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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  5 Responses to “Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Showers Illuminator”

  1. Doesn’t RBR have the most darling packaging? I’m a a sucker for packaging myself! I am really interested in this product and can imagine it looks great on its on just sitting on your counter or vanity. Great swatches too!

  2. Great post! Have been reading alot about this brand lately, and it is nice to see a comparison with other more common brands. The swatches are really helpful as well!

  3. This looks beautiful. I love the Sea of Illumination packaging. I haven’t caved in and bought one of these yet, they are expensive but at the same time I know that RBR rarely disappoints. I often wish we had a counter in the UK but I suspect it would only lead to more purchases! Thank you for the lovely swatch comparison.
    Jane x

  4. I am happy to hear that you liked it, I have the same shade and like it as well. I can’t wait to try their eye shadows which everyone raves about.

  5. That is very pretty. I really think you are all out to get me!! I’ll have to break down and order some RBR soon!

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