Rouge Bunny Rouge #017 Delicate Hummingbird Long-Lasting Eye Shadow

RBR Delicate Hummingbird (opener)


One of the first things that attracted me to this cosmetics range, was the name; repeat after me: Rouge Bunny Rouge. Fun, right? And how can you resist anything with “bunny” in it? Then I began noticing quite the buzz surrounding some of their products, namely their eye shadows and this shade in particular … whose name also grabbed me, by the way. Taupe is one of those colours that seems to fly under the radar – not exotic enough to deserve special attention, yet an absolute building block for so many looks – that is, until you give Delicate Hummingbird a try, and realize that it holds its own against anything else out there!

RBR Delicate Hummingbird & note

love the elegant red wax-sealed letter that accompanied the products!

Hummingbird 2

Hummingbird (source)

Sometimes a name given to a particular product makes no sense at all, and at first I couldn’t understand the correlation between this fragile little bird, and this taupe hue — especially since I get to see plenty of hummingbirds around my feeders at my country house and have a pretty good idea of what they look like. Then, I saw this photo of the taupe-y iridescence of this little guy’s wings and … I got it!

RBR Delicate Hummingird box

Delicate Hummingbird #017

RBR Delicate Hummingbird box 2

Delicate Hummingbird #017

RBR Delicate Hummingbird label

Delicate Hummingbird #017

RBR Delicate Hummingbird compact

Delicate Hummingbird #017 compact

RBR Delicate Hummingbird compact 2

Delicate Hummingbird #017

RBR Delicate Hummingbird macro

Delicate Hummingbird #017
– (€ 24.00 2g/0.07 oz) is one of the most spectacular taupe shades I’ve seen, if this usually neutral hue can be described that way. Complex, and filled with myriad reflective undertones, this lavender-leaning taupe with subtle pink shimmer, is a colour that one definitely needs as a staple. The powder is so incredibly fine-milled, that it gives a weightless feel when worn, along with its subtle iridescence that gives it a quiet glamour. The compact is a sturdy plastic case, beautifully silk-screened on top & with the name clearly visible on the underside. I love how the Rouge Bunny Rouge logo is embossed on the powder’s surface – a subtle yet classy touch.

Billed as long-lasting (minimum 8 hours wear, according to the brand), I tested it out by applying primer to only one lid; the results were astounding – there was absolutely no discernible difference between the two, definitely proving that claim. As this powder is so ultra-fine, I experienced quite a bit of fall-out using several different brushes, although when applied wet, I had no issues at all. I was also surprised by how well-pigmented this turned out to be, perfect for when you want a more intense nude eye without resorting to major effort.

RBR Delicate Hummingbird

Delicate Hummingbird #017

RBR Delicate Hummingbird side

Delicate Hummingbird #017 – view of raised texture

RBR Delicate Hummingbird swatch

Delicate Hummingbird #017 swatch: applied lightly (left), heavier (right)

RBR Delicate Hummingbird & comps


Looking through my stash for similarly toned mono shades, I came up with (clockwise from left): NARS Lhasa, RBR Delicate Hummingbird, Urban Decay Lounge, and MAC Mothbrown (Barbie Collection). How they compared:

  • NARS Lhasa – the sheerest of them all and more grey leaning
  • MAC Mothbrown – closest in undertones, but without the iridescence and deeper brown undertones
  • Urban Decay Lounge – the most pigmented, although more rust-based and with a duo chrome-like flash

RBR Delicate Hummingbird & comps swatch

Delicate Hummingbird #017 and comparison swatches


Final thoughts: Bright, quirky, unusual eye shadow colours may come and go as fashion & trends dictate, but taupe will always be there, patiently biding its time, because IT knows you’ll always return. When that shade happens to be Rouge Bunny Rouge’s ‘Delicate Hummingbird’, you won’t just come back, you’ll give it some major love as well. The only downside to this powder was the fallout I experienced, although the beauty of this colour makes it worth the extra effort – I suggest you apply your foundation last to avoid dark smudges. The high pigmentation was also an unexpected bonus, and in my opinion, makes this shade a worthy addition to any taupe-lover’s collection.

Feel free to check out the Rouge Bunny Rouge website for a look at their entire range.

RBR Delicate Hummingbird (closer)




*Disclosure: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

12 Responses to Rouge Bunny Rouge #017 Delicate Hummingbird Long-Lasting Eye Shadow

  1. Oh Rouge Bunny Rouge.. Your pics always tempt me my dear!
    Such a pretty taupe, but I see a hint of purple as well! Very pretty!

  2. I have this shadow and love it too! Their shadows are amazing!

  3. Latoya says:

    I wish I was a lover of taupes!! There are so many gorgeous ones to choose from, this one near the top of the list from what I’ve seen, but the shade just doesn’t do much of anything for me personally (worn, I mean). Still, I appreciate the lovely swatches! 😀

  4. Jen says:

    Thanks for this lemming and the comparison to Mothbrown, which tells me “yes, you DO need both!”

  5. Lovely shade! I especially appreciate the comparison shot with other shadows at the end. It looks intense in the pan but really does look “delicate” based on the swatches!

  6. Laura says:

    Pretty! But I’m most excited by the wax sealed letter! haha. What did it say?

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