29 May 2013

dead to me?

for the last several weeks, dom and i have been re-watching every season of "dexter". with the final [or not] chapter about to get underway on june 30th and the release of the penultimate season on dvd [for those of us who would become serial killers if we were forced to wait a week between episodes], we thought we'd get all primed for the big finale.

"dexter" is one of those shows that i knew just from hearing about it that i'd like. after all, it starred
michael c.hall, the only interesting thing about the vastly overrated "six feet under" and was about a serial killer who hunted other serial killers. what could be more entertaining than that? it helps, of course that the eponymous central character is surrounded by a lot of other well-drawn ones and that the plots are designed to draw you in over both the short and long haul. i appreciate the fact that the show's premise will likely determine whether you'll be a fan or not. if you think you're going to be offended by a show whose protagonist is a serial killer, then you're not going to like "dexter".

having just watched the entire series, seasons one through seven, i figured i'd offer a road map of viewer experience for anyone who's interested.

fyi, there are many spoilers ahead, which is why i'm putting the break right here. if you haven't seen the series and think you might like to check it out, i'm going to ruin everything for you. if you don't care, by all means carry on, but either way

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED...

27 May 2013

mental health mondays :: crazy like a fox?

have you ever wondered where the rule that says you get treated differently if you've committed a crime
if you're a crazy person came from?

if you have, and you haven't bothered to google it yourself, let me enlighten you: it stems from a british court reaction called the m'naghten rules. the reaction came to a case against daniel m'naghten [or "mcnaghten"], a scottish woodworker who killed a highly placed tory civil servant, believing him to be prime minister robert peel [who gives his name to a number of different fixtures here in montreal].

m'naghten believed that he was the target of government spies, who were conspiring against him and who meant to do him harm. when brought to trial, even the prosecutor was forced to admit that it would be unfair to try the man, because he was so clearly delusional. as a result, m'naghten was acquitted. the ensuing furore caused the government to put questions to the court concerning how it was to be determined that someone could be acquitted on the basis of mental defect. you can read the record of that here [conveniently highlighted].

from the beginning, there were problems with the definition, because so much was unknown. more than a hundred and fifty years later, things haven't really become any clearer. particularly since it's often suspected that the people who claim to have been insane are actually playing the system, claiming that they were incapacitated for increasingly specific periods of time, under increasingly specific circumstances, all the while hoping to avoid lifetime in prison or the death penalty.

however, it might be interesting for you to know that, in fact, there was more than a little controversy over even the case of poor, deluded daniel m'naghten who thought the government meant him harm. you see, at the time of his arrest, daniel was carrying £750, the equivalent of about $60,000. carrying that amount of money was about as unheard of in his day as it is in hours and lead some to speculate that, rather than being a sad schizophrenic sack who imagined conspiracies all around him, that daniel m'naghten was actually part of a conspiracy and pretended to be a conspiracy theorist in order to save his co-conspirators.

how crazy is that?

26 May 2013

making faces :: pick a colour

following up on the sci/art series i've been doing, looking at harmonising colours we wear [in the form
of clothing, makeup or accessories, as well as those that we place around us], i thought it might be fun to revisit the twelve seasonal groups in a very basic way: by picking a colour central to each palette and wearing it with all other elements being equal to see what differences i could observe.

this is a very basic imitation of what a colour analyst does, expect that they have very carefully selected and dyed materials grouped in a certain way to help pinpoint someone's seasonal palette with some accuracies. i have a large pile of clothing and a surprisingly broad selection of lipsticks.

the results are kind of surprising. i'll start off by apologising for the quality of the photos. one of the reasons that i haven't been posting a lot of looks lately is because my camera has developed some focus issues, ever since dom and i went a little nuts with the extreme eye close-ups. that said, i don't think that the soft focus hurts a lot, because you can really see some of the changes. observe how the iris looks much sharper in some shots than others, or how certain colours in my skin are emphasised. i showed them to dom and even he was surprised at exactly how pronounced the differences were.

in all photos, i'm wearing the exact same minimal makeup- foundation that is well-matched to my skin, concealer, a couple of light neutral inglot shadows- one with a cooler tone and the other with a warmer tone, blended to come out balanced, a thin line of dark brown eye liner and brown/ black mascara. on my cheeks, i put a little of becca's beach tint in "fig" a perfectly neutral beige-pink that adds just a hint of colour. the idea was to have a blank canvas. i also elected- in the lipstick shots- to wear a neutral grey sweater. all these photos were taken in early afternoon on a predominantly cloudy day. i did have to do some minor colour correction, for which i used either my sweater or the "drape" i was wearing as my balancing point- once i had the colour of that right, i felt safe assuming that everything else was as it should be. and honestly, the adjustments were pretty small.

