Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments (Review, Swatches of All Shades & Photos)

18 Apr

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 Remember how I told you guys a little while back that one of my first makeup items–the product that started it all–was a stack of loose pigments from my mom? Well just because loose pigments will always hold a special place in my heart does not mean that I still enjoy using them to this day. I have a few and sometimes will bring them out just to look at and swatch (anyone else do this with items in their collection?), but I can’t even remember the last time I deliberately chose to use a loose pigment over a pressed shadow in the last several years. Any loose pigments I do own have been slowly, steadily collecting dust in my collection for quite some time. Still, when I received some samples of Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments to test out, I was excited. I mean come on, it’s Rouge Bunny Rouge–they could send me acid green lipstick or neon purple blush and I would still be over the moon! But I had heard some really good things about RBR’s loose pigments in particular, so I eagerly started testing them right away.

The Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments–or what RBR refers to as “fiery lava dust” (so charming, no?!)–is said to contain a “super high percentage of pearl” for dazzling shine and luminosity. It also has added Sodium PCA (a natural moisturizer) to give the pigments a moisturizing, creamy feel.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigment INGREDIENTS1

Like many people, I love the intense shimmer and pigmentation that a loose pigment offers but the consistency is a bit inconvenient to use. Well, RBR has solved this problem with their smart packaging. The pigments come housed in a clear plastic vial with a removable sponge applicator wand. The wand’s bunny ear-like handle is covered by the black removable cap with the RBR logo emblazoned across the top.

At first, I was worried that the pigments wouldn’t be secure inside the vial as the applicator wand does not screw on or off–you simply pull it and it comes out. But it stays put surprisingly well–the wand fits snugly inside the tube and clicks shut. There is also a rubber stopper fitted around the mouth of the vial that prevents any spillage, even if you place it on its side. Both the packaging and the applicator make for a very convenient, mess-free application of these loose pigments. As you can imagine, this was very good news for me, being someone who didn’t want to mess with loose pigments because of the inconvenience and potential mess factor.

I received a full-sized sample of Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree as well as sample pots of all the other shades: Caress of Mink, Eaten all the Cherries, Embrace of Cashmere, Night Wind Sailing, Spun from Sunny Seawater, and Wishing for Wings. Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree is a sunny golden hue tinged with peach–both shades mix together to create a lovely, iridescent mandarin shade. Caress of Mink is a mid-tone browned-taupe with “pewter-plum highlights”. Eaten all the Cherries is an iridescent rosy-pink with golden highlights. Embrace of Cashmere is a soft, shimmering champagne brown. I’ll stick with RBR’s lovely description for the next 2 shades: Night Wind Sailing is “a iridescent metallic pewter with a hint of pink pearl for a stormy sky effect.” Spun From Sunny Seawater is an “iridescent blue peacock feather with a hint of tropical emerald and scintillating gold accents.” Wishing for Wings is a medium, iridescent silvery, mauvish-taupe–my favorite shade of eyeshadow, as most of you well know.

The texture of these pigments is supremely soft and deliciously creamy. They are so, so easy to apply and easy to blend. They also stick to the lids really, really well; there’s no fallout whatsoever, especially when you use the sponge-tipped applicator wand (which is just brilliant. It applies the shadows so smoothly and evenly!). Imagine, zero fallout from a loose pigment–that’s much better than most pressed shadows I’ve tried!

–Caress of Mink–

–Eaten all the Cherries–

–Embrace of Cashmere–

–Night Wind Sailing–

–Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree–

–Spun From Sunny Seawater–

–Wishing for Wings–

I’d like to point out that despite being called “Loose Glitter Pigments”, these pigments are anything but; they have a glorious dimensional shimmer and shine. It doesn’t look cheap or tacky but manages to somehow look elegant and expensive.

Over a primer, these pigments lasted most of the day on me–about 6 1/2 hours before I noticed just a touch of creasing along the inner corner. Honestly, I don’t mind because I love the creamy formula so much that I’ll sacrifice just a little bit of wear time for it. Those with dry or normal lids should get all day wear with these over a primer, no problem.

Swatches L to R: Caress of Mink, Eaten all the Cherries, Embrace of Cashmere, Night Wind Sailing, Sleeping Under the Mandarin Tree, Spun From Sunny Seawater, Wishing for Wings

(click swatch photos to enlarge)

–direct sunlight, without primer–

–direct sunlight, over primer–

–shade, without primer–

–shade with flash, over primer–

–shade without flash, over primer–

Rouge Bunny Rouge hit yet another home run with these Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments. I really never thought that there could be too much of a difference between one brand’s loose pigments and another’s but RBR has proved me wrong. Their pigments really stand out and shine–both figuratively and literally. They are smooth, creamy, pigmented, and lend a dazzling shine without looking cheap or glittery. RBR has also outdone themselves with the ingenious packaging design. Now, you no longer have to be afraid of toting around your pigments to reapply throughout the day. Just toss these adorable little vials in your purse and you’re set–no separate brushes or applicators necessary!

