Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm - Review

I'm a big fan of Bite Beauty, it's no secret. When they announced their Everyday Agave Lip Collection late last year, I was intrigued. I have and own the Agave Lip Mask, and the idea of a matching lip balm was interesting. I find the lip mask to be a bit goopy, so I wanted to give the lip balm a shot. (Not to mention that it's cheaper than my beloved Fresh Lip Treatment...)

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

Bite's Agave Lip Balm comes in a stubby gray container that looks like a pill. The packaging is a matte gray with lighter gray print, which looks very sleek and chic. The top half pops off, and the balm twists up. There doesn't seem to be a lot of excess packaging which is refreshing to see. One drawback of the packaging is that there is no way to stand it up - both ends are rounded.

The balm itself is slightly yellowish, but goes on clear. The formula is stiff in application, making it tough to really apply a thick coat. Although this is an improvement over the Agave Lip Mask (which sometimes felt too thick and sticky if you used a little too much), it's harder to get more than a thin coat on without a little bit of work. After applying and warming up on the lips, the formula doesn't have much slip to it, and is almost slightly waxy. The balm feels lightly moisturizing on the lips. There's a light agave scent to the balm, but it diffuses pretty quickly after applying. Wearing this at night, I did not find my lips any more moisturized or soft than using a regular balm. The lip mask is definitely more intensive than the balm.

Bite claims this can also double as a lip primer - the formula does have the stiffer, waxier feels that other lip primers I've used have. I applied a liquid lipstick over a light coat of the balm and it actually made a really good base! So if you're in the market for a more moisturizing lip primer, this may be something to try. I had no bleeding/feathering while using it as a primer, and it did not cause any more transfer than normal, on top of keeping my lips from drying out. (For reference, I wore Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare to test the primer claim.)

Just to compare, the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is $24 for the same amount of product (0.15 oz), making this one a full $6 cheaper. Once I've used this up, I may repurchase the Fresh, just because nothing else I've tried quite measures up. I will say, I do like this more than the lip mask (which is great for a super intensive treatment!) just due to ease of application and less mess. I would not say the two are comparable, though.

Pros:
  • Moisturizing
  • Can double as a lip primer
Cons:
  • Stiff formula & application
  • Packaging can't stand up

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm - $18.00 for 0.15 oz
Review - 3.5/5

2 comments:

  1. I'm a huge fan of the lip mask, I use it overnight so I don't mind the thick formula. This though was definitely a disappointment for me! It is so stiff to work with and it is marketed as a lip balm so I really wanted it to be more hydrating and coat my lips better. I haven't used it as a primer though so I might have to try that out! I also don't mind that it doesn't stand up as I just keep this thrown into my purse.

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