i also left my eyebrows natural, rather than filling them in a little with a dark shadow to make them match my hair. i figure that it might help make things more clear. other than filling them in and plucking a few strays, i do very little to my brows on a regular basis. what you see is pretty much their natural shape. i don't trim or tint them ever.

i would rather have done this in sunlight, but it feels like i could die waiting for a sunny weekend day in montreal, so this is the end result.

i'm not an expert in this area, just an interested and ambitious amateur.

so here we go...

KEEP RIGHT ON GOING AFTER THE BREAK...

24 May 2013

friday favourites 24.05.13

image of the week
the internet is amazing. every week, there's something that i say [write] in public, something that becomes part of the eternal record of the internet that i could never have imagined myself saying. this week it was "can you pay for the penis cages and nazi coins in monster money?" i could try explaining, but really, the important thing is that that quote is now in some way associated with my name.

i can't wait to mention that in a press release. or on the back cover of a book, where most people put the quotes praising their writing.

but aside from monster money [which is a thing], it's been a hell of a week...

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet

since we've been talking about colour analysis by seasons lately on more like space, why don't you have a gander at what the seasons look like when you take them in their totality.

in case you hadn't heard, montreal, the second largest french metropolis in the world, was under orders to boil water before consumption for a day and a half. it's like something out of another century. and apparently, so are our comedians.

we're all mad here...

an analysis of the case for saying canadian prime minister stephen harper is conducting a war against science. read it now while it's still legal to use your brain for something other than toil.

musical notes

compactor "multiple fractures", video by dom... perfect music to listen to when you need something to drown out the rage in your brain.



quote of the week

It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence.-toronto mayor rob ford, making a much-anticipated statement to the press
follow-up and shameless self-promotion

well i guess that quote [which makes less sense every time i read it] is kind of a spoiler: rob ford [finally] made a statement today to say that he doesn't use cocaine and he's still as serious as ever about keeping suburbanite taxes and taxpayer expectations low. there was a lot of pressure on him to make a statement, but now that he has, it's kind of anti-climactic. did anyone seriously expect ford, who was- sorta- removed from office by the courts for using taxpayer dollars to pay public servants to work for him as chauffeurs and gardeners- to just cop to smoking crack because someone says there's a video of him doing it?

gawker have done what any media of the digital age would have done: initiated a kickstarter project to raise $200k to buy the damn videotape. although there have been some complications, the project is zooming ahead and i encourage you to donate, because even if the owner of the tape doesn't resurface and the money goes to charity, there are a lot of people in toronto who need help because not-currently-crack-addicted rob ford has cut the services that they could have turned to.

i also wanted to thank those of you who responded to my "i am better than rob ford" declaration by buying my book, which saw a nice little rise in sales. if you enjoyed it, i have good news:

another is coming.

i can't commit to exact dates at the moment, but i can tell you a few things about it:

1. it is a short novel, not a collection of stories.

2. the overall tone is lighter than the stories in "interference", but also a bit more perverse.

3. it's called "tricky".

and apparently last week's image of the week has competition:


kitteh of the week

since we've had so many close-ups of eyes this week... here's julia!


thank you to all who have read this... your support, your interest and your feedback [public and private] mean more to me than i can possibly express.

here's the source for this week's image of the week, which is a picture of the moon, venus and jupiter. kind of incredible.

21 May 2013

making faces :: something in my eye

if you thought that merely trying out a version of every option available to me in the sci/art colour categories was going to be sufficient to quell my desire to figure out where i might fit into the seasonal spectrum, you clearly haven't met me. [which is entirely possible, since i haven't met most of the people who come by these parts.] seeing as i'm not an expert, i wanted to push further to see what i could actually observe about my own colouring [and that of those around me, since i've been randomly draping things around dom and snapping pictures of different parts of his face as well as asking him to apply filters to said photos for me to review them.

one of the great things about modern computer technology is that it can allow you to do things like split an image into pixels so that you can view it not as a whole, but as the sum of its parts. so i thought that it might be an interesting idea to try actually pulling my face apart [not literally] to look at what it's really made of. that idea is key, by the way, to understanding how sci/art analysis works. the colours that harmonise with you are not accidental, they are colours that are already part of your skin, hair and eyes, it's just that you can't consciously perceive them. the world would be difficult to navigate if we could see everything broken into the entire range of light waves that comprises it. essentially, everything would be reduced to a meaningless mosaic. instead, our eyes have adapted to interpret wavelengths in a way that allows us to make sense of them. however, we are still aware of the different colours that make up everything we see, which is why some combinations will always strike us as harmonious. we're hard-wired that way.

