At the start of the year, I made myself a promise. Not really like a new year’s resolution, but a goal of mine to take more time for me. I admit I have been bad about putting myself on the priority list and after a while, that really wears on you.
One thing I promised myself I would do is to wear more lipstick. I know, that sounds so small, but it’s amazing how taking 5 minutes to brighten up your face can make you feel. I have always wanted to be into lipstick, but I was more the lip gloss or chap stick kind of girl. Since then, I have been on the hunt for the perfect lipstick — my signature shade.
The complication with this is because I have celiac disease, I have to carefully check that the lipsticks I use don’t contain gluten. It is harder than it sounds to get a hold of that information because unlike food labels, make up has a different rule system. You have to really know what you’re looking for — the scientific names for the offending gluten proteins, and that information is not always easy to find.
That is what makes me appreciate companies that have us in mind more. There are products that certify they’re free from gluten and therefor, safe for people with celiac disease. It’s not a simple as going to the department store and trying on sample after sample until you find the right shade and finish for you — so taking that guessing out of it is welcome.
That’s where Red Apple Lipstick comes in — their makeup line is certified completely free from gluten, paraben, soy, dairy and allergen free. To add to that, their lipsticks are also vegan, natural and cruelty free, but this doesn’t compromise the quality of the product.
I’ve recently been testing out 5 of their shades — 4 lipsticks and 1 gloss and if you’ve been thinking about getting some lipstick from them, here are my thoughts on this gluten-free make up line.
First thing I noticed about the company is the customer service. I was in contact with the owner and he was so helpful — happy to answer any questions I had about any products and the shipping was quick to get to me (and I’m in Canada).
When the products arrived, they were beautifully wrapped — taking time to make sure none of the lipsticks were damaged in the shipping. I am happy to say, all arrived safely! Each lipstick comes in a typical black box and inside you’ve got your tube of lipstick. The bottom of the tube is lightly textured, which is a nice gripper while you try to apply your lipstick. The material reminds me a lot of the NARS brand, but they’re cutely stamped with the Red Apple logo. The lip gloss comes in a long tube clear plastic that shows you the colour of your product. The applicator is long and the tip is slightly slanted making it easier to apply.
It’s always a little nerve-wracking when you’re ordering lipstick online without getting to try the products, but when I opened them up, they were so close to the images on their website, which is a good thing. I ordered the following colors:
Amor Caliente is described as a “crimson red gloss with deep shine”. The colour has a great shine to it without looking cheap, which I find happens sometimes. The gloss isn’t too sticky, but you should expect a little being that it’s lip gloss. The color stays on well and there is no funny after-taste to the product. This colour is my girls’ favorite and they ask to wear it all the time.
Love My Kiss is described as “perfect blend of red and pink, giving you a gorgeous color that works with most skin tones and flatters women of all ages” was so just that. I have very pigmented lips and this colour still took to them well and gave them a little pink sparkle. It’s great to apply lightly for a little shimmer or add a few coats for a brighter colour.
Crush On Me is described as “powerful violet-based bright pink. It packs a bold punch with a hint of glitter” is another of my girls’ favourites. It’s a light pink color that doesn’t look too young and worked well with my pigmented lips and lighter skin tone.
Secrets is described as “Pink/fuschia-y moisturizing lipstick, with a deep gold shimmer.” The gold shimmer is not too overpowering, but adds a little glimmer when you need it. This shade also has the ability to put on lightly for just a little shine or apply a few times for a bolder color.
Petal Pusher is described as “the perfect hot pink”. This shade is by far my favourite and reminds me a lot of my favourite MAC makeup shade that I love to wear. This colour adds a good punch of hot pink that stays on for a good amount of time and has the slightest shine to it. As with all the lipsticks that I tried, there is no strange taste to the product and it doesn’t feel heavy on my lips.
If you’d like to get some Red Apple Lipstick for yourself, check out their website at RedAppleLipstick.com
Edit: Red Apple Lipstick was voted “Best Gluten Free Cosmetics Brand” at this year’s Annual Gluten Free Awards. The results were published in the March-April issues of Delight Gluten Free Magazine. If you’ve been debating trying out this brand, give it a go. Not only are their products amazing, the company is knowledgeable and great at customer service.
Disclaimer: I received these products free-of-charge. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced by the company.Share This Post: Tweet