Blogger’s note: I purchased the Create Your Own Sampler pack for personal use. Red Apple did not provide samples or compensation for this review. The personal opinions expressed are based solely on the author’s experience with the products, and the results may or may not be similar to other users. Now carry on.

I have a deep appreciation for lipstick. I carry a makeup bag with lip products everywhere. There’s just something about lip color that brightens one’s face.

I also have Celiac disease, which interferes with my lipstick love affair. Celiac is a genetic auto-immune disease affecting the small intestine. Gluten — a protein in wheat, barley, rye, and other similar grains — triggers a response from the immune system that destroys the villi of the small intestine. The disease causes a host of health problems including malnutrition, cancer, gastrointestinal and neurological disorders, infertility, and osteoporosis. People with Celiac react to the slightest amount of gluten. Unfortunately, food and cosmetic manufacturers use gluten as a bonding agent under different names (like hydrolyzed vegetable protein). Cosmetic companies are not required to provide labeling for ingredients.

Lipstick and lotions are especially dangerous. I don’t become ill from merely consuming gluten. Cross contamination can also make me sick. The possibility of ingesting and/or cross contaminating my food is very high if my beauty products are not safe. I once had this long-lasting lip gloss that would give me migraines every time I applied it.

Buying makeup is not one of my favorite activities since going gluten free. I frequently contact cosmetic companies for ingredient lists. Red Apple makes the cosmetic-buying process easier.

Red Apple is a relatively young company. All products are gluten free, paraben free, and toxin free. The facilities are tested for possible contaminants.

The price point for Red Apple Lipstick is a little higher than I would like. However, frugality looks at the overall investment. Supporting a company that looks out for my well-being is an investment. A typical lipstick can last 2 years as long as it is properly stored. Most lipsticks cost $23.50. I am willing to pay for the product as long as it is good quality.

This is my order:

Create Your own Sampler pack

Create Your own Sampler pack

Sampler pack with the cool little drawstring bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ordered five lipstick pods — Sunkissed, Drama, Ravishing, Vogue, and Paris. Each pod is $3.50. My total order with shipping was $23.50. It shipped Tuesday. It arrived Friday. The company included a drawstring pouch, lip brush, and a sample of Rallye Balm. Of course, the sampler pack comes with coupons for future purchases.

A closer look at these cute lip pods:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunkissed

Sunkissed

I tried Sunkissed first. It’s a bright orange color that required multiple applications. I’ve been dying to try an orange lipstick. The color is nice, and the application is smooth. The staying power is amazing. I barely had traces of lipstick on my glass. My only complaint is it’s greasy. It feels like a gloss. I tend to like matte lipsticks to avoid the greasy feeling. It’s not a deal breaker. Side note: I left the lipstick on while I slept. It lasted all night. I applied it a second time, and the greasy was not present. Shrug.

 

 

 

Vogue

Vogue

Vogue is a purple-hued color. This look took four applications. It’s not as greasy as Sunkissed. This particular color bleeds. It lasts for a long while, but it bleeds. It seems most purples regardless of brand have this malady. I need to invest in a lip pencil. Sigh. I love the color. The only downside is the smell. It smells waxy but not overly so. I was pleased, but a lip liner is in order.

 

 

At this point in the review, I want to express my disdain for lip brushes. My disdain is not directed at the sample lip brush specifically but for lip brushes in general. The sample brush is nice for a sample brush. However, I refer the old school application with the lipstick itself. Rant over. Onward.

 

Paris

Paris

Paris is very sheer after many applications. It was my least favorite of the five colors. I’m not a fan of sheer lip products. The picture required six applications. I finally gave up.

 

 

 

 

Ravishing

Ravishing

Ravishing is a matte pinkish-hued red. It’s quite lovely, but it’s a tad difficult to apply. It also bleeds. I have an ivory complexion with pink undertones. This is a great red for fair-skinned individuals who don’t want a bold look.

 

 

 

Drama

Drama

I love Drama! It’s perfect. The staying power is amazing. It’s my favorite of the samples. I really have nothing negative to say.

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t try the Rallye lip balm. The company highly touts this product. Unlike most lip balms, it doesn’t contain ingredients that chap lips. I will review this product at a later date when the weather is particularly chapping. Until then, I’m afraid I couldn’t adequately post a review.

Final Thoughts

Red Apple Lipstick is a good brand. I’m glad I ordered the samples first. Most vegan lip products often have quality issues. This brand avoids those issues. I would recommend a lip liner for most of the colors. I don’t know if the application process would be less tedious without the lip brush.

Red Apple is available exclusively online at this point. This is a disadvantage for most consumers. I avoid buying cosmetics and shoes online. You never know if it will be a good fit. I would buy Sunkissed and Drama in the full-sized product.

After getting glutened the other day, it’s nice to know it wasn’t from my lipstick.