Jun 012011

Previously, I introduced the Rouge Bunny Rouge brand (see here) and today I’m looking at the line’s Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Tranquility (approximately $70 for 1 ounce, available for shipping to the U.S. from Zuneta.com).  This liquid highlighter is a refined version that gives a smooth glow without any sparkle or heavy metallics.

Sea of Tranquility has a decided pink cast, which shows up with a fair amount of drama on my pale warm skintone.  Those will cooler skin tones will love this color–the pink is believable, healthy and beautiful.  If you like Benefit Highbeam or Nars Liquid Illuminator in Copacabana (reviewed here), you will find that Sea of Tranquility is a slightly pinker, more refined version of either.  The texture of Rouge Bunny Rouge’s offering is more natural and less thick compared to High Beam.  Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Sea of Tranquility is less sparkly compared with Nars Copacabana.  One might expect this from the different price points–Benefit’s High Beam is $24 for .45 ounces, and Nars Copacabana is $29 for 1.2 ounces.


The Black Panties makeup blog has done this comparison between Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility and Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer #7.

Bottom line: You don’t need all three, but if I had to choose one I’d go with Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Sea of Tranquility because the texture is the most refined.  I find that wearing a color that stands out on my skin tone is really apparent, and softer textures look more natural.  (Thanks to Liz for letting me borrow her Benefit High Beam and Nars Copacabana for the comparison.)

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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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