Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon Long Lasting Eye Shadow - Review Pictures Swatches

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, 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.


  1. lol I have been checking Zuneta way too often to see if this is back on sale. I *need* it!!

    1. Yeah. I have had this one for a while but just had not gotten around to writing about it. Sorry I have re-ignited the lemming.

  2. Oooh, that does look lovely! RBR is too posh for my my blood though D:

    1. I understand. I'll try to do a swatch comparison some time so maybe you can find a less expensive alternative!

  3. AHA - for once I have this!! I've had it for like TWO YEARS! I WAS AHEAD OF THE TREND *\o/*
    And I love using it, especially in the crease with Angelic Cockatiels on the lid -that's just the prettiest honey color EVER!

  4. RBR products are always so beautiful! This is such a pretty taupe and I like that it's more brown than grey

    1. I agree. I like that it has more brown than grey. Some taupes are so grey they just look grey. :-/

  5. Hahah, I love your little addition with your reference. Also, how dare you not use the APA style for referencing sources?!?! I mean, according to my latest graduate studies, that's the only thing allowable in our field!!!!!!!

    Also, my employer pushes the Six Sigma like no other. Haven't taken it myself though since no department wants to pay for it.

    And now to the gorgeous shadow. I will look from afar because I can't let myself spend that much on an eyeshadow even with the 20% off through whenever in February the code is good for.

  6. LOL the last place I expected to see a Six Sigma reference was in a post about a fabulous taupe eyeshadow!! Your posts never fail to inform AND entertain - that is just one of the things I love about your blog!!

  7. Zuneta looks like they have a lot of RBR stuff out of stock right now. I really really hope they didn't discontinue Abyssinian Catbird. >.<

  8. Loved the history lesson, though as a former member of ACQ ... runs from Six Sigma. Do tell us if you maintain an Affinity Diagram for your makeup collection. :)

    SH is my favorite RBR eyeshadow, though I actually wish it were more grey. The only reason I can wear it at all is because of the mauve-plum undertones. I would die of happiness if RBR came out with new colors in the lovely satin formula. Delicate Hummingbird is the ideal color for me, but I just can't do duochrome sparkle eyes at work!

    ETA: Bua haa haa. The captcha is "feverme"

  9. This color is gorgeous!!! I have yet to try RBR, but I have a list of things I want!

  10. I know I'm a whole year late to this post, but for one I love the RBR eyeshadow, and for two I currently work for a company that had been drinking the Six Sigma kool-aid by the gallonful. I think you are right about the wanting a black belt and not just in douchebaggery. That is the best description ever!!! I haven't bought any RBR yet, due to the price, and have to buy sight unseen from Zuneta, but I think this year will be the year!


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