Lipstick Collection + Arm Swatches Part 1: Red Apple Lipstick

As many of you know, I’m devoted to non-toxic beauty. It’s a joy to use these products – they smell, feel, and perform nicely, and they’re not tested on animals. I feel good about using these products and don’t hesitate to pass one on to my preteen daughter if I thought it would suit her better.

As lipstick is my favorite makeup product, I’ve decided to write a series of posts about my lipstick collection. I have more than a dozen lipstick shades, which include samples I haven’t used up yet (I’m not including the ones I didn’t like and passed on to my daughter).

I have listed my favorite beauty companies in a previous post,  Clean Dozen: My Current Top 12 Nontoxic Beauty Brands. One of these brands was and continues to be Red Apple Lipstick. In addition to clean ingredients, Red Apple Lipstick is gluten-free, which is lovely for those who are allergic to gluten. Lord knows I already consume enough gluten in my diet, so not having gluten in my lipstick is a plus 😉

For this post, I swatched my full tubes of Red Apple Lipstick. I have a total of eight – I swatched them on my arm and my husband’s arm. For reference, I have medium-to-deep tan skin with a warm undertone, and I wear the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Foundation Powder in Golden Peach or the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 in the shade Coffee Bean.

My husband is lighter skinned, leaning more toward medium toned with a warm undertone, and although he doesn’t usually wear foundation (ha!), I bet he’d be a 100% Pure Foundation Powder in Sand or Lily Lolo’s In the Buff.

I own the following Red Apple Lipstick colors:

  1. Ooh La-La (a pinky brown – not my favorite – looks grayish on me)
  2. Ravishing (a crimson, blue-toned red – my power lip)
  3. Plum Sexy Crazy (a copper, red plum shimmery shade – a favorite)
  4. After Hours (a deep, cool purple, no shimmer – I like it)
  5. Mayberry (medium, dusty rose w/ a sheen – my MLBB!)
  6. Wine & Dandy (deep, red wine – I love this color!)
  7. Coral Crush (a true coral, pinkish orange – a bit too bright for me, but blotted is fine)
  8. Back to the Fuchsia (best name! A bold, satiny purple-fuchsia shade)

Now off to swatching!

On my husband’s arm, outdoors, no flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Notice how on him Ooh La-La looks more like a nude pinky tone, whereas on me it leans browner.

On hubbie’s arm, outdoors, flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Ravishing looks more brownish on his skin. On me, it leans dark, pink-red. Back to the Fuchsia really pops.

On husband’s arm, indoors, no flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Plum Sexy Crazy looks quite light and Mayberry looks so brown on him.

On my arm, outdoors, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Note how Ooh La-La takes on a greyish tone, and Plum Sexy Crazy looks like a sultry, pinkish plum with shimmer on me – really nice shade on me. After Hours looks brighter than on hubby, and in the sunlight, Coral Crush looks almost unbearable. As of now, I blot it or mix it with my sample of Naughty (a tan nude) or something else to tone it down. It tends to look garish with my skin tone if I swipe it full-on.

On my arm, indoors, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

I love the way Back to the Fuchsia looks. I’ll have to provide y’all with lip swatches some time.

Coral Crush looks used with its flat top, but in reality, I’d shaved it off a bit to take it to Aruba with me on vacation, as per Red Apple Lipstick’s recommendations so as it not having a risk of melting in the heat.
I love my Red Apple Lipstick collection! In the future, when I’ve used up oh, three or four of these, I’m planning on acquiring Drama, Barcelona, Hibiscus, and Hollypeño.
Cute packaging! I like the ridges on the bottom, which makes holding it easier.
From far left to right, top to bottom, counter-clockwise: Back to the Fuchsia, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Ravishing, Ooh La-La, Plum, Sexy Crazy, Mayberry, and all the way in the far back, After Hours.

I highly recommend Red Apple Lipstick, especially if you’re sensitive to gluten. I gifted my dear GF friend some samples (the shade Secrets suited her pale skin perfectly), and she was thrilled! I also gave some to another friend, with more medium skin, and she particularly liked Oh My Guava.

