Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rouge Bunny Rouge Makeup Review, Photos + Feature Look



Rouge Bunny Rouge is a brand that has always intrigued me. Anthropologie offers a limited selection online, but unfortunately, the brand is not widely available in the United States. I, however, have always admired the memorable Rouge Bunny Rouge packaging design, and their pricing is actually quite reasonable! Now that I have tested much of the RBR line-up, I am glad to say that the products are as wonderful as I had hoped. They are definitely worth the time it takes to ship, so if you'd like to learn more, please refer to all individual reviews and swatches after the jump!




The Liquid Foundation - Milk Aquarelle in Chestnut ($52 USD) is the first Rouge Bunny Rouge product I had ever heard about via social media. This is one of the best liquid foundations I have tried this year! The color match is perfect for my light-medium complexion, and it does not oxidize much throughout the day. The coverage is medium-full with two pumps. I was surprised at how lightweight it looked and felt on the skin. The gel texture is perfect for use all year round, so I highly recommend this foundation!

I normally test foundations alone, but I used the Genesis Original Skin Primer underneath, which did help the foundation adhere to the skin. It feels slightly dry/powdery for a primer, though I prefer this since it keeps the skin matte without highlighting imperfections and dryness. I believe this primer would be ideal for normal to combination skin.


To my own surprise, I was most impressed by the Diaphanous Impalpable Finishing Powder ($55 USD) that launched recently! As much as I adore the Milk Aquarelle, I think this loose powder is the stand-out Rouge Bunny Rouge base product. I have avoided these 'translucent' powders in the past because I noticed they almost always turn my liquid foundations grey, but Diaphanous did not cause that unsightly cast. It truly feels like vaporous silk — as advertised — and it is 100% undetectable. It took away any shine without making my foundation look flat and effectively kept the oil on my nose at bay as well. I like to use this with my SUQQU Face Brush since it fits neatly on top of the mesh.


The Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipsticks ($33 USD) are my favorite color products from RBR, but keep in mind that these are an exclusive to the Rouge Bunny Rouge website. I fell head over feels for this semi-sheer, hydrating formula at first swipe! I love how the lipstick glides smoothly across my dry, sensitive lips. Featured above is Fluttering Sighs, a gorgeous peach with golden shimmer. Now, I was apprehensive about the high shimmer content, but this is one of the most comfortable lipsticks I have ever worn! It even makes my lips look fuller and and feel firmer, so I cannot wait to get my hands on all of these. A Top 5 Contender! NOTE: The bullet is ultra soft, so handle this lipstick with care and use a lip brush.


The Swell Bliss XXL Lip Plump in Sage Royal Jelly ($29 USD) is a sheer lilac gloss with the finest golden shimmer I have ever seen in a gloss! The shimmer manages to make the surface of my lips appear more even, which I did not expect. I find this works particularly well with the Sheer Lipstick to add to the illusion of fuller lips. It has a slight tingling sensation immediately upon application when used on bare lips, but it took a while [15 - 20 minutes] to see any of the effects when layered on top of the lipstick. Just be patient because it does work! More importantly, I love the multi-dimensional shine and the subtle minty scent and flavor.  


I was most excited to play with the Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments ($23 USD) in Caress of Mink, Embrace of Cashmere, and Sleeping Under a Mandarin Tree since I love a glimmering eye. Yes, they are are as silky and pearly as they look, but they definitely need to be worn on top of a cream base to shine. When worn on bare skin or without primer, they lose the brightness and luminosity of the pearl. The RBR formula is undeniably softer and smoother than that of the Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Eyeshadows, but I prefer his rollerball packaging to the sponge-tipped wand of the Fire Drops. As practical as the bottle is in theory, it causes a bit of a mess. Nonetheless, I still think they are worth a try and will continue to experiment with the application of these!


The Original Skin Blush ($28 USD) came highly recommend by many, so I decided to try a terracotta coral one called Starina. It looks supremely natural on the skin! The finish is semi-matte with a hint of glow, and it feels like very much like Burberry's blushes. I used a large Hakuhodo powder brush to apply it, but I think any blush brush will work well. It lasted a good eight hours on my skin without fading. 



