Review: MAC Just a Bite Lipstick

MAC’s fall collection is called the “Indulgence Collection”. Weirdly, a few of the products were named in direct contradiction to the theme of the collection. “Just A Bite” is one of those. It should have been named “Eating an Entire Tub of Ben and Jerry’s By Myself”. That is an indulgence. “Just A Bite” is not. (I guess maybe we’re assuming that it’s one of those situations where someone says they are just taking a bite but then eat the whole thing? But that is hardly an indulgence for the person whose dessert is being shamelessly stolen!)

I actually bought this lipstick based on the color in the tube, where it looks like a vampy dark red. This was foolish given that the color in the tube clearly did not match MAC’s description… and it looks as described. MAC calls this a “mid-tone blue red” with a satin finish.Although it’s definitely on the darker side of medium, this is a very bright, cool-toned color. It’s not fully opaque (so if you had, say, a mark on your lip, it would show through), but the color is very rich.

MAC Just a Bite Swatch

I love me some matte lipsticks. The look of a matte lipstick is really appealing to me. But there is something so much sexier and more sensual about the hint of not-over-the-top sheen you get from this lipstick in that blood-red color. A fully matte, fully opaque lipstick like MAC’s Ruby Woo or Russian Red creates lips you want to photograph. Just a Bite creates lips you want to make out with, smearing lipstick everywhere.

MAC Just a Bite on Human Face

The staying power on this lipstick is truly fabulous. After my “four hours and a meal” test, my lipstick basically looked as if I had just applied it. Even after the lipstick had faded significantly (around eight hours after I had applied it), it left behind a stain that kept my lips dark for another couple of hours.

This product definitely wasn’t what I was expecting in terms of color. (I feel like showing pictures of the lipstick tube on a website can be actively misleading if the color on your lips is so different from the color in the tube!) However, it’s quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite lipsticks. I picked it up from Nordstrom about a week ago and have worn it just about every day since then.

As always, MAC lipsticks cost $15 for 0.1oz ($150 per ounce).


1. That color looks absolutely divine on you!

2.  Thank you!

3. It’s really gorgeous, perfect for Autumn/Winter!

4.  Absolutely true!

5. Stop and Desist Notice:
You must seriously stop these lipstick reviews. They are causing undo pain and anguish, along with a persistant, gnawing empty feeling.
Also, getting very crowded in here, with all of the tubes stuffed in every pocket.
Very Truly Yours,
Sassa’s Wallet

6. Dear Sassa’s wallet,

If you feel that you have unjustly been the victim of looking at pictures of beautiful lipstick, you may be entitled to makeup!*

If you choose to retain me as your lawyer/personal shopper/internet best friend, I expect to paid in lipstick as well.

*At market value. No discounts provided. Get out your credit card.