September 10, 2013

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream - Port

I love supporting Canadian-grown companies, especially indie brands. Bite Beauty is an easy one for me to love, as they generally do products with superior formulation and good-for-your-skin ingredients.

That said, I was a little taken aback when I opened up my box of the the Cashmere Lip Cream in the shade Port - the liquid inside appeared to be separating from the sides of the tube, and when I pulled out the wand applicator the consistency seemed oddly dried out. I was concerned that I had received a bad batch, and I attempted to contact the brand (by email and twitter) to see if the appearance of my item was unusual. I waited for about a week, but since I received no response, I'm going ahead with this review as is.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream - Port

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Port

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Port

Aside from the issue stated above, I thought the packaging was both sleek and organic-feeling (at least insofar as the exterior packaging).

The Cashmere Lip Creams are supposed to have a much stronger pigment percentage - four times higher, in fact - and a creamy, buttery application that nevertheless becomes matte as the oils evaporate off.

Without a doubt, these are extremely pigmented. My concern about the dried-out texture of the wand was unfounded, as what was on it applied both smoothly, and with faultless payoff.

Despite the intense pigmentation, this didn't looked thick or like it was sitting on top of my lips, and it didn't bleed or collect in the lines of my lips. It felt comfortable on, though not quite the feather-light texture that the copy promises. I could definitely feel that I was wearing something.

The oils and butters are supposed to evaporate at different rates, creating that smooth application and eventual matte finish. It actually stayed looking creamy longer than I expected, and though it dried down, it stayed flexible and didn't turn crackly or parched. When I pressed my lips together I could still feel a touch of creaminess and after about 3 hours, and it didn't make it through my lunch the way long-wearing, truly matte finishes can. I actually don't mind that, as it overall felt a lot easier on the lips than that sort of finish.

I also really liked that I got lipstick level coverage, with the precision of a wand applicator. For a vibrant shade like this, it's a real time-saver to not need a lipliner or lip brush.

Speaking of colour, isn't it gorgeous?? Again, the copy states that this is a deep wine, but once on my lips it was more of a slightly blue-leaned medium-to-deep red. Rich and elegant, but not as dark as I expected. It's the near-perfect red shade for me, making my teeth white and my complexion brighter.

It has a very faint, naturally fruity fragrance that I find pleasant.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Port

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream Port

Availability: Exclusive to Sephora, for now. Price is 32$ CAD.

Pros: Incredible pigmentation, smooth and creamy texture, comfortable wear. Precise application with the wand, eliminating need for lipliner. No bleeding.

Cons: Average wear-length and general tenacity, whereas I expected more due to the state matte finish. And though this is not a reflection on the product as such, communication with the brand was non-existent, which I find a little off-putting when a brand uses social media and advertises a customer service email.

(I purchased this item from Sephora. This post is not sponsored or compensated.)

16 comments:

  1. Wow now that's what I call a vibrant color! I only read good things about Bite but find their prices a little high. The finish is gorgeous!

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    1. I agree, the prices are definitely up there! The quality of everything I've tried so far, however, is excellent.

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  2. WOWZA Maggie! That's a red! I want to try one of these, but DANG they are pricey for what they are. SIGH.

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    1. It's gorgeous, isn't it?? It's in the same class as the Chanel Dragon, at least for me. :P

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  3. I'd add one more con to the list: that despite touting themselves as this great Canadian brand, they charge Canadians more than Americans. What's up with that? Their lab is in Toronto.

    Otherwise, I'm in love with this brand. :x

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    1. Oh dude, that's true! I didn't even think of that. That is...not cool.

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  4. Let me begin by saying WOW! Is that shade stunning on you, or what?! Wish reds could look like that on me.....

    Secondly, I had no idea that this brand was Canadian *palms face* and thanks to Liz's comment, I'm now insulted to learn that they charge their fellow countrymen more...I don't want to hear more baloney about the different rules here in Canada....

    Maybe the separation you see in the bottle is due to the type of formula reacting to the plastic of the container; some polymers repel each other, but this shouldn't have any implications on the product itself, as you well saw.

    Would love to check out their other shades...I'm still on the hunt for MY perfect red...but $32.00? Yikes.... (as if I haven't spent more than that, right?!)

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    1. The separation is weird, but like you said, it doesn't seem to have any impact on the performance. However, I am still peeved that there was NO answer to either my tweet or my email to customer service regarding this. I find that more off-putting than the pricing difference, and it doesn't reflect the delightful customer experience I had with them at The Makeup SHow.

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  5. Oh it's a beautiful red, but I thought it would be darker too! So far I really love the bright pink, Moscato. I did see what you mean about the texture, but it applied just fine.

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    1. I think my lip colour might be skewing it a bit.

      Oh, that pink shade looks hot! I was actually debating between that one and this one, but I'm feeling the reds for Fall. :)

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    2. LOL I was also debating between a dark red and this one, but I chose Moscato because I knew I would wear it more often! I want to wear dark vampy shades again this season but I feel like I already have enough of them that I only wore one of two times.

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  6. I always want to wear red lipstick but it doesn't look great on me for some reason. I should try a darker shade like yours and maybe it'll look better. :( Looks great on you though!

    xo http://tiffanyxoxo.com

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    1. Thank you! :D

      I agree that a darker, fairly neutral red can look good on most people. :)

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  7. HOLY CRAP that is a gorgeous shade, Maggie!!! WANT WANT WANT, though you're right, its off-putting that the brand never got back to you!! :(

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    1. I love everything I have from them, truly. I know they're a small company, but customer service is so important when it comes to growing an indie brand. :/

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  8. I tried on the Port shade at Sephora this past weekend and had to buy it. When I got home I noticed the weird separation in the bottle and the almost dried out consistency too--completely different from the smooth product I tried on in store.

    Then I realized it's because the formula is ''93% natural'' and could be unusually sensitive to external temperatures (ie, room temperature). I decided to carry the tube in my jeans pocket to see if my body heat would change the consistency. My hunch was right! it was much smoother and easier to apply. The weird bottle separation also disappeared.

    Try out my trick and let me know if it works for you!

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