Every once in awhile a brand comes along and surprises you by doing something innovative, swimming against the current and following their own personal mission. Allow me to introduce Red Apple Lipstick.
Founded in 2007 in Texas, it was the response to an overwhelming need for a line of cosmetics that were made without the harmful chemicals we all hear about (parabens, for one) manufactured right here in the U.S. and without any animal testing.
I recently had my own health care scare- one that paralyzed me with fear for a few days. Let me tell you how scary it is sitting in that room by yourself waiting for the doctor to come in and discuss your test results. Luckily, all of my tests came up normal and negative, but it made me wonder about all of the different types of makeup and skincare I use and just what I am ingesting or soaking in on a daily basis.
When Red Apple Lipstick contacted me to try their products I jumped at the chance. Just peruse their website once and tell me you don’t see a dozen things that you want to add to your cart, like, right now.
Red Apple Lipstick in Strawberry Lips and Mint 2 Be Gloss in Queen of Hearts
I love the mini canvas bag the products came in. The packaging is simple and sleek, refined.
L-R: Strawberry Lips, Queen of Hearts
The lipstick and gloss compliment each other perfectly. The lipstick feels sheer on my lips but packs plenty of pigment. It has a slight shine to it and feels a lot like some of the high-end/luxury lipsticks I’ve splurged on. There is no discernible scent to my nose and it lasts about 3-4 hours. This shade leaves a slight rosy stain behind even after it has mostly worn off, which I enjoy.
The gloss has a minty smell and slight minty feel on the lips but not in a way that will make your lips feel tingly or burning. It’s not overpowering at all. The gloss has plenty of shine and is not tacky. It wears about 2-3 hours on me, depending on if I’m eating or drinking.
Wearing Strawberry Lips
Wearing Strawberry Lips with Queen of Hearts on top
I am totally impressed. The pigmentation & performance were both top notch, added to the fact that they are gluten and paraben-free and I’m sold. I’m thinking I need to try the new shades (shown here) Coral Crush and Lovebird next. Oh, they make eyeshadows too! I am currently drooling over the shades trying to decide which ones need to find their way into my makeup drawers…
What are your thoughts? Have you ever tried Gluten-free cosmetics? What would your expectations be of a line that was?