Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Lips: Red Apple Lipstick Orange Lipstick and Gloss Swatches & Review

Press Sample

Red Apple Lipstick Profile

Red Apple Lipstick is a cosmetic brand dedicated to producing gluten-free, non-toxic, cruelty-free lipsticks, glosses, eyeshadows, and balms. Their lippy shades range from natural and demure to bold. For those that don't know, I'm allergic to wheat, so I tend to avoid gluten when it comes to food. I haven't been forced to transition to 100% gluten-free cosmetics, but it's nice to know there are some options out there. I have several friends and family members that are Celiac, however, so I know how difficult it can be to find cosmetic products that are actually gluten-free when you need to! I previously swatched and reviewed a number of Red Apple Lipstick lippies HERE

Orange is making its return this spring and Red Apple Lipstick has a handful of fabulous oranges lippies to offer--3 lipsticks and 1 gloss of which I'll be sharing with you today. I like orange lippies and find brighter ones as well as more coral-leaning ones tend to look best on me. While pink tends to be my general go-to, I'm looking forward to wearing more orange this year!


Red Apple Lipstick retails for $23.50 (lipstick) and $18.50 (lip gloss)

Where to Buy

Red Apple Lipstick lippies can be purchased directly through the brand's website

Red Apple Lipstick Swatches & Review - Firefly, Push Pop, Sunkissed

Product Type

These are all gluten-free lipsticks--2 have metallic finishes and 1 has a creamy frost finish.


I was sent the following 3 shades to swatch and review:
  • Firefly
  • Push Pop
  • Sunkissed
All shades were swatched on bare lips. Keep in mind that my lips have very little pigmentation, so these shades may translate brighter and more orange on my lips than they may on someone with more pigmented lips. 

red apple lipstick firefly swatch
Red Apple Lipstick Firefly - metallic carrot orange with a gold frost

red apple lipstick push pop swatch
Red Apple Lipstick Push Pop - slightly rusty orange nude metallic

red apple lipstick sunkissed swatch
Red Apple Lipstick Sunkissed - vibrant orange cream with some frost

On the Lips

All 3 of these formulas were exactly what I've come to expect of Red Apple Lipstick--smooth, light-weight and comfortable to wear. The two metallics--Firefly and Push Pop--were incredibly pigmented and applied evenly. Unlike some metallic lipstick formulas out there, these were feather-light and not at all drying on my lips. Sunkissed had a lovely, smooth formula that was very balm-like--reminded me of Lipstick Queen's formula. While it was well-pigmented, I did notice that it was just a tad softer than I'd like when exposed to body heat while sitting on my lips. While it didn't appear patchy in-person, you can see in the picture above where it's slightly melting a tad on my lips and it's less opaque in some areas. Again, not very noticeable in person, but given how cold it is right now I'd be curious to see how this particular shade does on a hot day. That being said, it's a lovely lippy overall that makes lips look nice and juicy. All in all, all of the lippies above were very nice to wear and look at in my opinion.


These retail for $23.50

Where to Buy

These are available directly through Red Apple Lipstick's website

Red Apple Lipstick Lip Gloss in Fuzzy Naval Swatches & Review

Product Type

This is a gluten-free lipstick meant to cool (spearmint) and condition lips.


I swatched Fuzzy Naval on bare lips.

red apple lipstick fuzzy naval lip gloss swatch and review
Red Apple Lipstick Fuzzy Navel lip gloss - sheer, milky coral

On the Lips

If you like cooling, non-tacky lip glosses this was meant for you. I'm personally not a fan of spearmint scented things, but I find the scent wears off fairly quickly so I can tolerate it given how lovely the formula is to wear. The cooling effect is really nice and the formula itself is buttery smooth and hydrating. This particular shade did not have a lot of pigment to it, but it did brighten the color of my lips and give them a smoother appearance. I really, really recommend this gloss. It's the type of product you can throw on no matter where you are and end up with a nice look overall. 


This gloss retails for $18.50

Where to Buy

This product can be purchased directly through Red Apple Lipstick's site

Final Re-cap


Red Apple Lipstick retails for $23.50 (lipstick) and $18.50 (lip gloss)

Where to Buy

Red Apple Lipstick lippies can be purchased directly through the brand's website

Final Thoughts

These are all lovely shades and extremely comfortable to wear. If you're a little intimidated by orange lippies I highly recommend grabbing Fuzzy Naval, otherwise any of the orange lippies above would be fantastic additions to your spring lippy lineup. Although Sunkissed was a tad soft, it was really lovely on the lips (that formula is phenomenal to wear) and I think wearing a clear liner may prevent some of your body heat from transferring to the lippy and causing it to melt slightly. 

What do you think? Will you be jumping on the orange lippy trend this spring?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 


  1. You have such amazing application technique!! Please share how you get that line sooo precise - it's just very impressive!!

    1. Thank you! Normally I'd wear liner under my lipstick and then a clear liner around the perimeter (since hitting my 30s bleeding has become a serious issue for me).

      Above I wore the lipstick on bare lips to showcase the shades. I always strongly recommend a nice firm, rounded, small paddle-brush style lip brush with a reasonable amount of flex. My absolute favorite for a long time has been Royal & Langnickel's Revolution line rounded lip brush. It is phenomenal! A brush like this allows for a really precise application (I really like a super crisp edge) with some practice :)

  2. They all look great on you, I don't think I can get away with orange lips!

  3. @Victoria You'd be surprised! Orange can be super flattering :)


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