as it turns out, analysing skin is of limited use, since you really can't see the kind of detail that you would need to properly judge undertone and because things can get screwed up by the presence of shadows or, say, if you have a random cat hair that you didn't notice that messes everything up and makes it look like you have a weird stripe of colour restricted to one part of your cheek. 

however, it is very interesting to look at pixelated images of eyes. because there are many colours in the iris that are more easily perceived when an image is divided to show them. even without applying a pixel filter, it's interesting just to look at a high resolution photo of your eye. you're likely to be surprised at what you find.

i'll give you a look at mine as a case in point.

from a normal viewing distance, my eyes are either blue or grey. i've always said that they were blue, but the fact is that they're pale enough that the colour is determined more by what's around them than anything else, which really means that they're grey. the one thing that most people can agree on is that they are completely cool in tone, as very light eyes tend to be. icy. like a lot of people with pale eyes, i have a darker ring at the outside of my iris. in my case, that ring is pronounced on the outer sides and a little softer on the inner sides, so it's not a perfect ring. again, that's not particularly uncommon- it's actually rarer to see someone who has a perfectly even ring around the iris.


if you look at a picture of my eye isolated, though, things get a little weird. first of all, there are a couple of noticeable golden brown spots. again, this isn't uncommon. lots of people have flecks of different colour in their eyes and some of them have quite remarkable spots that are visible even in passing. but what's more curious is that the overall "cool" effect of my eyes completely disappears. it's like a cool blue-grey eye that someone spilled their tea on. [i'm really trying to avoid thinking of the term "urine-stained" when i look at the close-up.] there's a definite yellowy cast to the entire iris, save for the pupil.

closer

closer still
with dom's help, i isolated a couple of sections of my iris, ones that i felt comprised all the colours found in the iris. if you'd like to try this yourself, just find a friend with photoshop. virtually any camera will take an adequate photo if you get it close enough and applying the pixel filter only takes a few seconds.



split up in this way, you can see more of a "map" of all the colours. you can get a better perspective on how a yellow tone permeates everything. there's no shade you'd really call blue, or at least nothing you'd call an unmixed blue and nothing that shows as a pure grey either. instead, you have a spectrum of muted aqua to sage green to mousy grey, all of which look like they're seen through a veil of smog. the other interesting thing is that it's not a particularly light grouping of colours. despite the fact that my eyes look pale, there aren't a lot of icy or pastel shades mixed in there at all. they're medium.

so what does this all mean? am i not blue or grey-eyed after all? well, yes and no. since my eyes look grey or blue to most people, of course that would be my correct eye colour description. however, when choosing what colours i put on and around my face, i'm going to want to consider the colours that are hiding beneath. because even if we can't claim to see them at a casual glance, we are aware of them and we do react to them.

in terms of finding my proper season, i'd say that this now categorically excludes the purely cool seasons of true winter and true summer. there is too much warmth going on in there for it to be an easy fit. [if you've been following this series of posts, you might remember that i didn't feel a true winter palette worked on me anyway, but true summer was actually the best of the three summers.] if we accept my judgment that i'm not exclusively warm toned, then we've effectively eliminated all of the "true" seasons. but is that cast over my iris more of a spring yellow or autumn gold? summer soft or winter bright? that, folks, is about as far as we can get just looking at eyes, but it's a good start.

please feel free to spend the next hour staring at photos of your eyes and come back to post comments about what surprising things you see!

the advent of lilacs

there is something about the sight and scent of these white and purple wonders that i find reassuring. and it doesn't hurt that they photograph beautifully against any backdrop. 














