May 302011
 

Rouge Bunny Rouge (“RBR”) is a quirky little Russian-based brand that is making its away into the hearts of beauty lovers around the internet.  Although readily available in many parts of the world, Zuneta is one of the few sources for these magical luxury products in the U.S. (watch for free worldwide shipping offers, as their minimums are otherwise well over $100).

The line is based on excellent formulations from leading European and Japanese laboratories. The four founders, Swen Lorenz, Ginny Gulati, Raf De Schutter and Alexandra De Montfort launched in 2006  Alexandra De Montfort acts as the brands Creative Director.

My first foray into this line is the Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Illumination in Sea of Showers (approx. $70 /1 ounce), a liquid mix of gold and tan for a glowing bronze effect.  Regular Cafe Makeup readers will recall my obsession with summer highlighters, partially covered here. Having read unequivocal cries of love from others, I took the plunge, ordered from Zuneta and tapped my fingers until its arrival.

Sea of Showers is gorgeously packaged in a glass pump bottle covered with tiny fairy-like flowers, encased in a pretty cardboard sleeve.  The bottle is classic by itself, operates well to keep the liquid germ-free and is easy to use.

The product is wonderfully textured, which can be worn with some opacity for a bronze effect or more sheer to emphasize a glow.  I typically place it on my browbone, cheek, and a touch on my chin, forehead and down the center of my nose over foundation.  I preferred to apply this with my fingers, although some might prefer to use a foundation brush.

There is no hint of sparkle, rather the texture resembles a very glowy bronze that can be sheered out nicely to a light tan-gold.  Stunning.

The closest product that I own is Soliel Tan de Chanel in Sunkissed (swatches here and here).  I never thought I’d say this, but the Soliel Tan de Chanel is a comparative bargain at $48 (I wonder if exchange rates are playing havoc here).  The texture of Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Showers is thicker, giving a slightly more bronze and a touch more metallic effect.  In contrast, the Chanel is thinner in texture and more subtle.  Given my unreasoned passion for all bronzing highlighters, I’m going to say that I’ll use Sea of Showers for times when I want a more obviously bronze-gold effect.  In other words, the Rouge Bunny Rouge stands out more dramatically on my pale skin than the Chanel.

Here are comparisons with Soliel Tan de Chanel in Sunkissed, Nars liquid Laguna Illuminator (see here), and Becca liquid Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Topaz (see here).

Another swatch:

On the far left, you will see that the kind Zuneta staff sent a microscopic sample of Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Liquid, in a shade called “As If It Were Summer Still” (see here).  I included the swatch for completeness, and I must admit that it’s haunting me a little.  It’s an absolutely perfect light milky bronze with a touch of shimmer that’s perfect for my skin tone. Regrettably, it’s listed as selling for $100/ounce on Zuneta’s website, so that may have to wait a bit.

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May 282011
 

Wearing a feathered Chanel couture gown, Kristen Dunst won the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.  Her makeup? Chanel, of course:

  • Chanel  Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 in Beige Rosé Tendre
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Écrin (available July 2011),
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre de Chanel Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Epatant
  • Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Passion

Her moment:

Here are some award winning posts from my beauty blogging friends:

We hope you’ll take a few minutes from your long weekend to take a tour through the beauty world with us. We’re in the mood for summer.

  • Café Makeup left us drooling over her sneak peek at Chanel’s Fall 2011 Collection.
  • Best Things in Beauty gave us a first look at Giorgio Armani Beauty’s new Gloss d’Armani.
  • The Non-Blonde featured a superb powder brush from Louise Young. Love her brush features!
  • DivaDebbi test drove Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara after all these years. Did it pass today’s test?
  • Product Girl got a peek at Joelle Russo’s makeup bag. See what a Nordstrom Regional Beauty Director loves.
  • Gina Brooke, Artistic Director for Hourglass Cosmetics and celebrity makeup artist, shared her beauty secrets with Fab over Forty.
  • The Beauty Look Book put a spotlight on Chanel’s divine Rouge Coco Shine.
  • Check out BeautyXposé for the Spring/Summer nail color collection from Anise.
  • Love Deborah Lippmann like most of us? Daly Beauty featured Deborah Lippmann’s nude nail look.
  • Gouldylox Reviews showed us how to attach feather extensions to our hair. Look out Steven Tyler!

