Red Apple Lipstick Gluten Free Mascara

*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).


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!

Red Apple Lipstick's new GF Mascara

Red Apple Lipstick’s new gluten-free Mascara


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.

Long lashes.

No spidering. 

No flaking.

No smudging.

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.

Red Apple Lipstick's new gluten-free Mascara

My “peanut butter & jelly” eyes! That’s My Jam eyeshadow and Vixen eyeshadow met to make something magical!


Red Apple Lipstick's new gluten-free Mascara

Red Apple Lipstick’s new gluten-free Mascara – great volume and length!

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″]


Red Apple Lipstick's new gluten-free Mascara



Gluten Free Makeup with Red Apple Lipstick and Celiac and the Beast

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**)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**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**

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Comments: 83

  1. Andrea Harper July 7, 2014 at 11:40 am Reply

    You’re awesome – and these pictures are great!! thanks for always being such a big supporter of the celiac community

  2. Tiffany July 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Kim Ledford-Burley July 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I need this mascara because I was not born with long or thick lashes….and I love red apple..especially the mint to be gloss

  4. Gizele July 8, 2014 at 9:33 am Reply

    Because I need something on my lips constantly because they tend to become dry if I don’t. My eyelashes are quite thin so I sure could use the Lash Project mascara.

  5. Nancy July 8, 2014 at 9:47 am Reply

    Thanks for always being so great. I would not have known about this product otherwise! Definitely looking forward to getting my hands on it.

  6. Gina July 8, 2014 at 9:53 am Reply

    Love RAL too! Would be so excited to try the mascara. I gave up on it years ago after too many issues.

  7. Kassie July 8, 2014 at 10:28 am Reply

    I tried RAL after reading your book and I love the Mint to Be glosses, easier for me than lipstick although I have a few of those too. Now I’m looking for a good mascara that doesn’t leave dark circles under my eyes. I’m not a raccoon. : )

  8. Robin July 8, 2014 at 10:31 am Reply

    I’ve never been able to wear mascara due to reactions, so it would be nice to finally use more than an eyelash curler! RAL has the best lipsticks, and glosses.

  9. Gretchen July 8, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply

    Is it the 31st yet??

  10. Tina July 8, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply

    Hey, free sounds good to me! Plus, it’s free of toxins and allergens… I like that idea very much!

  11. Jennifer July 8, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply

    This mascara sounds amazing. I have been planning to order some RAL lipstick & lip gloss. I have been working on eliminating gluten from all of my body care products. It is difficult to find great products.Thank you for the chance to win some RAL products.

  12. Gretchen July 8, 2014 at 10:54 am Reply

    I was just diagnosed YESTERDAY with Celiac’s Disease. I’m throwing out all my makeup to be safe. I’m scared….

    • Erica Dermer July 8, 2014 at 10:58 am Reply

      First of all, welcome to the Celiac and the Beast family! It’s going to be an adjustment…I can tell you that, but after awhile it will just feel like second nature! Just read every label, make a lot of food at home at first until you feel confident enough in the diet to dine out. Check out my YouTube video about common mistakes – hopefully it helps!

  13. Jessica July 8, 2014 at 11:07 am Reply

    I’d love to win this one! I usually use waterproof mascara and it wont come off at night without taking a few eyelashes with it! It’s exciting that there is an all natural mascara that doesn’t have wheat protein in it!

  14. yen July 8, 2014 at 11:39 am Reply

    i love lippies! and i’ve got short lashes, so a lippy and a mascara are my basic makeup must haves!

  15. Melissa July 8, 2014 at 11:45 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try The Lash Project! I am in the process of switching over exclusively to RAL products. It’s sad and exciting all at once!

  16. laura July 8, 2014 at 11:53 am Reply

    I love girly lashes! Red apple is amazing. ♡

  17. Caresse July 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm Reply

    I want this mascara! It’s a struggle to stay totally gluten free especially with make up. It would be wonderful if they start making foundation, and blush too!

  18. AmandaonMaui July 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm Reply

    I too am an RAL lover, and have been waiting a long time for their mascara to come to market. I’m a bit short on the cash side, so I’d love to win the mascara. Even if I don’t, I’ll end up buying it. Just thought I’d throw my lot in!

