Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms Swatch & Review

I’ve always been a fan of Rouge Bunny Rouge lip products. In one of my early blog posts I reviewed the Rouge Bunny Rouge DAZZLING SIP Tinted Luxe balms** in Pinch of Nude, Sip of Pink and Specks of Cerise. Sadly, these three shades got discontinued when RBR revamped their Tinted Luxe Balms and came out with the ENCHANTING BLOOMS collection. My sadness was short lived as there are now more beautiful shades available that promise skincare benefits with a pop of color! These products were kindly sent to me, I hope you enjoy the post!

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Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms

RBR Tinted Luxe Balm is advertised as intensively moisturizing anti-age lip treatment that promises to plump and smooth fine lines in daily use. They call it a ‘balm’ but the product is also a dewy finish lipstick available in 7 colors. DAZZLING SIP in Pinch of Nude is now called Heavenly Honeysuckle and you can see swatches in my previous post. €29 for 3.5g / 0.12 oz.

Ingredients

POLYBUTENE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), OLEIC/LINOLEIC/LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES, POLYETHYLENE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), MICA, AROMA (FLAVOR), HYDROXYMETHOXYPHENYL PROPYLMETHYLMETHOXYBENZOFURAN, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, TOCOPHEROL, CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 15850 (RED 7 LAKE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 15850 (RED 6), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 45410 (RED 28 LAKE)

The formula of these lipsticks is very similar to the original Tinted Luxe Balms, except there is more pigment in most colors. I think RBR’s description is very accurate, except I was sceptical of the “anti-age” benefits of these lipsticks. I guess it’s how you label anti-ageing, in general I’m not a fan of the word. Tinted Luxe Balms have a patented active complex from sunflower oil that promises to plump, improve elasticity and also smooth fine lines. I looked into these polyglycerides (fatty acid molecules attached to glycerin), which are an Ecocert approved technology that is non-sensitizing, non-irritating and a greener replacement for lanolin, wax and silicones. I couldn’t find studies, but the manufacturer does promise these effects. I doubt any lip product except for injections can bring back lost volume (=size), but smooth and nourish for sure.

My lips are in a fairly good shape, I don’t have lines that would bother me - but I also haven’t used these lipsticks for 4 weeks of daily use. However, I do like to replace my lip balm with these lipsticks - especially with the old Pinch of Nude (now Heavenly Honeysuckle) as it’s almost transparent, very nourishing and feels like it “sinks in” the lips instead feeling waxy on the top.

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Wearing ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms

Compared to previous Tinted Luxe Balms these have more pigmentation. The feel is hydrating and smoothing, perhaps more slippery than RBR’s other lip products. They remind me of SUQQU’s Extra Glow Lipsticks, which are also designed mature lips in mind. SUQQU is richer in texture, which makes lipstick slipping and sliding more noticeable: RBR has some transparency which you can build with extra swipes. The site says that Tinted Luxe Balms are delicately scented, but I haven’t paid any attention to the fragrance - if you’re sensitive to scents I think these should be okay.

I find it slightly hard to compare RBR lipsticks as they are all very good, same packaging and I use them interchangeably. The Sheer Lipsticks feel less moisturizing, less shiny compared to Tinted Luxe Balms while Color Burst Lipsticks are more opaque. All of them glide beautifully on the lips. The wear time isn’t very long, these do move if you eat or drink and there’s no stain left behind. However these lipsticks are a pleasure to reapply.

