Thursday, 22 August 2013

Biting into Beauty

Review: Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre
Before I even launch into this review, I want to express how much I love this product! I try out a lot of different lip products and it has been a long time--if ever--that I have liked something this much! It's as if the Makeup Gods read my mind and made a product that has everything I'm looking's that good

Anyways, fangirl moment over. Bite Beauty is a relatively new line, entering the market a little over two years ago. Unique amongst its peers, Bite is solely focused on lip products and uses all-natural, food grade ingredients in its products. The Cashmere Lip Creams are a new offering that I noticed at my local Sephora for the first time just a few weeks ago. 

The six beautiful shades offered in this line are what initially caught my eye, but what really sucked me in and convinced me to pick one up was the description: "cream-to-powder matte lip color that delivers an unprecedented 50% pigment dispersement." I will admit that '50% pigment dispersement' means little to me, as I have no idea what level of pigment dispersement other products offer. But I do know that I have never seen a lip product described as having a cream-to-powder finish. That's normally reserved for blushes. Needless to say, I was intrigued. 

Equivalent to 5 glasses of vin rouge? Bottoms up!
I was also intrigued by Bite's promise that the Cashmere Lip Creams delivered the antioxidant equivalent of 5 glasses of red wine. Resveratrol, for those wondering, is the antioxidant found in red wine that lushes the world over use as a justification to keep on drinking "in the name of health." While I don't expect Sancerre to perform any miracles, my philosophy is that what you put on your skin, including your lips, does get absorbed by your body. So I would much rather put a product with beneficial ingredients on, than one full of chemicals. Plus, fine lines on the lips are a tell-tale age sign, so I'm hoping this can help a bit in the fight against lip feathering. 

Sancerre features a doe foot applicator that is slightly flat on one side, making application quite easy. I applied directly to my lips with no liner to see how it would apply and wear, and while I think it could benefit from a clear or berry liner, by no means is it necessary (two thumbs up from slightly lazy beauty fanatics everywhere!) As promised, Sancerre is incredibly and beautifully pigmented. For those of you who have tried the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestros, I feel that the Cashmere Lip Creams are everything the Maestros want to be. 

The finish isn't matte, but it also obviously doesn't have any shimmer or glitter. Cashmere is an incredibly appropriate way to describe the finish. My less articulate way to describe it would be something like a 'soft matte', or a 'matte plus'. While most matte lip products make the lips look flat, Sancerre gives far more dimension. Texture-wise, it is not in the slightest bit drying, nor does it make my lips feel tight (again, another common characteristic of matte lip products), but it's also not 'slippy' (which is my chief complaint against Armani Lip Maestro--they don't stay put). It feels truly luxurious on the lips. And whether or not this is all in my head, I almost feel as if it is conditioning my lips as I wear it. 

Bite Sancerre in Daylight
Sancerre after being removed with micellar water. 
The color of Sancerre is described as a 'Pinkish Red' on the Sephora website. I would describe it as a creamy raspberry shade. I think a very wide range of skin tones (cool to warm, light to dark) would suit Sancerre. I also find it versatile enough to be worn year-round. I will probably wear it as a night time shade for the rest of the summer, and maybe move it up to day time wear in the autumn and winter. 

Please excuse my super awkward self-portrait skills.
Sancerre is only the second Bite Beauty product I own and the only thing I can think is 'how do I only own two products by this brand?' If you are a lip junkie, as I am, get yourself some Bite, tout de suite. The Cashmere Lip Creams are available on for $28.

Have you tried any products by Bite? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments as I really want to pick up some more!


  1. I just picked this color and Bordeaux up!!! I'm so excited to see how much you like it! I finished taking pics yesterday, and am looking forward to seeing how well it wears - the pigment is phenomenal and so utterly gorgeous!!! It's vibrant w/o being harsh...perfect for the end of summer and heading into the fall :-)

  2. Ahh, I definitely want to see pictures of Bordeaux! I'm already planning on which color I'm going to get next. I've gone full Fall mode in terms of makeup and have bought tons of bold lips products lately!