Glosses claiming to plump the lips typically do so by including irritating ingredients in the formula, and Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil is no exception. Peppermint oil and pepper extract deliver a warm tingling sensation to temporarily make lips appear fuller. But, this is irritating to the lips, and in the long run, leads to chapping and other problems because chronic irritation hurts healthy collagen production, leading to thinning of the lips.
Otherwise, this is a basic, shiny lip gloss that comes in a singular, sheer red shade with a sticky finish. While it does contain some beneficial plant oils, it's not worth the tradeoff for the amount of irritation it incites.
- Contains some beneficial plant oils for dry lips.
- Irritating formula can lead to chapping and other problems.
- Sticky finish.
- Comes in only one sheer red shade that won't suit everyone.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Rosinate, Glyceryl Oleate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Polypropanediol Dimer Dilinoleate, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) See Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Flavor (Natural), Aroma, Siraitia Grosvernori (Monk Fruit), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 27 (CI 45410), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Oil), Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Trans-Resveratrol.
As a nice change of pace (and as mentioned above), the majority of Bite Beauty's formulas do indeed contain natural ingredients that are beneficial (or at least not harmful) for the skin and lips. The exception is the Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil, which contains an irritating amount of peppermint oil. The preponderance of natural ingredients doesn't make these products inherently better, but if a product being "all" natural is important to you, then you should know that some of the Bite Beauty products contain synthetic coloring agents.
Bite Beauty takes things even further, saying that their products are "healthy enough to eat" (hence the name Bite Beauty). We certainly don't recommend eating your cosmetics; just because an ingredient comes from a natural source and is then formulated into a cosmetic doesn't mean it's edible!
As a matter of fact, Bite Beauty's naturally flavored products make it tempting to lick your lips, which in the long run can lead to chapping and a cycle of constantly applying more flavored lip balm, licking it off, then feeling the urgent need to apply more—and none of these lip products should be eaten. For vegans, you should be aware that some of these products contain lanolin, which is an animal-derived ingredient. There's nothing wrong with lanolin, but a cosmetics company selling their products as edible should be more forthcoming with this issue for those who wish to avoid animal-derived ingredients.
Another big marketing ploy is Bite Beauty's claims about their products containing the antioxidant resveratrol, in amounts equivalent to five, ten, or fifteen glasses of red wine, depending on the particular product. This is a meaningless claim, and here's why: First, we hope they don't mean a dual benefit; that is, being able to eat your lipstick and get resveratrol onto your lips and into your body. Second, while resveratrol is a great antioxidant, how much you need to gain a health benefit is unclear from the research. Third, the amount of resveratrol in an average glass of red wine ranges from 0.2 to 2.0 mg, which isn't much. Plus, if you want resveratrol, you can buy resveratrol supplements that contain 100–500 mg per capsule!
In short, resveratrol is a good antioxidant, when applied topically or when consumed; just don't get caught up in thinking it will work wonders for your lips. Clearly, Bite Beauty is capitalizing on a buzz ingredient here—and skin care, especially for the lips, is never as simple as one ingredient, however good it may be.
Those issues aside, in terms of performance, Bite Beauty does have some standout products, including their richly pigmented Cashmere Lip Cream. The price point is on the high end for lip care (you can find less expensive options on our Best Lip Products list); you certainly don't have to pay this much to get a good lipstick or gloss. However, if the price isn't an issue for you, and you find the allure of natural ingredients hard to resist, then this line is worth checking out.
Bite Beauty is sold exclusively at Sephora; the brand also has a flagship store in New York.
For more information about Bite Beauty, call 416-961-1234 or visit www.bitebeauty.com.