Swatches

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Captivating Camellias - Light caramel nude with peachy undertones

Mysterious Magnolias - Cool/neutral toned soft pink

Amazing Anemones - Bright, translucent cherry red

Playful Primrose - Cool toned vibrant pink

Poised Peonies - Darker wine/cherry red with cool undertones

Lovely Lilacs - Cool white based violet

Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge ENCHANTING BLOOMS Tinted Luxe Balms | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Overall thoughts

Again, Rouge Bunny Rouge is winning with their lipstick formula. I don’t find nudes as flattering on me as the juicy, vibrant reds and pinks, but I’ll likely use all shades because of the comfortable wear and lip pampering benefits. I fear RBR is discontinuing their Sheer Lipsticks (they are now on sale!), but the Tinted Luxe balms wear just as lovely. Rouge Bunny Rouge is one of those rare brands that doesn’t release massive collections every season, but put the effort and elegance in all of their products, producing only very best. I would never purchase a mere lip balm this pricey, but with this lovely color and finish I do recommend Tinted Luxe Balms.

If I had to pick a favorite.. Amazing Anemones is very lovely and my usual style, but so far I’ve used Lovely Lilacs the most! What’s your favorite shade? Have you tried Rouge Bunny Rouge?

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**These products were kindly gifted for me. My review and thoughts are honest and my own.

ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polish Review and Swatches

“It’s not a nail polish, it’s a blush.”

Ayako is one of my favorite makeup Creative Directors. She has lived over 20 years in New York, working with celebrities and makeup artists like Francois Nars (another favorite of mine). I love it how Ayako thinks outside the box, creating high quality product to highlight one’s individual style. She is cool, edgy and awfully chic - not afraid of colors or texture variations. Today I’m writing about on of my favorite products from ADDICTION: the Cheek Polishes!

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ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes

ADDICTION’s Cheek polishes come in a nail polish -like bottle with a similar brush applicator. There are two available textures: non-pearl matte colors and with pearls of silver or/and gold. The cheek polishes retail 12ml for 3024 yen (including tax). As I’m typing this there are 8 permanent shades (including two highlighters) and seasonal limited edition colors.

How To Wear ADDICTION Cheek Polishes

Using a liquid blush is relatively easy. You shake the bottle with cap closed, then adjust the amount of color on the brush (similarly as you adjust the amount of nail polish). You could use the back of your hand as a palette and apply with a brush or a sponge, but I find it easiest to add about ~3 dots of the color on my cheeks and blending with my fingers. I use my middle finger to spread the color, then my index finger to blend. The Cheek Polishes set relatively quickly. If I feel there’s too much product or harsh edges I do a couple dabs with my Beauty Blender or Shaquda foundation brush.

ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Addiction Cheek Polishes

ADDICTION is one of my favorite makeup brands, I feel Ayako can do no wrong (except reformulating my favorite foundation *grudge*). I think last year she reformulated the brand’s powder blushes and created 30 permanent shades with sensible color categories, but unfortunately her Cheek Polish range remained untouched. They have discontinued some older individual shades, which makes the range in my eyes a bit incomplete looking.. as I’m typing this there are only 6 blushers and 2 highlighters available. I wish they’d tweak and expand the current range. Meanwhile, they do bring out Limited Edition shades every now and then. I haven’t tried the highlighter shades (13 Reflection and 13 Moon Dance), but 12 Emotional has very little base color and is mostly very sheer with loads of golden glitter.

What I love about this formula is how weightless it feels on the skin. I personally like to wear a decent amount of makeup every day, but I don’t want to look or feel as if I’ve piled on a ton. The ADDICTION Cheek Polishes look and feel seamless on the skin with no tacky or greasy residue. I rarely blend makeup with my fingers, but with liquid blush and highlighter I make an exception. I’ve noticed that blush - especially cream blush - doesn’t last well on my cheeks, but with ADDICTION Cheek Polishes I can get at least 5 hour of decent wear-time without touching up or setting with a powder.

I actually like the packaging, but perhaps the caps should be a different color so they wouldn’t be confused with ADDICTION’s nail polishes? The mini bottle 09 Sensually was a gift with purchase and I don’t think I can even go through this small size during one life-time. You only need a couple dots or two small swipes of color per each cheek from the applicator. I wouldn’t mind if they reduced the product size and price ~1000 yen. Luckily the product seems to last well; I’ve had my 04 Revenge shade for a few years, but hasn’t gone bad or separated.