So what about you guys: do you like using loose pigments or do you prefer pressed shadows? Have you ever tried RBR’s Loose Glitter Pigments? What brand makes your favorite loose pigments?

»»Pricing: $23/0.064 oz. (1.8 g.)

»»Availability:, and

»»Recommended for: everyone!

»»Overall Rating: A+


PS: you guys have probably noticed that I’ve slowed waaay down with my posting. My sincerest apologies!! I’ve kinda been going through a weird transitional phase in my life and have taken a step back from blogging and tweeting and commenting on all my favorite blogs. But the good news is I feel great–really, really happy and healthy and have been reconnecting with a lot of old friends. I definitely am easing back into blogging though so don’t worry, I expect to start blogging more frequently starting next week!! Hope all is well with you guys–take care! ♥


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

30 Responses to “Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigments (Review, Swatches of All Shades & Photos)”

  1. Tiffany April 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Ooo, I particularly like Wishing for Wings! So pretty. I like that they come with an applicator too. I love the look of loose pigment when applied, but I’m often turned off from using them due to the mess factor. I really want to try RBR!

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 12:37 am #

      I know I am super partial to shades like that and Wishing for Wings is just perfect!! :D

      I had the same aversion to loose pigments as you. My experience with them hasn’t been the best. I’ve knocked over several of my MAC and True Color pigments in the past or have had them just not creamy or pigmented enough so that it is too sheer and just looks like color-tinged shimmer or there is massive fallout. These RBR ones are amazing though. I mean it–NO fallout whatsoever. They really do just go on like a cream and stick to the lids beautifully! You definitely have to try some of these, Tiffany!

  2. Claire April 19, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    RBR!! their pigments are the best on the marked, I am normally too clumsy to use pigments but can work with them, so easy to use. they feel like sparkling velvet on the eyes :D SUTMT is one of my fav colours, I like the multidimensional shimmer there and the colour is not boring :) great swatches Becca <3

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 2:35 am #

      I know, me too Claire! I have always had problems with pigments not being pigmented enough or with too much fallout but RBR’s really apply so richly and blend like a dream. And no mess!! I am in love with these! I also surprisingly love the sponge-tipped wand applicator–it’s amazing! :D

  3. Bellyhead April 19, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    I love these pigments to death, too! They are so refined and the shimmer and is beautiful. I am not a loose pigment person (wayyy to clumsy) but I find they are so easy to use. :)

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 5:51 am #

      Ahh so glad you agree, Belly!! I’ve never been a loose pigment person either but I have totally been converted by RBR’s version! Now I’m eyeing loose pigments with a renewed interest–specifically the new Guerlain pigment (that comes in a similar style tube packaging with sponge-tip wand) for summer. It’s such a lovely coppery shade. Have you seen it? *drool* a little skeptical that the formula will hold up to RBR’s but the color…:P

  4. Sunny April 19, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    Oh lord, WHAT DID YOU DO, Becca!!! Now I have so many shades on my wish list! They’re so insanely pretty and I like the mess-free factor. I normally can’t be bothered with loose shadows, but maybe I’ll try one of these!

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 5:59 am #

      Yessss! Do try them, Sunny–they are AWESOME! :D seriously, this is coming from someone who has at times wondered why on earth people buy loose shadows when you have perfectly good pressed ones out there!! :P (funny since loose pigments is the product that pretty much started my beauty obsession!). As I mentioned in my post, I have several pots that I will take out from time to time just to stare at or play with but I don’t ever wear them–I just usually find they’re a hassle to apply neatly. But these are just WOW–they are incredible. Hands down the best loose pigments ever–and that seems to be the general consensus among many people, as well! :)

  5. Toya April 19, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    I totally randomly swatch things just for pleasure too! We’re hopeless lol.

    I don’t own a ton of loose pigments, maybe three – two MAC and one Lise Watier – for similar reasons as you stated. These look quite pretty and I do love me some RBR, but I feel they’re a bit to soft for my taste. I think Night Wind Sailing is lovely though!

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 6:03 am #

      LOL yaaaaay I’m not alone!! :P haha seriously I will sometimes take out piles and piles of makeup just to stare at in the sunlight or swatch on the backs of my hands. haha silly beauty addicts :P

      Do you mean that they’re too soft in color?? I guess they are…they’re super pigmented but the colors themselves are definitely on the softer side. And yes–Night Wind Sailing is gorgeous! I can create a super glam smokey eye with it in about a minute–it’s great! :D

  6. Procrastinator April 19, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    I love the pigmentation of loose pigments, it’s just that I inevitably pick up way too much product and I have a hard time blending away the excess and reshaping the eyeshadow. I have no idea why I keep trying to force the loose powder/mac 217 relationship! I just can’t bear the thought of my favourite brush failing at something =P

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 6:05 am #

      LOL! I actually think that if you have a problem blending away the excess with other pigments, you would LOVE the RBR. It truly does have a soft, almost creamy feel that just clings to the skin beautifully. I can apply just a dab or a whole packed brush and it all smoothes on with ease and blends like a dream!

