A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
If you saw my latest video, you’ll notice I had more than one new lipstick from Red Apple Lipstick now in my possession! I may of went overboard– oops! After being very curious about the brand for about a year, I finally purchased some lippies over the past couple months when they had some good promotions available (BOGOF, and just enough extra samples to get free shipping!). My first purchase started out with Vogue and Fierce (shown above), and then was I was soon smitten when the Winter Collection came out with Gypsy Soul and Manhattan (photos below). Before going into the colors, Red Apple Lipstick is a brand that only sells online, and has a lot of claims: vegan, gluten free, soy free, allergen free, paraben free, AND cruelty free! On top of that, their products are made in the USA, which is just another perk in my book. They sell both lipsticks and eyeshadows, along with a few brushes that are made of synthetic hairs. If you’re interested in their brand, I highly recommend signing up to their emails where every month you’ll get a unique VIP coupon code. You’ll also be in-the-know for future sales and specials. (Also- I’ve got a Brand Focus video for them in the works, I just don’t have their eyeshadows in my possession yet, BUT SOON!^_^)
The first two colors shown above are kind of on the opposite spectrums of the opacity bar- Vogue is a sheer/medium opacity with a hint of shimmer, while Fierce is a dark medium/full opacity lipstick that is the definition of vampy. Just to quote from the website when I looked at Vogue– “As with all of our lipsticks, Vogue is a mineral based lipstick that is enriched with a gluten free source of Vitamin E.” I wasn’t too crazy when I picked this color out, but once I swiped it on my lips, it was love! I’m not a huge fan of glitter, but RAL did it right with just a subtle amount to compliment your lips with a natural look. Also, Vogue is the most comfortable lipstick out of the 4, and is my most reached for. The pictures may not do it justice, but the best way I can describe the color is a light natural berry. Then to shake things up, Fierce is a bold wine/purple satin color. I never wear this color heavily layered on my lips. Instead, I dab and blend out, to almost medium opacity. Even though the lipsticks are enriched with Vitamin E, I can still feel my lips kind of…”shriveling” with long wear of this. I believe different collections (from different seasons) have different formulas, thus Fierce feeling a tab bit more drying. The color doesn’t fade horrible through the day, but if I need to touch up I tend to grab a colored lip tint that compliments my look, and I’m set.
As for the other two:
Out of these pictures, I think the swatches on my lips show the most accurate color. Gypsy Soul is a beautiful warm “brick red with brown undertones” satin lipstick, and is pretty much on point for the Pantone 2015 color Marsala. This is a more comfortable color to wear, but it does tend to show imperfections more easily, so I’d highly recommend scrubbing and priming the lips before application. Then there’s Manhattan– another color that completely took me by surprise. Again, there’s a subtle glitter in this color just like Vogue (gold for Manhattan, silver for Vogue) , and it ends up looking AMAZING! It’s not in any way an -IN YOUR FACE- shimmer (nothing like how a frosted lipstick can look), but it’s just enough to add depth to the color and a hint of shine on your lips. Instead of being a neutral/orange undertones/blue undertones red color, Manhattan actually ends up pulling up slightly pink. No complaints here, this is absolutely a unique color to my collection, and is my 2nd favorite out of the bunch. Just like Gypsy Soul, this does show imperfections easily, and like Fierce, can “dry” out my lips in a unique way so that I don’t like to layer this color on top of itself throughout the day. Instead, I bring a moisturizing tint color to fill in any gaps I may have as the day progresses.
This might be a bold claim to make- but I think RAL lipsticks are my 3rd favorite lipstick brand in my collection (Bite Beauty taking the top, followed closely by Too Faced with their La Creme formula). The price is a little high at $23.50 a bullet- but that’s why subscribing to their emails can help knock that number down a little bit. Have you tried anything from Red Apple Lipstick? Or is your curiosity getting the best of you now? If you want to see them in action, I highly suggest checking out my latest video to see applications and looks of all 4 of these, along with 11 other lippies!
Red Apple Lipstick lipsticks, $23.50; available at http://www.redapplelipstick.com