Because of a minor yellow/icecream element in its base combined with a small degree of translucency, Corvina is guilty of both aforementioned annoying quirks when applied to a dark mouth straight from the stick. It's not a white-based pastel though and doesn't piss me off to that extent, and these issues can be remedied with a brush or finger intervention. Corvina is also a 'good settler' in that its coverage improves as it dries down, so give it a moment to do so.
I find it ends up with more of a demi-matte or low satin finish than my other Bite High Pigment pencils and stays put for a respectable few hours, parting very slightly into creases but not bleeding, even after hot drinks. The signature scent of sweet flowery fruit is present without being intrusive; no Bite products have ever irritated my sensitive skin and Corvina continues this exemplary safety record.
Another Bite High Pigment Pencil. Why the hell not? They cost circa $40 here in New Zealand, so when I find one discounted or resold, I snatch it up like a crazy pit viper. This time it's Corvina since I've turned my attention to securing a range of decent, non-basic pinks. That's a harder task than I imagined, especially since so many of them tend to buck my dark, cool lips and skip the inner middle section, which is fucking annoying.
Corvina is very mutable, appearing fairly-to-very bright, moderately-strong-to-really-vivid, depending how it's worn and lit. In the tube it is a hot peony pink but, like virtually all versions of this shade, throw a bit of warm light on it once it's hit your lips and it can pull coral. You can see how it shifts quite dramatically between the swatches, so take account of your own conditions when considering this shade for yourself.
The only really comparable thing I currently own is Nars Kelly from the Audacious line. Kelly flips the same way with lighting changes but is mmm... 10% deeper and cooler and you can see this distinction in the swatches. Whilst civilians really don't need both, all my very particular peeps know that 10% = $ x 2.
Any of the very slight disappointment you might have detected in this review centres on the technical difficulties Corvina presents to me personally rather than anything explicitly wrong with the product, and that's an important distinction. It is after all chromatically impossible to make a vibrant, opaque peony pink with any slip whatsoever meld seamlessly with lips that are a completely different colour. So don't let that put you off. If you're the lucky owner of a pale, warm or neutral mouth you will more than likely adore this joyful, well-composed shade.
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