The Devotion Ink Quartz Eyeliner in Tanzanite is only available through the RBR website since it a brand new release. The well packaging reminded me of Revlon, so I did not have any expectation for this product, but I was pleasantly surprised. The color is a sky blue with a bit of shimmer. These shimmery liquid eyeliner formulas (like Makeup Forever's) tend to flake off, but the RBR Quartz has a water-based formula that is very easy to layer without clumping. For reference, I wore two layers in the look photos at the end of this post. I am now curious about Opalescence since it may make the perfect inner corner and lower lash line highlight! 

Of all the Rouge Bunny Rouge products, I had seen the most review coverage of the eyeshadows. Naturally, I could not resist a couple Long-Lasting Eye Shadows ($25 USD). I chose Snowy Egret, a smoked silver with gold iridescence, and the new Rufous-tailed Weaver, a medium taupe with bronzy gold highlights. Both are semi-sheer and do not require an eyeshadow base, though I would recommend it for more color pay-off. I assumed Snowy Egret was white and not silver as it looks in the pan, but ultimately, it is the gold iridescence that translates most noticeably on my warm skin. Rufous-tailed Weaver is a soft metallic, very wearable bronze for day. I can see why these complex colors are so loved!

I was, however, truly floored by the performance of the Long-Lasting Matte Eye Shadow. This is a creamy eyeshadow formula with no fall out issues, and the pigmentation of Chestnut-napped Apalis is excellent! This color does not require an eye primer and layers effortlessly. Chestnut-napped Apalis and Shu Uemura's M 851 are officially my favorite matte crease/transitional eyeshadows. RBR claims these matte eyeshadows have a 'second skin' effect, and they're right! Say goodbye to powdery and chalky mattes.. this is the kind of product worth hoarding.


Last but not least, here is my attempt at a recreation of RBR's dreamy Beyond the Looking Glass makeup to showcase all the products in this review! The model has striking features and cool skin, so I made a few alterations to suit my complexion and eye shape better. Instead of the cool mauve lip, I chose to take the warm route with a peach lipstick and added a hint of winged liner in an unexpected color! The RBR liquid liner in Tanzanite gave the eye look some contrast and subtly defined my brown eyes.

NOTE: I am wearing every single product that was reviewed here, but please let me know if you'd like to see swatches of anything in particular!


Bottom Line: Rouge Bunny Rouge's makeup is positively worth the hype, so I am most excited to try more of the Sheer Lipsticks, XXX Lip Plump Glosses, and Matt Eye Shadows!
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8 comments:

  1. RAE! You look stunning, I can't even
    ö Haha. I've always been intrigued by Rouge Bunny Rouge products ever since I saw them on Shameless Fripperies. I mean, look at that gorgeous packaging. Glad to hear these performed really well.

    x

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  2. swatches of the loose pigments! I've been waiting for this review from you the minute you posted a picture of it on instagram :) it was so helpful! thank you~

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  3. omg ur makeup and skin are so flawless! jelous!

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  4. ugh...your brows....why are they always so PERFECT! I've been wearing makeup for 15 years and do my brows Every. Single. Day. I still struggle to get them perfect and symmetrical.

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  5. The color on your inner corner eye is very very pretty on you!
    I love RBR! Thanks for the review - I now have to add the Matte Shadows to my collection!

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  6. You look so radiant; so stunning! Those colors are very flattering on you especially for this time of year. Apropos your eyeliner, that black and color lining technique is very retro. Think early to mid 1960's. It was common to line the eyes with a liquid colored eyeliner and then add a thinner black line along the base of the lashes. Of course, your blue is much more modern and more subdued in color than was the bolder blue of that era. It's the evolution of products that inspires reinvention :-)

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  7. Wow, that look is really pretty! Rae, would you mind revealing the false eyelashes you were wearing in the picture? It's so fluttery yet natural!

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