September 10, 2012

Apple Lipstick product review and giveaway


Red Apple Lipstick gluten-free lipstick, lip gloss and lip liner _thumb[2] 

For the past few years I've been organically fine tuning and whittling down my make-up collection. I tend to stick with a fairly standard cat's eye/light eye shadow/red or pink lip look most of the time, and while I do enjoy playing around with different products every now and then, on the whole, pragmatically, it serves me better to devote my attention and make-up budget to those products that are going to get the most use.

Missing for action for quite some time from my roster  beauty products has been lip gloss. Why? Good question! The reason is because as a gal who developed celiac disease in her twenties, I had to cut out certain cosmetics products from my beauty routine if they contained gluten and were being put anywhere near my mouth (where they'd then be ingested through eating, drinking, licking my lips, etc).

Like many with celiac disease/gluten intolerance, I'm highly sensitive to gluten. Even a minute amount will leave me doubled over in crippling intestinal pain and hit with a series of very unpleasant symptoms that usually last for anywhere for two to four weeks straight. As such, whether in my kitchen or my powder room, I try to avoid gluten like the plague.

Unfortunately, I discovered early on in my gluten-free life that quite a few brands of lip gloss contain gluten (not all, of course, but certainly some), the same of which is also true (albeit to a lesser extent) for other lip products like lipstick, lip balm, and lip liner. Much as I enjoy the glistening shimmer and shine of lip gloss, after being "glutened" from a number of brands, I pretty much stopped using lip gloss all together a couple of years ago.

Between then and now, I searched for a gluten-free lip gloss here in Canada or one that could be shipped here easily, but the pickings were slim and the couple that I tried left much to be desired and ended up being returned or thrown out eventually.

It was with great excitement then that I discovered a US company called Red Apple Lipstick last June who make a line of completely gluten-free, soy-free, paraben-free, allergen-free, vegan, long wearing mineral based lip glosses, lipsticks, lip liners, and - most recently added to their stellar line up – eye shadows. These products are healthy, clean, and safe for most categories of make-up users.

In July, as my birthday approached, I put together a wish list of ten items I'd thoroughly love to own one day, amongst which was a lip gloss from Red Apple Lipstick. Imagine my surprise and delight then when, just a few days later, I was contacted by a very sweet representative from the company who wanted to know if I'd like to try out and review some of their products.

As you can guess, my answer was a resounding yes! At the speed of light the company sent me three products to try and review, all of which have been in heavy rotation in my beauty product arsenal ever since.

Today - before telling you how you can win a Red Apple Lipstick product of your choice - I'd like to share my thoughts on these three lip products with all of you.


Red Apple Lipstick gluten-free Red 101 lipstick, image 2_thumb[1]

Like many of you, I'm a die hard fan of MAC's Russian Red lipstick, and have been for the past few years (thankfully, I've never had any problems with MAC's lipsticks and gluten, though you'd have to contact MAC directly yourself for specifics about the gluten risk  of any of their products). So much so that I don't even buy other red lipsticks any more. However, that doesn't mean that I won't happily try one out if someone kindly sends it to me for free.

"Red", as you might imagine, is just that. Much like Russian Red, it's a slightly cooler red with gentle blue undertones, which I much prefer to an orangey-red (as blue reds work better with my complexion).

This lipstick delivers an appealing about of shine, but it isn’t glossy or gooey. It's thinner in consistency than MAC's matte lipsticks, and reminds me somewhat of a cross between Clinique and Maybelline.

A very true, beautiful red, this lipstick looks as though it could have just hopped out of the pages of any 1940s or 50s cosmetics ad, and that point alone ensured it won major points with me from the moment I first tried it on.

Vintage navy blue outfit with eye glasses brooch, Chronically Vintage, image 10_thumb[1]


{A shot of me sporting Red Apple Lipstick's Red lipstick worn under Red Apple's Firestorm lip gloss. My new go-to, vintage appropriate combination when it comes to red lip products.}



I was impressed with both the staying power and pigment depth of Red (which I've applied straight from the tube and with a lip brush, both work equally well and I think in this case it just comes down to which application method you prefer). One day I wore it while out shopping for Tony's birthday and it stayed put in 37C weather, as I swigged back a large bottle of water, my face glowing with perspiration, for hours. Even after I'd had dinner later that night, it was still presentable.

