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making faces :: what bunnies do

you've heard the similes. the expressions. bunnies are known for two things:

1. being absolutely adorable
2. proliferating

and it's true, that's what happens. you let the bunnies in and suddenly, every time you turn around, there are more of them. what i didn't realise is that this is true not just of the animal kingdom but of my cosmetic drawer. [singular? -ed.] i was seduced by the adorable bunnies, i tumbled thither and non down the rabbit hole. and now, every time i turn around, there are more of them.

i wish. i know exactly where these bunnies are coming from and it's no accident. they ventured from europe because i ordered them direct from the rouge bunny rouge web site, which is incredibly easy and fast and gives you access to the full rbr range. the only downside is that they ship via dhl, which means you can expect to have an extra 30-40% extorted from you when the goods arrive. seriously, i have had perhaps ten packages shipped to me via dhl in my entire life. of those, i would guess that at least seven had complications. your options are generally to give dhl a lot of money to make the complications go away or deal with customs yourself.

ironically, it's far easier to do the latter, but this time dhl didn't even give me the option. they just showed up at my house demanding payment for "work" they'd already done. i suppose i should count myself fortunate. at least they didn't break anything this time.

as annoyed as i was at having to pay the "dhl fine", i was mollified when i opened my magical package and my eyes feasted on the treasures therein. i am seriously running out of superlatives for this brand, even faster than i'm running out of space to store cosmetics. although i still check out reviews of their products whenever i can, it's more out of interest in seeing what they've done. when it comes to quality, i would order sight unseen based on what i've experienced thus far.

this order netted me three eye shadows and one "succulence of dew" semi-sheer lipstick. and all of these lived up to the standards of the brand, without question. i want to rant to you about how fabulous these products are, but i feel like i've already done so. what follows is as brief as i can manage to be.



first up, we have "alabaster starling", one of the brand's shimmery shadows. and boy, is it ever shimmery. described as "metallic silvery white, with a hint of pinky beige" it's... pretty much that. rbr are renown for their accurate descriptions, but in this case i have to say that they were exceptionally so. the shade shows as a bright silvery-white in most cases, but in warmer lights, you really see the light fleshy reflections. it sparkles like diamonds on the eye but, in keeping with other shadows from the brand, it doesn't highlight flaws on the skin. it's quite incredible.

alabaster starling
there are many highlight shades available, but the saturation of this one helps keep it distinct from others. the highlight shade from guerlain "les noirs" is peachier and softer. mac "shroom" looks almost matte in comparison [which is shocking, since it's an especially frosty shade] and is darker. the highlight shade from guerlain "les bois de roses" is pinker and paler.

l to r :: guerlain les noirs, alabaster starling, mac shroom, guerlain les bois de rose

you can use this shade as an accent or, if you really want to bedazzle someone, you could use it all over the lid. i find it works as a highlight along the brow, but i prefer to blend it well, so that it doesn't jump out at people. this is not a quiet highlighter shade. it has a spunky personality.

next, i purchased "umber firefinch", one of the elusive satins of rouge bunny rouge. called an "iridescent dark umber chocolate", i find it to be a medium-deep cool brown with a satin finish. it doesn't sparkle, but it still sings. it applies effortlessly and blends easily- almost too easily. i found that when i patted it into place and very gingerly blended it with the surrounding shades, everything was fine. if i blended with anything but the lightest touch, i ran the risk of overdoing it and causing the firefinch to fly the coop. this is something i've noticed with other rbr satins, namely "trumpeter koel", which is a gorgeous shade, but a little too eager to blend into the scenery.

umber firefinch
i'll forgive "umber firefinch" [as i did "trumpeter koel"] because it is just so breathtaking when applied and allowed to do its thing. most browns you get lean warm, but this one is really quite cool without appearing black. it really is like a luscious dark chocolate.

other cool brown shades that i have are actually darker. tarina tarantino "saw dust heart" and mac "showstopper" are both matte, somewhat powdery and a lot darker. "umber firefinch is infinitely more versatile.

l to r :: tarina tarantino sawdust heart [l.e.], umber firefinch, mac showstopper [l.e.]
my final shadow [for this order] is "sweet dust seriema", one of rouge bunny rouge's unctuous mattes. this is only my second shade in this formula, but the buttercream consistency must be experienced to be believed. as fascinating and complex as the more shimmery rbr shades are, their matte shades are remarkable because they truly are the best on the market. they apply smoothly, evenly and with plenty of pigment. like all rbr shadows, they last until you take them off and they blend seamlessly with other shadows.

