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well i did mention a when i did my post on summer season [sci/art] looks that i had a couple of new treats last spring, but i'm only getting caught up now... which i suppose isn't a bad thing, since the shades i'm reviewing are extremely appropriate for spring after all.
from rouge bunny rouge to review for you. i feel like i'm very far behind, despite their modest release schedule, because these products were released

i always knew that i was going to pick up "lilac reef currasow" and "trumpeter koel" as a set. aside from the fact that they were released at the same time, they just seem to naturally bond together. they're both very cool-toned, which is uncommon among rbr products and the shades seem made for each other. both are available in regular potted format and in small pans that fit neatly into the two- and three-shadow palettes that rouge bunny rouge sells.

"lilac reef currasow" is, as you might expect, a light lilac [or lavender- i get confused as to where one ends and the other begins], described as having an "iridescent effect". there is a very low-level white shimmer, but i find it's just barely visible. the shade looks mostly matte with a very slight white satiny effect.

lilac reef currasow
as i've come to expect from rbr, the quality is amazing. it applies smoothly, lasts until you take it off, pretty much no matter what you do. it's cool but not icy [because the finish is less reflective] and brightens the eye tremendously, but it's not the sort of light colour that just looks like an off-white. the lilac-ness stands proud. texture-wise, it reminds me more of the matte shade "bashful flamingo"or "gracious arasari" [which is a satin] than any of the frosted finishes the brand produces.

although i adore these types of shades, i'm very picky about them, because too many light purples are overly frosty or patchy on application. this one reminded me a little of mac "crystal" [one of the very first mac products i ever bought and re-purchased many times since], but "crystal" is slightly frosted and has a distinct grey sheen to it. the base colour is somewhat similar to "lilac reef currasow".

l to r :: lilac reef currasow, mac crystal
for me, this shade is a marvel. i'm absolutely in love with it and think it's worth every penny.

"trumpeter koel" is described as a dark lead grey with lilac blue iridescence. it appears as a medium-dark blue-grey in the pan, but when you swipe the colour on your skin, you can really see the blue-purple sheen resting on top of the deeper grey, kind of like oil on water.

trumpeter koel
the texture feels a little dry and stiff when swatched, but it applied very smoothly on my arm. unfortunately, it wasn't quite so glorious on my eye. strangely, i found it difficult to get it to the intensity that you see in the swatch when i used it on my lid. there, it looked like a slightly faded medium grey, much softer than i anticipated. that doesn't make it a bad colour- it's quite lovely for a soft, smoky look or to diffuse colour in the crease- but i was surprised that it performed so differently than i expected based on the swatches i did.

the other problem i found was that it's very easy to blend out the colour, even with a very light hand and that it's more prone to fading than other rbr shades. i find that i'm best off placing the colour where i want it and blending as little as possible to show the colour at its best.

i do love the fact that it is a grey shade, which means it's neutral enough to wear with almost anything. you can really see this next to a shade like mac "parisian skies", which is a grey-blue that leans far more blue [and shows quite a bit darker on the eye].

l to r :: trumpeter koel, mac parisian skies [l.e.]
 it does appear perfect next to "lilac reef currasow"- brighter colours would overwhelm it. the two of them form a cool, understated partnership that you can see in action here, in the true summer look that i did. i think it would be a great option for all summer season types- perhaps less the slightly warmer "light summer"- because it can add depth without being overly dramatic. for my part, i do wish it were more pigmented, more like it looks in the pan and on my arm. despite my paleness, softer colours just seem to disappear on me, which is a phenomenon i'll never understand.

both of these shades are available direct from rouge bunny rouge and from zuneta. [a word about zuneta: apparently, they were purchased by another company and are in a process of transition, during which they have not been restocking inventory. they have not provided me with a date when things will be back to more or less normal, but they have assured me that they will continue to carry some of their most popular lines, like rbr and le metier de beaute. unfortunately, they will no longer be carrying hourglass. more updates on what will be happening as soon as i'm able to get them.]

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