Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow in Bashful Flamingo and Sweet Dust Seriema: Review, Swatches, Comparions

On the day of their release at Zuneta, I ordered the two new Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows, Bashful Flamingo and Sweet Dust Seriema.  I felt such anticipation over their arrival, I called the post office ahead and warned the postal carrier to wear a helmet, knee pads, and a cup when he made his delivery. Unfortunately, there was a SNAFU in customs, and it took almost 8 weeks for them to get to me, so by the time they arrived, I had worked myself into a lather.  And you know what? At first I felt just meh. But that was just at first.

Since I am fresh out of new and exciting adjectives, this will be (primarily), a pictorial review.  I tried so hard to capture the subtleties of these eyeshadows in different lighting conditions, but it was tough. I did not quite manage to capture the beauty. Meanwhile, if you want to know my opinion on RBR eyeshadow formula, finish, and texture, you can read some of my previous reviews, though I have not yet reviewed the other two matte eyeshadows I own.

Natural light


Indirect sunlight

Rouge Bunny Rouge calls Bashful Flamingo a semi-opaque pale powder-pink, but pink is not what I see when I look inside the compact.  I was actually disappointed when I first opened the lid. Maybe a warm pink with beige or a cool-neutral peach, like the inside of a conch shell, but certainly not the pale powder pink I was expecting, which connotes coolness. Prepared to hate it, I tried it on, and that's where the big surprise came. The peach toned down the yellow-beige discoloration on my eyelids from sun damage and ever so slightly brightened the eyelid skin, primarily by adding a touch of color that was just a tiny bit off my own skin tone. Flamingo is right on the edge of my comfort zone, as it leans warm and I almost exclusively wear cool-based everything, but there is no denying that BF does something special to my lids, even if it's a little dark for above the crease. 

These photos do not do this bashful beauty justice, but even in good light, Bashful Flamingo looks like nothing special in the pan.

Sound the trumpets--and give an angel her wings, for god's sake

Rouge Bunny Rouge came closer in their description of Sweet Dust SeriemaSemi-opaque cool dusty mauve taupe. In fact Sweet Dust is exactly what I wanted Solstice Halcyon to be. It takes the best from both Solstice Halcyon and Grey Go-away Lourie and puts it into one delectable pot of cool muted-grey goodness.


Swatched (double swipe—so a little powdery) on NW15 skin in natural light, you can see how Bashful wants to sink right into my skin and become one with it, though it shows up a little more obvious on my eyelids.


Here are the two of them swatched on white paper to eliminate undertones. It looks warm, almost beige, but I blame the copier paper I used, my photography skills, and the dull northeastern light at the end of winter.


The first thing I wondered (and bet some of you are wondering) was how similar Sweet Dust Seriema was to Solstice Halcyon. Not too similar. Dust is slightly lighter and cooler, and of course it is completely matte; I see not even a hint of a satin/glowy finish, which is a shame. Although Solstice Halcyon is a gorgeous eyeshadow, and possibly as universal as they come, over time I have discovered that it turns slightly muddy on me because of its warmth. Sweet Dust is the more flattering color on me, so it is probably ideally suited for cool, light skins.

Here's a picture of Sweet Dust Seriema and Solstice Halcyon together.

Natural daylight, indirect sun (wee gouges in SH from depot)

Photo taken right under the sun, which warms both up a bit

Here are the two RBR taupes swatched on my skin. Solstice appears almost bronze, by comparison, and the warmth within becomes much more noticeable:


Finally, the requisite paper swatch comparing Sweet Dust and Solstice. Here you can see how much more brown Solstice contains, where Sweet Dust appears more grey:


What surprises me is that the blogosphere is not infected with reviews on these eyeshadows, especially Sweet Dust Seriema. It's a TAUPE, people! It sold out almost immediately, so where are the reviews? Kate at Drivel About Frivol (most clever blog name ever) has reviewed/compared this lovely taupe, so be sure to check out her opinion and swatches.

Like all Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows Bashful and Sweet Dust are semi sheer, layerable, and wear well, though I found I needed a primer for these to last all day (especially with Bashful). I use Paula Dorf, which has been my go-to eye primer since the mid 90s. Though semi opaque, Sweet Dust can be built up to a more intense, cool taupe, and with an eyeshadow transformer. Zuneta says you can use water, I haven't had much luck applying water to talc. Light skinned beauties might find it a suitable eyeliner, especially for under the lower lashes.

