September 16, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon 027 vs. Burberry Rosewood

Hi everyone! I think I need to finally accept that Autumn is here. The days are getting cooler and it's always cloudy outside - which means that finding the time to take photos is getter scarcer. If you google 'Copenhagen sunset time', you'll find the sunset times getting earlier and earlier by a difference of 3 minutes/day. Yikes. I hate the darkness. 

Anyway, I wanted to show you my recent haul from Rouge Bunny Rouge. I took advantage of a promo code some time back, and picked up a few things from Zuneta. Unfortunately, it has taken me this long to post something about this because I had forgotten about it. Until one fine day, I decided it's time to take out one of the eyeshadows and then I accidentally dropped it on the floor! The eyeshadow is still in tact but the eyeshadow pan is now loose. Argh. 

If you've been on the blogosphere long enough, you'd know that Rouge Bunny Rouge is a beloved brand by many. The gorgeous whimsical packaging and lovely wearable shades make this brand just so irresistible! I have actually seen the Rouge Bunny Rouge counter in person at one of the beauty shops in Moscow and St. Petersberg. Unfortunately, the counter was messy and customer service was severely lacking, so I only walked away with one of their liquid highlighters - Seas of Tranquility, which I have reviewed before. 

I think the brand deserves a bit more credit than just a one-product purchase. So, I plunged right into Zuneta to try their lipgosses, lipsticks and eyeshadows. I'll have to leave the details of the other products to another day... 

So lets get right to it! Today's post is Rouge Bunny Rouge's When the Birds are Singing - Solstice Halcyon

The packaging of the eyeshadow is just so delightful! 

There's about 2grams worth of product, slightly less than a Burberry eyeshadow and slightly more than a MAC eyeshadow. 

Like all beautiful shades, Solstice Halcyon is a bit hard to describe. I wouldn't call it a taupe, but instead a mauve with a hint of pink. When applied to the lids, it gives a subtle sheen. It looks great when paired with a bit of MAC ricepaper or phloof!, some black eyeliner and mascara. 

I must say that Solstice Halcyon reminds me of Burberry Rosewood immediately. And just as I had imagined it to be, both RBR Solstice Halcyon and Burberry Rosewood have finishes and shades that look and behave like twin sisters. Both eyeshadows give a lovely gleam and glow, almost blending right into my skin color. The only difference between the two would be their textures; RBR eyeshadows are less buttery than Burberry's, however they are still smooth to the touch and transfers on the lids as nicely as the swatches. 

I think these shades would look fantastic on paler skin... it shows up more. I've noticed that rave reviews have mostly come from ladies who are generally fairer (i.e. NC15 - 30). Although, that's just my personal observation!

Nars Ondine is a close second; it leans more red rather than pink. I have mine in the Nars Modern Love Palette, which I've owned for a few years now. The texture of the Nars shadows (especially in their palettes) tend to feel slightly more 'gritty'. Although I'm not sure if this is a result of an older eyeshadow or it's nature to be so. 

And finally, if you need to reference to the Urban Decay Naked One Palette, then I would say Toasted is the closest shade. However, the tone is still markedly different than Solstice Halcyon. I would describe it to be more of a copperish rust shade. As we all know, the pigmentation with Urban Decay eyeshadows can be so intense that it sometimes stops me from using them. I much prefer the understated, shy and glowy type of neutral eyeshadows. 

Comparing the two twin sisters, Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon (on your left) and Burberry Rosewood (on your right), it is extremely difficult to tell the difference. It appears that RBR Solstice Halcyon is more glowy, whereas Rosewood appears more 'duo-chromed'. Although, up close they both look similar, and perhaps its my camera doing injustice to the realties of these two shadows. 

So which is better? In my opinion, Burberry Rosewood is the winner. The competition boils down to its texture, and nothing else. Since the shades are similar, I wouldn't need to own both shadows.  I'm just a sucker for shades like this and end up owning duplicates of the same. The evils of online shopping, it is! I wish I had gone into some of the blues and greens in the line. I guess I'll have to leave that till next time. 

On my face, I have on Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation - MAC warm soul mineralize blush - MAC lightscape mineralize skinfinish - YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Fauve 12 - MAC Blitz Glitz Fluidline - and MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara. 

Thanks for looking and hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday!


Jacqueline said...

Hey Tracy, thanks for the comparison, I can safely kip buying this shade. I have been a good girl resisting the lure of RBR although many times I have been sorely tempted. I am eager to see what else you hauled :)

Maria said...

I’m sorry about your experience at Russian counter of Rouge Bunny rouge :( we still don’t have a tradition of a good customer service in beauty. You can fund a great shop assistant, but it’s more about one’s luck than a normal thing.
In any case, let me know if you need something from the brand! I guess it costs less here in Moscow, so I can get it for you :)

Tracy said...

Hi Jacqueline, that's coming up! ;-)

Tracy said...

Hi Maria, Thank you for your very kind gesture! I will keep your offer in mind when I'm have another RBR craving. There's not many unique local brands where I am in CPH but certainly can also offer asian brands when I'm back in Singapore!

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