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BITE Luminous Creme Lipstick- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Kim May 19, 2011 3 Comments
There is a new lipstick line that I am OBSSESSED with. While roaming through Sephora, trying to kill time before a meeting, I was randomly drawn to a little display of lipsticks called BITE.  Something about the packaging and the colors called to me.  They had a selection of the most gorgeous luxurious reds I have ever seen.  I decided to try a color called Tanin, which they describe as poppy red. Wow! BITE Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24) has an amazing creamy texture, but when blotted gently, it transformed into the perfect old time movie star matte. It was simply fabulous.

The thing that can be tricky with reds is that they don’t often wear very well. They can seep into cracks, and fade in weird ways, leaving lines in your lips… it’s not cute. So I didn’t buy it, but instead left to see how it would last through out the day. To my surprise, the color and texture stayed gorgeous through out the entire day, and I even got a compliment on it at my meeting! I was hooked.

But I’m leaving the best part for last.  BITE is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan. Considering that we basically eat our lipstick, this is a very good thing. And the good news doesn’t stop there. The main active ingredient is trans- resveratrol, which is proven to provide antioxidant benefits for long-term age repair.  In fact, each lipstick contains the same amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine. Now, honestly I don’t really know how much anti-aging benefits you get from applying a bit of resveratrol to your lips, but it definitely can’t hurt.  And the other actives include organic shea butter, which conditions and hydrates lips, Vitamin E and C known to help protect and defend lips from premature aging and organic argan oil, which is said to be an anti-inflammatory and sun-protective.

As you can imagine, I eventually went back to Sephora and splurged. And I have been LOVING it ever since - and still getting compliments! The Tanin is perfect on my pale skin. There is another gorgeous, more orangey red, called Apricot that layers beautiful over the Tanin, and I recommend that too.  BITE’s range of colors extends beyond brilliant reds, and they also have High Pigment Matte Pencils, Lip Shine, Lip Rouge, and Lip Vitamin Gels, that I’d love to try out at some point.  I think the line is only sold in a few Sephora’s, but if you come across it you must check it out… and let me know what you think.

Ingredients

Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polypropanediol Dimer Dilinoleate (Vegetable-Derived), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Natural Flavor, Phenoxyethanol (Coconut Derived), Trans-Resveratrol, Natural Rebiana Sweetener, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019),Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), FD&C Blue No. 1 (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140), FD&C Yellow No. 6 (CI 15985), FD&C Red No. 40 (CI16035), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
  • May 28, 2011

    by kim

    Emily,

    You are so RIGHT - about it being pigmented and at the same time light. I don't think I realized it, but that's exactly why I love this lipstick so much. Reds like this are usually so heavy. This can be worn during the day, and looks totally appropriate and gorgeous. Thanks for the input!

    kim

  • May 28, 2011

    by Emily

    As predicted I couldn't resist and stopped by Sephora two days ago. I, too, walked out with the lipstick in "Tanin" (but was also tempted by "Rhone" and "Musk"--lots of wine-related names). There is a very nice range of colors.
    I can underscore all of Kim's observations. What I would also say (as a woman of the last century) is that the lipstick is both deeply and intensely pigmented, AND also relatively sheer. Not as sheer as what's usually sold as lip gloss, but sheerer than what traditional makeup brands sell as cream lipstick. To me, that makes it even more appealing in summer. The effect is intense color that still appears lighter and softer than the heavy spackling I'm used to.
    One consequence of this, by the way, is that I would say that the color you select will look very concentrated in the tube but much lighter on your lips. So in selecting a shade, don't be intimidated by a color you think might be too dark on. (Tanin looks absolutely vinous in the tube.)
    I was really very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this lipstick and how it look wears and looks--they do call them cosmetics, after all--but coupled with the lovely ingredients it is a real find. Thank you so much, Kim!
    (By the way, the lipstick is $24, which compares well with department-store brands, but Sephora has a special collection of 3 shades for $36. If those three happen to suit you, it's quite a bargain.)

  • May 20, 2011

    by Emily

    Kim, thank you for this! I am going to stop by Sephora this week. I am naked without my red lipstick and this line sounds like it must be tried... Thanks!

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