These Rouge Bunny Rouge products were an amazingly generous gift from LondonMakeupGirl, one of my international cultural exchange partners (to coin her expression). I spent most of the car ride home from town trying to explain to my partner just how generous a gesture this was and how exclusive the Rouge Bunny Rouge brand is. I am delighted to own items from such a niche, high-end brand.
Launched in 2006, Rouge Bunny Rouge is a luxurious Russian brand of makeup inspired by the opulence of Tsarist Russia and the Victorian Age. The fairytale of the Enchanted Garden is also integral to the brand’s ‘story’, and you will find floral and bird motifs throughout the Rouge Bunny Rouge range.
Grace sent me two ‘When Bird Are Singing’ Long Lasting Eyeshadows: one in Abyssinian Catbird, and the other in Bejewelled Skylark. She also sent me a ‘For the Love of Roses’ Original Skin Blush in Gracilis.
In the photo above you can see Abyssinian Catbird on the left, Bejewelled Skylark on the right, and Gracilis blush at the back.
I considered discussing each of these items in separate posts, but for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with Rouge Bunny Rouge, I thought I would discuss them all in one post and show how some of these products look together.
Firstly, let’s see the eyeshadows.
Abyssinian Catbird is a greenish-goldish-brown:
Bejewelled Skylark is a chocolate brown with copper reflects :
Here are both colours swatched. This is one swipe:
I’m sure you can tell from the picture above just how beautiful, pigmented, and easy to work with these shadows are. They also blend out very easily:
I apply these shadows to my lid with my ring finger, then blend out with a MAC 224. I then run some of the shadow along the lower lash line with the small pencil brush from the Essence of Beauty Crease Duo. This is the way I apply all of my eyeshadows, but when I use these Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows it creates an extraordinarily flattering smokey eye.
Here is Abyssinian Catbird applied:
Here is Bejwelled Skylark applied:
I’ve been wearing each of these shadows almost exclusively since they arrived.
Now for the blush!
Gracilis blush is a lovely rose-mauve colour which really brightens the face:
It has a slight irridescence which you can see here:
When I first got Gracilis I thought it was similar to Chanel’s Orchid Rose, but it turns out to be closer to the discontinued Chanel Narcisse. Here’s a quick comparison to a few other blushes in my collection:
I’m thrilled with the quality of this blush. It’s incredibly flattering and works equally well with bronzer, or on its own to brighten the face.
Below are a few Rouge Bunny Rouge looks I threw together illustrating different ways these products can be worn.
In the first photo – as it’s been incredibly hot and very sunny here – I decided to apply Gracilis blush to the apples of my cheeks and my bronzer (Korres Monoi Bronzer in 01) to my cheeks, temples, forehead, and jawline. I’m wearing Bejewelled Skylark on my eyes and Rouge Bunny Rouge “Know What Lies Are For” on my lips (which I reviewed here):
This blush goes really well with the bronzer, and the Bejewelled Skylark eyeshadow gives me the right amount of drama behind my specs. I still love wearing the ‘Know What Lies Are For’ lipstick too – it’s so comfortable and seems to go with everything. Check out LondonMakeupGirl’s blog for this beautiful look with Bejewelled Skylark.
The eyeshadow is just the right intensity for me and I love the way it looks on blue eyes.
Next, here is a look with Abyssinian Catbird, Gracilis blush, “Know What Lies Are For” lipstick, and (clearly) no bronzer:
Without bronzer you can see the blush more clearly. It’s a very flattering colour and blends very easily into the skin.
I love the way you can still pick up the nuances of the Abyssinian Catbird eyeshadow behind my glasses. It’s such a unique colour and provides just the right amount of definition and dimension to my eyes. The hint of gold makes it beautiful to wear in summer.
I really enjoy applying and wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge products. The colours and textures are so flattering that I find myself reaching for Gracilis and either Abyssinian Catbird or Bejwelled Skylark every day, and I’m looking forward to trying more from their range.
Grace, your kidney is in the mail