20 May 2013

the triple-eek senate

you lose, old man. [source]
i like to laugh at american politics, because i'm kind of an asshole and because i like to reassure myself that we would never elect anyone who said anything as stupid as... gosh, take your pick. [planned parenthood has been more harmful to black people than the kkk?]

but i know that's not really true and the fact is that our guys are just as good at corrupt and evil [and probably just as good at dumb], they just don't get the same sort of attention because they aren't playing with the same amount of money and global power. but the money they're playing with is mine [at least partially], so i do tend to pay attention when they start doing things like spending it on bailing out friends who've had to pay back money they claimed illegally as a tax expense.

the idea of politicians deciding to stick the rest of us with $90k in bills to campaign for a party who are busy telling canadians that they have to stop relying on public funds for anything is pretty repulsive. at the same time, it wasn't that surprising. nor was it surprising that it wasn't an isolated case [i must repeat]. and no, "leaving the conservative caucus" doesn't mean either one of harper's hand puppets [don't get a mental image] has stopped sucking at the public teat. they're still senators, appointed for life, or at least until the age of 75, at which point they get to enjoy a retirement pension that is higher than the majority of canadians make in a year.

as the rush to fall on harper's sword [again, mental image] continues, it's worth considering that the man who defended pamela wallin's expenses as being about the same as any other politician [that's supposed to make me feel better???] was once a member of a party whose platform included a lot of talk about something called the "triple e senate".

the idea was that canada should have a senate a little more like the one in australia or, let's face it, the united states, where rather than just being a dumping ground for party hacks who rubber-stamped legislation passed by the lower house, men and women had to actually be elected and participate in the legislative process in order to justify their six figure salary.

the idea gained some favour in the west where, if you look into the history of canada, provinces were brought into the national fold basically as second-class citizens, exploited by the wealthier industrial provinces to the east for their considerable natural resources. the idea went over like a lead balloon in quebec, because of the "equal" part- meaning that every province would have the same number of senators [as opposed to the house of commons which, like the house of congress to the south, would be distributed by population]. it might sound reasonable to say that every province should have the same number of senators, but it would effectively end the idea that canada is a bilingual, bi-cultural country, because all of a sudden one of the "founding cultures" would be vastly outnumbered and would be placed on the same senatorial footing as a province that had 1% of the population. and a bunch of provinces that have been historically resistant to any attempts to define quebec as distinctive in any way.

aside from that, there are the obvious issues with the fact that the people who were already living here when the country was "found" would have no representation whatsoever in said senate unless they descended and took over a province. to say nothing of the complication that canada also has three territories in the north, which are not provinces, but who would probably like to have a voice at the national table and... all this to say that opening a discussion about any kind of constitutional change in canada is sort of like trying to show your friends how good you are at lighting your farts while standing next to a bucket of plutonium and tnt. in the end, no one will remember your blue angels.

whatever the issues with a "triple e senate", however, i find it really difficult to stomach tens of thousands of dollars in "expenses" being forked over to a bunch of people i didn't elect [and never liked when i had to put up with their self-satisfied mugs on my television set] by a party who came into being promising to reform said house of ill-repute.

then again, that was the same party that said that canada was being railroaded by the left-wing liberal media, including mike duffy and pamela wallin.

i'd like to be able to drown my sorrows at stephen harper's expense, but i have a feeling he'd find a way to make me pay for my drinks. and his.

17 May 2013

friday favourites 17.05.13

this is going to be a bit of a free-form friday faves...
image of the week

i'm not sure if the internet is making me stupid or foolishly brave or dangerously curious. this morning, a friend on facebook posted something about naked pictures of toronto mayor rob ford. and although my initial reaction was indeed to pour a bottle of bleach into my computer [probably a good instinct], i still clicked the link [possibly as you just did, despite the fact that i made no attempt whatsoever to disguise what it was or mislead you as to the horrors which awaited]. what in the name of god would make me do that? 

all of this rob ford naked craziness started because dom posted an entertaining animated video on my facebook wall. actually, it started because my friend martin posted a story on facebook yesterday with a headline that said something like "toronto mayor rob ford on crack", which i interpreted to just be an expression, because i constantly refer to people as "on crack" or "high" as a metaphor for ridiculous behaviour, even in situations when i probably shouldn't. [in fact, i did so in a meeting this week, when we were reviewing some sales projections and my reaction was "i think they're high" and then everyone around the table agreed with me, saying that i was right and the the sales couldn't possibly be as high as projected and i was sort of stuck explaining that i hadn't been making a logical point at all, and that i'd meant that the people who submitted them were actually high, except that i didn't literally mean that, only that the projections were way off, which is what people thought i meant, except that i wasn't nearly as smart as they were giving me credit for being.] anyway, you should totally watch the video, which contains an animated version of rob ford that looks better than he does in real life.


and as long as we're on the subject of rob ford and things that made me feel good this week, while investigating the claims that toronto's right-wing, race-baiting, poor-people-hating mayor might have a bit of a casual crack habit [note to self :: do not google "rob ford crack"], i found out that dude is only a few years older than me. 