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May 272011
 

From this interview in Muse Magazine, Chanel’s Director of Makeup Peter Philips gave this response to the question of whether makeup is the essence of femininity:

Not necessarily. It’s just a part of it. You should consider personality and self-confidence. You must find a balance, your way, your own beauty. There are different ways of makeup. If makeup is used just to hide the flaws, you then can not speak of beauty, but of a mask. Makeup should never be worn as a mask, but as an additional element of self-confidence, only then the authentic beauty emanates from your face. You just decide where you like to place the emphasis: on the eyes or on the mouth. This is a positive approach instead of trying and hiding flaws, which can be a source of stress since the makeup must look natural and not like a disguise. Vanessa Paradis is beautiful but not a model. She wears lipstick very good: she is beautiful because she is self-confident. In “Matrimonio all’italiana” Sophia Loren experiences all states of mind: from sadness to anger, from joy to sorrow, she is both wife and lover. This transformation makes her beautiful. This is the real essence of femininity, also when you get older. Young Gabrielle [Coco Chanel] was full of life, she enjoyed a spontaneous life: this is the concept of beauty and femininity.

I find this response very Chanel.  I never worry when high end makeup seems sheer.  Although some products (like eyeliner) are typically opaque, letting a woman’s skin show through fits with the idea that makeup is an accessory and not a cover.  Sometimes makeup is for emphasis, to sit lightly on the skin.  The skin and a women’s features, her expression, her personality, are the main event.

Yes, we always have those days.  But a woman who has an inner confidence and lives life with a full range of emotion looks alive and beautiful, regardless…  It’s personality and spirit which count the most.  Elegance in one’s interactions with others is a state of mind.

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May 262011
 

Chanel Autumn/Fall 2011 will feature an Illusion D’Ombre theme, which has been previously discussed on Cafe Makuep (they had me at “smoking lava”). We now have more complete information about the entire collection.

[Edit–Cafe Makeup has now done detailed reviews of these items.  See our overview and final recommendations at this link!).

Enjoy!

First, there are six shades of a whipped gel eyeshadow, Illusion D’Ombre, which have a shimmery effect:

Illusion d’Ombre in Fantasme:

Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveillé:

Illusion d’Ombre in Ebloui:

Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant:

Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire:

Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique:

Le Crayon Yeux in Khaki Platine:

Joues Contraste in Rose Écrin:

Les 4 Ombres in Prélude:

Lèvres Scintillantes (Glossimer) in Pampille and Braise and Crayon Lèvres lip pencils in Rose Cuivré and Coralline:

Rouge Coco Plumetis and Rouge Coco Étole:

Le Vernis nail polish in Graphite, Peridot and Quartz:

Swatches of these shades are here at Sophy Robson:

Some of you may recall this Style.com video in which Chanel Makeup Genius Peter Philips explains the collection:

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May 222011
 

Liz and I are so pleased that our work is read by readers worldwide.  We both believe that beauty is a universal language, something that all women have in common.  Nearing 2 million views in the short time that we’ve been online, Café Makeup is so pleased to be embraced by women everywhere.  For that reason, we were  very excited to be featured in Elle Ukraine’s July 2011 issue, featuring some of our favorite brands, Chanel, Le Metier de Beaute and Clarisonic.  As a pair of very enthusiastic beauty lovers, we are incredibly humbled to be recognized by a top-ranked fashion and beauty magazine.  On a personal level, it demonstrates a confluence between print media and bloggers.  Café Makeup truly loves its readership worldwide and Elle magazine!

At the same time that Café Makeup is enjoying this recognition, Liz and I are very busy working on projects in our non-blogging world.  For both of us, we’ve been exploring a number of projects that require our full attention and focus.  To preserve the high quality of the photographs and posts, we’ve decided to take a brief vacation from Café Makeup.  We don’t want to post things without our typical crazy passion for the truly gorgeous!

In the meantime, please feel free to wander through the site’s hundreds of posts and look at the lovely blogs listed in the Café’s blogroll (to the right).  Comments are currently closed to protect the site from spam, and emails will not be answered during this time.

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