Skip to main content

making faces :: beige is not a four letter word

the excitement, the raw energy of beige
is there anyone who actually likes the colour "beige"? i mean seriously, we make up thousands of different ways of saying it just so that we don't have to admit that the things that we like are beige. ecru. buff. sand. flesh. potato. ok, i haven't actually heard anyone use the term "potato" as a colour descriptor, but it's coming! because we just do not want to admit to enjoy the occasional dab of beige.

but recently, i learned that sometimes you just need to let go of your prejudices. because i bought into the beige. and i'm proud of it, damn you!

for some reason, i've been really fascinated with acquiring more neutrals from english-born, russian-bred rouge bunny rouge. i've reviewed many of their products on this blog in the last year or so and i've tended towards acquiring those that are a little more original in the colour spectrum, but a little while back i bought "bashful flamingo", a light peach shade from their matte range that just became as close to an every day colour as i get. yes, it's wonderful to have exotic greens and gleaming bronzes, but there's also something to be said for buying quality in things that you can take with you anywhere.

i'm not sure how i came to light on gracious arasari as my next pick. although it's described as a taupe shade, i'd read enough reviews to know that it lacked the grey-purple tones of a true taupe. no baby, this shade was beige. i guess i justified this by looking at my stash and reminding myself that, while i have a metric arseload of taupes, i don't really have anything that's beige. because i don't do beige.

or at least i didn't.


i suppose if you were stretching it, you could say it's a light tan, but there's a noticeable pink undertone to "gracious arasari" that pushes it clearly into beige territory. i think that the pink notes might be more noticeable on me because my skin tone leans slightly pinkish. on warmer skins, it might be easier to do say that this is tan. don't worry, i'll keep your secret.

it's beige. and i'm ok with that.
although this one has more of a satin finish- midway between the decadent frosts and creamy mattes of the other rouge bunny shadows i've tried- the colour payoff is just as wonderful as i've come to expect and the application is smooth as satin. it has a bit of a sheen on the eye, which means it's far from flat, although it's a very natural kind of colour, perfect for pairing with more dramatic shades or with a bold lip. it's lasting power is excellent, which comes as no surprise, since rbr shadows are the longest-lasting i've come across, save for the armani eyes to kill shades, which are a completely different beast. it has some noticeable fading at about the 14 hour mark, but i think that if you're planning on wearing your eye shadow for longer than that, you should assume a touch-up is going to be necessary.

as i said, i don't have a lot of kissin' beige cousins in my collection, so it was tricky to find comparisons. mac "banshee" is pinker and has larger sparkle [that falls off when applied, dammit]. mac "innuendo" is lighter and does have the grey notes that justify calling it a taupe. mac "one to watch" is deeper and more orange, definitely making it more of a warm tan shade.

l to r :: mac banshee [l.e.], gracious arasari, mac innuendo [l.e.], mac one to watch
i cannot tell a lie. i adore this beige bird. it's stunning. it's got a complexity that's hard to photograph and it's so easy to combine with so many different shades that it makes my life easier. so while rouge bunny rouge might seem expensive by the standard of cosmetics, if you compare it to things that make life easier like dishwashers and butlers, it's pretty reasonable.

here's a quick look combining a whole lot of goodies from rouge bunny rouge...

the base ::

gosh anti-aging velvet touch primer
rouge bunny rouge milk aquarelle foundation "coconut milk parfait"
diorskin nude hydrating concealer "01"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::

rouge bunny rouge e/s "gracious arasari" [deep pinky beige]
rouge bunny rouge e/s "abyssinian catbird" [shimmery tarnished bronze]
rouge bunny rouge e/s "angelic cockatiels" [shimmery amber honey]
tarina tarantino e/l "sparkling ammunition" [frosted deep khaki]
yves st. laurent effet faux cils mascara

the cheeks ::

rouge bunny rouge for the love of roses blush "florita" [satiny sangria red]

the lips ::

rouge bunny rouge succulence of dew l/s "murmurings" [glossy cranberry]

many rouge bunny rouge products can be purchased through zuneta, which is where i nabbed my "gracious arasari", however, going forward, this shade [along with several others] will be exclusive to the rouge bunny rouge web site, where they've recently undergone a facelift and now offer their full complement of products worldwide. prices are in euro, but some mathematical exercises [not related to my previous post] reveal that the prices are roughly the same between the two, depending on your exact conversion rate.


as long as you're here, why not read more?


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…