Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird: When Birds Are Singing Long Lasting Eye Shadow Review & Swatches

Rouge Bunny Rouge is a luxury niche makeup company that is "London-born and Moscow-London based. Rouge Bunny Rouge is quickly moving from a quirky cult secret to a global beauty brand with international acclaim. RBR combines the best from the worlds of cosmetics and design, while treasuring Victorian-style fairy tale and Tsarist aristocratic identity at its core. In an era when most brands are concerned with following the trend, we provide something quite different; a thoughtfully balanced palette of colours, for true seekers of beauty, who choose beauty over brand name or fad."

They create "wearable, blendable and adaptable textures and shades within our new and existing collections are timely and continuously updated with the best developments to be found in the leading European and Japanese laboratories. We are one of the first decorative cosmetics companies that are substantially blurring the line between make-up and skin care through technological advancement." Their founders, Swen Lorenz, Ginny Gulati, Raf De Schutter and Alexandra De Montfort launched RBR in Russia in 2006 and haven’t looked back since.  Alexandra De Montfort, our Creative Director, continues to endeavour to bring you the latest and best from the world of cosmetics." (source: Rouge Bunny Rouge)

Rouge Bunny Rouge is a spectacularly magical company whose products are simply divine, and whose magical fairytale narrative is both enchanting and whimsical.

Their magical Tale:

"Imagine, if you will, the Garden of Plenty in the grounds of the Princess's Palace.  She goes by the name of Her Royal Highness, Princess Rouge.  Princess Rouge has been having a recurring dream about a magical garden, through which a frolicsome Red Bunny chaperones her.  Wishing to turn her recurring dream of the Enchanted Garden into reality, she calls upon her most talented artists and artisans to recreate for her the ethereal beauty of the magic honour of the Enchanted Garden story, the Order of RBR brings to you a collection that intertwines a Victorian fairytale, with mystery and a whispering sense of danger."

My first forays into the magical world of Rouge Bunny Rouge began with their delightful eye shadows, and I am now among the converted!

When Birds are Singing...Long-lasting Eye Shadow
The firefly festival is eagerly awaited all year in the Enchanted Garden. For then on this very special day, the best voices of the bird-world feed on tiny fireworks to embellish their voices and then gather to perform a single concert together. Their jubilant musical notes are inscribed in a syrup of figs and milk and preserved in tiny pots to be enjoyed all year round. Like this golden froth of musical syrup, WHEN BIRDS ARE SINGING... eye shadows are a time defying exotic enigma. This is plumage to adorn you in shades as deliciously mellow as soft silence that flows, or as brilliantly potent as jewelled notes. So addictive are these morsels that you’ll be causing your own kaleidoscopic ripples every time you wear them.

Discover a new powder eye shadow with an astonishing lightweight, creamy touch and unprecedented adherence. This formula creates pure dynamic iridescence while it maintains second skin effect. It has extended 8-hour wear that will stay perfect and look freshly applied all day. Orange-derived Flavonoid improves blood microcirculation, enhances luminosity and serves as free radicals scavenger.

Abyssinian Catbird, which has a cult following of its own, is described as a "metallic bronze with golden highlights," and while that is certainly an apt description it fails to describe the ethereal wonderment that this color so brilliantly captures.

Abyssinian Catbird, like all of the Rouge Bunny Rouge eye shadows, is ultra finely milled, buttery soft, intensely pigmented, highly buildable, and simply extraordinary to use. The quality really is as good as it gets! Simply put, I covet my RBR eye shadows and they are my most beloved eye shadows. While I have a cool leaning skin tone, Abyssinian Catbird makes my Hazel eyes sing!
Soft focus outdoors in bright sun
Outdoors bright in sun

Availability: Rouge Bunny Rouge is available through Zuneta out of the U.K., and they ship Internationally. Fear not, Zuneta has extraordinary customer service, and they are delightful to interact with.

Overall assessment: Rouge Bunny Rouge makes the highest quality eye shadows that have quickly become my very very favorite of all time. Definitely Holy Grail status.

Price: $34.47 USD
Be sure to view Zuneta's informative video tutorial!


  1. Excellent review and pictures. I love this eyeshadow but can't wear it. Alas. Too warm. (Story of my life.)

    1. Thank you, Zuzu*s Petals-- that means a great deal coming from you! Particularly since you have been instrumental in my indoctrination into the world of RBR. In fact, it was only after pouring over every single word that you, Modesty Brown, and Perilously Pale had written about the brand that I took a running leap down the rabbit hole! Abyssinian Catbird is a touch warm for my skin as well- I try to balance it with cooler colors, but it mimics some of the colors in my hazel eyes- so I wear it anyway! It was you alone, however, that made me fall to my knees over Delicate Hummingbird-- as you said it's "Purple perfection. A must for any cool-toned eyeshadow lover."


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