In the beginning of Winter, I was hooked on Jack Black lip balm. I thought it was everything I needed to keep my lips looking healthy and it was, for a while, but as we headed into the “peak” of Winter, it just wasn't enough anymore. It still prevents my lips from chapping but it doesn't provide enough moisture to keep up with the extreme cold and dryness. If you are experiencing the same problem, you are in luck because today I have just the one product to recommend to you — Bite Agave Lip Mask! This is the product that ends all my dry lips woes, and I can't wait to share my review with you. So, let's get right to it!
Bite Agave Lip Mask is hands down the best Winter lip balm I've ever used. But if there is one thing I'm not completely happy about is the packaging! It's a metal tube, much like old-fashioned toothpaste tube, that is hard to squeeze. You will literally need the Hulk's strength to get the product out! OK, I'm exaggerating here but I just do not understand why it has to be this difficult, lol! The worst fear I have right now is that, upon continued use, the tube may show some sign of wear. I don't mind that the tube doesn't look pretty anymore once you squeeze it, but I fear that it will “rip” and “leak” over time.
The good thing is you only need just a tiny bit of the product for each use so you don't have to squeeze too much, and I find that when you open the cap for the first few times, the product, being dense and thick, sort of oozes out by its own (see photo below). It has a yellowish texture that smells like sweet honey with a hint of vanilla. It's a pleasant smell and isn't overpowering at all.
Besides the packaging, there is another thing to take into consideration. The main ingredient of Bite Agave Lip Mask is medical grade Lanolin. Lanolin is a viscous, greasy substance found naturally on sheep's wool. Some people find it gross. I personally don't mind it.
It is free of gluten and petroleum, and contains organic agave nectar and “triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine“. Sounds good but I'm not really sure if they meant for the whole tube? Or per “serving size”?
As I mentioned before, this product is thick. It's the thickest lip balm I've ever used. It is much thicker than Vaseline but not as emollient and less greasy. I find the thick texture to effectively locks in moisture by creating a transparent film on my lips and preventing the moisture from seeping out.
You only need a teeny tiny amount of product to cover the entire lips. It surprisingly spreads really well and does not tug at all. At first I was expecting a heavy feeling but it is actually as light and comfortable as any good lip balm. It stays put and doesn't seem to transfer easily.
The finish is extremely shiny! If this is a no-no for you, just blot off the excess oil. I actually like it because I can use it instead of a lip gloss to provide a long-lasting glossy finish to my lipstick! Unlike lip gloss, it doesn't wear off easily and seems to withstand dry weather really well.
My usage suggestion is to coat your lips with multiple layers before bed every night and wear it during the day, too, if possible, for the first week. Use a little more than necessary to quickly bring your dry lips back to their normal state and from then on, you can adjust the amount accordingly to your need. I immediately saw an improvement in the condition of my lips after the first night and have continued to see great results since. My lips have improved so much — they look healthy and nourished and don't feel dry any more even when I don't have the mask on.
I've also been using it as a lip primer since it seems to help fill in fine lines and makes my lips look plump. It makes my lip color application so much smoother and it's been such a joy to use a matte lipstick without it clinging on to dry patches! It doesn't tweak the color or texture of the lipstick in any way as long as you blot dry first.
The packaging is a con (although you can transfer it to a different container) and Lanolin may put off some, but if you can get past these two facts, I promise you that Bite Agave Lip Mask is the product that will literally save your lips. I wish I were exaggerating when I said it's the product that ended all my dry lips woes but it really did.
I can't wait for you to try it and if you have, I'd really love to hear your experience! :)