Luxury rockstar brand Rock & Republic Cosmetics sprang into this world like Athena — fully realized, a complete line (48 shades of eyeshadow, 12 shades of blush, tinted primer, pressed powder, you name it) — from Zeus’s head… or possibly that of CEO/Creative Director Michael Ball.
Rock & Republic was founded in 2002 as a premium denim company. They have since expanded into a full line of clothing, shoes, handbags, eyewear, (and cosmetics, obviously). Like their clothes and accessories, their makeup falls into the luxe category: each eyeshadow is $28, and the pots are quite large. I can’t find the specifics online, but I’d estimate that they’re comparable to Stila pans. They come in ornate, heavy, individual compacts — though R&R does make two different trios (not customizable; I’ll report back on what those colors are).
The shadows are all jet-milled, giving them a delightfully creamy texture (they reminded me of Smashbox singles, actually). I also thought they all fell into one of three levels of shimmer (high, low, and none). I’ll do my best to describe them, though I definitely recommend clicking the picture to view at full size.
I love… all the ones in this picture. Especially Spy, Skintight, Sabotage, Diffused… okay, I like all of them.
- White Heat is a white shimmer, like MAC’s Crystal Avalanche or White Frost (high shimmer)
- Veil is a soft matte ecru or vellum (a light, yellowed white)
- Spy is a soft peach-brown matte
- Skintight is a super-soft shimmery peach (medium shimmer)
- Affair is a more shimmery peach, maybe like a less frosty, less pink Naked Lunch (high shimmer)
- Alloy is an iridescent yellow gold (high shimmer)
- Sabotage is a soft, shimmery, warm brown (high shimmer)
- Diffused is a very lightly shimmery, cool, darker brown (medium shimmer)
R&R eyeshadow: White Heat, Veil, Spy, Skintight, Affair, Alloy, Sabotage, Diffused