Sunday, June 19, 2011

UPDATED: Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighting Powder (Love Lights) in Sweet to Touch


See paragraph below "Bottom line" at the end of this post for the update.

Anyone who's been reading this blog knows I've been on a Rouge Bunny Rouge bender, and my lust has been fueled by the many excellent blog reviews I've stumbled upon in searches. After reading Visionary Beauty's review, I knew I needed Rouge Bunny Rouge Love Lights Highlighting Powder in Sweet to Touch. The current exchange rate puts this at around $66.32. Ouch.

Never you mind. I was instantly won over by the adorable little hat box the compact came in (so sayeth the shameless packaging hoor). Since the interior of the box is foam padded, I could use it to carry jewelry on trips.

Squee!

As with other RBR products, the compact is sleek, sturdy plastic. This one closes so tightly, it's a bit tricky to open. I fear I might chip my nail polish one hurried morning, but it's a fine trade-off for tote-bag security (no powder crumblies).


When I swirled my Bobbi Brown powder brush into the pan, there was zero powdery flyaway. The texture is featherweight and creamy at the same time, and the finish imparts the most subtle pearled-velvet luminosity. Drier skins will appreciate the radiance, but the subtlety might be lost on oilier, younger skins who, quite frankly, already come by this kind of glow naturally. This product contains spherical micro-particles with ginseng extract.

Natural indoor light
Rouge Bunny Rouge calls Sweet to Touch light baby pink with the finest Aurora golden glow effect. I see peach more than gold, but to be fair, the weather has been rotten, and continual cloud cover will wash out even the dazzling colors of the birds at my feeders and mute all the flowers in my gardens.

Indirect light

The spots you see in the below picture are water droplets on the window reflected into the pan. We had one day of sun in the past month and I had to make quick work of it.

Sunlight
This powder is meant to be used on cheeks, chest, arms, legs or any place you want to achieve a radiant glow. I find that Love Lights looks best as a finishing powder, as the microparticles are not concentrated enough to act as a highlighter when applied just to the bony points (cheekbones, shoulders, clavicles, etc.) I slightly prefer Chantecaille Les Pétales Lumière de Rose Highlight (reviewed here). In fact, when I used my typical highlighting (skunk) brush along those high planes, I didn't really see anything, no matter how hard I looked.

In the below swatch, I had to apply about five layers to get it to show up, but you need far less than that on the face--just a gentle sweep once across the pan and then once across the face.


Bottom line: A very nice powder, but I am not convinced it is worth the price. If you want an allover glow, this is worth a try, but if you want to highlight the high points of your face, there are other (cheaper) alternatives from similar luxury brands that do as good or better a job, such as those by Chantecaille and Becca.

UPDATED 6/20/11: I wrote the original review (which still stands) after testing the product every day for three days. I assumed that was adequate. However, I had based my opinion solely on what I saw in the mirror immediately after I applied the powder to my skin. I have since come to realize that for this powder to work its magic, I have to let it settle into my skin for an hour or so. It even helps to give myself a spritz of one of the hydration sprays on the market and then press/roll the moisture into my skin. As this powder settles in, it becomes a second skin with a beautiful luminosity. Worth every penny!

All photos mine; purchased from zuneta.com

28 comments:

  1. Woah that is expensive! I agree it's probably not worth the price. I have an elf product that gives the same look as that.

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  2. I'm sorry it wasn't what you hoped for :( I wonder if I get a more noticable effect due to be very pale? x

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  3. Really nice review. From the swatch it does seem nicer as a finishing powder rather than highlighter, but its subtlety makes it perfect for an all over glow.

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  4. Vinty, I can't say it wasn't worth it, only that I probably wouldn't purchase it -- unless I end up falling in love with it over the next few months.

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  5. Replica, I am really going to give it a workout. In fact, it will be the only powder I use for the next couple months. I'm really fair, too! A NW15 with pink porcelain skin! Wicked weird. I'm not disappointed, only surprised. I'll blame the cloud cover.

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  6. Doc, I think it's meant mostly as a finishing powder for the allover glow. Maybe the brush I have been using it on targeted areas is too soft and I need stiffer bristles.