  19. Caresse July 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm Reply

    I just tried the coupon code and it didn’t work

  20. sylvia Lombera July 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm Reply

    I love RAL and mascara. I can’t wear mascara because it irrates my eyes so much.i know it will be amazing.

  21. Theresa July 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm Reply

    I love Red Apple Lipstick! Excited that RAL now has mascara since ever since I can remember I avoided wearing mascara often because of how awful my eyes would feel! 🙂 Thanks for everything RAL and Celiac & the Beast!

  22. Kelli keene July 8, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to give this mascara a try.

  23. Jen C. July 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

    I’m excited for their mascara. I have such a hard time finding a mascara that doesn’t make my eye kids itch like crazy!

  24. Shae M. July 8, 2014 at 8:07 pm Reply

    I haven’t worn make up very often because it irritates my skin/eyes. I too have become a RAL junkie & need the mascara because what’s the point in all the non-irritating RAL eyeshadow I have, if I just use a poison mascara? xoxo

  25. Jennifer C July 9, 2014 at 10:24 am Reply

    I would love to win so I would have mascara I could actually wear. I have celiac disease, and I only use gluten-free makeup products, but I also have sensitive eyes so this mascara would be perfect! Of course, gluten-free lipstick would be great too.

  26. Sara A July 9, 2014 at 10:27 am Reply

    I would love to try their new mascara! I want healthier lashes that are less likely to break and no smudging, especially on my wedding coming up in September. This product looks amazing! Love RAL.

  27. Kelli S. July 9, 2014 at 11:02 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try RAL’s new mascara. It is so hard to find a good GF & natural/safe mascara.

  28. Violet July 9, 2014 at 11:55 am Reply

    I would like to win because my eyes have become so sensitive I can’t seem to find a mascara that doesn’t irritate them anymore.

  29. Lori Reed July 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm Reply

    I rarely wear makeup on a daily basis anymore since I became a mom 6+ years ago. I LOVE makeup but I don’t have as much time and being in my early 30’s now, my skin has had some allergic reactions to makeup I had previously worn for years. Mascara is always the biggest culprit. No matter what brand I have tried in the past 5 years, they have all left my eyes, itchy, watery and sometimes horrible stinging pain. I trust the Red Apple brand, I have 3 of their lipsticks and they are honestly the best I have ever used! No more chapped lips or weird allergic reactions. I am trying to go GMO free so I just love that they have no soy or corn byproduct in their makeup. I don’t have Celiac’s but I am wanting to get tested for gluten sensitivity. I would just love my lashes to look healthy and full and not worry about what I am putting near my eyeball! 🙂

  30. SandyDeCerbo July 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm Reply

    This thrills me. I used to have long voluptuous lashes and now they’re so thin and short :-(. Regular mascaras make it worse – they fall out. I can’t wait till feel pretty again.

  31. Susan Helfeld July 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to try the mascara.

  32. Jen July 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to try it!

  33. Susan July 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm Reply

    I love Red Apple Lipstick, have about 8 different shades right now but really really want to get the mascara ! My lashes are so thin as the hair on top of my head seems headed in the same direction.

  34. Susan Martin July 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm Reply

    I want to have big beautiful lashes! I haven’t worn any mascara since going gf because I am allergic to so much topical stuff that I am so scared to try anything. My ppor lashes look so lonely when I have the rest of my make up on. I look like I am lacking that finishing touch. Nobody wants to see that. Nobody!

  35. Ashley C. July 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm Reply

    I want to try the RAL products so much! I had no idea how many cosmetic products have gluten in them and am having a heck of a time wading through my make up drawer! Lately I have just been going without mascara, but I’m blond and look like I have no eyelashes at all with out it. I need to try this #TheLashProject

  36. Caila July 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I am super excited for the new mascara! My eyes have always reacted against mascara and I am obsessed with natural makeup and products, especially RAL! (Even though I don’t have much yet)

  37. Venessa F July 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm Reply

    I should have this mascara because I need gluten free makeup, and I am very sensitive to most mascaras, and end up scratching them off!

  38. shauna July 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm Reply

    I haven’t dressed up and worn a full set of makeup since my diagnosis. Sep 6 is my 2 year anniversary and I’ve come so far. I would love to get “dolled” up with RAL’s mascara and lipstick and celebrate that I’m alive and progressing on this journey.

