If you love coffee and can’t seem to get enough, Bite Beauty has created a lip gloss you need to check out. Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss uses coffee butter and coffee oil to create a high-shine gloss that nourishes the lips and smells like coffee! Read my review to find out if it’s worth your money or just a gimmick.
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Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss in Vanilla Latte
Bite Beauty’s French Press Lip Gloss is packaged in a clear plastic tube with a matte black cap. Although the cap is matte, it’s not a soft touch finish, so it doesn’t pick up fingerprints and dirt easily. The cap locks into place very securely, which I appreciate because it means that this gloss is unlikely to leak into my purse or drawer. The packaging isn’t heavy, but it still feels high quality so I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. The applicator is a fairly standard slanted doe foot. Nothing unique, just efficient.
Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer*/**, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Linoleic Polyglycerides*, Tricaprylin*, Glyceryl Rosinate*, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*/**, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract*, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil*, Disteardimonium Hectorite*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*/**, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*/**, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*/**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*/**, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Fruit Extract*, Triethyl Citrate*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax*, Silica*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Stem Extract*, Tocopherol*, Phospholipids*, Aroma (Flavor)*, Resveratrol*, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract*, Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract*, Caffeine*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil*, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract*/**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract*, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract*. May Contain (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)*, Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*. *Natural.
Vanilla Latte is a light, orange-toned brown. Sephora describes this shade as a “golden beige” which I think is fairly accurate. Vanilla Latte has medium pigmentation and is semi-opaque. On my skin tone, it’s enough to show that there’s some color in the gloss, but I don’t think this shade will show up well on medium or deep skin. For medium or deep skin, I’d recommend going with Salted Caramel or French Press if you’re looking for a neutral shade.
Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss smells faintly of damp coffee grounds. I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed by the coffee scent of this gloss. I was hoping for something that smelled more like the scent you experience when you open the door of a coffee shop or walk down the coffee aisle at the grocery store. I do still enjoy the coffee scent of this gloss, and I think it still delivers the novelty that draws coffee lovers to this product. Just know what to expect from this scent and adjust your expectations accordingly.
As for the strength of the scent, I can smell the coffee as I’m applying it, but not when I’m wearing it. The scent isn’t overwhelming and it doesn’t smell synthetic. It’s not overly sweet either. For those curious, the gloss does taste slightly like coffee. Yes, I tasted it. FOR SCIENCE.
Texture & Finish
As you would expect from a gloss, Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss has a very high-shine finish. The texture is smooth and not sticky at all. It’s a very beautiful formulation that I think most people will enjoy, even people who usually find glosses uncomfortable but are willing to give this one a go. The gloss feels nourishing and hydrating on the lips, and the color doesn’t emphasize the lines of my lips at all.
The best way I can describe the wear time of this gloss is to say that it’s completely average. It doesn’t perform any differently than any other gloss on the market. It lasts around 2-3 hours, less with eating/drinking/excessive talking, and it fades evenly. Completely average.
Even if I were to take away the novelty factor of Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss, it would still be a product I would recommend. The texture of the gloss is beautiful, it feels amazing on the lips. The color and pigmentation are good, and the performance is on par with other glosses on the market. Although the coffee scent isn’t exactly what I had hoped for, I do still enjoy the scent. I love the gloss overall and think it’s a product that will satisfy most people who are looking for a lightweight, nourishing, non-sticky gloss.
$22 for 0.15 oz/4.3 g at Sephora
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