Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette in Loess
This post features a product provided without charge by the brand / pr for my consideration
I have to admit that when I first saw the promotional photos for this newest eye shadow palette from Rouge Bunny Rouge, it didn't really appeal to me. The darkest shade looked oddly contrasting in an unflattering way and the overall color composition just look imbalanced to my eye. Is it brown neutrals or what iz?
Hey, I don't mind when "my eye" really sucks and I keep on realizing I have zero skill in color composition. Really, I have no business even dribbling out my opinions in a blog for the world (all 8 of you on the webz) to read. It's embarrassing really, but someone's got to spew unwieldy thoughts with photos. Am I right?
The brand describes it as a "warm yellow-based neutrals with a contrasting milky pink." The finish is satin matte and has certain sheen. It is possibly one of my favorite finishes amongst the RBR eye shadows. (And trust me, I am an internet gooroo. I have opinions because I have RBR eye shadows by the shovelful.)
First, since I am a meandering writer with no discipline nor with any sense of sequential story telling, we shall consider...
The Beautiful Presentation Box
All the large powder compact items, such as these Raw Garden e/s palettes, highlighters, bronzers and pressed powders come in this gorgeous black circular container. Nestled inside, the glossy black compact with the embossed RBR logo is firmly ensconced in protective foam. This is a brand that understands the delights of a beautiful presentation box.
The Beautiful Innards
The brand loves a stunning presentation. And they deliver a luxurious compact: weighty, glossy and with a high quality full mirror.
Dumb Blogger is Wrong. The Colors are Beautiful!
Less so the colors in the pan, but once I swatched I became excited to try it on my eyes. The grey shade, which seemed jarring in the pan, is actually a softly defining shade. And that pink, which seemed so discordant to the warm yellow-tones of the cream and brown is a very flattering pink on me. I show you swatches:
I Said I Show You Swatches
This formula can be used wet or dry, but I LOVE this soft sheeny look when used dry. I found I can get more opacity on each shade by applying more (I use a goat hair brush), but the silky and slight translucency makes this so wonderful to use.
- A warm light cream. Using this shade all over makes a more "warm" overall feel to the finished look. I've been using this as an inner corner brightener. It also can be used on the brow bone: it provides a subtle lift more than an obvious highlight.
- Warm mid-tone brown. This is a great versatile shade. I've used this in the crease, but also can be used as a main lid shade.
- Milky neutral pink. I find this less discordant on my eyes than I had originally thought. I prefer using this as the main lid shade. It's very brightening and provides a nice contrast to the warm brown shade.
- Neutral to warm grey. RBR calls it a neutral grey, but I find it has a good dose of warm and in some lights picks up some warm khaki tones. This can be built up dark and makes a sophisticated shade to smoke around the eyes.
A Word About that Dang Formula
It is just so silky. The finish has a soft sheen that has a great flattering effect on the skin. It is possible to overblend, but they impart nice pigment and blend easily that it doesn't take much blending to create a well finished look.
Yes, I am the boring type to wax poetic (or wax with lengthy posts) about neutral palettes. A little bit of a mix of cool and warm and with an interesting departure from easier color combinations, RBR's Loess is worthy of a place among my favorite neutral palettes!
I'm wearing RBR's blush in Starina, a pale coral and RBR's sheer lipstick in Fluttering Sighs (d/c) a sheer shimmy peach. True, while not dramatic, Loess is very wearable in interesting neutral shades with a superb formula.
Rouge Bunny Rouge very generously offers a special 20% discount for my readers on their website (here). You can use RBR-Wondegondigo20. By the way, I have no affiliation (aside from the samples I receive from time to time) and just enjoy my opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the brand with you!
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