Bottom line:  A truly worthy addition to the RBR Long-last eyeshadow lineup and essential for those of us who love subtle neutrals. As for Bashful Flamingo, is it just BF to you or BFF#?

All photos mine

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    1. They designed these two colors just for me, heh.

      Will you cave?

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    2. Oh I'm sure I will at some point. I hate being broke! If I weren't they would already be mine!

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  2. Thank you for the swatches. I can safely pass on Sweet Dust as Solstice Halcyon didn't work for me. Flamingo looks lovely though. I plan to explore their mattes further.

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    1. Martha if you prefer slightly more warm, you might consider Chestnut-napped Apalis. It's such a pretty chocolate brown that can be layer to the proper intensity. Blackpepper Jay is a deep charcoal brown (too dark for me, but good as eyeliner), and Grey Go-away Lourie is a very cool grey--not much brown or blue in it, just straight-up cement grey.

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  3. You take great pictures. The colors look a little too light for me but definitely suit you.

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    1. Thanks, Ammie! These are actually terrible pictures. I kept holding the compact up to the online pics and saying to myself, "Not quite ...".

      You are as fair as I, do you really think these would be too light?

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  4. I haven't been thrilled with their matte shadows but that doesn't mean I won't try try again. At the moment I've been buying Sunday Riley plus I have a lot of RBR to catch up on for reviews. But these two will surely be in my future.

    As far as Ammie's coloring, I think yours is fairer than hers.

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    1. Marcia, what don't you like about the mattes? They are so buttery and pigmented and stay on forevah!

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  5. Zuzu, I just got my first RBR ever haul today! I was so excited, I broke a nail opening the package. I looked at as many online swatches as I could find before ordering. And I wanted to tell you, yours were a huge help in my decision making. I had been eying RBR for a while and I finally decided to take the plunge. And I mean plunge.....big time. My credit card exploded! I've been swatching for the last hour and the only disappointment in my haul was the lippie in Dark Juices. The others were fabulous but this color doesn't work for me. Everything else, lippies, eyeshadows, blush, velvet face powder, eyeliner, fire drops....exquisite. Thank you for the fab swatch photos and reviews! Now I have to go back for these. In some small way, you have helped create a monster :)

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    1. Deb, I am so glad all but one item worked for you. I have to admit I laughed out loud at the exploding-credit card comment. Mine did the very same thing shortly after reading blogs that documented, in gorgeous, pictorial detail, the onset of my love affair with Ellis Faas and Edward Bess. So I am glad to return a favor, even if wallet explosions are involved.

      Dark Juices was one of those lipsticks that turned me off by name alone! (Sorry, but I can't help but think about undercooked Thanksgiving turkey.) In any case, I need a bit more brightness on my lips, but I am sure DJ looks gorgeous on someone.

      May you have noting but pleasure and joy exploring and experimenting with your new goodies. It is SO MUCH fun to be a virgin with a new brand, isn't it? Especially one with such gorgeous colors and formulas. :)

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    2. It is fun...I can't get Madonna out of my head now thanks to your comment :) I've been wearing everything the last few days and I just can't get over the quality of this line. Everything works so perfectly together that I don't think I could screw up the color combos if I tried. I have already added several more products to my wish list, including back ups of a few of the things I already got. They're that good...I'm scared that they will discontinue some of these and I feel like an addict. Have to have more! I do have two questions for you: you mentioned that Bashful Flamingo actually applies with a slight peach undertone. I have very red undertones around my eyes from laser resurfacing that will never go away because of my general red/pink undertone fair skin. Do you think Bashful Flamingo would be a bad choice for that situation? And do you know anyone that would like Dark Juices? I applied it only once so it could easily be sterilized and it's a full tube. It's too expensive to go to waste and I would be happy to send it to someone that would love it and hug it and squeeze it. I will give it away...no charge.

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    3. Hmm, I honesty don't know how Bashful would behave on red lids. My lids were pale ivory with blue undertones, and they still are, but they now have that yucky yellow sun damage on top. I don't think I have any natural red in my lids, so I don't know if the peach would tone it down or exacerbate the redness.

      Are you on the EDB forum? We talk about stuff like this, and one of our members pays particular attention to eyeshadows that make her eyes look lab rabbity. I know she doesn't have Bashful yet. Also, you could ask around if anyone would be interested in Dark Juices. I know of one person there who LOVES it, but she doesn't come around much. I could PM her if you like. She lives in Canada.