From the smooth, silken texture to the bold (but completely wearable) rich hue, this lipstick has won it's rightful place in my make-up bag from here on out.


Red Apple Lipstick Almost Red lip gloss _thumb[1]

A good 90% of the time - if not more - when I wear lipstick, no matter the brand or type (matte, gloss, long wearing/etc), I wear lip liner underneath. Doing so helps to ensure staying power and that, if my lip stick or stain itself does wear away, I'll still have matching colour underneath. I usually use various shades of lip liner from a Canadian company called Annabelle (whose lip liners do not contain gluten), so I was eager to try another brand for the first time in a few years.

Almost Red is strikingly lovely colour. Falling somewhere between berry infused terracotta and fawn brown, it's a shade that I might not have reached for first while out shopping, but which I've now fallen head-over-heels in love with it - especially for the colder months, when I tend to be drawn to darker hues on my lips.

The golden undertones in this easy-glide, nicely textured liner is deeply pigmented that you could - and I have - worn it on it's own, which is always one of the key marks of an excellent lip liner in my books. I've also been pairing it under Clinique's Sugared Maple, and the two have been hitting it off swimmingly. Partnered with Firestorm gloss, the pair makes for a dynamic due that just oozes (figuratively speaking) rich, elegant colour and sultry charm.



Red Apple Lipstick gluten-free Firestorm Red lip gloss_thumb[1]

Firestorm more than lives up to its name. Flecked with hints of opulent gold and warm orange, this stunning gloss glides on like butter and packs a wallop of colour. Redolent of various department store glosses I'd used years ago, it's texture is firm, but not syrupy or stubborn to apply.

You don't need to apply much at all (in fact, it took be about three wearings until I had scaled back enough to avoid accidently transferring a little of it to my teeth, though to be fair, I have thin lips and so encounter the product-on-teeth issue with most lipsticks and glosses I use), and I suspect that even with frequent use, one tube - which comes with a wand applicator - will last me for months.

Around the house, I've mostly been wearing this gloss alone or layered over top of the Almost Red liner. For out and about, it's been working like a charm over both my Russian Red and Red Apple's Red lipstick. Not only do I love it (it exceeds anything I'd ever hoped for in a gluten-free gloss), but other people seem to like it as well! Tony showered me with compliments from the first wearing, and several people have asked me while out and about what gloss I was wearing. Naturally I was pleased as punch to tell them it was Red Apple’s Firestorm!


(Photograph of my face taken by Tony, photos of Red Apple’s products taken by me.)


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For a gal like me who's content to happily use the shade few colours and products day in and day out, these three Red Apple items alone almost constitute everything I need on the lip product front, though I highly suspect other colours from this top-notch brand will make their way into my make-up case in the future.

I'm truly pleased and impressed not only Red Apple Lipstick's gluten-free products, but the friendly, informative costumer service I've received from the company (which, I should point out, lists the ingredients for every product they carry on their website), as well as the careful, very secure packaging job they did on my shipment.

The peace of mind that comes from knowing I can safely apply these three products to my lips any time without the slightest fear of gluten contamination truly makes them worth their weight in gold.

Even if I didn't have to avoid gluten however, I'd still be singing the same amount of praise for these lip products, as they're amongst the finest I've ever had the joy of using (especially since, on top of being gluten-free, they having bothered my wildly sensitive skin one iota, which is something that cannot be said for many drug and department store brands alike that I've tried over the years).

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Awesome products and companies with such integrity and dedication to ensuring the quality of their items are few and far between these days, which is why Red Apple Lipstick gets my seal of approval - and why I was thrilled when they wanted to partner for a giveaway.

If you'd like to win your choice of any one item that Red Apple Lipstick carries, all you need to do is head over to their website (while there, be sure to sign up for their terrific newsletter – you’ll receive a 20% coupon code just for doing so - and join their new forum), find your favourite product and tell me about it in a comment on this post.

If your name is drawn as the lucky winner, you'll then win one of the whichever product you selected (you can pick anything you'd like from Red Apple’s website excluding palettes and duos).

