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.
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.
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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