I’ve actually been meaning to blog about Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Birdwing Beauteous cream shadow duo for ages, but it’s very much an ultra-dramatic smokey eye product and one kind of has to be in the right mood for those, know what I mean? The stars finally aligned for me this week when I had a free day between press launches, dental appointments, embassy errands and family obligations, so here we are!
Birdwing Beauteous is Rouge Bunny Rouge’s second Silk Aether duo, the first being Gossamer Wing which I reviewed here. By comparison, this is much MUCH more dramatic. Not only does it have a bolder colour profile, but it also has a lot more sparkle. It’s also less dry in texture than Gossamer Wing – where that goes on like a traditional cream to powder shadow, this is more like gel that dries down and sets in place.
This is entirely by design. Per the press release, Birdwing Beauteous does contain more water than Gossamer Wing. Its wetter formula takes into consideration the colours’ metallic qualities, and lets you achieve that foiled-on effect much more easily than you’d be able to had the shadows been as dry as its predecessor. Few companies bother tweaking their formulas to suit the pigments/textures of each colour in a range, so hats off to Rouge Bunny Rouge for going the extra mile here. As you can see, their attention to detail paid off – just look at these swatches:
On one side we have a black cream with silvery blue reflect, and on the other a sparkling rosy champagne.
The colour intensity was equally spectacular on my lids, so much so that – for your first attempt at least – I’d advise applying a little to the back of your hand and working off that, rather than taking the wand straight to your eyes as I did. I haphazardly patted out the black with my finger, and then used Cypress Umber from Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance palette to soften the jagged edges and smoke it out through my crease.
I then swiped some of the champagne shade onto the back of my hand, and used a finger to pick it up and pat it onto centre of my lids for a diffused sheen.
Working off the back of my hand again, I picked up a tiny bit of the black with a pencil brush and rubbed it into my lower lashline. Then using the same brush, I smudged the black shadow out with the warm brown crease shade.
The glowy skin I’m sporting here is courtesy of another Rouge Bunny Rouge favourite, their Sea of Tranquility liquid highlighter, albeit with a bit of modification. I love SoT’s opalescent pink sheen, but in its natural state it’s actually very subtle. To get a bolder effect, I decanted some into a small jar that I left open for a few days to thicken up, and that’s what I used on my cheekbones here.
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Face: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair, Innisfree No-Sebum Powder, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral // Cheeks: Clé de Peau Beauté Powder Blush Duo in 05, Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility // Eyes: Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Birdwing Beauteous, Cypress Umber from Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance palette, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony // Lips: Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in M100, NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.