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).