Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss Review | Dirty Chai

Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss ReviewOne 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 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.

Bite Beauty Dirty Chai French Press Lipgloss Ingredients

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!

Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss | Dirty Chai Lip Swatch

It really looks more pink on me than I expected…


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.

Bite Beauty French Press Lipgloss | Dirty Chai Swatch


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.

Bite Beauty Dirty Chai Lipgloss

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?



  1. September 23, 2018 / 10:22 am

    If you didn’t like the scent I don’t think I would either lol. And sucks it wasn’t as hydrating but at least it wasn’t completely terrible.

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 23, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      I’ve heard that the ABH glosses are amazing, you might like those more! I’ll still keep using this gloss but I can’t really recommend it =/

      • September 24, 2018 / 9:53 pm

        Ooh yes I’ve been dying to get my hands on those ABH glosses for such a long time lol.

  2. September 17, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    😂 I would want something to smell like new coffee as opposed to old coffee too! I still think it’s crazy that a shade called Dirty Chai is so pink. Weird.

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 18, 2018 / 12:00 am

      It’s so strange, I thought it would at least be a deeper pink :S

      • September 18, 2018 / 2:41 pm

        Yeah exactly! They should hire us to name their new shades so they make sense! 😂

        • AlwaysCleia
          September 20, 2018 / 11:18 am

          That would be Amazing!

  3. Makeup by Erin
    September 17, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I looove Bite Beauty lipglosses, but this just sounds unappealing to me. I hate coffee, so the scent would really bother me. The shades don’t really stand out to me either, but their formula is awesome!

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 17, 2018 / 11:59 pm

      WHAT!? You hate coffee??
      I can’t even imagine starting my day without it haha But yeah if you don’t like coffee you won’t like the scent at all!

      • Makeup by Erin
        September 18, 2018 / 12:41 am

        I know I’m crazy, everyone tells me! 😂 I’ve just never really drank it and I’m more of a tea person!

        • AlwaysCleia
          September 20, 2018 / 11:30 am

          I need to cut back on my coffee 😄 I’m trying to limit myself to one cup a day now and drink tea instead.

  4. September 17, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    I totally agree with all your thoughts! I haven’t worn this gloss in a while, because it isn’t my favourite. But it is really pretty! I’m going to make more of an effort to wear it this Fall 🙂

    • September 17, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      I forgot to mention that I love the picture with your kitty in it!!

      • AlwaysCleia
        September 18, 2018 / 12:02 am

        Ion loves to get in the way when I take pictures. Sometimes I just have to roll with it lol

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 17, 2018 / 11:58 pm

      Oh I didn’t realize you had commented on this already, ignore my reply in my other post where I summarized my thoughts haha!

      • September 18, 2018 / 12:00 am

        Haha no it’s fine. I’ve been busy 😅

  5. Stella
    September 17, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    Haha!! Day old french press, pass 🙂 Too bad though because it would be brilliant to have a lip product that smelled like a really good cup of coffee. I love this shade on you though!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 17, 2018 / 3:35 pm

      Right? It’s not so bad that I’ll return it but I’m a bit disappointed lol
      Thanks Stella!

  6. September 17, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    that’s a great shade on you & it’s always nice when lip gloss isn’t sticky!! too bad it didn’t smell more like fresh coffee… ☕️

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 17, 2018 / 11:57 pm

      Sticky lipgloss is the worst! I like to wear lipgloss because it’s more comfortable than a matte lipstick and stickiness negates that entirely.
      It’s too bad about the scent!

  7. September 17, 2018 / 8:31 am

    omg I was hoping the scent was good, too and it doesn’t smell like good coffee 😛 Very nice review though xx I wanted to purchase it as a gift for my best friend [she loves coffee] but now I don’t know!

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 17, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Could you maybe go to a store and smell it for yourself? She might still like it, I’m iffy on the smell but because scent is so individual it could just be me 🤔

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