Recently I had to go to Toronto for work and I knew that while I was there I absolutely had to go to the Bite Lip Lab. Bite Beauty is a Canadian company and all of their lip products are made in small batches from food-grade ingredients, i.e good and safe enough to eat (hence the name “Bite”). I have many of their products, like their Lip Scrub, Amuse Bouche Lipsticks, Lip Pencils and new Multisticks. The really cool thing is that they also have Lip Labs in Toronto, San Francisco and New York, where you can get custom made lipsticks! How cool is that?
Here is a quick little video I made to give you an idea of how mind-blowingly awesome it is to have your very own lipsticks made just for you right before your eyes:
The Lip Lab on Queen Street West is a pretty cool place that is a cross between a chemistry lab, an artist’s studio and a high-end beauty boutique. I loved looking at all of the pigments they had on hand for creating the lipsticks.
I made an appointment for the bespoke lipstick service ($150 CAD per person). You get two unique lipstick shades mixed just for you and a lip kit. My Lip Lab Artist was a makeup artist and he was so lovely, fun and talented. He started by asking me what types of shades I was interested in. For the first shade, I wanted a wearable, my-lips-but-better nude shade that would suit my skin-tone and I basically let him mix something that he thought would work for me. For the second shade, I wanted a vampy, Snow White, berry red shade. He mixed colours for me on a clear acetate sheet with a palette knife and I got to try them on and then suggest adjustments (less brown, slightly darker, etc.). The crazy thing was that for both shades I ended up picking the first one he mixed. He totally nailed them both on the first try!
You get to pick the finish for each lipstick, which I especially liked: sheer (which he said was more like a tinted balm), matte, cuvee (their classic finish), and luminous. For the nude shade, I wanted a luminous finish because I like a bit of shine. For the darker shade I went with cuvee, which I think is the same finish as their Amuse Bouche Lipsticks.
Then, you also get to pick the essential oil to add to each lipstick to give it its scent. You could pick two per lipstick if you wanted to make a custom blend. The scents they had to chose from were: cherry, mint, vanilla, fresh citrus (I’m pretty sure this is the scent in the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks), violet, coconut, mango, wild berry, and lime. I’m basically obsessed with all things coconut so I chose that scent for both of my lipsticks.
My Lip Lab Artist then mixed up enough of each shade to fill a lipstick mold, melted them in the microwave, added the coconut essential oil, and then placed each one in a centrifuge which spun the little container around at high speed to thoroughly blend the pigments and oil together. Apparently the centrifuge is exactly the same kind they use in hospitals.
He then poured the liquefied lipsticks into a metal lipstick mold and placed the mold on a metal slab that is kept super cold, sort of like the marble slab at a Cold Stone Creamery (mmm…ice cream…). You can actually see the frost on the slab. This helps the lipsticks solidify again quickly. He left them there for about 5 minutes or so.
The craziest part is that you get to name your lipsticks! At first I thought he was just kidding, but no, you actually have to name them and they print the shade name on the cap of the lipstick. I had no idea what to name them on-the-spot, so I would definitely recommend thinking about shade names before you go. Luckily, my Lip Lab Artist and I had bonded over the fact that we were both from Newfoundland, so I made him help me and it seemed appropriate to go with Newfoundland-themed names.
He suggested West Coast Chanel for the dark shade, which I thought was hilarious but also references the rivalry between the west coast and the east coast of the island. He is from the east coast and I’m from the west. I picked Kitchen Party for the nude shade. In Newfoundland, that’s what we call a traditional house party because everyone always ends up in the kitchen.
In case you’re wondering, they can recreate your bespoke shades again if you’d like to reorder them. They give you a card for each shade with the formula, finish, flavour and name.
I really love my pinky-nude shade Kitchen Party. I love pink, but I often have difficulty finding a pink that actually suits me. This is my perfect pink. I love the luminous finish too. I have been wearing this lipstick nearly everyday. The neat thing about it is I don’t have anything else in my collection that is like this shade.
The vampy, plummy-red shade is so beautiful too, and like Kitchen Party, it is unique from any other shade I have.
You get a complimentary lip kit with the bespoke service that is all wrapped up like a beautiful gift in a pale pink box. It includes a mini Agave Lip Mask, mini Line & Define Lip Primer, and mini Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub. I had the Maple Agave Lip Mask and loved it, and I’m almost out of my Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub, so I was thrilled with this lip kit.
For the full-sized products the Agave Lip Mask is $30 CAD, the Line & Define Lip Primer is $25 CAD, and the Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub is $21 CAD. At $76 dollars total to buy all three regularly, I thought this was a great little gift.
I’m enjoying the Line & Define Lip Primer. I hadn’t tried it before. It does a great job of keeping your lipstick from bleeding outside your lip line and I feel like it does help your lipstick stay on longer.
I had such a fun time at the Bite Lip Lab. It was a totally unique experience unlike anything I’ve done before, and anyone who enjoys makeup should definitely try to do this if you can. It is a bit pricey at $150 CAD but its a personalized half-hour appointment (and I was actually there 45 minutes) with a trained makeup artist and you get two completely customized lipsticks and the free lip kit. I think it was completely worth it.
I would definitely recommend making an an appointment. Although they technically take walk-ins, its only if there is someone available. While I was there, all three Lip Lab Artists were with people who had made appointments. My Lip Lab Artist said they are typically booked most of the day. I had made my appointment a week in advance, before I’d left for Toronto, being the overly-organized Librarian type 🙂
I’ve really enjoyed sharing my visit to the Bite Lip Lab with you! Hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know if you’ve been or are thinking of going. I’d love to hear what you’d name your bespoke lipstick shades!
Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