For a second chance to win, "like" Red Apple Lipstick on Facebook, and leave a comment here letting me know that you've done so.

For a third chance to win, tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (the phrasing is up to, just make sure to mention @RedAppleLipstic) in your message, then come back here and comment about it.

For a forth chance to win, pin the image at the very top of this post (with the writing on it) to any of your boards on Pinterest, and then comment here with a link back to that pin to tell me that you’ve done so.

***Please post a separate comment for each of the entry options that you do so as to increase your chance of winning thanks to multiple entries.***


This giveaway is open to all Canadian and US readers, and will run until 11:59PST on Sunday September 16, 2012. The following day I will use a random number generator to select the winning comment number and announce the winner shortly thereafter in a post here. If you have any questions about this giveaway, please don't hesitate to email me.
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I'm not one to be biased in my reviews simply because I received something for free, and in fact I will only review something publicly if it meets or exceeds my standards and expectations.

I can confidently say that all three of the Red Apple Lipstick products that I tried did just that. Gloss-less no more, and with three new products being given pride-of-place in my make-up collection, I'm thrilled that I not only know about this company now myself, but that I have can share all about it with you.

If you’d like to try out some of Red Apple’s products for yourself now too, please use the exclusive coupon code Vintage when checking out to save 15% off your total order (the coupon code is valid until September 30, 2012).

Best of luck to everyone who enters this giveaway, and many deeply heartfelt thanks to Red Apple Lipstick not only for sending me these three products to review and for collaborating on this giveaway, but for making a gluten-free make-up line that I'd confidently recommend to anyone.

47 comments:

  1. I'd love to try the Ruby Slippers lipstick (http://www.redapplelipstick.com/gluten-free-lipstick/originals/ruby-slippers-lipstick-by-red-apple.html) It looks like such a lovely shade!

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  2. I'm so glad you found a lipstick that works for you. Sounds crazy but I never tried MAC red before. I am eager to try red apple lipstick though bc I have never used a gluten free makeup product before and it sounds fascinating! I love the Red Duos set-just stunning. I followed them on FB and I shared on Twitter as well!! Good luck to all those entering!!! xox

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite would be the red lipstick that you tried (though the strawberry red look too)

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  4. tweeted https://twitter.com/vintageattempt/status/245184687130165250

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  5. pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/83879611781044733/

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  6. I love the Red! lipstick, but since I have several reds, I'm going to choose the Dancing Princess sparkly pink lip gloss as my favorite.

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  7. I liked Red Apple lipstick on facebook.

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  8. I pinned Red Apple lipstick on pinterest.

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  9. I signed up for Red Apple's newsletter and their forum. My favorite shade of their lipstick is Strawberry Lips. It is so pretty! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

    Crystal Gilland
    gagesethsmom [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  10. Now following Red Apple on FB (Crystal Cutshaw Gilland).

    Crystal Gilland
    gagesethsmom [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  11. Tweeted at https://twitter.com/vntglovingmom/status/245199383455465472.

    Crystal Gilland
    gagesethsmom [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  12. Pinned at http://pinterest.com/pin/79727855874529784/.

    Crystal Gilland
    gagesethsmom [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  13. I like red apple lipstick on facebook as Jonnie JB Hartling

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  14. ooooh! Gluten free lipstick! And it's so vintage--I've been dying to get some bright red lipstick for a 1940's feel. I love 40's styles. :D I think the best color for me would be their "red". Either that or their 'sunkissed', but that's too orangey for my taste. I have to have an orangey-red because of my color palette, since I can't wear pink! *insert sob here* But I'd find some way to make it work. ;) Ha! I love the red.

    Dolly
    DollyMadisonDesigns.wordpress.com
    DollyMadisonEtsy {at] gmail {dot} com

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  15. I tweeted the giveaway--and I'm more in love with that red lipstick every minute! :D

    https://twitter.com/DollyMadisonD/status/245216323020414976

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  16. Very pretty lipstick. Sorry to hear about your ailment. I know all about living a gluten free life. My niece has gluten allergies and for a while my daughter and I were gluten free also. It's hard when you have to find gluten free cosmetics and hair products, but it's becoming more main stream.

