The BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Natural has been on my wish list for a little while. I’ve heard many raves about it so finally picked it up during the Sephora VIB sale:
It retails for $36 CAD for 15g of product, and is made in Canada.
As you know this is the week of bad reviews so I’ll cut to the chase – I was less than impressed with this lip balm that everyone touts as a miracle product. I bought this with the intention of using it as a nighttime lip balm. I had been using the C.O. Bigelow Supreme 2X Lip Shine for ages but I was curious to try something different.
The tube has a safety seal that needs to be pierced with the cap prior to using, like old-fashioned toothpaste tubes.
The consistency of the product is a very thick balm but not sticky. It’s a yellow colour but applies essentially clear to the lips. There’s a slight sweet smell and taste but nothing readily identifiable – I guess it’s the agave nectar? I found it a bit waxy but it does seem to penetrate and provide hydration to the lips. However, I do not find it to provide a long lasting protective barrier like the C.O. Bigelow does. When I use this, by the morning, the product has disappeared off my lips, whereas the C.O. Bigelow is still fully coating my lips.
What really gave me pause was that I felt a bit of a tingly sensation on my lips when I used the BITE Agave lip mask, so I checked the ingredients:
Lanolin, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Nectar, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Flavor, Vanillin, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit), Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Trans-Resveratrol, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.
The only thing I can think of is perhaps the lanolin as it is not something I’ve used often before – I’ve learned that some people are sensitive to it. It wasn’t a full blown reaction, but it just felt itchy and uncomfortable instead of a soothing or feeling of relief when wearing this lip balm.
The final straw was after just THREE uses, the darn tube busted open at the bottom!!!
At first I thought I accidentally smeared the lip mask on my hand but then I realized it was oozing out the wrong end when I was squeezing it out to apply to my lips. The entire length of the end had split open. I’ve read that people advise to warm the tube up in the hands or with a hair dryer first before using. I ain’t got no time for that! I kept the tube at room temperature in my washroom cabinet – there shouldn’t be such a struggle to squeeze the product out. What a disappointment.
I’m bringing this back to Sephora. Not exchanging it, I’m just returning it and getting my money back (this is why I rushed to get this review up so I can go return this darn thing!) The formula is way too thick for this tube format, BITE Beauty should really consider putting this into a pot instead or improving the material used for the tube. For $36, I’d think they would use some premium grade, bust-proof plastic, c’mon!
• Contains natural high quality ingredients
• Smells and tastes nice
• Emollient, non-sticky formula
• Doesn’t last as long as I like
• Packaging fail
• Possible allergy to product
Stash Worthiness: 2/10
I know this is all personal preference because this product is well reviewed online, but it just wasn’t for me – I’ll stick to my $8 tube of C.O. Bigelow instead. Have you tried this, what did you think? What lip balm do you use at night before bed?