  7. Jacqueline April 19, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    There was a period of time where I was crazy over loose pigments especially from MAC and I collected them like crazy. I stopped. These look amazing, I must resist.

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      LOL I don’t know if you should–these are AWESOME! If you liked the MAC pigments I can only imagine how head over heels in love you’d be with these–the texture is amazing!! :D

  8. Larie April 19, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I’ve decided that loose pigments, while gorgeous, are just not what I need in life, lol. So messy! And I’m a total clutz. I do still play with my Fyrinnae ones, but now that they sell pressed shadows I doubt I’ll ever buy another loose shadow!

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Aww boooo!! :P Well if you ever do change your mind, I HIGHLY recommend giving the RBR ones a go. Seriously these are not messy AT ALL–they’re so creamy, they just stick right to the lids/applicator/whatever. Such a godsend for someone like me who used to hate loose pigments!!

  9. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) April 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    WOW. These are stunning! I’m not even a huge pigment user either – not that they aren’t beautiful, I just usually gravitate toward pressed shadows, too. But I’m really impressed with the color selection here. Even the colors I likely wouldn’t use too much (like the blue) are so awe-inspiringly pretty, I’m tempted to pick them up just to admire haha. I absolutely need to try Rouge Bunny Rouge soon.

    • becca April 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      ahh yes you do, Catherine–I am SO impressed with what I’ve tried from the brand so far. I mean it’s LOOSE PIGMENT–I didn’t expect to be as impressed with them as I am :P The texture is honestly outstanding! I am ready to try some of their pressed powder products though–blush, bronzer, and shadow!! :D

  10. Lily April 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I’m not very good with loose pigments, but I have to say the colours are absolutely gorgeous :-)

    • becca April 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      I was the exact same way. You should try these Lily–they will change your whole viewpoint on loose pigments, I swear!!

  11. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog April 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    These are too pretty to pass. I’m usually not a big fan of loose shadows or pigments, but Spun From Sunny Seawater is absolutely beautiful.

    • becca April 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Just don’t think of these as a loose pigment–they certainly apply with no mess, creamily, and super easily :D Spun From Sunny Seawater is one of my faves too. Especially over a primer, it’s glorious!! :D

  12. Taylor April 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Mess free loose pigments? I’m in… I do love a loose pigment. I must have wishing for wings! It’s so beautiful. Hoping your having a lovely time away :-) I’m trying to take some time myself <3

    • becca April 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      I know Wishing for Wings is definitely my favorite. You know how I feel about silvery-purplish taupes!! :P

      I’ve been trying my best to post while also trying to take some “me” time but I’ve only been able to churn out about a post every week or over a week. It’s not too far off from how frequently I usually post (varies from every 3 to 5 or 6 days) but I really feel most disconnected because aside from not posting, I haven’t been commenting on ANYONE’s posts (which I am usually very diligent about bc I love talking to other bloggers! I started trying to catch up with them a few days ago though) or tweeting really. Yesterday was the first day I posted more than a one-sentence thing to let ppl know I still existed :P haha

      What about you, Taylor–what have you been up to?

  13. Liz April 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    You make a compelling case, dearest, but I still feel hesitant about loose pigments. Even if the quality is there, I can’t account for my own clumsiness! The shades all look so natural and gorgeous. I’ve yet to try RBR anything yet but that’s due to their lack of visibility at our stores. Would be nice to see them show up at a department store in Canada soon!

    • becca April 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Darling one, I am SO clumsy too but these RBR pigments are foolproof. You can seriously knock it over and pigment won’t come out. And the creamy formula really clings to the wand so even when you pull it out, there isn’t an ounce of fallout to be seen!

      I am surprised that with the amount of love RBR gets, it still hasn’t made its way into any (many?) stores. You would think, right? *sigh* here’s to hoping that one day soon!

  14. Jenni@lifeandlensofbeauty April 23, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I have Mandarin Tree that shade and loved it! it’s almost duochrome-looking :)

    hope you’re coping well still, sometimes i have that phase going on too.

    • becca April 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      I know–I love that flash of peachy-gold. It’s so gorgeous!! :D

      And thank you Jenni! Yes, things are definitely better now. I think it just took more adjusting than anything. I still feel like I’m in a weird funk sometimes but I am also started to feel more inspired and ready to blog more :)

  15. BooBooNinja April 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    These loose shadows are beautiful! You’re right about them having an elegance. I don’t like loose pigments for the mess and often off-the-charts glitter, but you’ve got me thinking otherwise with your post.

    Darn it! More RBR love!


    • becca April 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Oh I agree. I know super glittery and/or metallic shadows like the GA ETKs or L’Oreal Infallibles are all the rage but I just don’t like how it looks on my eyes. It’s just too much and I feel it flattens my lids out somehow–makes them look too one dimensional (crazy since those shadows–especially the ETKs–have such a dimensional shimmer! :P). Does that even make sense? These pigments are really really nice though. They are just softer in a way and easier to use. I also am crazy about the shades–especially Wishing for Wings! love it! :D

      Have you tried very much RBR, BooBoo??

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