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Weekly Loves #2

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Weekly Loves

In this weekly series, I’ll be talking about some of my favorites / loves for the week.

A newly purchased product I am loving

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MAC Huggable Lipstick – Rusty & Out For Passion

I try to stay away from the MAC limited-edition hype, but I was very intrigued by the sound of the huggable lipsticks. I first bought Out For Passion, and I loved it so much that I also bought Rusty. My favorite thing about these lipsticks is that they do really “hug” the lips – they’re not slippery and they transfer less than other lipsticks with similar pigmentation levels and a glossy finish.

I wasn’t planning to review these – they’re sold out now – but let me know in the comments if you’re still interested in reviews/swatches of items that are not available.

A long-time or rediscovered favorite I am loving

Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow

Rouge Bunny Rouge & MAC eyeshadow (plus UD Smog)

I first wrote about Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow back in 2012, and I still love it. Currently, my favorite shades are Solstice Halcyon (that’s the one with the big dip in the upper left corner), Olive Violetear (middle row, right side), and Blackpepper Jay (not pictured; I have a single rather than a pan).

You can buy Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows at beautyhabit.com & rougebunnyrouge.com.

My most-wanted wishlist item

Nars Laos Matte Multiple

Nars Laos Matte Multiple

I spent some time playing with several new items at Sephora last weekend, and I love the color of the new NARS Matte Multiple in Laos ($39 at Sephora).  The formula seems nice as well, though it’s hard to say since I just swatched it on the back of my hand. Here’s a quick in-store swatch; Laos is the top one. .

(Note: I started writing this post earlier in the week – and then purchased the Laos at The Makeup Show LA yesterday. So this isn’t on my wishlist now, but I’m going to leave the post as-is. Review coming soon!)

A blog post I especially enjoyed reading.

This is not from the last week, but worth posting – Jennifae.com has posted three “Swatchfest Sunday” posts with drugstore lipstick swatches, which I now have bookmarked for reference. Check them out:

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid swatches (20 shades)
Maybelline Color Whisper swatches (24 shades)
Revlon Lip Butter swatches (24 shades)

*I purchased the product(s) featured in this post. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Snowy Egret & Eclipse Eagle Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Snowy Egret, Eclipse Eagle

Snowy Egret, Eclipse Eagle

A little while back, Rouge Bunny Rouge held a twitter contest, and I was the lucky winner of their two newest eyeshadows – Snowy Egret and Eclipse Eagle.  I was thrilled to win them, since the three Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows I already own get a lot of use – Solstice Halcyon (review) is probably one of my top three most worn eyeshadows of all time, and Abyssinian Catbird (review) is also a favorite, though I wear it more in summer than in winter.

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Some Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow shades, including these two, are available as refills (pan-only) for around $19, and RBR also makes eyeshadow “keepers” for the refills, though I prefer to use my z-palettes.   I personally prefer the refills, because I find small palettes the easiest to use and they’re a bit less expensive.  However, some shades only come as single eyeshadows (for around $25) – and that’s the packaging I’m showing you today. The single eyeshadow packaging is sturdy plastic with a mirror inside and a stylized bird design on top. It’s functional and pretty, but not particularly luxe.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle

Eclipse Eagle

Snowy Egret is described by RBR as “Smoked palest gold iridescence.” Eclipse Eagle is described as “Dark brown-grey plum with platinum iridescence.” These descriptions seem quite accurate to me.

Rouge Bunny Rouge - Snowy Egret Eclipse Eagle - Swatches

No primer // with primer

Like all the RBR eyeshadows I have tried, these two eyeshadows are smooth, silky, and have even pigmentation.  Snowy Egret does not look very pigmented in the swatch, but it is clearly not designed to be – it is semi-sheer with gold iridescence, whether swatched alone or over primer.

Some of my Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows, like Abyssinian Catbird, are pigmented enough that they don’t really need primer to look their best; Eclipse Eagle is not.  It swatches fine on it’s own, but looks much, much better over primer, as you can see.  Since I usually use primer I don’t mind that it requires it – the majority of my eyeshadow does – but it’s worth noting.  Over primer, both Snowy Egret and Eclipse Eagle last all day on me without creasing.

Overall, these are really lovely eyeshadows. I particularly love the color of Eclipse Eagle, and recommend it without reservation, especially since you can buy it in refill form. (Rouge Bunny Rouge, if you’re reading this, please release all of your eyeshadows in refill form!)

Where to buy:

Rouge Bunny Rouge counters exist, but there aren’t any in the US, UK, or Western Europe. There are three online retailers, and all three ship worldwide –  Beautyhabit has the best US shipping prices, and (even better!) they just lowered their prices a few days ago on many RBR items.  Zuneta has the best UK shipping prices, and Rouge Bunny Rouge’s own site has inexpensive shipping prices for Germany & the UK, reasonable shipping for the rest of the EU, plus offers a 20% discount for beauty bloggers (you need to email them to set it up). I suggest signing up for the mailing lists of all three websites – all have various specials, sales, and gift with purchases fairly frequently.

*As noted in this review, I received both of these eyeshadows for free directly from Rouge Bunny Rouge as the random winner of a twitter giveaway.  This post contains both affiliate and non-affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, Solstice Halcyon Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon, Bohemian Waxwing

Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon, Bohemian Waxwing

When I made my Rouge Bunny Rouge purchase at BeautyHabit, in addition to Abyssinian Catbird eyeshadow, I purchased two taupe eyeshadows – Bohemian Waxwing and Solstice Halcyon.