  39. Robin Wilson July 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm Reply

    I would love to win the mascara because Lupus has all but destroyed mine so I gave up on mascara altogether because of the chemicals. This would be great!

  40. mary fran | frannycakes July 10, 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

    Oooo! Good mascara that is gluten-free? Count me in!

  41. Vik July 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm Reply

    I haven’t worn mascara in a bazillion years, because it irritates my eyes. I would love to win this. And I agree, red Apple lipstick is a great company. I love their Rallye Balm!

  42. Trish July 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm Reply

    My super blonde lashes are begging to try the mascara! I would love to have mascara that doesn’t make my eyes itch.

  43. Robynne July 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm Reply

    I’ve tried a ton of mascaras, but any that I feel comfortable with don’t have the outcome I desire. I would be thrilled to find a GF natural mascara that delivers!!

  44. lillimariel July 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm Reply

    No smudging or flaking? Sounds superb. So want to try this mascara!

  45. Jessica July 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm Reply

    I never wear mascara because I always have a reaction. Wondering if GF would help!

  46. Katie July 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm Reply

    I’m a redhead so my lashes are red and don’t show up well. I need a mascara that will accentuate them!

  47. Angela D. July 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Mascara is the only piece of make up I wear each and every day. I feel pretty naked without it so I have been unable to make my make up routine completely gluten free because I’m still searching for the right alternative, perhaps this is finally it.

  48. Lauren July 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm Reply

    I have always had issues using eye products with so many chemicals in them, so this mascara would be awesome!! Thanks for the info and the giveaway!

  49. Amy Appleton July 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm Reply

    I would love to try this mascara! I have already switched to gf shampoo & conditioners and lotion.. Now on to my makeup.. This would be the perfect start!

  50. Shannon July 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm Reply

    I would love to try this – I’ve been gluten free for food for years, but just now am looking at soaps and shampoos. I do have a hard time paying this much for mascara – isn’t it supposed to be tossed after 3 months? Thanks for the giveaway – it would be great to win!

  51. Michelle July 14, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply

    I just found out about RAL! i need this mascara because for the last 7-8 years I’ve suffered from moderate dry eye syndrome. About 1.5 years ago I suddenly became sensitive to soy (ill feeling, heart palps, etc), gluten (asthma) and I also cut out dairy and have not added that back either. Around the same time I found out I had a basal cell carcinoma on my lower lid that required removal of a 1/3 of my lower lid and lashes, grafting and reconstruction to reform my eyelid. (My first surgery required my eye to be closed for 6 weeks in order for the graft to heal!) My last procedure was June 2014 and hopefully I am done! This type of cancer usually only effects older people and I’m in my 40’s!

    Anyway, I’ve cleaned up my diet and am now working on body products and cosmetics as I feel that much of my dry eye and irritation is due to the cosmetics I’m using. I refuse to go on Restatis now and only as a last resort if my eyesight were in jeopardy. I would love to have beautiful lashes again, at least on the upper right lid as my surgeries have left me without lashes on 1/2 my lower lid.

    Even if I don’t win, I would still like to try “clean” eye cosmetics to help my dry eye problems.

  52. Lynne Wagner July 15, 2014 at 4:55 am Reply

    AWESOME!! I am totally addicted to RAL products! I love them. I absolutely can’t wait until the mascara comes out — it is going to be amazing! I have one reserved, but would love to win a “spare” — and I don’t have Strawberry Lips yet…..

  53. Vivian July 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm Reply

    I’m so excited! I absolutely adore RAL!!

  54. Elizabeth July 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm Reply


  55. krista July 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm Reply

    I am so excited! I can barely wear mascara even on special occasions. It’s been 6 yrs since I stopped wearing it daily due to eye sensitivity. I am hoping I can go back to daily wear!

  56. Jayla Palmer July 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm Reply

    I love Red Apple Lipstick! I can’t wait to try their mascara!!

