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Rock & Republic Cosmetics Review

June 2, 2009

Bringing you a mini review of Rock & Republic Cosmetics . . . Saturate Eye Colors, Contrived Pressed Blush, Luxe Lipglosses, Noir Lipglosses and Intimate Mousse Blushes.

The Rock & Republic Luxury Denim brand has recently launched a cosmetics collection, ava
ilable at select Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus locations. The products are packaged in edgy, sleek, flashy designs with contrasting black and chrome to reflect the style of their denim collections.

Saturate Eye Colors: These retail for $28 and come in a flip-top mirrored compact. The eyeshadows are jet-milled, available in three different finishes: matte, satin to shimmer. The textures are medium-soft and while the pigment is medium-high, the texture is semi-chalky for the satin finish shades making them a bit difficult to blend. The full shimmer shades are softer in texture making them easier to blend on the lids.

1) Snakeskin (satin finish) is a medium olive green with gold and brown sparkles.
2) Lost (satin finish) is a neutral coffee-brown with gold sparkles that are very subtle. The gold shimmer makes it look lighter, but it goes on medium-dark.

3) Sabotage (shimmer finish) is gorgeous shimmery golden beigy-brown.

4) Diffused (satin finish) is a cool taupe grey-brown with subtle shimmer.

Luxe Lipgloss & Noir Lipgloss: The Luxe lipglosses come in a wand-style tube form and retail for $26. Noir Lipglosses which retail for $35 come in a heavy metal compact and retractable lip brush are a hot-pour version of a few existing shades in the luxe format. (Vacant Luxe = Conspiracy Noir and Runaway Luxe = Confession Noir) The glosses have a high shine and smooth non-tacky finish with a slight vanilla scent. Pigment is medium with a moisturizing feel.

1) Conspiracy – creamy nude
2) Confession – shimmery peachy pink

3) Vacant (mini promo size)
4) Preppy Punk – shimmery cool pink
5) Runaway – shimmery iridescent peachy pink

Contrived Pressed Blush & Intimate Mousse Blush:
Contrived Pressed Blushes come in a huge mirrored compact. They retail for $40 and come in matte and shimmer finishes. The
pigment and texture of the blushes are excellent. Most of the colors are bright with the exception of Spank which is a neutral light matte pink. The Intimate Mousse Blushes come in a pot with a twist-off top and retail for $28. The textures are light and airy, like a soufflé. I find these apply best when tapped on the skin and blended with a small foundation or cheek brush. They have a sheer finish with subtle shimmers, but are buildable for more color. They have a soft semi-matte finish, which is nice for summer.

* Pressed Blush: Spank is a soft ballet-powdery pink
1) Gossip is a cool lavender pink
2) Quickie is a cute peach
3) Scandal is a pretty baby rose pink (similar to Gossip, but not as purple/cool-toned)

(Spank compared to some other brands)

Overall a nice new brand. Only downside for me is the bulky/flashy packaging and lack of unique eyeshadow shades in the neutral range. If you decide to try this out, I highly recommend waiting for Bloomingdales to have their next Private Sale event where they have gifts with purchases at each line. They usually have mini lipglosses or mascaras they give out which are nice to try.

This line is fairly new, but I haven’t seen much advertising or PR on this line. Also, I have yet to see an actual product specialist at the Nordstrom or Bloomingdales counter, each time I have tried their items, I have been helped by a sales associate from another line. The first time I heard about the line was when I saw a new unit at Nordstrom a few months ago.

There are some nice shades though, so I recommend checking it out if you have a counter near you! Maybe it is just my area that doesn’t have anyone representing the line.

Have you checked out any R&R beauty items yet? If you have, where did you hear about the line? Thoughts on products you have tried?