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  7. I love the look of that! I'm addicted to these types of highlighters though. $$$$+glowy= jeanie lemming! Thanks for the review x

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  8. This is gorgeous, but it's so subtle it might not show up on my skin! Perhaps the Becca would be a better alternative for me. Thanks for the review! :)

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  9. They seriously should win an award for cutest packaging....sorry you feel it wasn't worth the extra dough. It can sometimes be hard to overcome the price tag when you feel that the price wasn't justified (especially taken into account the exchange rate). Still the little box it came in is so cute!

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  10. Also as a testament to how good of a blogger you are you still manage to create lemmings in me despite not so glowing reviews...Hmmm??? :)

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  11. I've actually been looking for an all over finishing powder with an effect like this. I finally go Fresh Face Lustre but it's just not wowing me. Thanks!

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  12. dempss01, I do like both of the Becca cream and powder highlighter formulations. I wear Pearl in the cream and both Angel and Nymph in the powder, and they are all really glowy, but the Becca powder ones are quite powdery FYI.

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  13. Jenn, I need to test this a while longer, I think. I've had it for a few weeks but only started wearing it a week or so. This morning I applied my makeup before the sun was fully up, and I really noticed the glow. Maybe I've been checking it in the wrong light (sun) and expecting miracles! But today I am seeing such a pretty glow without any greasiness.

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  14. PP (and Jenn), always happy to create a lemming! ;D

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  15. Oh no, if you start loving this, you know it's going in my shopping cart!

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  16. Too late, Ammie! I keep looking at my skin in the mirror (yes I am a vain dweeb) and I really like what I see. I think for this powder to work its magic, you won't see anything upon first application, but as it becomes one with the skin, it really looks amazing.

    I'm going to edit my post. I can't believe I'd been wearing this powder for almost two weeks and it never occurred to me to look at myself after I put my face on at 7 AM.

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  17. Noooo... I didn't read this last comment and update. I don't want to have to buy it now. How could you do this to me????

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  18. Why oh why did I read this update????????

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  19. Ammie and Marcia! You both made me laugh out loud at the Cube Farm and scare a few software developers.

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  20. Naughty Zuzu, you and your little update are going to keep me up at night dreaming about this powder! x

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  21. I'm glad it's working for you now! It looks lovely in your swatches, really subtle and delicate and the packaging is beautiful too. I love the little hat box it came in.

    Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to comment on my Chantecaille post. The recommendations and shade descriptions were really helpful! I think I'm going to go with Dahlia or Tea Rose, they both sound and look beautiful x

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  22. I am so interested in RBR stuff! I haven't gotten a chance to try any, unfortunately. Hopefully I will soon! LOVE your product reviews btw!

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  23. Jeanle, it's all about paying it forward, hee!

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  24. Nat, it really is working! I've taken to pulling out my compact mirror several times a day to check out the finish. I sit by a wall of windows at work, so the lightning is good for inspection. I wish I hadn't been so quick to write it off after only seeing my reflection in a dark room using only the fluorescent bulbs from my makeup mirror.

    I can't wait to see what you think about the Lip Chics. Just know that they can smear if you go to town with application. I found that out after reapplying hourly--not because I needed the color but because the texture feels so good, especially right out of the tube. Now I realize I was just wasting product, and if I want to reapply for more depth, I blot a bit first. They leave a nice stain behind.

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  25. Hey Zu, are you still loving this nearly a year later? Should I pass since I have Play it Proper (I realize that the quality of a MAC powder can't compete with RBR), or is it still worth getting? It looks so gorgeous!

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    1. It's not bad, but it depends on what you're looking for. The finish of this RBR powder is so subtle you could use it all over. It reminds me of Gerlain Meteorites, only even more subtle. I prefer the Chen Man powder because what I want from a powder like this is to highlight my cheekbones, and this doesn't quite do the job.

      Check out Visionary Beauty's review. She loves/loved it.

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    2. Thanks for the assessment. I think that i might hold off, at least for now. I'm quite happy with the Chen Man Powder. Maybe later- if I decide that I want a slightly glowy all-over powder- then I will take another plunge down the rabbit hole!

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