the two shadows in question come from british-russian dream-weavers rouge bunny rouge and if you know anything about me, you know that there was no way that i would be content with limiting myself to two eye shadows when i haven't ordered anything from the brand in months. so this review will touch on a handful of products that have recently come into my collection and, at the risk of repeating the spoiler, yes, everything is delightful and you should go out and buy all of it now without bothering to read the rest of this blog post. unless you really love reading my blog posts, in which case i'm going to get all teary-eyed.
of course, you might want to make sure that the shades i'm about to discuss are appropriate for your skin tone, but one of the wonderful things about rouge bunny rouge is that their shades are very neutral and adaptable, so that most people will find them workable.
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first up... the not-quite-newness! last spring, rouge bunny rouge released two new shades of their 'when birds are singing' shadows. this is probably the product that has garnered the greatest raves for the brand, although the fact is that they seem to serve mostly as a gateway drug to the rest of what the rbr have to offer. the two shades were "snow egret" and "eclipse eagle".
"snowy egret" is described as a smoky gold iridescence, which is pretty accurate, but also confusing. 'smoky' implies dark and this bird is as light as a feather. it reminds me of a couple of other gold-over-white combinations like tarina tarantino "glinda's kiss" and mac "white gold" pigment, but it's more delicate, less opaque than either of those. i find it's almost too complex to work as a highlighter, although you could certainly wear it that way. its base is a very light ivory and there is a greenish gold sheen to it- it will look more gold, green or even grey depending on the angle of the light. although you'd normally associate gold with warmth, i find this to be a cooler shade. either way, it's quite spectacular.
this colour is nor fully opaque, which means that it will adapt more or less to your skin tone. this is true of a number of rouge bunny rouge shadows and if that's going to be a deal-breaker for you, proceed with caution down the rabbit hole. just because it's not opaque, however, doesn't mean that you don't get plenty of colour payoff. like all rbr shadows, it's incredibly smooth and wears well throughout the day, maintaining its colour and its elusive duo-chrome effect without fading for nine hours or so.
comparisons are difficult, because i don't think i've ever seen something with this particular combination of elements. tarina tarantino "glinda's kiss" is whiter and more opaque [although it's the closest shade i have]. mac "manila paper" is yellower. i also thought i'd compare it with rouge bunny rouge's other light gold shade, "golden rhea" to show you how "snowy egret" compares to a true gold. i think this illustrates what i mean by finding it to be a cooler shade.
|l to r :: tarina tarantino glinda's kiss [l.e.], snowy egret, mac manila paper [l.e.], rbr golden rhea|
the second colour that rouge bunny rouge launched last spring was "eclipse eagle", described as the darker cousin of their immensely popular "delicate hummingbird" shadow, it's a murky combination of grey and purple with just a little brown. there's a lot of frost in the shadow, but it never seems to be overdone and although it looks quite dark, it doesn't ever appear black on the eye. [a pet peeve of mine is when glorious dark eye shadows simply look like a muddy black in use. breaks my heart every time.]
this is exactly the sort of complex, difficult to describe shade that sends makeup lovers into a tizzy. it's neutral without being dull. it's smoky without being heavy. i don't believe in truly universal colours, but i really think that all but the very warmest complexions could pull this off easily and even the warmest skin tones would probably find that the brown undertone started to become more prominent for them. perfection.
|l to r :: rbr delicate hummingbird, eclipse eagle, mac keep your cool, armani #4 pulp fiction|
of course, having purchased the darker cousin, i felt that i really needed to grab the original "delicate hummingbird" as well. it's a mystery to me why i delayed in getting this shade for so long, being someone who loves both purple tones and taupe. it would seem like we were made for each other. perhaps i worried that i had too many such shades already.
le metier de beaute "corinthian" is browner, warmer. mac "star violet" is warmer, redder and lighter. this hummingbird flies on its own.
|l to r :: lmdb corinthian, delicate hummingbird, mac star violet|
looking at comparison shades, yves st. laurent's "pepper rose" is a bit warmer and brighter. mac "dame" is cooler and pinker.
|l to r :: ysl pepper rose, gracilis, mac dame|
|dissolved in dreams|
|l to r :: dissolved in dreams, mac lustering|
here's a look at all the products that i've reviewed here used together! [the base is my usual urban decay foundation + dior concealer + hourglass film noir mascara. the liner on my upper lashes is illamasqua precision ink in "havoc" a robust red-purple.]
i'll be honest, i absolutely love the way everything comes together in this look except the lips. it's not that i don't like the lips per se, i just don't love them with this combination of colours. as beautiful as "dissolved in dreams" is, i just find it a bit too bold with this look. there's a purple tone that runs through the look that isn't replicated in the lips. i kind of wish i'd worn this with "dark juices" instead, or a deeper berry shade like marc jacobs "seduce me" or guerlain "gigolo".
the eyes are a left-to-right gradient of "snowy egret", "delicate hummingbird" and "eclipse eagle". these three were made for each other. they blend so effortlessly and play happily with each other's overtones and undertones. i'll have to force myself to use them separately.
if you've already joined the cult of the bunny, chances are you've chased these down already. if not, these products are an excellent place to start approaching their beauty.
i purchased these products from beauty habit. you can also buy rouge bunny rouge products direct from their web site [the only place that has the complete assortment].
the image at the top of this post is "the enchanted garden of messer ansaldo" by marie spartali stillman. it's based on a story from "the decameron" of a lover who creates a lush garden for the object of his affection in the middle of winter [which you can see through the windows].