i am better than rob ford.
i have never felt this good about my appearance. 

or about not being on crack. 

i haven't been posting so much on politics lately, because most of what i see is a. the same and there comes a point where i just can't make it entertaining to read no matter what i do; and b. so depressing that i just can't make it funny, which is generally what i aim to do. if i were to treat what was happening around me seriously, i'd hang myself within a week. 

and i don't really want to hang myself. the ceilings in my home are high and i'd probably fall and injure myself in the effort and that would just be the most embarrassing thing to have to explain to emt's and the police. 

plus i'd feel all guilty that people would be working to save my life, because it would be one of many examples of me offloading shit i should be doing onto others. 

all this to say that i haven't been doing as many political posts lately, but it's really impossible to resist saying something when someone who embodies just about every political and human trait that you despise turns up in with a crack pipe in someone's home video. 

now that i've said that, of course, i do have a little something i want to say about some recent canadian political intrigue [that's really more retarded than intriguing], but that'll be in a post later this week. 

musical notes

i was listening to this earlier. that's my entire thought process, other than to say that this song is now one that i associate with when i first moved back to montreal, when i was doing occasional dj gigs at katacombes as part of "burning monday". i don't recall how often i actually played it [and am evidently too lazy to check the playlists i have archived on this very blog], but i know it was one that i kept wanting to return to. so now it's part of the theme music i'd choose for the biography of my life, which would inexplicably feature scenes of me dj'ing at a club in montreal, even if that doesn't turn out to be a major plot point. 


kitteh of the week

there's really nothing i can say that is going to make this any better than it already is. 


apologies if you already saw this from me on twitter, facebook or instagram. this makes me laugh more than rob ford on crack. 

[does this mean that marion barry will now be remembered as the nicer mayor on crack??]

ok, clearly i've got this whole crack story on the brain, but there is something just deliciously weird about it. or about the idea that there's some kind of elite drug squad who sell crack to toronto's movers and shakers. or the fact that there's some unknown mole carrying around a portable video player looking for a buyer. 

how is that not supposed to be one of my favourite things? 

i hope that you'll all enjoy a nice crack-free weekend and that you'll do me the honour of returning to this blog in the near future. thanks for taking the time to read this!

making faces :: a winter tale

so this is it. we've reached the final season in our colour year. so far we've looked at spring, with its heart of citrus yellow, summer and its symphony of cool blues and autumn with its spicy bronzes and golds. and i'm still not sure i've found a good place to rest my face. i've chosen seasonal winners in each category, but are they really me?

it's a bit of a rhetorical question, of course, because i already had an inkling that my precocious childhood self might have been onto something when she declared herself a "winter". not that she knew what she was talking about, of course, but sometimes even fools say the right thing without meaning to. even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day. [unless you're in europe and use a twenty-four hour clock, which actually makes a lot more sense.]

as with all the other seasons, winter is divided into three parts, the true winter at the centre, flanked by neighbours who carry a hint of the adjacent season- fall and winter respectively. they're all essentially part of winter, though, which carries with it a few key considerations. and it's those considerations that lead me to believe that my best palette might be found among the final three options we look at. i'll enumerate them, in case it helps you select or eliminate the season for yourself.

1. saturation. nowhere is the saturation level higher than for the winter season. this is particularly true of bright winters, for whom no colour is too intense. winter light is weaker during the days and the dark part of the nights are at their longest. if you think about how colours look at night, they are less easily distinguished. the saturation can be turned way up without looking like it's too much. colours that look shocking on others will be restrained on someone who has winter colouring. this is definitely something i've experienced.

you would expect that colours would appear brighter and bolder against my skin because i'm pale. you would be wrong. i remember seeing the puzzled faces of experienced makeup artists when i was blonde and therefore pale in all aspects when i'd try on a bold lip colour. logic dictated that it should be too much, but it wasn't. soft, more pastel shades that should have worked completely disappeared. there is something in my complexion that simply dampens most colours, as if they were being seen at night.

2. contrast. winters are distinguished by their ability to wear the lightest and darkest extremes- white and black are perfectly suited to them and they actually benefit from having both at once. what looks stark, heavy or squared on anyone else will snap into place on the right person. the flip side is that a lack of contrast has a tendency to make the person look withered. for my part, i notice that looks i've tried in this series that haven't worked are ones i've had success with in the past simply by including dark, sharp eye liner.

it's another theoretical conundrum: dark liners are understood to shrink the eye, but on me, the opposite is true. you can peruse the looks i've done for this series to see what i mean: my eyes look smaller when there's less of a defined border around them. they benefit immensely from contrast and definition. softer colours of liner barely show on me at all.

i'm not eliminating other possibilities here, of course. remember, i went around for years wearing the palette of a soft summer, convinced that whatever i wore had to be muted because my colour didn't allow for brights. as it turns out, that might have been one of the worse choices for me.

but let's look at the specifics...

