RnR Eyeshadow Review + Get RnR Eye Shadows for $5.85/each

1.12.2011

I am sort of mashing a review up with a sales alert to kill two birds with one stone.  Plus I want to introduce y'all to these shadows while a lot of  eyeshadow colors are available ;)  I am not sure about this yet but I believe that all R&R cosmetics are being phased out (not just the blushes), so as time goes by, less and less will be available.  So if you want any R&R cosmetics, you are running out of time :\  This is another long post so I posted most of the content after the jump.
Post contents:
R&R Shadow Reviews - Jaded, Nailed, and Lawsuit
Current R&R Sales
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How to Get R&R Eye Shadows for $5.85/each
Another Good Deal Method
Top CCW: Lawsuit, Jaded, Nailed

I briefly mentioned R&R eyeshadows here, but let me give you quick overview of just the eyeshadow colors I received.  I won't be talking about the blush because I already did a review of the other R&R blush colors I have and let's face it, everyone and their grandma knows how great R&R blushes are.
Rock & Republic Eye Shadow Description  
- Available in three finishes: matte, satin or shimmer 
- Long wearing, formulated for easy application 
- Richly pigmented 
- Fine jet-milled powder  
- Full range of shades
    Cost: I got these shadows 50%, before they got marked down, so I paid $14/eyeshadow + .99 shipping.

    Packaging:

    R&R eyeshadows are essentially the R&R blush in miniature.  They are literally exactly the same except for size with the identical magnetic enclosures and mirrors inside.  You can see the size comparisons above.  Even though the eyeshadow is smaller than the blush, it's still an awful lot of product for one eyeshadow color O_O  Trust me on that - much like the blushes, you will probably never be able to hit the pan on these.

    All swatches and descriptions in italics are from Karla Sugar (click here to see all R&R shadow swatches)!  All her swatches are very accurate1


    Jaded
    Karla Sugar Says: Jaded is a very iridescent blue-green that makes me think of Monet’s waterlilies (high shimmer).
    Finish: Shimmer, but not high-high shimmer as you might think.  The picture below is a very accurate look at the color.  It has a silvery, cool-toned sheen.


    Quality: Very finely milled, great quality, creamy, blendable, and highly pigmented.
    Overall: I made the the mistake of picking up another seafoam green -__- but that said, it's a lovely color and it really does remind me of the type of green Asians tend to wear - subtle and shimmery.  I would say this color is very nicely suited for cool tones.  However, as nice as the color is, I suspect NYX Wildfire and/or NYX Seafoam Green are dupes of this color, although I haven't done side-by-side comparison yet.


    Nailed
    Karla Sugar Says: Nailed is a super shimmery charcoal (high shimmer).
    Finish: Very shimmery with micro silver flecks.  No fallout at all and the shimmer is a gorgeous subtle grey-silver that is silky smooth on application. This is a very basic color - a cool dark gray.

     
    Quality: Very finely milled, great quality, creamy, blendable, and highly pigmented. 
    Overall: A basic color that will be hella useful for smoky eyes.  Gorgeous color, however, I feel that this is a dupe-able color or at least it's not an "unusual" color.  I am sure you can find charcoal greys elsewhere.  HOWEVER, this is such a basic, usable shade and for $5.85, I think this would be a great buy since you could always use it.


    Lawsuit
    Karla Sugar Says: Lawsuit is a totally cool dark brown that reflects green/blue-green; sort of the same idea as MAC Club (medium shimmer).
    Finish: Shimmery, though not as much as Nailed.  The most surprisingly duochrome eyeshadow I'e ever seen.


    Quality: Unlike Jaded and Nailed, I found this too be crumbly and little chunky.  It was a little difficult to apply evenly and bet it's because it's duochrome.   Definitely the most difficult in terms of application of the three. This struck me as very odd since R&R is known for their excellent finely milled quality.  However, it's incredibly pigmented and very creamy. 
    Overall: This is by far one of the most popular R&R shadows for a reason, it's so duochrome.  It goes on brown but shimmers a stark green!  I could look at it for hours and I was most excited about this color~  If you apply just this on your lid it looks like you are wearing two colors, brown on the outer corners, green in the center - it's awesome!  This would be great on days you're in a rush - with one color, it'll look like you're wearing two.  That said, this shade is not without it's faults, I found applying this difficult.  Mine was "chunky" - about 1-2mm sized bits would cake off the pan so I had to tap it off after every brush sweep. 

    As much as I like this color, I feel that this color is deceptively difficult to wear if you want to wear it as a dramatic look. I feel that this is one of those colors that shifts between warm and cool-tones aka the brown is warm-toned and the green is cool-toned.  This means those with only "neutral" complexions can really pull this off all the time.  On me it was almost a bit muddy looking (I think the brown was too warm for my face), but then again it's eyeshadow, not foundation, so it's not that big of a deal.   Also, if you're just using a thin wash of this color, this honestly isn't a problem at all.  I'm just being critical, as usual.   Overall, I'd say this is one of the most unique colors I own and I don't regret this color at all.  I highly recommend you snag this color if you're doing a R&R haul.

    On R&R Shadows in General
    Good:
    - A steal at $5.85 each.
    - Excellent quality: good pigmentation, 2 of the 3 colors were non-streaky and blend beautifully.
    - All are very finely milled and highly pigmented.
    - Enormous color selection.
    - Purty packaging!
    - All are very creamy and blendable.

    Bad:
    - Lawsuit was kind of crumbly, which confuses me. I suspect it might be just my pan.
    - Packaging is way too bulky to be carried around.

