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05.27.13

X-RAY: BITE CUVÉE CRÈME DELUXE LIPSTICK

X-RAY: BITE CUVÉE CRÈME DELUXE LIPSTICK

BITE founder Susanne Langmuir breaks down the very special new Champagne grape–based lipstick. Cheers!

Words like “handcrafted,” “small batch,” and “private reserve” are more typically heard at your favorite farmer’s market than your favorite beauty destination, but BITE’s changing that with a limited-edition line of luxurious lipsticks. HOLLY SIEGEL

THE INSPIRATION “I am a strong believer that the more we use our own hands to make our products, the better they will be,” says BITE founder Susanne Langmuir. “The Cuvée formula is one that I created for myself in the lab, using the most rare and precious—and costly!—ingredients I could source.”

THE PROCESS “No less than ten people are involved in the creation of each lipstick. That's over twenty hands! The ingredients—pearl, silk, and Champagne grape oil—must be mixed, melted, and unmolded with the greatest care. It's a process that we really need to do slowly to achieve the best results. We even hand label, stamp, and wrap each box to complete the process.”

THE FORMULA “Cuvée is our creamiest texture yet. Silk powder is a natural moisture regulator, so it not only adds a luxurious texture to the lipstick, but it helps to maintain a great moisture balance on the lips as well. Fresh Water Pearl powder has been used for centuries for health benefits, as it contains over fifteen amino acids that restore and nourish.”

THE CHAMPAGNE GRAPE “The Champagne grapes are certified organic and from the Champagne region of France. The oil that is extracted from the Champagne grape is known to be highly beneficial and a superior antioxidant, so it's a wonderful element that naturally nourishes lips. It’s very different from resveratrol, which is a separate ingredient we supercharge each of BITE's lipsticks with.”

THE SHADES BITE Cuvée Crème Deluxe Lipstick is available in four super-wearable shades: Cuvée Rose, Cuvée Coral, Cuvée Blush, and Cuvée Blanc.

THE PLAN “The process is very detailed and the ingredients were hard to source, so we are very proud to have produced even a small quantity of a lipstick this sensational. But don’t worry—we plan to create the Cuvée once a year!”

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