For summer, China Glaze has six new Crackle Glazes–this time in metallic finishes. The six shades include: Cracked Medallion (Bold bronze), Haute Metal (pale pink), Latticed Lilac (soft lavender), Oxidized Aqua (deep aquamarine blue), Platinum Pieces (shimmering silver), and Tarnished Gold (warm, honeyed hue). These will be available in late June/early July.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid violet,” which is an accurate depiction of this shade. It has a cream finish, applies opaque in two coats, and has a slightly jelly-like quality to me. In some lighting, it seems like a red-based purple, but then in other lighting, it seems more blue-based. Purple Haze’s formula was impeccable–even flow, not too thick or thin, and no bubbling. I typically get a full week of wear with RBL’s formula.
It’s a beautiful cream finished polish that’s opaque in two coats (one is almost enough). Butter London’s formula on this one has a really even flow, smooth application, and drying time wasn’t long at all. I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “watery pale blue.” It’s really a soft, pale blue with a smidgen of green that looks squishy on. From everything I’ve read on this polish, it is a sheer shade, so it’s not expected to be opaque nor designed to be worn that way. I wore two coats in the swatches, and I think it works best with two. It’s not streaky like some pastels, but it will start to look uneven if you don’t let each coat dry before the next and go to three or four coats. I think a ridge filler would be helpful here, too, to really get a flawless, sheer look.
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blue jelly polish with ice blue and emerald green glitter inspired by the phosphorescent sea-water.” It’s a really blackened blue color base (more black than blue, even with flash) with pale blue, emerald green, and teal micro-glitter.