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  17. I liked it on Facebook. That Firestorm gloss is gorgous! My sis would love this gluten free stuff!

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  18. I pinned the giveaway!

    https://pinterest.com/pin/125256433357258395/


    Ooooh, I'm so hoping to win! :D I'm in love with that red lipstick!

    Dolly
    DollyMadisonDesigns.wordpress.com
    DollyMadisonEtsy {at] gmail {dot] com

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  19. I like their Mauve Me lipstick. Such a sweet tone!

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  20. I pinned your header

    http://pinterest.com/tchandmaiden/dream-wardrobe/

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  21. Jessica,

    I would love the red lipstick. Like yourself I have gluten problems. So nice of you to post about this company, as their are others like yourselve that care about what we put in our bodies, and on our faces. I look forward to each of your post, enjoy all your vintage outfits, and recipes.


    Venus Cruz

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  22. Thanks, thanks,thanks. I've been looking for a "vintagey" but not too matte lipstick and this has been a real eye opener. I love the strawberry color. Wish me luck!!!

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  23. I pinned your picture on Pinterest, on my beauty products board

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  24. Jessica,

    I'd LOVE the "Almost Red" R-Evolution Retractable Lip Pencil.
    Thank you for your unbiased review and offering this giveaway.

    Hugs,
    Savannah Kelb

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  25. Pinned! http://pinterest.com/pin/100768110383608592/

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  26. I've looking for a new red lipstick and I really like this one you shared. I think I might need to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

    Miss Hell

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  27. I really like Brownie Points eyeshadow
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  28. "liked" Red Apple Lipstick on Facebook as Lisa Brown
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  29. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/245637658347442178
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  30. pin - http://pinterest.com/pin/277675133246148919/
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  31. hi! i really like the Red lipstick

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  32. hi! i'd really like the Red lipstick

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  33. Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. I would love to try their Amor Caliente lipgloss.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. I "like" Red Apple Lipstick on Facebook - Cindy Aiton

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/normawatson/status/245885851597422594

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I am waiting for the MAC MM lipstick to come out. Next time I am at the MAC counter, I am going to try the Russian Red. Looks awesome. I'm sorry that you have to deal with Celiac's Disease. I can't imagine what this must be like. It must be very difficult for you to eat at restaurants or when you go on vacation. I gave up wheat and refined sugar in January of this year. I'm so glad I did. I do not miss the stuff at all:) I believe that a significant portion of all of us are allergic to wheat...not like you of course:) I'm so glad I gave it up and feel so much better for it. I believe I was allergic to wheat (in a different way) and never knew it until I stopped 100% with it. Can you use almond flour? If so, we should do some recipe swapping:) This has become a new staple for me.

    I'm going to have to check out this lipgloss:) Looks amazing:))
    http://dividingmoments.blogspot.com/

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  37. That peppermint lip gloss on their site sounds amazing!

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  38. I really love the "Love My Kiss" colour. I have had a difficult time finding the perfect pinky-red that I can wear during the day at work and out on the town in the evening. I will have to wait a payday or two to try it (unless I win the giveaway!), but I am looking forward to it. I am sensitive to wheat, but not horribly allergic but every little bit helps with reducing gluten in my diet and my beauty routine!

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  39. I just love the "Love My Kiss" shade of lipstick. It's the perfect pinkish-red that I could wear at work or out for cocktails with friends.

    http://www.redapplelipstick.com/gluten-free-lipstick/originals/love-my-kiss-lipstick-by-red-apple.html

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  40. Can't believe I didn't see this sooner. Liked, tweeted, joined, and I love this product!!

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    http://www.redapplelipstick.com/gluten-free-lipstick/originals/ruby-slippers-lipstick-by-red-apple.html

    I love the name, too! Very Dorothy! :)

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  41. Thank you very much to all of your for taking part in this delightful giveaway. I was really happy to share my experience so far with Red Apple Lipstick's products with all of you.

    This morning the winning comment was drawn (using a random number generator), and I'm thrilled to announce that it belongs to Brandy (comment #6). For more details, see today's announcement post here.

    Thank you again very, very much to everyone who took part in this giveaway. I've got another one (with a different company) in the works for next month, so if you didn't win this time, you'll soon have another chance.

    ♥ Jessica

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