The Sample: Rouge Bunny Rouge Devotion Ink Quartz Eyeliner in Amethyst Essence (Review, Swatches & Photos)
Rouge Bunny Rouge is a brand I have been dying to try for ages. I have not once read a bad review ever for any of their products! In fact, quite the opposite–apparently everyone who has tried Rouge Bunny Rouge falls madly in love with the brand, so I knew it was just a matter of time before I got my hands on something–anything, really–from the brand. So when they sent me their Devotion Ink Quartz Eyeliner in Amethyst Essence, I just about had a heart attack! It’s every bit as gorgeous as I thought it would be…
According to RBR, their Devotion Ink liners are water-based and contain added borosilicates–a type of glass that is composed of silica and boric oxide, or what RBR calls “minute particles of artificial quartz”–to give them their dazzling shine and “coquettish lustre”. The liner also “allows for high coverage, dries quickly, is super long-wear[ing], and has excellent skin compatibility.”
Amethyst Essence is an absolutely stunning, sheer silvery mauvish-lavender drenched in silver and pale blue micro-glitter. It has a very fluid, watery consistency and an almost wet-looking shiny finish.
The Devotion Ink liner is packaged in your average liquid-liner tube–there is a small pot at the bottom and the tall, slender lid that screws on also serves as the applicator. The tip of the applicator is felt and feels soft but firm, allowing for thin or thick lines. There is a ball-mechanism inside to mix up the product. RBR suggests shaking thoroughly prior to use to “wake all the ingredients up and distribute them evenly through the liquid base.” I failed to read that part before testing it the first couple of times and found that it was applying more shimmery/sparkly than pigmented. After finally realizing my error and mixing thoroughly, I do feel like the color did come through a bit more.
Still, if you’re expecting massive pigment, you won’t find it here–though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Amethyst Essence applies as a sheer veil of mauvish-purple cloaked in a soft film of dazzling diamonds. The point is not to have an opaque, harsh line of color–instead, RBR has meant for these to add just a delicate wash of color and some shimmering light to the eyes. They point out that you can use these alone, as a shadow, or layered over another pencil liner for more depth and intense color.
I like to use this layered over my black Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liner on the upper lashline and then by itself on the lower lashline for the most mild hint of definition and a heaping of shine. It really makes the eyes look bright and lively! Another look I’ve been enjoying is just using Amethyst Essence by itself on the upper lashline but drawn into a very heavy, accentuated cat-eye, using the liner to completely fill in my mobile lid (mine is small and the color is sheer, so it doesn’t look too heavy or dramatic at all) and flicking it out at the ends. It makes for a fun look for a night out!
–Amethyst Essence on left, layered over Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liner in 0L on right–
–3 layers of Amethyst Essence, blended between each layer–
–deliberately fuzzy to show the micro-glitter–
As you can tell from the swatches above, Amethyst Essence can kind of look a bit watery and uneven since it is water-based. This is not noticeable at all if you’re just using it to liner the eyes. 2 layers is usually perfect for me, but if you’re using it as a shadow, you might want to blend out the first layer then reapply til you reach the desired opacity, always blending between each layer. That will eliminated any watery streaks you might get.
Worn on the upper lashline, Amethyst Essence lasted all day on my eyes without a problem. It even made it to the 5-hour mark when used as a shadow without a primer underneath!! With primer, it wore all day without creasing or fading. On my lower lashline, it wore quite well up until the 3 hour mark when I began to see some fading and a bit of migrating from the micro-glitter. Not too shabby at all! Those with dry and normal lids should experience all-day wear–or at least most of the day. Overall, I think these are great–I love the color, love the sparkle, and love the idea of this toned-down liquid liner. From reviews/swatches I’ve seen online, Tigers Eye Essence is a bit more opaque and sooo up my alley, color-wise–I really must have it! What about you? Do you think you will be trying these? What’s your favorite Rouge Bunny Rouge product??
»»Pricing: $28.00/0.084 fl. oz. (2.5 ml.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking to add a subtle wash of color and a dazzling shine to their eyes!
»»Overall Rating: A
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