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Say hello to a lipstick that is two for the price of one. Bite Beauty is brand that straddles the mainstream and natural beauty line, and its Luminous Creme Lipstick has garnered a lot of attention and praise. I first heard of the brand from the RMS Beauty  creator Rose-Marie Swift. She admitted to loving the French trend of wearing a bright lipstick and not much else in the way of makeup to look polished, and her lipstick of choice was Bite Beauty’s Palomino. After investigating a swatch of the colour, I stumbled upon these adorable and awesome Lipstick Duos.

First off, the ingredients are not perfect. While the lipstick does contain several nourishing and botanical ingredients, it also contains dyes and some other things that are difficult to pronounce. I’ve bolded some of the questionable ingredients in the list below.

Active Ingredients: 2 mg trans-resveratrol from red wine polyphenol & polygonum cuspidatum

Ingredients: organic castor seed oil, organic beeswax, naturally sourced triisostearyl citrate, shea butter and jojoba seed oil, pomegranate, organic jojoba seed oil, acacia decurrens/jojoba/sunflower seed cera/polyglyceryl-3 esters, organic argan kernel oil, euphorbia cerifera wax, hydrogenated vegetable oil, organic sesame oil, carnauba wax, fragrance, siraitia grosvenorii (monk fruit) extract, polygonum cuspidatum extract, grape vine extract. May contain: mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), carmine (CI 75470), FD&C Blue No. 1 (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140), FD&C Yellow No. 6 (CI 15985), FD&C Red No. 40 (CI 16035), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), manganese violet (CI 77742), limonene, linalool.

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Bite Beauty is well known for including the active ingredients of trans-resveratrol in its products which is marketed as a powerful anti-aging antioxidant. Triisostearyl citrate scores a zero and is used as an emulsifier, and it is derived from natural sources. The polyglyceryl-3 esters combined with the others also scores a zero. Polygonum cuspidatum extract scores a zero and is an extract from a Japanese knotweed. As mentioned above, conventional lipsticks contain dyes for pigmentation, and dyes are known to contain trace amounts of lead despite claims of being lead free by many companies. Finally, limonene and linalool are both fragrances/deodorizers that score a six and five respectively. Thankfully, their inclusion at the end of the list means they are the least used of all of these ingredients. Of all the bolded ingredients, I am most wary of these two fragrances.

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Now onto its performance! The formulation is creamy and moisturizing. The finish is more matte, but I love that it does not feel or look drying on the lips. This is another lipstick under which I don’t need to apply a lip balm just like with Red Apple Lipsticks. Also, I love the tiny and chic packaging! It’s much more efficient and easy to carry two colours around in the same tube, and the duos are really well paired; most of the colours complement each other and work well when applied together. I have two duos: palomino and violet and fig and date. Palomino and violet are bold and bright shades while fig and date combine to make the perfect neutral lip. I can also combine palomino and violet to create the perfect neon pink shade. On its own, violet leans a lot more purple than it appears in the swatch below.

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The colours are swatched from top to bottom: violet, palomino, fig, and date. The wear time of the Luminous Creme Lipsticks are better than most natural brands. I find the shades linger and soften to a nice stain for about two to three hours after application. The opacity is also amazing! One swipe delivers full on colour along with moisture. Also, this product is a bargain. On its own, a tube of the luminous creme lipstick retails for $24. This tube of two lipstick sells for $12! Yes there is less product in the tube, but it’s so rare to go through an entire tube of lipstick that this point is basically moot. The final selling point of this lipstick? It’s more readily available than most natural brands; you can pick it up at your local Sephora.

Have you tried Bite Beauty? I’m definitely interested in picking up a Matte Creme Lip Crayon next!