Swatches

04 Revenge - Matte bright red with a slight yellow undertone; “sunburn red”.

09 Sensually - Soft matte muted pink rose. (My favorite!)

12 Emotional - Sheer orange coral with gold pearl (with NARS Orgasm vibes)

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Final Thoughts

While I’m in love with this product type, I do think there is some improvement in the shade range. 04 Revenge used to look a bit too much like sunburn on my face, but I’ve learned to pair it with my other makeup. I do regret getting 12 Emotional a little as it’s very shimmery with little base color - I’d prefer it to be more coral, like in the bottle. I wonder if it would suit better a deeper skin tone than mine? In order to get some use out of it I like to layer this Cheek Polish with other blushers, apply generously and skip the highlighter. Overall, I love the Cheek Polishes but I definitely prefer the matte shades. If you love easy-to-apply, quick and natural blush, these are worth checking out! xx

End of Year Beauty Favourites 2018

Eek I can’t believe I’m typing this - it’s time for my yearly roundup of favourite products. Everyone and their dog has probably typed how they can’t believe it’s already 2019, but my mind is still orientated it’s September or October. Past two to three months has just flashed by.

I’m trying to list you only new products I’ve discovered (or/and reviewed) in 2018. Not all of these items are brand new, but they are new to me. My initial list was massive, so I’m trying to list only crème de la crème, best of the best, non-negotiable items. This doesn’t mean I’m not standing by my other recommendations, they’re still good, but the items in this post deserve the extra attention. Enjoy!

Best of Beauty 2018 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog / Laurantaina
Best of Beauty 2018 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog / Laurantaina

Brushes

Sonia G (aka Sweet Makeup Temptations) smashed 2018 with Beautylish. Her brushes are so gorgeous, designed and manufactured with absolute finesse. I skipped the first set, but decided to pick up some individuals and later her PRO Eye Set, which was even more to my liking than her first eye brushes I purchased! It solved one design issue I had with a smaller eye brush (review here). In 2019 I’m dying to pick up more face brushes from her.

I also loved Hakuhodo’s G511 “salt and pepper” brush, which became my most used contour brush in 2018. It’s much cheaper than Surratt’s contour brush, which is also lovely, but I think for most people I’d recommend the more affordable Hakuhodo. This brush is also less dense, and gives nicely diffused edges for cheek and neck contour.

Best of Beauty 2018 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog / Laurantaina
Best of Beauty 2018 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog / Laurantaina

Perfume

This Fall I wrote about my obsession with Atelier Cologne and Mimosa Indigo* (review), which instantly became my signature scent. It’s unique, light and elegant and perfectly balanced with floral and leathery tones. Atelier Cologne also has such attention to detail in their packaging and service, so I’d recommend them for anyone looking for a luxe gift.

..Then came Black Friday and I made some perfume investments and purchased a couple of perfumes from Tom Ford, including his Tobacco Vanille, which will get a post of its own. I love how Tom Ford’s perfumes last very well on me, I can even smell them on my clothes. I think one of the best (free) gestures of affection is borrowing your scarf with your scent and perfume on it.. Hehee, perfect during cold Finnish Winters.

Best of Beauty 2018 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog / Laurantaina

Skincare

Gosh, it was a great year for skincare in 2018. I discovered and loved so many, especially wash-off masks, but they were mainly old favorites (Mahalo, Max and Me). My best new discoveries are exfoliation related, both acid, powder-to-paste and cleansers with beads (non-plastic of course!).

I especially fell in love with de Mamiel’s Cleanse and Exfoliate that works great both as a quick brightening mask and an exfoliant. I also tried the iconic Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 in mini size and purchased a full size bottle once I ran out. I can agree it’s worth all the hype and every penny, but certainly not for sensitive skin.

