Monday, 28 April 2014

Red Apple lipstick review




There is something very sensual about the whole ritual of applying lipstick. The colour that I choose reflects my mood and the occasion. Certain colours require confidence yet others build that confidence up. A quote from Breakfast at Tiffany's springs to mind: "A girl can't read that sort of thing without her lipstick". Of course lipstick doesn't solve your problems, but it can make you feel a little bit braver and make you look fierce while facing them.

I have heard so much about Red Apple lipstick* (the name always makes think of Snow White and the seven dwarfs), and I was beyond excited to try them out when the opportunity came along. The lipsticks arrived in a cute printed cloth bag, with a little leaflet, that gives you tips on how to make your lipstick last longer.



I chose two colours from different collections and they behave slightly differently, but are both layerable, as all the lipsticks are mineral based.

Lovebird. Is described as a light and delicate pink that borders on hot pink. I have to say I was not prepared for how bright this colour appeared on my lips. In the tube it looks rather innocent, but on my lips it is a full on coral pink.



This formula is on the matt side and I preferred it at half intensity. I would apply it a little heavy handedly and than blot once. After that it lasted the whole day and stayed exactly the same even after lunch. I would say you can easily go without reapplying for about eight hours, if worn this way. I didn't feel that it added moisture to my lips, but it definitely wasn't drying.

It didn't smell of anything and even though I like it, this lipstick is not at all what I expected. It is not a see-through colour, and it is not at all timid. This is a day colour with a bit of a punch, not a nudy pink.

Reddy or not.  As the name suggests, this is a hot red pink colour. Think strawberry punch. Out of the two this is my favourite and the one that made me fall in love with the Red Apple lipsticks.




The colour is absolutely gorgeous and uber flattering. It is a bit of a twist on a classic red and the first layer is a little sheer, which makes it very easy to wear during the day. If you are one of those people that prefer to have fewer things in your makeup bag, this is your ultimate day to night lippy, just add an extra layer or two and you have super intense colour worthy of a red carpet event.

This lipstick has a bit of a glossy finish and has a faintly sweet scent, I also found this version to be moisturising. I prefer this formula to Lovebird, but it doesn't last quiet as long. It does leave a stain behind, but it is not as intense in colour, so I do find myself wanting to reapply after eating/drinking. If you do want to improve longevity, you need to follow the steps of applying, blotting, reapplying, blotting. I don't, it's easier for me to just reapply after food, otherwise it lasts great.

There are no ingredients listed on the packaging but they are listed on the website here.



What sets these lipsticks apart, is that as well as not containing animal parts or by products, they are gluten free. And they offer a 6 month returns policy, so if you are not happy with your lipstick, you can return it within this time for a full refund. The quality of this lippy is so high, the only reason for a return would be if you chose a colour that isn't quiet right. But as these are so versatile when it comes to intensity, I think you could make any of them work. I am very impressed by the palette on offer, it was difficult to choose the ones I wanted to try most to begin with, and I am already adding other colours to my wish list.


* This was a PR sample, but as usual the opinion is my own and if I didn't love it I would not write about it, as per my disclaimer

10 comments:

  1. Ooooh well jel! I have a few Red Apple lipsticks on my wishlists. These picks look great on you.

    Mayah x

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    1. Thank you, yeah I have quiet a list myself, lots of colours I want to try ;) xx

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  2. Reddy or not looks so pretty! I'm not a lipstick person but if the texture is like a balm and hydrating enough, I'll be curious!

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    1. If you tried ilia lip conditioners I would say reddy or not is similar to that in terms of how it feels on the lips. It's from their summer passion collection and is more moisturising than the other lipstick I tried. Funny I didn't used to be a lipstick person until I switched to natural products, now I can't get enough, but still am very picky over texture. I really like how reddy or not feels on as well as looks xx

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  3. I really like the pink element of the Reddy or not. They look great - good choices! I've heard of Red Apple but haven't investigated further... might be time to - a girl needs a good red lipstick, right? :) x

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    1. That is so true! In my case though it is several reds ;) I think the slight pinkness makes it easier to wear for people who would normally shy away from bright reds or if you are looking to mix things up. Either way it is just gorgeous xx

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  4. Ohh love the colours! Especially Reddy or Not!

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  5. Red Apple has seriously been everywhere lately! Both of those colors look fabulous on you but I am especially loving the Ready or Not!


    ps. I'm a new follower!

    Lily Lolo Honey Glow Shimmer Stripes

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    1. I do feel like they are making the rounds, but if you are looking for a vegan lippy these are the best in terms of colour choice and texture :) xx

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