Friday, May 18, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze Eye Khol in Vera- Swatches & Review

Once upon a time Yves Saint Laurent made a glorious double-ended eye crayon called #6. This was the most magical eye crayon in all of the land. On one end was the most perfect royal purple that the makeup muses had ever inspired in their creator, and on the other end was an equally magical royal blue that was simply unparalleled in all of the land. Then one day, a gut wrenching cry was heard from the outer edges of the enchanted forest all the way to the mystical babbling brook, and it was known to all who heard just what had happened. The unthinkable words had been uttered: #6 has been discontinued.
I bought up as many as I could find, but after the last one was completely used up I hung my head in sorrow and cried enough tears to fill the long ago dried up babbling brook in that magical far away land. While I long ago stopped searching for #6, I have continued an unrelenting search to find a dupe for either or both ends of the best eyeliner that I have had in my entire makeup-wearing life.
Trust me when I tell you that everything that I have tried has fallen short- even YSL's #004 Smokey Purple and their #003 Oriental Blue. Neither of these lovely colors has the richness and depth that the #6 so beautifully captured!
Then one day, as I was falling down the Rouge Bunny Rouge rabbit hole I caught a fleeting glimpse of Vera, but my fall was so swift and fraught with so many distractions that I didn't have the chance to take a closer look. So I decided to take a detour to visit two friends from Drivel about Frivol and Visionary Beauty, and they both showed me the most coveted sacred jewel called Vera. All of a sudden the ground started shaking and it reawakened and reignited my long held desire to find a replacement for my YSL #6. While RBR's Vera Feline Gaze Eye Khol is not an exact match for either end of the YSL #6- it is the closest that I have ever come in all of these years.
Rouge Bunny Rouge describes Vera as a "Creamy frosted blue-violet iris with a coal-dust colour base," and I think that is a pretty good assessment of the disparate colors that join to make this lovely color. The darkened "coal-dust base" turns the blue-violet into a very subtly iridescent royal purple that is simply sublime.
Every night, the Enchanted Garden artists get to work with magic pencils so that the Garden can transform itself with different colours and moods. Metamorphose yourself just as easily into whomever you want to be today, with FELINE GAZE eye pencils.
A darkly elegant seductive feline? A mystical flower-of-the-hour doe-eyed beauty? A deliciously sinful sultry almond-eyed goddess? Be pure temptation itself, as you purringly write your own manifesto with this eye pencil that adorns you. So soft that it almost melts on application, but will stay put day or night, inviting closer inspection... dancing in the memory of those who met you long after you've left the room and inviting all manner of thoughts.

According to Rouge Bunny Rouge, "This formula embraces spherical polymers and waxes, giving maximum comfort with outstanding staying power. The colour release, with its beautiful creaminess and glide, is much higher compared to traditional pencils. Use for precision contouring along the lash line, soft blending by smudging with fingertips or brush, or for building smoky smouldering effects."
Vera Eye Khol has a very creamy formula that it very easy to smudge into the lash line, use as a eyeshadow base, or to make a nice clean simply lined eye. I find that the formula is long-wearing, comfortable, non-irritating to my sensitive eyes, creamy enough not to tug or pull, and it does not smear down my face half way through the day.

Tricks from RBR:

1) The soft formula of the Eye Khol is perfect for a smoky look: smudge the pencil line with your fingertip or with the RBR Sponge Applicator (# 015).

2) For a perfect line, slightly stretch the eyelid by lifting the outside edge of the brow with your forefinger and place your middle finger or thumb on the outer edge of your cheekbone with a slight downwards pull.

Ingredients: Triethylhexanoin, Мica, Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ozokerite, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina (Rosa Canina Fruit Oil), Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. (+/-):CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77000, CI 42090, CI 77007, CI 77289, CI 77288, CI 77891, CI 77742, CI 19140, CI 77163, CI 77510, CI 75470, CI 77491

Overall assessment: This is the next best thing to my YSL #6. I love this formula, and will definitely try others! Shhhh, if you listen really closely you can hear that the babbling brook is once again full of water and gurgling in joyful approval of Vera!

Available at Zuneta and Beautyhabit
Here's another fantastic video tutorial from Zuneta.


  1. Too pretty for words! Pictures tell it all.

  2. I do really like that one, I hope they come out with more colours in their liners as the depth/vibrancy of the shades is really impressive x

    1. I completely agree. Caroline at Zuneta told me that she thought a few of them were going to be discontinued- I hope that isn't the case! :-(


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