Rouge Bunny Rouge

Rouge Bunny Rouge (hereafter known as RBR) was an unknown brand to me until recently. I've been hearing a lot of good things from my friend Ragnhild or @flyavsted, and she's been recommending their eyeshadows for a while now. I've been wanting to order a few, but I felt like they cost a bit too much to splurge on. I'm funny that way. Each of these shades cost £22 in pot or £16 as refill, which equals 207,- and 151,- NOK - quite the steep price. Shipping from Zuneta to Norway was £5 for two refills and a freebie, which would equal about 48,- NOK with today's exchange rate, really not bad at all (although I'm sure shipping will vary with the weight of the order).

The one eyeshadow I really wanted to add to my collection was «Abyssinian Catbird», but it has always been sold out when I've been ready to place an order and this is why I never got around to ordering anything - until now. RBR recently launched refills with corresponding trio and duo palettes, and thanks to Line - one of my darling readers and Twitter friends - I finally managed to get my hands on «Abyssinian Catbird« (metallic bronze w/ golden highlights) as a refill. For some odd reason I hate ordering only one thing when I have to pay for shipping, so I threw «Bohemian Waxwing» (iridescent bronzed champagne) in as well. Sadly I wasn't smart enough to order a trio palette with these, so I had to put them in another quad where they refuse to stick. Maybe it was my subconscious giving me an excuse to place another order? I wouldn't be surprised. Since I ordered two products from RBR I also received a free RBR Silk Aether Long-lasting Cream Eye Shadow in 054 «Batiste Grayling» with my order - but as I don't like cream products for my eyes, I doubt I'll be using it.

Rouge Bunny Rouge: Bohemian Waxwing and Abyssinian CatbirdBohemian Waxwing · Abyssinian Catbird

I think «Abyssinian Catbird» is very much what I wanted Lancôme Erika F. to be, only without all the ridiculous sparkle flying everywhere. «Abyssinian Catbird» is a bit warmer, a tarnished gold maybe, while «Erika F.» is more of a silvery greenish taupe, one of those shades impossible to describe.

If you feel like splurging on these shadows, I'd say go right ahead. They are totally worth it, and I know I'll be using mine a lot. I will absolutely be purchasing a few more, and should I ever hit pan on the ones I have, or be unfortunate enough to break or lose one or both, I'll be repurchasing without a doubt.

RBR can be ordered from Zuneta.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


EOTD: Neutrally Magically Awesomely

Would you look at that, I've done another look! The truth is that I've done several looks since the last one I posted, but they haven't been all that special - or I haven't managed to get a decent photo. Lighting sucks! I know I'm super critical of my own work, but I'm not very pleased with the lighting in this photo, or my brows for that matter. I think I might have been experiencing a 'bad brow day', if there's even such a thing. Since I've been a bit overly enthusiastic when plucking them lately, I've been trying to let them grow back a little. Hence the messiness. The photo is taken outside in daylight, no flash. And as you might notice I've decided to try out a new kind of layout for my EOTD posts, so please let me know what you think of it.


→ MUS Eye Primer in Clear
→ RBR Bohemian Waxwing (all over lid)
→ RBR Abyssinian Catbird (outer corner, crease and lower lash line)
→ MUS Wooden Metal (waterline)
→ Avon SuperShock Gel Eyeliner in Black (tightline)
→ Max Factor Xperience Volumizing Mascara
→ M·A·C Eye Brows in Spiked
→ Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
→ M·A·C 239 Eye Shader Brush


I started off by filling in my eyebrows as usual. I've been using M·A·C Eye Brows in «Lingering» for a week now (for a softer look), so when I went back to «Spiked» I felt a little out of practice and I wasn't really pleased with the outcome. Trying to ignore my brows I then primed both my eyelids with my MUS Eye Primer, all over the lid and up to the brow. I also applied a little bit below my eye since I was planning on wearing one of my precious MUS pencils. I wanted to try out my new «Bohemian Waxwing» and applied it all over my lid using a Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush, before adding «Abyssinian Catbird» to the outer third of the lid, blending it slightly into the crease with the same brush. To venture a few steps out of my comfort zone I decided to apply a little bit of Abyssinian Catbird under the lower lash line with a M·A·C 239 brush, and then MUS Wooden Metal to my waterline (smudged slightly into the lower lashes). Since I'm a huge fan of tightlining I used my black Avon SuperShock for the illusion of fuller lashes, and finished it off by curling my lashes and adding a coat of my favorite mascara.

The funny thing about these eyeshadows from Rouge Bunny Rouge is that at least one of them seem to be duochrome? Swatched they both appear somewhat brown to me. «Bohemian Waxwing» is a bronzed champagne, while «Abyssinian Catbird» is a metallic bronze according to their official descriptions. «Abyssinian Catbird» looks both brown and green on my skin, so it's actually quite hard to describe it - and the complete look actually changed into purple in a certain light! So odd, and quite awesome. These shades were so soft and easy to work with, and I'm contemplating getting a few more despite of the price tag of £16 a piece (refill).

What do you think of the new setup?

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012