RAL lipsticks have a pleasant, light scent, and they wear nicely. If you blot and put on with a lip brush, they last at least four hours, but they are so fun to use, I do enjoy reapplying on almost all occasions.

Which Red Apple Lipstick shade would you most like to try?

My Lipstick Collection: October 2016

As far as natural lipsticks go, they don’t last for an extremely long time – 18 months to two years – and I like it this way. There are so many opportunities to use the beautiful colors I own, and I’d rather have perishable lipstick than lipsticks bathed in chemicals to preserve them which last for years. Frankly, I’d be weary of using these. You put these colors on your lips, ladies.

Hence, I wear natural and as-non-toxic-as-possible lipsticks. These are all the lipsticks I own and wear, not counting samples:

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

Juniper Water





Magenta Rush
Magenta Rush
Lily Lake
Lily Lake
Ruby Ripple
Ruby Ripple

Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Lipstick

Vintage Merlot
Vintage Merlot

Pure Anada (old formulation – now they are formulated with rosehip seed oil and castor oil)








Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipsticks



Red Apple Lipstick


Back to the Fuchsia
Back to the Fuchsia
Coral Crush
Coral Crush
Wine & Dandy
Wine & Dandy
Plum Sexy Crazy
Plum Sexy Crazy
After Hours
After Hours
Ooh La La
Ooh La La

Clean Dozen: My Current Top 12 Nontoxic Beauty Brands

I’ve recently gotten into natural, non-toxic make-up -henceforth makeup for ease and convenience. In my quest for truly non-toxic products, I found natural means different ingredients to different people. Others are concerned about being cruelty-free – a worthy goal – but without caring much about the safety of beauty products for general health. Others are the opposite. Ideally, all beauty products would be cruelty-free and non-toxic, but until Monsanto gives up its hold on US agriculture and Trump’s hair looks great, we have to settle for sleuthing each and every product we encounter.

I also learned natural doesn’t mean products are going to be good for skin or not toxic for you. There are plenty of toxic, natural ingredients in nature – poisonwood oils anyone?

As a result of my research, I came across multiple brands I had never heard of. I also saw some familiar ones. Origins is not as non-toxic as I’d thought previously. This is a brand I’d been using for years, albeit sporadically as just recently, at the ripe old age of 39, I started using makeup regularly again. Why, you ask? Why the sudden interest in makeup when I wasn’t interested, since my first makeup experiences in early adolescence? (With the nasty smells and icky applications of the early nineties, that past interest died a quiet death.)

It all started when I received Origins trial skincare sets for my birthday. So exciting! I’d mentioned I loved Checks & Balances frothy face wash and I was only too glad to start using it again. It’s the best face wash I’ve ever used. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, not dry, and a little goes a long way. I bet that trial size is going to last me six months.

My Origins gift also includes Andrew Weil skincare products, which smell fine with essential oils, but stings my skin. After washing my face every day, I felt so clean and moisturized. There was this ball coming up soon and alas, my Origins makeup was too old. Off to get new makeup. The subject of my budget-conscious (hastily made) natural make-up choices is best left for another post.

This post is about the natural, non-toxic brands I was exposed to and I either ordered (first three) or I’m ordering samples from in the near future (the rest):

  1. Honeybee Gardens (ordered samples, currently using several lipstick colors, including Burlesque, and the mineral pressed foundation)
  2. Red Apple Lipstick (several sample shades, including Back To The Fuchsia, plus the Rallye Lip Balm)
  3. Pure Anada (ordered several liquid foundations and two lipstick colors, including the shade Sienna)
  4. Lily Lolo (haven’t ordered yet, but intrigued by company – and it’s British!)
  5. Alima Pure
  6. Pacifica
  7. Silk Naturals
  8. 100% Pure
  9. Axiology
  10. Zuzu Luxe (eyeing the eyeliner – see what I did there?)
  11. Nudus (Dirty Diana lipstick shade is to die for)
  12. Burt’s Bees (drugstore brand with an organic line and some good products)