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    4. I took a quick zoom around the EDB forum a few days ago but I haven't had much time yet to stay for a while. Have company coming this week so will have even less time but I will check that out after they leave and see if I can locate that person running from the lab rabbit eyeshadows. If you don't mind, please PM the person in Canada. Since she LOVES it, I would prefer to give it to someone like that :) I'll check back here in a couple of days and we will go from there. Thank you!

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    5. I PMd her; she hasn't posted in 3 weeks, so we can only wait and see. Meanwhile, I hope you didn't think I was pressuring you to join the forum. It's just a resource. A fun one! ;)

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  6. I'm liking the looks of these! I've been loving mattes lately. Added to the RBR list for the next Zuneta sale!

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    1. I have idea when that is, but I'll be picking up a backup Flamingo. LOVE.

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    2. I meant no idea. Or I'd have shared!

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  7. Hello,
    I was always going to get sweet dust but I think that will be one coming out as a refill with they do the palettes, which is why I have held off buying it. I'm very pleased to read your thoughts on Bashful Flamingo as I was thinking that would not work for me but if it works on you I know it will suit me as well, I think that is coming out in a refill as well so will get that at the same time. Thanks for your great reviews as ever x

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    1. Replica, that is really great news! When I corresponded with Nadin, she said the refills would be a little smaller--maybe they will be MAC or Becca-sized, which would be great for my UNII palette system.

      And, yes, I do think if Flamingo works on me, it should work on you, as well, since you seen to be able to tolerate warmer colors than I.

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    2. Hello,
      You know I re-read the information I had about these and I think I had read it incorrectly and there are not plans for these 2 shades to be in the refill's this year, what a muppet I am..goes off to place Zuneta order....
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    3. Muppet, lol. No worries, it will take me years to get through one of these eyeshadows, so I probably would not have bought them in the pan anyway. I hope you like them!

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  8. Hi Zuzu,

    Both sweet dust and Bashful flamingo are beautiful! Of course, I always like your color choice :) I'm particularly tickled by the bashful flamingo name! It seems like a perfect base or light color shadow. I like how there is a little peach mixed in with the pink (as one would see in a live flamingo)! My stash's pale pink shade is MAC yogurt.

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    1. I have Yogurt, and there's even a dip in it! Yogurt was my first successful depot after I mangled the LE Mink Pink using the alcohol method. Had I know I'd have botched the job so badly, I would have started with Yogurt, since it is replaceable. Live and learn. Plus, knowing MAC, Mink Pink will come out again, maybe even under a new name.

      As for Sweet Dust, I might actually prefer NARS 413 BLKR and Lhasa because they contain that nice sheen I like so much, which is missing from the RBR mattes.

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  9. Lovely review, Zuzu. I just ordered Sweet Dust based on your review-- as you rightly pointed out-- the blogosphere has been woefully missing any reviews on Sweet Dust Seriema. Once you posted yours I jumped over to Zuneta and ordered it. I have NARS Lhasa, but I think that SDS will be a lovely addition to my growing RBR stash. Do you think SDS will work well with Lhasa? The sheen to matte combination might be lovely if the colors work well together.

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    1. Hi Lola, SDS and Lhasa look beautiful together; I like to wear the slightly shimmery Lhasa on the lid and the matte SDS in the outer crease. I also like to pair Sweet Dust with 513 BLKR in the same manner, which is a softer, slightly more lavender (and less shimmery) version of Lhasa. All three harmonize beautifully, as all have a very cool brown base with varying amounts of grey, mauve, and lavender undertones. I might actually prefer 413 on me, but the gorgeous creamy matte finish of SDS is essential if I am going to put anything in my crease. I don't care for shimmer there. I hope you enjoy your new shadow!

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    2. I suspected that the two might look amazing together-- thank you for confirming my suspicion! I like your idea of placing Lhasa on the lid and SDS in the outer crease. I was wondering about 413 BLKR, I thought that it might be similar enough to Lhasa to pass, but that it is a slightly more lavender (and less shimmery) shade makes me wonder if I should get it since colors of this sort are harder to come by for cooler and fairer complected girls such as ourselves. I can't wait to see SDS in person!! By then, who knows I may have caved and ordered 413 BLKR as well! Thanks for further enabling me :-)

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    3. My pleasure! Meanwhile I haven't reviewed the NARS shadows yet, so maybe I will make that one of my next posts with as many comparison pics as possible. I doubt I'll have many ... I haven't found that many perfectly cool purple-tinged taupes.

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    4. What a fantastic idea-- I will be excited to see that review! It sounds as though MAC Moth Brown may be getting repromoted-- I wonder how that would compare to these cooler lavender taupish colors. It might be worth picking up.

