11 January 2012

making faces :: another bunny tale

i promised that i'd follow up my previous post on cult cosmetic favourite rouge bunny rouge to let you know my thoughts on their "hues of enchantment" formula lipstick. i also decided that it might be a nice idea to post some comparisons of all the rbr products i bought, rather than just telling you that the shades were unique.

if you'd like to see my original review- with the "when birds are singing" shadows and the sheer lipsticks "succulence of dew" [i am still in love with those category names, as i am with most things rouge bunny rouge] by going here.

"hues of enchantment" is the family of rouge bunny rouge lipsticks that are more opaque. some look to have a frostier finish, but the shade that i got, "word of mouth", is a smooth, wearable red with no discernible shimmer. while not quite as super-soft as the sheer lipsticks, "word of mouth" is still very gentle on the lips. it feels creamy without being heavy and has the same beneficial nutrients as all the other rbr lipsticks. the difference between the two is chiefly in the pigment level.

although the formula definitely offers more coverage than the "succulence of dew" lipsticks, i wouldn't say that it's completely opaque. i'd liken the coverage to mac's cremesheen finish or chanel's rouge allure, where the coverage is good, but the colour of your lips can still affect the final shade a little. on those with more pigmented lips, i would expect that this shade [and probably the others in this family] would be darker than on me.

despite the fact that the coverage is fuller, i actually found that this shade lasted less time than the "succulence of dew" shades that i tried. after about three hours or so, the colour had faded enough that i reapplied it. i'd say that that's a bit below average for a full-finish lipstick, but it is about the same as i get from the comparable finishes in mac and chanel. a couple of things worth considering about this:

1. lipsticks generally do not last as long on me as they seem to on others.

2. my lips have been particularly dry lately, which usually means even less wear time for most lipstick formulas, no matter how good.

like their sheerer cousins, i do recommend these lipsticks for people who live in climates with a real winter. unlike a lot of lipstick formulas- even ones that are not drying most of the time- these will treat your lips with love and respect, no matter how foul the weather gets.

"word of mouth" is described by its maker as "creamy, shiny finish cool cherry syrup - the little black dress of lipsticks, very pretty and feminine", which is both evocative and pretty accurate. the shade applies very evenly, with a nice shine that resolves into a more satiny finish after a half hour or so. if we're talking fruits, i'd describe the shade as being more like a strawberry red than cherry, since it's not particularly cool. i'd describe it as a pretty neutral red that would suit either warm or cool complexions nicely. it's also a perfect red for people who aren't super comfortable with reds. although the shades are quite different, it reminded me a bit of yves st. laurent's "rouge vermilion", in that they're both quite muted, office-friendly reds. 


in terms of shades that it did remind me of, i went through my collection to see what was in the same neighbourhood. [note to self- it is not a great idea to do swatches for all your upcoming reviews at once. in fact it can be flat-out painful when you polish the first eight layers of skin off your inner arm.] as i've mentioned before, i have a real red army of lipsticks, but one of the reasons i've assembled that [aside from the fact that i plan to eventually animate them and send them out into the world to do my bidding] is because i there is a remarkable variety of red lipstick shades available. case and point: i didn't have a dupe for this one, despite the fact that it doesn't appear at first glance to be an especially complex red. 


chanel "antigone" is similar in the tube, but pinker and much sheerer. guerlain "rouge sensuel" is closer, but brighter and a bit cooler [and, although it's a little difficult to see swatched on my arm, the coverage is a bit sheerer as well]. 


chanel antigone, rbr word of mouth, guerlain rouge sensuel [l.e.]



not content to offer comparisons on just this one shade, i thought i'd go back and look at ones for the other shades that i reviewed. honestly, these were even harder to match. 



"murmurings" is unique to my collection just because of the finish. swatched on skin, it almost looks more like a heavy gloss [think chanel's extrait de gloss formula], but on the lips, it's clearly a lipstick. since i didn't have any glosses that came close in colour, i compared it to other lipsticks only, but i think that the difference in texture is pretty clear in the photo. 


guerlain "rouge sensuel" [again] is brighter and considerably redder. mac "viva glam cyndi" is redder as well. neither has the plum-tone of "murmurings". mac "party line" is a lot darker. 

guerlain rouge sensuel [l.e.], mac viva glam cyndi [l.e.], rbr murmurings, mac party line



i felt like "dark juices" was quite different than anything else i had and doing a comparison just confirmed that. mac "one of a kind" is deeper and looks much pinker by comparison. mac "call my bluff" is a warmer, browner taupe- i couldn't believe how yellow it looked next to "dark juices". mac "naked paris" is deeper and redder. honestly, these are  the closest colours i have in my collection. i'll say it one more time: it's quite a unique shade. 

mac one of a kind [l.e.], mac call my bluff [l.e.], rbr dark juices, mac naked paris



moving on to the eye shadows, i knew right away that i had absolutely nothing like "periwinkle cardinal", but i figured i'd show it next to the closest shades in my collection, just for kicks. so here it is next to mac "aquavert" [much lighter] and mac "unsurpassable" [yellower and has more of a sparkle than a shimmer]. 

mac aquavert [l.e.], rbr periwinkle cardinal, mac unsurpassable [l.e.]



of course, once i'd put everything else, it occurred to me that i'd forgotten to compare it to my loose pigments, which is especially lame since i compared it to a pigment in my initial review... so i pulled out the pigments and swatched it next to mac "antique green" [darker and less blue] and "emerald dusk" [darker and more blue]. although neither of these is a match, i do think that "periwinkle cardinal" would look beautiful paired with either one of these. 

mac antique green, rbr periwinkle cardinal, mac emerald dusk

and finally, here's a comparison of "angelic cockatiels" with some other shadows. it's funny, because when i started swatching it against other neutral shades [chanel "beige lamé", urban decay "sin"] it looked quite orange. so i decided to compare it to a couple of orange shades as well {mac "flip" and "straw harvest"] and it seemed pinker and more neutral. overall, i'd say that the closest colour to it is "sin", but it's still considerably lighter and pinker. 

chanel beige lamé, mac flip [l.e.], rbr angelic cockatiels, urban decay sin, mac straw harvest [l.e.]



so that completes our look at my first box of goodies from rouge bunny rouge, procured through the fine folk at zuneta. i definitely plan on going back for more and, if you'd like to try them out for yourself [they carry a number of harder-to-find brands], they're currently having a 20% off promotion with the code ELLE20. [thanks to perilously pale for sharing that info!]


i'm shockingly backed-up on things to review, so expect more very shortly...

2 comments:

PerilouslyPale said...

Great comparisons! Thank you! You've concreted my need for PW and murmurings for sure!

Kate MacDonald said...

Hope they were helpful. PW deserves a place in everyone's makeup wardrobe...

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