16 May 2013

making faces :: purple reigns

source
well i did mention a when i did my post on summer season [sci/art] looks that i had a couple of new treats last spring, but i'm only getting caught up now... which i suppose isn't a bad thing, since the shades i'm reviewing are extremely appropriate for spring after all.
from rouge bunny rouge to review for you. i feel like i'm very far behind, despite their modest release schedule, because these products were released

i always knew that i was going to pick up "lilac reef currasow" and "trumpeter koel" as a set. aside from the fact that they were released at the same time, they just seem to naturally bond together. they're both very cool-toned, which is uncommon among rbr products and the shades seem made for each other. both are available in regular potted format and in small pans that fit neatly into the two- and three-shadow palettes that rouge bunny rouge sells.

"lilac reef currasow" is, as you might expect, a light lilac [or lavender- i get confused as to where one ends and the other begins], described as having an "iridescent effect". there is a very low-level white shimmer, but i find it's just barely visible. the shade looks mostly matte with a very slight white satiny effect.

lilac reef currasow
as i've come to expect from rbr, the quality is amazing. it applies smoothly, lasts until you take it off, pretty much no matter what you do. it's cool but not icy [because the finish is less reflective] and brightens the eye tremendously, but it's not the sort of light colour that just looks like an off-white. the lilac-ness stands proud. texture-wise, it reminds me more of the matte shade "bashful flamingo"or "gracious arasari" [which is a satin] than any of the frosted finishes the brand produces.

although i adore these types of shades, i'm very picky about them, because too many light purples are overly frosty or patchy on application. this one reminded me a little of mac "crystal" [one of the very first mac products i ever bought and re-purchased many times since], but "crystal" is slightly frosted and has a distinct grey sheen to it. the base colour is somewhat similar to "lilac reef currasow".

l to r :: lilac reef currasow, mac crystal
for me, this shade is a marvel. i'm absolutely in love with it and think it's worth every penny.

"trumpeter koel" is described as a dark lead grey with lilac blue iridescence. it appears as a medium-dark blue-grey in the pan, but when you swipe the colour on your skin, you can really see the blue-purple sheen resting on top of the deeper grey, kind of like oil on water.

trumpeter koel
the texture feels a little dry and stiff when swatched, but it applied very smoothly on my arm. unfortunately, it wasn't quite so glorious on my eye. strangely, i found it difficult to get it to the intensity that you see in the swatch when i used it on my lid. there, it looked like a slightly faded medium grey, much softer than i anticipated. that doesn't make it a bad colour- it's quite lovely for a soft, smoky look or to diffuse colour in the crease- but i was surprised that it performed so differently than i expected based on the swatches i did.

the other problem i found was that it's very easy to blend out the colour, even with a very light hand and that it's more prone to fading than other rbr shades. i find that i'm best off placing the colour where i want it and blending as little as possible to show the colour at its best.

i do love the fact that it is a grey shade, which means it's neutral enough to wear with almost anything. you can really see this next to a shade like mac "parisian skies", which is a grey-blue that leans far more blue [and shows quite a bit darker on the eye].

l to r :: trumpeter koel, mac parisian skies [l.e.]
 it does appear perfect next to "lilac reef currasow"- brighter colours would overwhelm it. the two of them form a cool, understated partnership that you can see in action here, in the true summer look that i did. i think it would be a great option for all summer season types- perhaps less the slightly warmer "light summer"- because it can add depth without being overly dramatic. for my part, i do wish it were more pigmented, more like it looks in the pan and on my arm. despite my paleness, softer colours just seem to disappear on me, which is a phenomenon i'll never understand.

both of these shades are available direct from rouge bunny rouge and from zuneta. [a word about zuneta: apparently, they were purchased by another company and are in a process of transition, during which they have not been restocking inventory. they have not provided me with a date when things will be back to more or less normal, but they have assured me that they will continue to carry some of their most popular lines, like rbr and le metier de beaute. unfortunately, they will no longer be carrying hourglass. more updates on what will be happening as soon as i'm able to get them.]
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