Friday, June 7th, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Become One Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Become One Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Become One Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described an “opaque green” inspired by “young, verdant leaves in spring.” It’s a medium green cream with warm, yellow undertones. This was really rich in pigment and was nearly opaque in one coat, though I still found two to work best for full opacity. The consistency is slightly thick but not to the point where it hurts application, just makes the drying time a bit longer. It flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges, bubbling, or streaking. I typically get a full week of wear with very minor tip wear with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula. Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy is cooler-toned, more shimmery. China Glaze Starboard is slightly darker and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Smile ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dazzling red … a neutral red … full of sunny, shimmery goodness.” It’s a brightened, pink-red with barely-there gold pearl and warm undertones. I really couldn’t detect the gold pearl well; normally, even fine pearl will catch the light in photos, despite a lower impact in real life, but here, it’s hard to see at all. I was disappointed with that, because Rescue Beauty’s subtle, but noticeable, pearl is often a characteristic that they excel at but is uncommon in other brands. The consistency and application were both great, though, and I had no issues with opacity, as it was opaque in two coats. OCC Extravaganza is lighter, more shimmery. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is brighter, darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is pinker, brighter. Chanel Fracas is lighter. Zoya Kimber is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Thank you ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bare, neutral nude, [with] a cast of beatific opalescent pink shimmers.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned beige with opalescent pearl. No matter how thin or thick my coats were, I couldn’t manage to apply this shade without noticeable streaking and unevenness. The consistency of the polish was slightly thick, which may have hurt the application. I applied two coats, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Undercover Nude is less shimmery, less pigmented. Chanel Island is more shimmery, lighter. Essie Sand Tropez is darker, cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Become One

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This was really rich in pigment and was nearly opaque in one coat, though I still found two to work best for full opacity.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Smile

A
I really couldn't detect the gold pearl well; normally, even fine pearl will catch the light in photos, despite a lower impact in real life, but here, it's hard to see at all.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thank You

C+
No matter how thin or thick my coats were, I couldn't manage to apply this shade without noticeable streaking and unevenness.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-violet silky shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark grape purple with violet shimmer and pearl. China Glaze Creative Fantasy is more like a jelly, so it has no shimmer, and it is also warmer/pinker. Illamasqua Poke has subtle shimmer, but the color is pinker and lighter–not as dark as Pause.

This polish was fully opaque in two coats.  It had a slightly thicker consistency, but it did not seem to impede application at all, as it applied beautifully.  I didn’t have issues with the formula bubbling, streaking, or pooling, though it did seem to take longer to dry than the average polish. When it dries, it does so with a naturally shiny finish (but I think a top coat helps give it a plusher, even glossier look, so I’d still recommend it).  I usually get a full week of wear out of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula with very minor tip wear and no chipping–it’s one of the longer-wearing formulas I’ve come across.

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Pause

A+
If you love purple, and you're a fan of Rescue Beauty Lounge's subtle shimmer, you'll probably fall in love with Pause!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark mossy green pond [with] a vivid, glittering cast of copper shimmer.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, olive green with flecks of copper shimmer and sparkle. I felt like my yellow undertones pulled the warmth out of this polish a bit, and if you have a cooler complexion, it may not look as warm-toned. I couldn’t think of any shades that really came close to this one. SpaRitual Lithophonic is darker, not as warm-toned, and doesn’t have copper shimmer (it has green). Cult Nails In a Trance has a similar green base color but different shimmer (both in size and color). Both China Glaze Westside and Zoya Dree are creamy, olive-ish greens, with Dree being closer in tone but lighter overall–neither have shimmer so I suggest these as a base option if perhaps you have a coppery top coat you want to try pairing it with. Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War is a cream polish (no shimmer), and its base color is a little lighter and more olive.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and if you do thinner coats, you’ll probably need three. The consistency was a little on the thin side, but the polish still applied fluidly, evenly, and smoothly. I didn’t have any trouble with it streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail when I applied it. It dries down to a naturally shiny finish, and the polish feels smooth to the touch. The drying time was about average. Rescue Beauty’s formula wears very, very well on me with a full seven days of wear with very minor tip wear.

