*NOTE: I am an affiliate for Red Apple Lipstick! It’s some of the only makeup I allow on my very sensitive celiac body and I think you’ll love it as much as I do!*
You know that I love Red Apple Lipstick – I write about it all the time. I only wear their eyeshadow and lipstick.
I am an addict. And now I’m addicted to their new GLUTEN FREE MASCARA.
Hello, I’m Erica and I’m a Red Apple Lipstick addict.
I’ve raved about their lipstick. I’ve gone gaga over their eyeshadows. But now I have something to really talk about – their mascara. Now, I’ve made it easy to click on any of the photos of me rocking the mascara to buy. Please note that I am an affiliate for Red Apple Lipstick – but it’s also one of my favorite gluten-free brands on the planet (and you know that if you’ve followed me for more than a day). Any time you see me at a conference, show, or expo – I’ll be wearing RAL!
From the second my tester arrived, I threw out any L’Oreal mascara I still had around. I just knew that this RAL would be the real deal – and I could tell from the first time I put it on my eyes. Let’s just see why, okay?
1) RAL Ingredients (I’m calling out what RAL has below that makes it unique and the listing the ingredients)
Ginko Biloba Extract – “A great “Circulation Enhancer” – which helps the collagen in your skin stay full and healthy. It conditions the skin around the root of the eye lash to keep the skin tight. The tightened skin helps your body hold onto that lash, and helps it grow straight.”
Acorus Calamus Root Extract – “This anti-inflammatory is a dream – internal inflammation of the skin is reduced, as this extract conditions the hair and skin. An extract from the roots of the “sweet flag” plant, this super ingredient relieves skin irritations.”
Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 – “This little guy is a keratin stimulating mamba-jamba. Keratin is the body’s main protein in your hair. The more of Keratin, the stronger, and healthier the hair. This is a naturally occurring amino acid that your body needs in order to grow healthy hair… and your lashes LOVE IT.”
Allantoin – “An amazing rejuvenator – it is an anti-irritant that supports cellular function on a micro level, which promotes healing and regulatory function. This extract from the comfrey plant, soothes and protects skin. Your lash follicle will do a happy dance.”
Ingredients: Water, Acrylate Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Iron Oxides, Carnauba Wax, Glycerin, Synthetic Beeswax, Tromethamine, Polyvinylalcohol, Mica, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Bergamot Leaf Extract, Octapeptide-2, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol ** (NOTE: this mascara is suitable for vegans because it uses synthetic beeswax).
L’Oreal False Fiber Lashes ingredients (per their website – I’ve bolded the ingredients that this mascara has in common with RAL and then left regular what is unique to their formula).
AQUA / WATER / EAU • PARAFFIN • POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE • ACRYLATES COPOLYMER • CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE • CERA CARNAUBA / CARNAUBA WAX / CIRE DE CARNAUBA • STEARETH-2 • CETYL ALCOHOL • PHENOXYETHANOL • HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE • ACACIA SENEGAL / ACACIA SENEGAL GUM • ETHYLENEDIAMINE/STEARYL DIMER DILINOLEATE COPOLYMER • ETHYLENE/VA COPOLYMER • RAYON • METHYLPARABEN • SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE • HYDROGENATED JOJOBA OIL • HYDROGENATED PALM OIL • POLYVINYL ALCOHOL • DISODIUM EDTA • ORYZA SATIVA CERA / RICE BRAN WAX • ETHYLPARABEN • SYNTHETIC WAX • NYLON-6 • 2-OLEAMIDO-1,3-OCTADECANEDIOL • PANTHENOL • SILICA [MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • MICA • CI 75470 / CARMINE • CI 77288 / CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS • CI 77289 / CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN • CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE • CI 77266 / BLACK 2
2) RAL is gluten-free, vegan, paraben-free, soy-free, corn-free, SLS-free (that foamy crap in your toothpaste), nut-free, glycol-free and GMO-free and BPA-free. WHEW – that’s a lot of frees! Now what’s not free? Well, the mascara. It retails for $42 – which may cause some of you read this sentence again. But…it’s worth it. This isn’t your typical drug store mascara. So you can’t really compare the cost to something like my L’Oreal. Higher-end mascaras run $30-$50, but rarely offer coupons. If you’re a VIP RAL member, you get a pretty awesome deal every month in your inbox, and you can use that discount on the mascara! If you’re a VIP, you will never pay full price for Red Apple Lipstick!
3) But enough about ingredients – because I know that they will win you over. What about the performance? For those of you that have been following my Instagram know just what type of performance this mascara brings you.
Full lashes. And girl, I like my lashes incredibly full – as fake looking as they can get. I can put on a kazillion coats and still not be satisfied. I can get the lashes I want out of 3-4 coats of this, or a lighter eye in two.
Washes clean (with just soap and water) I have noticed less lashes falling off (especially because I had to remove most of it with vaseline – not just soap and water)
No giant clumps of crap coming out of the tube.
In case you’d like photo proof – here are some photos I yanked from my Instagram that show off just how radical my lashes are on this mascara.
4) This mascara also has conditioning properties to make your lashes heal from the inside out! But remarkably with the conditioning, the lashes are incredibly light and soft. In fact, I had a friend ask to feel my lashes – and I let her! She remarked how soft they were, and that’s how they feel. They don’t feel like you have anything on them. There was no doubt in my mind from the first day I used this that it deserved the 5 wheat stalks out of 5. It’s just that awesome. [ratings wheat=”5″]
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! USE CODE “CATB” AT CHECKOUT AT REDAPPLELIPSTICK.COM TO SAVE ON YOUR NEXT ORDER!
I’m giving away a tube of the new The Lash Project mascara AND a free Strawberry Lips lipstick. Yeah, two amazing items that I can’t stop/won’t stop my addition to – and why would you? Seriously, this combo is a KNOCK OUT! One lucky winner will win thanks to Red Apple Lipstick. This giveaway ends July 31st, so you’ll know the day of the launch if you’re lucky winner or not (even though if you do win, you should still stock up on another tube.
But what if you don’t win? Here’s a super secret code to save 22% on your order. Any order. Seriously – 22%. Use the code CATB and you’ll be saving more than anyone else.** (** 1) unless they are also super cool and have a code 2) only good for orders over $50**)
**DISCLAIMER: I received a tube of their new mascara for free – because RAL is awesome. Also, I am a Red Apple Lipstick Affiliate. That means when you click on these links and buy something from RAL, I get a percentage of the deal. However, I was a firm believer in RAL before I became an affiliate and I still am. These are my people. Their products are amazing and I am a huge huge huge fan. From time to time RAL and I participate in paid promotions, but none of this affects my review of the products. Just open my makeup drawer and you will see how much I stand by this company**