Sephora 2018 Bite Beauty Birthday Gift Review

January 19, 2018

Every year, Sephora releases a free birthday gift for all their Beauty Insiders. Sephora always releases two or three different gift options that Insiders can choose from. In 2015, I chose Benefit; in 2015, Marc Jacobs; and in 2017, Caudalie. This year, after wanting to try Bite Beauty for quite some time, I chose Bite.


Now Bite has quite the reputation when it comes to lipsticks. They’re infamous for the flagship store they own in SoHo where lipsticke addicts galore can make their own fully custom shades of Bite lipstick {even down to the scent}! Knowing this little piece of information about Bite gave me high hopes for their lipstick.


The Sephora gift included the Bite Agave Lip Scrub, Agave Lip Balm, a mini Amuse Bouche lipstick in Chai, and a lip crayon in Glacé.


Bite Agave Lip Scrub

Allow me to begin by saying that this lip scrub smells absolutely AMAZING. It’s vanilla scented, but not sugary-sweet vanilla, more of a true Vanilla smell. The lip scrub itself is a little more sticky than I typically like my lip scrubs to be. When using it, I didn’t feel as if it did much as far as removing the dead skin from my lips, but as it so happens, I used it wrong. I didn’t realize there was a right or wrong way to use a sugar lip scrub as most of them are fairly straightforward. The Bite Agave Lip Scrub is a little different. You only need a really small amount, and after massaging the lip scrub alone on your lips, add some water and massage the lip scrub into your lips with water, creating a milkier texture. All that should remain is the residual oils from the scrub, which Bite recommends you leave on to fully moisturize and replenish your lips. I did none of that, just using the lip scrub alone and washing it off like I would another one. I was wrong {however I think there’s something to be said about a lip scrub that really needs directions}.



Bite Agave Lip Balm

I used the Bite Agave Lip Balm right after the lip scrub. Being such a fan of how the lip scrub smelled, I had high hopes that the lip balm would also have that same amazing scent. Nope, instead the moment I put the lip balm on my lips it smelled/tasted awful, to the point that I almost wanted to use a different lip balm instead. I don’t love that Sephora chose to package the lip balm not in the tube form as it’s sold for the birthday gift this year, because the lip balm is really very hard and difficult to get out of the packaging when not in tube form. As far as effectiveness, I don’t think it really worked better than any cheap lip balm I’ve ever tried {think Chapstick, EOS, etc.}. For $18, I just don’t think it’s worth it.


Bite Amuse Bouche Lip Balm in Chai

Okay, so this is really the product I was excited to try out of all of these. Unfortunately, it didn’t really live up to my expectations entirely. I like the texture of the lipstick, however the color just wasn’t there for me. I’ve found that typically higher end lipsticks are highly pigmented, however this lipstick just didn’t match the color in the tube when applied. The pigmentation was low and I felt as if I needed several layers of this lipstick to really get a decent color out this. Maybe it’s just because it’s more of a neutral lipstick and not the usual rosy pinks, vampy plums, and deep reds I tend towards. Regardless, I’ll probably try giving a different Bite color a try, but I’m losing hope on this one.



Bite Lip Crayon in Glacé

Somehow, I’m a much bigger fan of this lip crayon than I was of the Amuse Bouche lipstick. The pigmentation is a lot stronger, I’m a fan of how the formula glides and is relatively creamy, and I’m liking the color. My one little drawback to it overall is simply that I wish the lip crayon {and Amuse Bouche} held for a little bit longer so I didn’t have to reapply it so many times throughout the day. By the time I finished my six hour shift, it didn’t really seem as if I was wearing any lipstick or lip liner at all.


Overall, I think Bite makes some decent products, however at the price point, there are several other makeup brands for lipstick I would reach for at Sephora way before I reached for Bite. The Agave Lip Scrub was surprisingly my favorite product out of all four of these, and I think if I would’ve used it properly it probably would’ve been a really fantastic scrub, just based on the consistency and ingredients. Of the Sephora birthday gifts I’ve tried so far, Caudalie and Marc Jacobs probably are my two favorites by far {those sets led me to rebuy those products!} with Bite coming in third, and Benefit fourth {Benefit’s mascaras just don’t do it for me. I don’t know what it is}.





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