    I think the quantity you get is both a pro and a con.  You definitely get a bang for your buck but seriously, I have no idea why anyone would need so much of one shadow color :\ Maybe except for the matte blacks and whites, I feel a lot of product will eventually go to waste in the end >< That said...yes, I'll prolly buy more shadows because...$5.85/shadow is effing amazing!  Do use Karla Sugar's swatches as reference because all her swatches are spot on and she has all of them swatched.

    R&R Sales
    Ok, now for the sales ^^ R&R is actually holding two sales right now O_O


    You can only use 1 promo code at a time ^^  But if you want to get non-eyeshadows, use the 50% off all cosmetics obviously.  The BOGO promotion is not as good as it sounds honestly - it basically takes off only $14 flat :\


    How to Get R&R Shadows for $5.85/each
    For blushes, X-rated is still available and I so recommend it. Go here for more info on buying R&R blushes. As for eyeshadows~ The best way to get a good deal is actually to just use the 50% off deal.  This method will show you how to take advantage of both the $25 off Friend Invite and promo codes.

    1.) Get a Friend Invite for $25 off first purchase (link or email me at insideoutelle@gmail.com.  For the link, I do not get the $25 referral bonus but if you don't mind waiting a bit ^^, feel free to email me and I'll send you a personal Friend Invite that gives both you and me $25 off our next purchase).  You must spend $75+ to get $25 off your first purchase.  Once you get the Friend Invite and make an account, the $25 off will be automatically applied without a promo code after you add $75+ to your cart.

    2.) Go to R&R eyeshadow ($14/each) page.

    3.) Add 7 eyeshadow colors to your cart.

    4.) R&R has gotten rid of .99 shipping :( Now it's just Free Shipping for $150+.  Anyway, the cheapest shipping for 5+ items is $16.95. Yeah...it's ridiculous :\


    5.) Type in ROCKCOSMETICS into promo code box for 50% your whole purchase.  You enter promo codes right before you Confirm your purchase, so don't forget ^_^


    6.) Look at that lovely discount! You end up getting 7 shadows for only $40.95/7 = ~$5.85/each Even with the $16.95 shipping, this is much better than any HauteLook sale you're going to come across (HL sells e/s for $11.20/each + $6.95 flat S&H).

    And here's proof that the BOGO deal is not as good as it sounds :P


    See it only knocks off a measly $14 :P This results in $75.95/7 = $10.85/shadow....not good at all :P.

    Another Good Deal Method
    For those hankering after a blush, a good combo to get 1 blush and 5 shadows:


    This lets you get a blush + 5 shadows for a mere $46.95/6 = ~$7.83/each.  Not bad considering you get a huge blush!  Anyway, the combos are pretty much limitless.  Basically, just get a Friend Invite, add as close to $75 as you can get to your cart, and use the 50% off code.  Good luck peeps :D!

    16 comments :

    1. The prices aren't bad at all! I like the Nailed color the most. It would work great on it's own or blended for a smokey eye look. :)

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    2. wowowowow, it's quite cheap o_o"

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    3. I love how you give us a visualization about how the pricing works!

      I think I'm going to pass on this even though it's such a good deal lol gotta cut back on makeup and find me a better skincare! =P

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    4. LOL ~~ you have this thing w/ buying blues and greens like i have a thing w/ buying all browns.. damn i'm such a boring makeup shopper.. haha..

      i see you got adrenaline ! ^__^ i never use mine =(

      you always find the best deals ~ i love your blog! =D

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    5. I was thinking i was finally done with R&R and then u spring this on me!! aggg! :P thanks for breaking it down step by step so i can order more easily. LOL <3

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    6. Elle you are wayyy to smart for your own good. You need to stop doing all this math....it's hurting my head. I kid I kid. I've always hated math, b/c I SUCK.

      Thanks for breaking it down again for idiots like ME. LOL.

      I don't think I'll be getting any makeup for awhile. For some reason I'm kinda in a rut. Nothing amazes me anymore. So sad. :(

      I hope you are doing well. :)

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    7. The prices are not bad and these are lovely shades. they all look like candy to me!:D

      Thanks for the review!:D

      ***** Marie *****
      allthingsmarie.com

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    8. JADED is absolute loveee~ the more i see it the more i love it~

      *sniffles* it's times like these... where i feel left out because of shipping costs~

      but lovely math~ lol
      seriously my brain hurt from looking at it~

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    9. Aww I can't believe $0.99 shipping isn't available anymore; I was waiting around hoping that the blushes would restock soon too :(

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    10. nice r&r eyeshadows, I hear they're really good quality, and I like the colors you picked out too and woo for saving so much on them!

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    11. these look so awesome! now i regret for not getting some rr blushes and shadows before. and thanks for telling us the tricks when ordering.

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    12. Oh wow--- the packaging and the pigments are gorgeous. <33

      I think lawsuit may be the first brown eyeshadow ever that I've actually liked. o:

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    13. Thanks for posting Elle, what a STEAL! :] Haven't tried their eyeshadows yet, just the blushes!

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    14. nice r&r eyeshadows, I hear they're really good quality, and I like the colors you picked out too and woo for saving so much on them!

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    15. LOL ~~ you have this thing w/ buying blues and greens like i have a thing w/ buying all browns.. damn i'm such a boring makeup shopper.. haha..

      i see you got adrenaline ! ^__^ i never use mine =(

      you always find the best deals ~ i love your blog! =D

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    16. I was thinking i was finally done with R&R and then u spring this on me!! aggg! :P thanks for breaking it down step by step so i can order more easily. LOL <3

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