Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss | Review and Swatches

Hello everyone! Today I want to share with you my opinions on the new Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss that I purchased in the shade “Dirty Chai”.

I had been promising this review for the last week, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get to it, due to finishing up my MSc (age-old excuse at this point). My Master’s defence is on Friday August 3rd, and then I am done!!! Anyways, preparing for this momentous time in my life has been keeping me from posting a bit. So, without further adieu, let’s get into this review!

Packaging and First Impressions

These glosses belong to a limited edition coffee-inspired collection that ranges from very pale to very deep shades (shade range below). The component is a rectangular clear tube with a soft-touch black lid and small doe-foot applicator. The whole thing rings adorable, as the doe-foot is teeny tiny, and the tube is actually quite small too! I really do like the doe-foot, as it makes it easy to be precise in your application. It also holds a good amount of product, which is a must for me.

One of the main attractants of this line of lipglosses is that they are supposed to smell like coffee. Well it does… but kind of like stale coffee to me, which isn’t the most pleasant. It’s not horrible, but the scent could have been so delicious! There was so much potential. But oh well, it was a good idea in theory at least.



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Here is a comparison to a typical-sized lipgloss tube. It’s so cute!

Price and Quantity

This lipgloss is priced at $26 CAD ($22 USD) and has 0.15 oz of product. The resulting value is pretty average, based on the amount of product that you are getting. If you want to see a detailed comparison on how this lipgloss ranks in value compared to other similar products, check it out here.


Here are the claims from the Bite Beauty website:

“Fuel up your lip look: This caffeinated collection of lip glosses creates a buzz with coffee-colored creamy shine. Powered by rich, hydrating coffee butters and Arabica cold press coffee oil, each comfortable, cushiony gloss glides on with an addictive, sweet mocha flavor. The warmed-up java hues range from milky nudes to bold browns with full-on color to satisfy every coffee craving.

Like all Bite Beauty products, French Press Lip Gloss is handcrafted by Bite in Toronto, and is made with natural and organic ingredients. The creamy shine is so indulgent, it will become your favorite lip habit—go ahead, make yours a double.

Bite Beauty does not contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or petrochemicals. Bite is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified”

Ingredients of note:

“Coffee butter extract – Antioxidant, promotes hydration and creamy texture
Arabica cold press coffee oil – Antioxidant, promotes hydration
Caffeine – Antioxidant”

Bite Beauty does not contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or petrochemicals. Bite is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified

Pigmentation and Performance

Overall, I think this is a pretty good lipgloss.

The pigmentation is average. It has a creamy semi-transparent colour, similar to the bareMinerals, Marc Jacobs and Buxom Full-On Lip Cream glosses. The shade “Dirty Chai” definitely adds just a touch of rose to my lips to give the “your lips but better” look. There is no shimmer in this gloss, it is just a straight rose shade. I do love the juicyness it adds to my lips without adding too much colour. When I am wearing brighter more colourful eye looks, this is the perfect gloss for me.

Below are some shade comparisons to other glosses that I own. Most of my other glosses are either shimmery, or very opaque like the Anastasia Beverly Hills glosses.

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In terms of performance, this gloss has a nice formula, but the lasting power isn’t great (even for a gloss). The formula is super comfortable, and not at all viscous, goopy or sticky. It is the perfect gloss texture. However, I think it really easily absorbs into my lips, and I find I have to reapply more often than with other lipglosses. This likely means that there are some actual “good for your lips” ingredients in the formula, and it does feel pretty hydrating. But even when I’m not drinking or eating, I feel like the gloss disappears off of my lips after an hour or two. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but I do own longer lasting glosses that I prefer, for that reason especially.

One thing I could do without is the “stale” coffee scent. It could have done with a bit of vanilla added in there, but I really don’t notice it at this point. When I apply, the scent doesn’t bother me anymore, and I really don’t notice it that long after application.

Here’s a few shots of it on my lips.



Final Thoughts

Overall, this is a solid gloss. If Bite were to release a permanent line without the coffee scent, I would consider purchasing more of these. It gives just the right touch of glossiness and shine, and a hint of colour. I just wish it lasted longer on my lips.

Have you tried this gloss yet? What shade would you get? Let me know down below!

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One thought on “Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss | Review and Swatches

  1. Ah! I totally believe that Bite includes really good for your lips ingredients because when I used their lipstick my lips were softer than ever the next day.

    The color is beautiful on you but I hate having to reapply so often, too! & too bad it didn’t smell as good as we had hoped but that’s nice it becomes less noticeable over time!


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