  57. Michael Ann July 15, 2014 at 9:34 pm Reply

    This looks amazing!! I have always gotten compliments on my eyelashes, but here lately, they seem to clump together. All of the mascaras I have tried have a terrible smell. I would love to use this! Plus, my mascara may be what is causing my eye to water nonstop! During the summer, it is all I wear, so this could solve all of my problems! 🙂

  58. Audrey Dix July 16, 2014 at 4:46 am Reply

    Fingers Crossed I hope I win!

  59. Courtney July 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Would love to try RAL mascara!! I have wanted to support them for a while but am not a big lipoid gal. HOWever I am a huge mascara junkie and finding a natural one that works is no joke. Would love to try it out!

  60. Tabitha July 17, 2014 at 5:08 am Reply

    What a blessing!
    The company looks awesome! I have almost given up on makeup’

  61. Naomi July 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Thank you for this fun giveaway and great review on the new RAL mascara! I am new to RAL, but i’m already in love with the brand and can’t wait to try out more products! 🙂

  62. Elizabeth July 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm Reply

    I would love to try this because my mascara clumps too much! And I LOVE that it is gluten free!

  63. Ashley July 22, 2014 at 9:39 am Reply

    I cannot wait to try this! I’m dying for a good mascara that is gluten free & yuck free!

  64. Summer Plum July 23, 2014 at 10:50 am Reply

    I love RAL so hard. I preordered my mascara and can’t wait!! I would also love to win some & that lip goodness. Their lipsticks make my mouth happy – something no other lipstick does!

  65. Elizabeth July 23, 2014 at 10:58 am Reply

    This sounds amazing!

  66. Jennifer July 23, 2014 at 11:45 am Reply

    I’d love to try this mascara because it’s GF, natural, and non-irritating, but also the photos people are posting of their lashes are so impressive!

  67. Victoria July 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm Reply

    I’d love to win this as I’m always looking for natural, vegan beauty products and this mascara fits the bill!

  68. Victoria July 25, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply

    I haven’t been able to wear mascara for years! I need it!

  69. Jenny July 25, 2014 at 6:13 pm Reply

    I’m a huge RAL fan, but truly tend to wear mascara and eye liner with some lip stick. I’ve been waiting for this to be released and can’t wait to try it!

  70. Merissa July 25, 2014 at 6:17 pm Reply

    I keep seeing so much about this brand, I’d love to try it! Mascara is something I will not leave the house without putting it on first. I love there lipstick colors that you have posted about too, they’re all so pretty!

  71. Alexis Salerno July 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm Reply

    I really want to find a mascara that doesn’t make my eyes itchy! I love mascara, but can’t wear it anymore.

  72. AC July 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm Reply

    I react to topical exposure to gluten, so the thought of mistakenly applying a nonGF mascara to my eye lashes is frightening! I mean, we’re talking eyes here! Not a place you want to risk a reaction. Plus, RAL’s natural fresh ingredients are superb. I have yet to have any reaction to them but positive from the lovely compliments I get wearing RAL products.

  73. Speechercize and Gluten Free July 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm Reply

    I stopped wearing eye makeup because my allergies always made my eyes water and I am hoping that this mascara will be my start to wearing eye makeup again.

  74. laureen anderson July 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm Reply

    I’d love to win. I never wear makeup because I always react to it. It’d be nice to have something that does cause a reaction. If I tried the mascara and didn’t react I wouldn’t mind forking over the bucks for the rest of their makeup. It’d be nice to be able to wear makeup!

  75. Meg Knowlson July 26, 2014 at 7:30 am Reply

    Love RAL products & can’t wait to try the mascara!

  76. Becky Payne July 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I would love to win the mascara….I am tired of my eyes itching with every mascara I have used in the last few years.

  77. Lauren July 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm Reply

    This looks amazing!

  78. Loni July 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I would love to try this mascara! I have such a hard time finding mascara that won’t irritate my eyes.

  79. Sarah Henery July 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm Reply

    I would love to try the mascara! I’m still looking for “the one” 🙂

  80. Elyse July 30, 2014 at 9:37 am Reply

    I’m so excited to try their mascara!

  81. Amy Tracy July 30, 2014 at 11:33 am Reply

    I ordered my mascara after seeing your photos on Instagram. I can’t wait to try all the Red Apple Products as I am reacting to something terribly (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis) and HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Eliminated all allergens from my food, but not my makeup and skincare products. Thank you for encouraging me to get going on this!

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