I tried Nars glosses and wands (those made my lips swollen and tingly, and the following day red), I tried other Mac Lip Glass (Lip Glass is beyond out, it really made my lips swollen) , gloss and wands and even their sticks proved to be a little drying (something I guess my lips could tolerate when I was younger, and now cannot), I have tried French fancy brands, as well as Dior and even cheap drug store brands like Revlon gloss wands (those just made my lips feel chapped (but not regular chapped, like so chapped I couldn't function chapped the following few days). Geez I can't catch a break. So for the last few years its been a coral lip no matter what I wore and for a fashionista like me that is really annoying to not be able to wear the forecasted palette.
One day in late November 2012 I woke up and thought F this-I need to go lipstick hunting again. I wanted to have the opportunity to wear whatever color I wanted! I had given up but decided to try again. Everyone likes to feel pretty. So after brunch one early afternoon I head over to Sephora which luckily just opened up in the Meat Packing District. I remember someone mentioning Yves Saint Laurent being gluten-free, and knowing it was super expensive, I decided if this were gluten-free, I'd bite the bullet and buy the $35 lipstick. When I got to Sephora the makeup professional told me it was completely gluten-free. I was so excited! I thought finally. After choosing a few colors, I decided to read the ingredients and found CARAMEL COLORING as a listed ingredient on the package! I couldn't imagine why on Earth that would be an ingredient in make-up! And crap, now I gotta find another lipstick. I was so irritated and sad.
**see above the bar code it says Gluten-Free
So the make-up professional led me to another brand called Lip Tar. She mentioned it was 100% vegan and that a vegan lipstick may be what I was looking for. I did mention to her that not all vegan products are gluten-free, but as I grabbed the tar tube it said gluten-free and the ingredients listed were completely fine. Score. So I bought one pink one, because I had to test it out first before I stocked up on reaction lipsticks. The lady mentioned that they are more like heavy pigment paste and last for a really long time, you only need a small amount to get the long lasting color, and when I say small amount, I mean smaller then a raindrop. Because its consistency is more paste like, it is sold with a base which is clear. You apply that first and then apply the lip tar with a brush or your finger.
After having no reaction numerous times I went back to Sephora and got a few more colors. I was so happy I bought pinks, and nudes and reds! They rock, I love them, they were $16 each, but I know that I'll have those for years before finishing them through, so it's worth it. And so worth finally finding a gluten-free lipstick, because as someone with Celiac I must tell you even make-up will affect you if you have problems with gluten.
So I recommend Lip Tar. Its animal cruelty free, vegan and gluten-free. And it looks stellar on!