Both eyeshadows have the same incredible texture as Abyssinian Catbird – and, since it’s been several days since I purchased them now, I can report that the wear is great too – no creasing or fading until I remove them at night (I always wear eyeshadow primer, and rarely have problems with eyeshadow creasing, however).

RBR Bohemian Waxwing, Solstice Halcyon

RBR Bohemian Waxwing, Solstice Halcyon

The color of the two eyeshadows is fairly similar, though not identical.  Bohemian Waxwing is described by the brand as an “iridescent bronzed champagne,” and Solstice Halcyon is described as a “semi-matte mauve beige”.  Solstice Halcyon has some purple in it, while Bohemian Waxwing does not.

The finish of the eyeshadows, however, is totally different; Bohemian Waxwing is a high-sheen metallic, and and Solstice Halcyon is a very soft “semi-matte” – a low shimmer shade.  Given this difference, it’s absolutely worth it to me to have both of them!

Overall, these are fantastic eyeshadows. I have my eye on several more, but I’m hoping that the brand releases more shades as pans, rather than in pots, as they are $7 less.   Out of these too, I especially love Solstice Halcyon.  The color and finish make it a very neutral eye, but the hint of purple and hint of shimmer also make it something special.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Solstice Halcyon, Bohemian Waxwing

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Solstice Halcyon, Bohemian Waxwing

I have heard many, many good things about Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows, and last week I decided to buy three to check them out for myself. I purchased three eyeshadows: Abyssinian Catbird, Solstice Halcyon, and Bohemian Waxwing. I have a review/swatches of Abyssinian Catbird today, and will have swatches of the other two up soon!

RBR eyeshadows are known for having a really fantastic texture, and I completely agree – all three are very soft, smooth, and pigmented. The colors are complex and lovely, and look just as good on the eye as they do swatched.

For some reason, even though Abyssinian Catbird is described as “metallic bronze with golden highlights” – I expected an olive/green tinge – but it doesn’t have one. It’s a true bronze with a high shimmer/sheen. Below are swatches in natural light and in full sun.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird Swatches

Abyssinian Catbird: natural light, full sun

And, here is a comparison of Abyssinian Catbird with the three most similar eyeshadows I own: Urban Decay Smog, Inglot 433 Pearl, and L’Oreal Gleaming Bronze.

Comparison swatches Urban Decay Smog, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Inglot 433P, L'Oreal Gleaming Bronze

Urban Decay Smog, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Inglot 433P, L’Oreal Gleaming Bronze

As you can see, Smog is the brown-toned; Inglot 433P is more golden, and Gleaming Bronze has more green. Two of my favorite and most worn eyeshadows of all time are Smog and Gleaming Bronze, so I’m thrilled to have another eyeshadow that’s in the same color family, but not identical.

You can buy Rouge Bunny Rouge fromBeautyHabit (US only) or Zuneta (worldwide). BeautyHabit is a little less expensive, so if you’re in the US I recommend them – they also have fantastic customer service and include lots of free samples!

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Florita and Orpheline Review, Swatches, Photos

Orpheline, Florita

I recently purchased Rouge Bunny Rouge For Love of Roses Original Skin Blush in Florita and Orpheline from Beautyhabit.  First, let me say that Beautyhabit has excellent customer service and I highly recommend them – they shipped out my order immediately, and it arrived in one day (I live quite near them). They included both the samples I requested as well as several other samples.

Next, the packaging!  Rouge Bunny Rouge is, deservedly, known for beautiful packaging.  Even the boxes are quite beautiful.  My taste tends to more minimalist packaging than what RBR has, but even I appreciate the flowers on the RBR boxes and compacts. The blush itself is just lovely; it is embossed with flowers (or are they pinwheels?) in a lovely design.

RBR Original Skin Blush packaging
Blush Compact
Rouge Bunny Rouge Florita
Rouge Bunny Rouge Orpheline

And, the quality of the blush is the best I’ve tried so far. The blushes are soft, creamy, and not powdery at all. When I applied the blush to my face using my normal blush, I was shocked at how easy it was to get the perfect veil of even, perfectly blended color. I have a new favorite!  I will definitely be buying more of these.

I consider the price of these reasonable for the quality; they are $31 at Beautyhabit for 3.5 grams.  NARS Blush is $28 – a similar price, but contains 4.5 grams.  If you regularly finish blush, this would make a difference; I don’t, so the amount difference doesn’t matter to me.  Burberry blush (a more comprable brand in my opinion) is $42 for 6.8 grams, significantly more expensive for almost double the amount. Personally I’d rather have more variety and smaller blushes, but I know that $31 for such a small blush will be a sticking point for some.  Please see my post on whether expensive makeup is “worth it” for further thoughts on this issue.

And, swatches! The only disappointment I had regarding these fantastic blushes was that they were more similar swatches that I expected. Orpheline is brighter and cleaner, while Florita is a little more muted, but they are quite similar, especially on the face.  I haven’t decided whether to keep both or nor yet.

RBR Orpheline, Florita

I’ve heard that Orpheline in particular is very similar to Illamasqua Hussy, so I also swatched Hussy for comparison; while they are certainly similar, I wouldn’t consider them dupes.  You can also see that the RBR blushes melt into the skin in a way that Hussy – which also has a fantastic texture – does not.  All swatches were done on bare skin with sponge tipped applicators.

Illamasqua Hussy, RBR Orpheline, RBR Florita

I don’t have cheek swatches for you right now because I am broken out; however, I’ll post a FOTD in the near future featuring these blushes!

Overall, I am thrilled with my new blush acquisitions!  If you would like to see more swatches of RBR blushes, the fantastic (and new-ish to me) Drivol About Frivol has five of six the powder blushes swatched here, and the sixth is swatched by Planet About Martha here.

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