One of my favourite smells is fresh ground Kicking Horse Coffee. I know that I’m well dependent and addicted to my caffeine fix, I can’t start my day without it. When the Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss was announced I got so excited, I loved the look of the Salted Caramel and Dirty Chai Glosses and the idea of a gloss that smelled like Coffee was divine.
This is my first time trying a Bite Beauty lip product that wasn’t intended as a lip care product, I do have a full review up of the Bite Beauty Agave Kisses Set which contains the Agave Lip balm, lip mask and lip scrub.
Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss Review
Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss retails at $26CAD for 0.16 oz of product. This works out to $173CAD/oz which is pretty darn expensive! For reference the ABH Lip glosses work out to $131/oz, the Becca Glow Lip Gloss is $150/oz, and the Nars Velvet Lip Glides work out to $170CAD/oz. It’s definitely on the higher end of the price spectrum. The French Press glosses contain resveratrol which is supposed to have antioxidant benefits.
Shade Range + Packaging
Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss is available in six different shades: Flat White, Vanilla Latte, Salted Caramel, Dirty Chai, French Press & Black Coffee. I have the shade Dirty Chai which looked a little bit darker online than it really is in person. I still like the shade even though it’s a tad more rosy than I expected.
I’m a fan of the packaging. The gloss has a clear container with a double walled chamber to hold the gloss. The black lid has that plush synthetic feel that I’ve only ever experienced with Bite Beauty products, It’s super Luxurious!
First things first, we have to talk about the smell of these Bite Beauty lipglosses. I was expecting a lovely fresh brewed coffee smell and frankly I was let down. Sephora describes the taste of the gloss as “an addictive, sweet mocha flavour” which is wrong, so wrong! The smell to me is that of day old French press. It resembles coffee but it’s not that cozy fresh coffee smell I was hoping for. It definitely doesn’t taste like sweet mocha to me, I try to avoid getting it in my mouth.
This gloss is formulated without Parabens, Pthalates and Sulfates which is something that I appreciate in my products. I’ve been looking for Paraben & Pthalate free products a lot more lately.
In terms of opacity this Bite Beauty French Press lipgloss isn’t sheer but it’s not completely opaque like Kylie Cosmetics glosses. I love that the colour actually comes through with this gloss. I’ve been wearing it a lot since I got it to complete my makeup looks, I can go about one and a half to two hours before reapplying (and I’m constantly eating & drinking).
I was worried that this French Press Gloss would be a little bit sticky but it was quite comfortable once I applied it and didn’t make my lips stick together. When it started to wear off though I didn’t feel like the gloss had actually hydrated my lips. It had kind of created a film around my lips that didn’t allow any moisture from the gloss to absorb. This gloss is supposed to contain hydrating coffee butters and Arabica cold press coffee oil, but I didn’t feel they made my lips any more moisturized.
Did you pick up the Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss?
I do enjoy this gloss and I’m not going to return it but I do wish it was a little bit more hydrating and smelled more like fresh coffee instead of old coffee. I give this product a 3.5/5. It’s not a bad gloss but for how expensive it is per oz I expected more y’know?