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    5. I am glad to hear about Moth Brown. I have heard such good things about it and heard you could vote for a comeback on MAC's Facebook page but I could never find the vote thing. Since MAC is much cheaper than much of the makeup I buy, getting Moth Brown will be a no-brainer!

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    6. No brainer for me! I don't mean to assume. :)

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    7. Assume away, Zuzu-- it's a safe assumption to make as I will definitely buy it if it does get voted back! I saw the vote things as well, and it looks as though it has already received a significant number of votes. I do think that it might be worth getting a couple of them since MAC really fancies the whole LE frenzy, and who knows when they will repromote it again.

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  10. ZuZu, do you think Bashful Flamingo would make a good, natural all-over lid colour or brow highlight for someone with warmer tones than you? (i.e. me: Asian, NC 20/25) I'd always thought Papyrus Canary would be the better lid shade for me but I like your Bashful Flamingo swatches and I think the peachiness will have a lovely brightening effect.

    *sigh* I think I'm back in love with my mattes. I tried to branch out to more shimmery things, but I just love the flexibility of mattes. Further, given that RBR seems to have the best mattes on the market (or so I've read), I must try RBR mattes! :P I will, however, make an exception for Solstice Halcyon. That looks wonderful.

    I'm also still debating over SDS. I have MAC Copperplate, and I don't know if sheered out Copperplate is too similar to SDS to warrant having both.

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    1. Oh, boy. *bites nails* I really don't like to make recommendations for products most of us cannot view/test in real life before purchasing. It's one reason why you'll never see me say, "You NEED this," in my product reviews. I refuse to presume what other people need. :D

      It's so hard to say, Boo. If your skin has yellow undertones, Papyrus Canary could either make it look more yellow ... OR ... it could be your best base shade ever. I don't own PC, so I can't compare it to Bashful Flamingo. My recommendation would be to call Zuneta or Beautyhabit customer service. Tell them your coloring and what you are looking for and see what they suggest. I have done just that with Beautyhabit before (when considering Paul & Joe eyeshadows), and the woman I spoke with did an excellent job at describing the colors to me, I bought them, and I was very happy.

      That said, Bashful Flamingo does appear--to my eyes--to be a neutral pink/peach. I'm sitting here with my morning naked face and my first espresso, so I just tried BF on to see if it was as brightening as I had originally thought. I took my mirror to the door near a ray of morning sunshine, and the answer is ... sort of. But remember my skin is pink and pale, so, although BF kind of melts right in, it is a tiny bit darker than my eyelid skin, so it adds a hint of pinky-peach color, so it is not so much brightening as balancing. (Longest run-on sentence ever.) On skin slightly warmer and darker than mine, it could, indeed, be brightening, though whether the color suits is another matter entirely.

      I looked in my collection for anything that might resembles BF, and the closest I could come up with is Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in 84 Lily. Lily is about a half shade lighter, but they are definitely in the same color family, so you might consider trying that first.

      I could swear I took pictures of Copperplate next to SDS. It might be in my flash drive where I have a very long backup of products reviews to write. I will look for that, and if I cant find one, I will take comparison pics, because they are not that similar--at least not on me. I have never really gotten much use out of Copperplate, but I love SDS. There's something a little sludgy about Copperplate that never quite worked for me, while there is something slightly lavender hidden within SDS that does work. I will look for and/or swatch pics of SDS/Copperplate and will also compare BF and Lily later, hopefully today .. but I can't promise anything. As is typical, I waited until the last day this weekend to do major gardening that absolutely must get done today. And, of course, it needs to stay sunny. Comparison pictures are utter crap when the sky is overcast, as it cools things down unnaturally. And, so far this morning, the sky does not look as clear and blue as it was yesterday.

      But before I head outside to mosquitoville, I leave you with this final thought about quality: RBR mattes are, indeed, excellent, but I cannot say they are that much better than some of the best mattes out there, like Chanel single eyeshadows, Dior singles, Shu Uemura mattes (at least the older formulas), MAC's matte2 formula, Urban Decay (which makes some very creamy matte shadows for only $17 USD), or even old skool Stila, before they ruined all their eyeshadows by reformulating them. What RBR mattes are NOT is powdery and chalky, which I can find some Laura Mercier mattes to be (I stick with her Sateen formula). RBR mattes also do not oxidize, the way ALL Bobbi Brown matte eyeshadows do on me, which turn orange.

      I gotta run, but I will be thinking about this and any others I can compare BF and/or SDS to.

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