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Turn It Around

A+
Turn It Around is certainly unique within the polishes that I've come across, which is always a plus! It applies well, had good color payoff, and generally, I get excellent wear out of the brand's formula.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge Santa Fe Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Santa Fe Nail Lacquer

Take a Seat and Enjoy the Hues of Santa Fe

Rescue Beauty Lounge Santa Fe Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “an aerial view of Santa Fe; the baked earth tones of ocher with shimmering, glistening ubiquitous dotted greens.” It’s a slightly subdued, terracotta-tinged medium orange with light-medium orange-gold shimmer. Though the description mentions dotted greens, there’s nothing that really represents that concept in the polish itself (the brand’s descriptions are often more inspirational than they are one-for-one descriptions, at least with this launch). I don’t have anything in my stash that seems to look this–it’s definitely orange, but it’s not really bright, and there’s no red in it. Zoya Myrta is darker and red-orange. Nails Inc. Porchester Place is more orange, brighter. Illamasqua gamma comes the closest, but it’s brighter–reads more Halloween orange than desert orange. I’d love for you to suggest any potential dupes!

The consistency of Santa Fe wasn’t too thick or too thin, though if I had to say it leaned one way or the other, it would be just barely thick.  It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and I didn’t experience any bubbling, streaking, or pooling of the polish along the edges of the nail.  The micro-shimmer in this shade definitely shows up in natural light as well as brighter light, so I really thought it added more depth to the base color.  There were very slight brush strokes visible under brighter light (like diffused flash).  I typically get a full week of wear with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula and very minimal tip wear (but no chipping).

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Santa Fe

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The micro-shimmer in this shade definitely shows up in natural light as well as brighter light, so I really thought it added more depth to the base color.  There were very slight brush strokes visible under brighter light (like diffused flash).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy Nail Lacquer

Can You Find the Gold Shimmer in the Field of Poppies?

Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sea of poppy fields.” It’s a bright orange-red with very, very subtle gold micro-shimmer. Essie Too Too Hot is redder. Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise is darker, redder. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bangin’ is a smidgen lighter, more coral. Deborah Lippmann Supermodel is a shade redder. Orly Retro Red is a ltitle lighter and more orange. MAC Scorcher is less bright, less red.

Micro-shimmer can be gorgeous, because it can look subtle, sophisticated, and add depth to an otherwise cream-like finish.  However, it can also be overpowered and lost, and I think that’s the case here (which is a personal, subjective observation that does not impact the rating).  The color is so vibrant and rich that the amount of gold micro-shimmer just fades away.  Even under bright light (like diffused flash), it’s barely detectable. Poppy was opaque in two coats, and the formula wasn’t thick at all. It had a good balance of thick and thin, so it flowed and applied beautifully and evenly.  I typically get a full week of wear with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula with no chipping and very minimal tip wear.

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Poppy

A+
Rich in pigment, not too thick or thin, Poppy is easy to use and applies like a dream. I think that it looks prettier in the bottle, because the gold shimmer is more pronounced there than it actually is on the nail.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack Nail Lacquer

One Sultry, Smoldering Mix of Green, Blue, and Teal

Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a mix of “greens, blues, [and] teals.” It’s an inky, not quite murky, green with a flash of teal and blue-teal iridescence that looks like it’s swirled in the green base color. Urban Decay Mars is similar but lighter and much, much more sparkly/glittery. MAC Deep Sea is darker, less green, and has a cream finish. Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal is blue-teal and has a cream finish. Illamasqua Viridian is more shimmery and less green (more teal). Butter London British Racing Green is greener. MAC Jade Dragon is darker and greener.

Totally opaque after two coats and nearly opaque after one, this is a really rich, intensely pigmented color. I did experience staining with this shade after wearing it for a week to test the wear.  Jack had a good formula, a smidgen thicker than your average polish, but the right consistency for the brand overall. It’s thick without being problematic–it’s almost like richness than thickness (which sounds bad).  The shimmer in this is very subtle under most lighting conditions, and I wish it was just a bit more amplified.  When I wore this, I had very minimal tip wear after eight days and no chipping.

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Jack

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The staining does make this shade a bit annoying to wear, depending on how often you polish or change your polish your nails. You might want to wear a full coat of white underneath on top of a base coat to help prevent staining.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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