"sweet dust seriema" is a sort of wet cement grey, with a hint of purple. that doesn't necessarily sound attractive, but it is. it's a cool, rich taupe, like the smoke from a wood fire curling upward. it's cooler toned but subtle enough to be suitable to practically anyone.

sweet dust seriema
there are a lot of shades in the same range, but none that truly matched "sweet dust sereima". the medium taupe from guerlain "les bois roses" is browner and warmer. le metier de beaute "icon" is pinker. the taupe shade from guerlain "les fumes" is much warmer, more orange. chanel "hasard", while probably the closest shade i have, was still noticeably different.

l to r :: guerlain les bois de rose, sweet dust seriema, lmdb icon [l.e.], guerlain les fumes, chanel hasard
rouge bunny rouge's matte range is small, but they are the kind of shades you'll wear everywhere. this one is perfect for soft cut creases or smoky eyes. the sort of thing that everyone can use.

finally, i picked up the semi-sheer lipstick "tongue tickles", described as a carnation pink with silver shimmer. although characterised as cool, i would say that this is a neutral pink with silver and gold shimmer. it doesn't lean particularly cool or warm when i put it on.

tongue tickles
in fact, the base shade is remarkably close to my natural lip colour, just a little warmer. when i first applied it, i wasn't even certain that it was going on until i saw the shimmer.

like all of rbr's "succulence of dew" line, the shimmers read less like a traditional frost and more like plump, dewy lips. which is awesome most of the time, unless you're trying to convince someone you're in danger, i guess.

although the shade is a paler one, i found it was in keeping with some of the other semi-sheer lipsticks from the brand, in that it held on for a surprising amount of time and the shimmer lingered just a little longer than the base colour. after about four hours, i would say that i was aware of the shimmer on my lips, meaning that i could feel it when i rubbed my lips together, but there wasn't much pigment to speak of. that's not bad at all for such a soft formula in a light colour.

tongue tickles
these lipsticks are very pleasant, with a faint verbena scent and taste on application that fades quickly. although they don't market this as a plumping formula, i find that the microshimmer imparts a fullness to the lips that enhances them and makes them look more voluminous.

tongue tickles
i compared this to mac "sweetie", a longtime favourite that is definitely cool-toned, to illustrate what i meant about the shade being neutral to warm. i don't fault it for that, although i do wish that rbr would come out with more lip shades on the cool end of the spectrum. pretty please?

l to r :: tongue tickles, mac sweetie
what can i say? i'm already getting geared up for my next order, dh-ell be damned. i need more bunnies in my life and in my cosmetic drawer. MOAR I TELL YOU! ahem. this brand is just wall-to-wall class. there's nothing i've ever purchased them that i would qualify as a disappointment, even the things that ended up looking different than i anticipated.

here's a peek at something i did with all of the above-mentioned products...




that's "umber firefinch" applied over most of the lid, with "sweet dust sereima" blended over top above the crease. to do this, i've used one of mac's new "master class" brushes, which look remarkably like dense toothbrushes and which have totally captured my heart. for this, i used the medium "oval 3" brush, which applied and blended the colour in a single stroke. along the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eyes, i've added "alabaster starling". i blended this carefully, especially on the brow. it can be way more sparkly than what you see here.

to finish off, i smudged urban decay "zero" liner along my upper lash lines and applied hourglass film noir mascara.

on the rest of the face, i have my usual urban decay foundation/ dior concealer base [with marcelle cc cream as a primer], along with rouge bunny rouge "gracilis" blush, itself a somewhat recent acquisition and hourglass "dim light" dusted over the cheeks, forehead and chin.

on the lips is "tongue tickles", of course.

i'd like to point out that this entire look took between five and ten minutes to accomplish from start to finish. closer to five. i wasn't especially careful about placement, because i knew that the shades blended so easily, which means that it was simply a matter of patting everything in place and lightly combining them. everything is so beautifully pigmented that i didn't need to spend a lot of time building certain colours up to ensure that they looked "right". this is the benefit of buying from a brand like rouge bunny rouge who put such care into their products.

again, what can i say? it seems like you can never have enough bunnies... even better, they are currently having a sale, so you can snag selected products at up to 40% below the usual price. i don't know how you could possibly resist that...

hoppy hunting!

Comments

Lani said…
Gosh that make up look suits you! You look absolutely gorgeous.
Kate MacDonald said…
Thank Lani! I really believe that it's hard to go wrong with this brand. Their colours are neutral enough to work on a lot of different people in a lot of different ways, but the colours are NEVER boring and the quality is exceptional.

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