*This entry has been prescheduled to post while I am out of the country, so if you comment and I don’t reply right away, that’s why.*
Rouge Bunny Rouge is one of those under-the-radar brands that, when first reading the name on other blogs, I’d go, “What’s that brand called?! What IS that?!” But from everything I saw, I knew I needed to have some of it in my life. And I was right.
The box proclaims, “We bring you magic…” And it’s true. Even the box they shipped the items with was magical, with gorgeous and whimsical design. And the items inside the box completely matched. I almost didn’t want to take any of the things I bought out. Can’t I just keep empty boxes?
A little while ago, I got the email from RBR describing their new long-lasting eyeshadow colors, Rain Dove and Rufous-Tailed Weaver. The descriptions of the colors sound like they were made for me, since I’ve been on a real taupe kick lately.
Discover a match made in heaven. The light taupe shade of ‘Rain Dove’ with its rose-gold shimmer is supremely elegant while the medium taupe ‘Rufous-tailed Weaver’, with bronze highlights, casts an angelic glow. Each is as stunning when used individually as it is when paired with the other.
SOLD. Well, I had to wait a bit, but I finally made them mine. I went for the refills, so that I could put them in a duo palette together, and then got an email from customer service at RBR informing me there had been a defect in the production of the refill pans, and that they were made non-magnetic. I was offered a choice of 3 options to make up for it, and took them up on the one that got me an extra refill for free—I went for Delicate Hummingbird, described as a “cool, dusky sugar-frosted plum, iridescent with pink shimmer.”
I also threw in the Eye Kohl in Salome, because I have heard really good things about their eye kohl and its longevity on the lower waterline. I have yet to find one that gives color PLUS lasts long enough. Very frustrating.
The shadows are SUPER soft. Almost surprisingly so. Just using my finger on them to get swatches started wearing away the RBR logo that you can see on them. So obviously they apply nicely and blend nicely. But I realized right away I was in trouble with Rain Dove, because it barely showed up to swatch on my hand.
Rufous-Tailed Weaver and Delicate Hummingbird, on the other hand, swatched GORGEOUSLY. I couldn’t wait to actually get them on my eyes!
But, out of curiosity, and because I have been trying to find a good dupe for Pale Barley, I compared the two taupes with it:
They’re not exact, but Rufous-Tailed Weaver is kind of similar…
Anyway, the shadows wear well all day (with a primer), and as I mentioned, they’re buttery and blendable and there is barely any of the logo left on them. The problem for me with Rain Dove is that, well, you know how there’s that “Your lips but better” lipstick color? Well, I guess it’s like my eyelids but better color. It doesn’t really stand out on my lids. It just looks like my regular lids with a bit of a golden sheen. It’s still really pretty, but it just doesn’t stand out when I wear it.
So I tried it over Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit, and here’s how it looked on my hand:
HOWEVER, on my eyelid, it still kind of just blended in to my skin tone. Which is fine. It’s super pretty. But it just doesn’t stand out. Rufous-Tailed Weaver, on the other hand, is gorgeous. I would wear this as an all over lid color, although it really needs the Birthday Suit to stand out. (I’m not sure what it is about my skin tone and these shades!) And Delicate Hummingbird as well. That’s not to say I don’t like Rain Dove. It can help me achieve my dream of achieving the French girl ideal of not looking like I’m wearing eye makeup! 😉
I already have a look with this trio photographed for you, so you’ll have to stay tuned.
As for the eye kohl, it doesn’t get as dark as I was hoping for, and it does bleed a little during the day, but it also stays on decently well. I’ve amassed a few eye kohls lately, but this is the one I’ve been reaching for the most.
And as if I wasn’t in love with the products enough, they stuck in a card scented with their Allegria perfume and I’m OBSESSED. I had to order a sample to try. And I want to try more products from the company. (Especially more eyeshadow colors.) So, bottom line: Go! Go! Go! Although, maybe wait for them to launch their US site (they told me on Twitter it’s imminent!) so you can save yourself the $20 shipping fee.
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