The Lash Project - Red Apple Lipstick Mascara

November 15, 2014

You probably all know I love Red Apple Lipstick (RAL), I've been raving about their eyeshadows and have been working with them to sort out more affordable international shipping options so that you guys can all join in with me and my obsession!

When I saw that they were bringing out their own mascara I could barely contain my excitement.

What stopped me from buying it was firstly the cost ($42/£26) plus shipping costs (at the time it was around $24). The second thing that stopped me was a little ingredient I spotted, right at the bottom of the list: Phenoxyethanol.

Now, this ingredient on it's own is not enough to stop me buying/using a product but I am a bit nervous about it and I was, to be honest, really worried about using it near my eyes.

I then found the Avril mascara and fell so deeply in love with it that my head couldn't be turned by RAL or anything else! Then, one day The Lash Project* mascara turned up on my doorstep! I was pleasantly surprised and keen to try it out, I'd seen so many rave reviews.

When I first opened the parcel I was really impressed by the packaging - RAL really know how to 'dress' a product and make it look very high end. 

I also thought that the wand looked really nice, nothing too out of the ordinary or gimmicky, just a decent, normal bristled wand.

I eagerly and expectantly applied the mascara and... I was very underwhelmed. I tied not to panic (lol) and added a second coat to see if that helped. Unfortunately it didn't. 

I don't really see a big change in length, volume, definition or... anything. 

In fairness to the mascara it is nice to wear, weightless and no irritation (not even from the phenoxyethanol). It stays put all day - no smudging or flaking at all which is very important in my opinion and it is where a lot of 'natural' mascaras fall down.

This mascara does claim to be a conditioning treatment as well but I cannot really comment on this as I only used it a handful of times. I certainly didn't see it being bad for my lashes.

Unfortunately I just did not get on with this mascara. For me there are too many little niggling problems like the price and the 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

Bare Lashes:

One Coat:

Two Coats:

(Sorry, I realise the pictures are all from different distances/levels of zoom. I hoep you can still get the overall impression though)

To summarise: Although I cannot say that this is an awful mascara I cannot sing it's praises either.

For me this is one I will pass over in favour of the (much cheaper) Avril mascara (European) or the good old, trustworthy Green People Volumising mascara (British but available internationally).

Want to watch this mascara in action? Click here to see my demo video.

Have you tried this one? What did you think?

I have a RAL lipstick and lip gloss to share with you soon... I don't want to give the game away too much so I won't tell you any more than hint that I got on with them a lot better than the mascara.

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All opinions are honest and my own, any suggestions made are based on my own experiences and are meant as a guide. Please always take care when making any DIY products and patch test to rule out an adverse reaction.

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