As you all know, I've been stalking the Zuneta website for this brand and waiting excitedly for my order to arrive. My parcel arrived this morning (along with my Illamasqua order - had a bit of a crisis deciding what to wear today, but the Rouge Bunny won.)
This line is, so far, a total winner for me. The packaging is gorgeous, and the beautiful illustrations are not just on the box but are taken through to the actual makeup casing. Each of the items has an image on it that makes up part of the Enchanted Garden illustration on the boxes, and I love this kind of attention to detail.
The products are exceedingly high quality, and I don't say that lightly. The lipstick texture is most similar to Serge Lutens (I've tried out a sample card of these, but never bought one - even I baulk at £50 for a lipstick.)
Sea of Tranquility Highlighting liquid (£45.)
This is a generous 30ml size. The texture and finish on the skin in incredible; it would send an Armani Fluid Sheer sobbing into a corner. It gives a beautiful sheen to the skin, without any greasiness or obvious shimmer. I've used it in a C shape on the top of my cheekbone to browbone, and down the centre of my nose. The colour is perfect; a very pale neutral pink (neither candy or rose, just a pure opal pink.)
Vermeer Blush wand (£28.)
This is quite a soft stick cream blush - it's much more creamy in texture than a NARS multiple. The colour is a soft rosy pink, with no mauve/cool tones. It gives a very soft natural blush, and it does not oxidise (turn orangey) on my skin like some blushes can, but maintains a true blush pink colour. Slightly oddly, this smells like sweeties (I say slightly oddly, because the lipstick isn't scented at all.)
Scrumptiously Devious Colour burst lipstick (£22.)
This is described as a lavender pink with golden opalescence. The description is spot on, but I think the colour swatches on zuneta and the RBR website might read a tone or two deeper on my monitor than in real life. It's a pale cool pink with a very subtle golden sheen - just enough to prevent frostbitten looking lips, but not out and out shimmer. This gives me pale ice princess lips, and it does not dry out my very dry lips.
Solstice Halcyon Long lasting eyeshadow (£22.)
I predict that this particular shade will be *that* eyeshadow; the one that's always sold out, and that people go nuts over (like Shu ME945, Armani 11, Bobbi Brown Rockstar or any of the taupes that MAC releases with every other collection.)
It's a glowy but not too shimmery neutral mid to light-toned taupe. This, my friends, is eyeshadow nirvana. It gives natural definition and brightens my eye colour. I'm wearing it simply swept over my mobile lid up to my crease, and then along my lower lashline, just with black mascara. I can also attest to the long wearing qualities; I don't have any kind of base on my eyelids but this lasted through an afternoon nap with no creasing.
At the moment, the only UK stockist is Zuneta.com. This was my first purchase from Zuneta, and I would not hesitate to place another order. I emailed back and forth on colour choices and they were incredibly helpful, and also kept me well-informed as to when I could expect to receive my order. My purchases were beautifully and safely wrapped in tissue paper and presented in an elegant box.
I am still stupidly excited about this line, delighted with my purchases and could already fill another basket at Zuneta. My wishlist (you know, just in case Mr London is reading!) is:
Got rid of the man lipstick - satin burgundy
Whim of mine lipstick - satin raspberry
Mysterious tinamou eyeshadow - sea blue
Volcano fairy-wren eyeshadow - charcoal
I could also do a picture of my face using the products, if anyone is interested.