Discount website SecretSales recently had a one off sale on whimsically pretty brand Rouge Bunny Rouge, and as I'd tried their blusher and rather liked it, I decided that ordering a couple of eyeshadows was entirely reasonable, despite my eyeshadow collection standing at well over a hundred shades already.
I bought Tantalising Lovebird, described as a frosted, cool toned coral pink, and Veiled Lyrebird, described as an iridescent pale pink copper with peach overtones. I suppose if I'd been paying more attention, I'd have noticed that the two shades are very similar; Tantalising Lovebird has a touch more red in it, but that's pretty much all the difference I can see.
I had to really load a brush with colour to get a good swatch of these eyeshadows. Whilst the texture is supremely buttery soft and very easily blended, the colour payoff is a little on the sheer side for my liking. The overall effect is soft and subtle, rather that overtly flashy. Which is fine, but not usually what I go for. That said, the finish on these eyeshadows is absolutely beautiful - the shimmer is so finely milled that you get a beautiful sheen rather than an obvious glitter or sparkle. They're very reflective, but there's no chance of disco-ball sparkles, and no fallout.
The photos above show Veiled Lyrebird on the lid with a touch of Tantalising Lovebird applied at the outer corner and in the crease. The effect is a subtle, flattering wash of colour with that very pretty sheen. It's a pretty sophisticated look, when paired with black liner, and it works very well with a brick red lip. The peachy pinky tones are very flattering to my hazel eyes.
The "long lasting" qualities in the name of the product relate to the 8 hour wear promised. I routinely expect my eyeshadow to last 14 hours and up - and it usually does, thanks to some excellent primer, so I don't really think that this is a massive selling point. If you're looking for long lasting eye makeup, I think primer is the key, rather than specially formulated eyeshadows - particularly if, like me, you suffer from oily lids.
Overall, I quite like these shadows - the buttery soft texture is a dream to use, the colours blendable, and the finish pearly and gorgeous. For £11, I'm pretty happy. But these shadows retail at a whopping £22 each at full price - which for me is just too much. If you like to wear one or two colours as a wash across the lid in a more understated and subtle style for your eyes, you might find these more desirable, despite the price. For me, though, they're just a little too expensive for a product that, whilst perfectly lovely, doesn't stand out enough to justify the difference in price.
If you'd like to explore Rouge Bunny Rouge's Long Lasting Eyeshadow, you'll find a full complement of shades at Zuneta, where they will cost £22 each.