to choose which lid we wanted and there’s also the option to add glitter or shimmer to the mix.
After that was decided they mixed together the required parts in a machine and added the fragrance. They then poured the liquid into moulds and placed it on top of a cold slab to set for a few minutes while they prepared the tubes. After the bullets had set, they carefully removed the top half of the mould and stuck them in their little tubes. The whole process was so quick and easy! Overall, it took about 10 minutes to pick the colours and another 10 to make up the lipsticks.
Onto the pricey part. For one lipstick, of the Creme, Matte or Sheer variety, it’s $36USD (around $47AUD). If you want the Deluxe Cream then it’s $48USD ($63AUD). Needless to say, they’re definitely not cheap but I suppose that’s just the price you pay if you want your very own lipstick! For me it was one of those ‘#yolo I’m in NYC, when am I going to get this chance again’ moments and I have zero regrets. My boyfriend thought to call my two lipsticks Cleopatra and Indiana after my cats, somehow, to us, the colours match their personalities somewhat.
If you find yourself in New York City and call yourself a bit of a lipstick lover, this is a pretty special experience that I can wholeheartedly recommend. You can read a little bit more about it here if you’re interested. If you don’t have any immediate plans to head to the US, maybe it’s one for that bucket list? 😉
What lipstick shade would you make if you had the opportunity?