When Rouge Bunny Rouge named one of their Long Lasting Eyeshadows "Solstice Halcyon" I don't think they were referring to the epic doom metal band out of the UK which released an album titled Halcyon back in 1996. I mean...maybe...but nah.
I think they were referring to the Kingfisher Bird.
Well since their whole theme is "WHEN BIRDS ARE SINGING..." I think it's safe to say they are referring to the kingfisher. I did a little research and discovered that kingfishers are sometimes called a Halcyon in honor of the Greek myth which is associated with the kingfisher bird. The term comes from the ancient myth by Ovid, in which two weeks of calm weather were to be expected around the winter solstice (21st or 22nd of December). It was believed that the halcyon bird calmed the surface of the sea in order to hatch her eggs on a floating nest. The Halcyon days begin one week before solstice and last for one week after the solstice.
To most tho, halcyon means calm and tranquil or happy and carefree.
You know what taupe eyeshadow makes me feel?
Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. The shadow is harder than that of Le Metier de Beaute but softer than MAC or Bobbi Brown. The pigmentation is strong, and they can be built up to intensify the color without looking chalky or muddy. The shadows blend beautifully with each other and with other brands leaving a truly beautiful diffused look to the eye. The shadow does not fade or crease (when used in conjunction with an eye base) and lasts for a good 10 hours on the eye.
The Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon Long Lasting Eyeshadow is a stunning taupe. It looks rather unassuming in the pan, but once applied the sweet satin texture of the shadow combined with the not quite grey not quite beige color make a heavenly shadow! This is one of THOSE taupes. You know the ones. The taupe shadows that everyone wants. Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian, MAC Satin Taupe, Chanel Safari are all classic taupes. Add Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon to that list my dears! Solstice Halcyon is darker and a touch more brown/grey than Gracious Arasari but lighter and less purple than Delicate Hummingbird.
OK. Here's the issue.
Now don't get mad at me. I'm just the messenger.
As of 1/22/2012, Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow in Solstice Halcyon is sold out on Zuneta.com, the only place I know of where you can purchase Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows.
Now, it's not very nice to throw things at me! I can't control how awesome this shadow is and how the demand for it has outgrown the Six Sigma models for manufacturing, supply, and distribution that Rouge Bunny Rouge and Zuneta have. I may have studied the Six Sigma business management strategy. I know that Six Sigma seeks to "improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Black Belts", "Green Belts", etc.) who are experts in these methods." (1) But I still can't tell Zuneta to re-stock Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon! I did confirm on the Rouge Bunny Rouge FaceBook page that this shade is NOT discontinued. So that's a good piece of news....right?
Do you NEED this? YES. You need this if for no other reason than to say you have it. It's that big of a deal! It will one day be like saying you own Shu ME Silver 945. Yeah. It's that important!
(1) Info from Wikipedia...and from sitting through hours upon hours of Six Sigma classes at one of my old jobs. It was originally developed at Motorola but worked so well that it took the business world by storm. I personally think it has to do with the fact that these businessmen at my old job just wanted to be "black belts" in something other than Douchebaggery.