Then there is Tata Harper. I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting her this Summer in Naturelle’s event and her product made such a lasting impression me: luxury and efficacy meet eco beauty. Her Regenerating Cleanser* quickly became favorite to me, you’ll notice its refreshing effect right away. The bottle in my hand looks almost full, but I’ve gone through a couple of minis. 

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I also tried a bunch of good hydrating serums and ampoules this year, but the one that was above others is Esse’s R6 Serum*. Not only Esse products are packed with probiotics, but also this serum plumps and hydrates in instant - contesting my old fav Kypris Antioxidant Dew (review).

Another hydrating product I’ve been reaching are the Kicks sheet masks*. Although I’ve seen Korean sheet masks with better ingredients list and cheaper price tag, Kicks’ bio-cellulose sheet masks are pretty easy for us Nordic/Scandi people to access. I’ve never really liked jelly or gel masks before, but the Kicks ones stick to the skin without slipping and sliding. They’re thin, thin, comfortable, cooling and packed with moisture. They also come with a generous amount of serum and I use the excess for my arms and décolleté.

Last but not least - Ben and Anna deodorants (review)*. To this day, I’ve used up almost 4 tubes of them in various scents. I love it the packaging is recycleable, scents are not overpowering, but above all - these deodorants keep me odour free and feeling dry! Naturally baking soda and shea butter based, formulated without any aluminum. The only con is I go through these pretty quickly.

Hair

I tried and tested some very good hair products this year, but I can’t choose one shampoo or conditioner over the others as I tend to mix and match them according to my hair’s needs. My most “mind blowing” hair experience was meeting Mark Birch and learning about proper scalp health. Since then I’ve been washing my hair and scalp almost daily! Unfortunately I’m not the biggest fan of the tar-like scent of his products, so I do rotate them with others.

The Maria Nila Schist fibre cream* is certainly my most reached for styling product this year, I much prefer it to the OUAI matte pomade. I like how Maria Nila’s matte texture hard-to-detect; as if I had woken up with my hair styled nicely. I use it to add some nice texture, hold and add that piece-y look to my short hair.

Best of Beauty 2018 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog / Laurantaina
Best of Beauty 2018 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog / Laurantaina

Makeup

I think this was the easiest category for me to choose from. I’ve tried a good amount of very nice makeup this year, including cream blushes, new shades from firm favorites (Tom Ford and SUQQU), but what raised above everything else were SUQQU’s Glow Touch Eyes (review), creamy liquid eyeshadows. Not as opaque as my other favorite Rouge Bunny Rouge Cream shadows, but still very lovely and perfect for easy eye looks. Just a quick swipe with the applicator and blend with a fluffy brush and you’re done!

Honorable mention goes to Lumene’s Invisible Illumination Instant Luminizer*. It can be doubled as a glowy primer and a highlighter, but personally I prefer the former method. I apply a couple of drops on my cheeks and blend with my fingers before applying a tinted moisturizer. The result is less flashy than RBR liquid highlighter so you can wear it on its own too.

Then I have two mascaras that are outstanding: Lancome’s Monsieur Big (not pictured - review here) and MAC’s classic Extended Play Gigablack mascara. Monsieur Big gives the perfect doll like fat lashes while MAC’s Extended Play Gigablack mascara has the perfect dryness from the first application, holds a curl and won’t smudge during the day. I rarely purchase high-end mascaras, but these are total repeat items!

Speaking of lashes, I love Tweezerman’s lash curlers*. Who knew this classic tweezer brand made eyelash curlers (or “Hell Machine” as my gf says) as well? I’ve tried both the regular and round eye version and they both create an amazing, long-lasting curl and won’t pinch my eyelids!

Last but not least there’s Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Ruby (mentioned here). Gorgeous everyday muted red shade that wears like a stain without drying the lips. I’m eyeing more shades from the Crushed range..

Final word

THERE WE HAVE IT! Best of the best 2018! I need to know what’s your favorite product(s) from last year! Please chat with me in the comments. xx

* Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly offered for review.
My thoughts are honest and my own.