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|
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|
"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.
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.]|
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.]