Every brand has one shade that is deemed “universally flattering”; Nars blush in Orgasm, MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo, Stila eyeshadow in Kitten, etc. When it comes to purple lipsticks, Bite Beauty’s Barberry nails it. The color is difficult to describe, a gorgeous pinky-plum that adjusts to your lips natural color. That’s why in some reviews the lipstick differs between looking more pink/plum, lighter, or darker. On me, this lipstick looks darker.
As with every Bite lipstick, the formula is creamy, moisturizing, and long wearing. Unfortunately, that also means it melts very easily. If you’re ordering this online, just be prepared to cool them down. I bought mine in-store and they STILL were covered in condensation! It has a lovely berry scent, and the lipstick tube has a different design. Barberry wore well for 6 hours, only fading around the corners of my mouth. I did notice some slight feathering a couple hours into wearing it, but it wasn’t severe. If you have smaller lips (as do I), you might want to apply with a lip brush first. Barberry is very pigmented, and a shaky application will definitely show. Once removed, this shade leaves a lovely berry-pink stain.
Barberry on top, Black Cherry on bottom
Left: Barberry Right: Barberry stain w/clear gloss
Barberry is a U.S. exclusive, and can be purchased in-stores or online here. It currently shows it is sold out online, but I have no doubt it will be back in stock eventually. These lipsticks cost $24, the same price as their permanent collections.