You cannot get between me and a highlighter. How do I know that that new shade of highlight won’t be the most perfect ever to give me that supreme glow? I don’t, that’s what. So I must collect them all! Just kidding. Collect some, show restraint elsewhere. It may seem strange that an oily skinned girl loves her some highlighter, but I do not apply solo. That’s just a disaster. I mix my highlighters with moisturizer ,or foundation, for that awesome lit from within glow.
1. Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Showers, 1.0 oz for $55.00
Rouge Bunny Rouge is a Moscow-London based cosmetic brand that, per its marketing literature, “combines the best from the worlds of cosmetics and design, while treasuring Victorian-style fairy tale and Tsarist aristocratic identity at its core.” There is no question that this brands delves deeply into whimsy with their package design, product naming, and imagery. I will be frank, sometimes it comes off a little too heavy even for this fairytale loving lass. The paragraph long descriptions, the archaic words sprinkled throughout – it’s a little much. But then perhaps that’s the result of the decadence loving tsarist aristocrat coming out of the brand, which can’t show restraint. Jeweled toothbrushes anyone? But still I find this brand to be one of the most interesting releases in a very long time. It at least made a point of having an identity and story to tell, and I appreciate that even if it went overboard. I lke the fact that this line has a personality.
Rouge Bunny Rouges Sea of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Showers is a “honeyed white-gold” that creates “golden tawny hint of color.” I don’t know about “golden tawny.” On my current skintone, which is tanned and has a strong yellow-olive tone, it looked like a pale bronzey beige-pink. I have seen swatches of this on other bloggers and it does read more golden-tawny on them but they were very fair to light, probably around the MAC NC/NW 15 range. I actually checked I had the right color 2x to make sure I had Sea of Showers, which is the darkest highlighter shade, but it is Sea of Showers. The outside of the bottle looks very tawny-golden brown, and the liquid as it is pumped out looks golden-tawny brown with pink and gold sparkle, and as you spread it you see a flash of subdued copper, but then a few seconds later – just seconds! – it changes to the color you see swatched on my arm. Having checked some more, depending on the light source this flashes pink OR gold on the angle! Fascinating. This highlighter would look great on many different skintones – at least MAC NC/NW 20 and up. Don’t know how it would fair on the palest.
It has a molten-metaliic watery shimmer which is very attractive and unlike any of the other highlighters I have. Mixed in with moisturizer or foundation, my skin glows with a sheen of color that is actually very attractive and otherwordly. This also has an incredible creaminess to it that lends it to being easily blended on the skin alone. My other highlighters are not as “creamy” and smoothly blendable on naked skin. (But then I don’t really blend on naked skin, I mix with other products.) But if you are one of those folks who does apply highlighter directly to skin, such as on the brow bone, temples, above cupid’s bow – then THIS is your ultimate creamy blend highlighter.
A word of caution though. You do not need a lot of product. Only a small pearl size is necessary. The pump dispenser of this product has a tendency to release TOO MUCH, so you will have to very gentle and calibrated with the pressure push. Considering how concentrated this highlighter is, I can see this easily being mixed in with body moisturizer for an all over body glow, which would be great to combat against winter pallor on exposed limbs on a night out dressed in your best. Lastly, this highlighter has a distinct fragrance that I could not place but the brand literature says it is a hint of cucumber with a touch of peach flower. It is stronger than just a hint, but not overpowering and it does dissipate over time. Or maybe, I just stopped noticing it.
Either way, as my first introduction into this brand, I am pleased. I have actually been angling for their foundations and tinted moisturizers. But since this is still an online brand in the U.S., and the effectiveness of swatches are heavily dependent on the skintone of the wearer and lighting angles, I have not made the jump. I purchased my highlighter (and bronzer for future review) from BeautyHabit, which is a wonderful, online beauty apothecary store that has tons of wonderful under the radar brands just waiting to come out in the limelight.