Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost Nail Lacquer

There’s Something Rustic About This Ghost

Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as the “first appearance of the muted, twinkling stars [at] twilight.” It’s a chocolate bronze with lighter bronze and gold metallic threads of shimmer. Urban Decay Barlust has a stronger red undertone. China Glaze Street Chic is lighter, more muted, and has a cream finish. China Glaze Goin’ My Way is similar but a little richer, more molten–has more of a copper coloring. I don’t have a vast stash of bronzy shades (I learned that when trying to pull a bronze polish for our Olympic-themed post last weekend), but this doesn’t scream original–so I’d love for you to chime in with any potential dupes!

Ghost has a thicker consistency than the average polish; not thin, not goopy either, but it’s not a perfect balance. The color itself is rich, as it delivers opaque color in two coats but comes in as rather pigmented with just one. This shade dried down to a slightly less shiny natural finish compared to some other shades in the collection. There are noticeable brush strokes when this is under really bright light (like diffused flash), but they were controllable and applied fairly straight. I typically find that the brand’s formula is one of the longer-wearing polishes; I get at least a week, and there’s only very minimal tip wear but no chipping.

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Ghost

A-
I think with this shade depends on how you feel about brush strokes--if any visible brush strokes are a deal-breaker, skip this. If it depends, it's worth clicking read more to see if it's up your alley! :) Overall, it was a little thicker than I'd like as far as the consistency went.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, July 30th, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway Nail Lacquer

Cloudless Skies Aren’t Such a Faraway Dream

Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “serene, cloudless desert sky.” It’s a warm, welcoming light-medium sky blue with softer aqua blue micro-shimmer in a very creamy finish. China Glaze Splish Splash is cooler-toned, bluer. Deborah Lippmann On the Beach is a smidgen lighter and has no shimmer. NARS Koliary is barely lighter and has no shimmer. Zoya Phoebe is fractionally darker and has a matte finish. Zoya Robyn is just a wee bit lighter and has no shimmer.

The consistency of Faraway is just slightly thickened, but it is incredibly pigmented–two coats is totally opaque, but it’s very nearly opaque after one. There was very slight pooling along the side if you’re not somewhat mindful about how thick a coat you’re using. The play of the micro-shimmer seems to be a real hallmark of a Rescue Beauty Lounge polish–it is for the person who loves a hint of shimmer but never wants it to be the first thing you notice. For someone who prefers lots of shimmer, this won’t be noticeable enough for you. I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and only very minimal tip wear out of the brand’s formula–it’s one of the longer-lasting formulas I’ve come across.

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Faraway

A-
At this price point, I'm really expecting the formula to be absolutely flawless, and this one is a little thick, even a little thicker compared to the brand's formula normally (which can be just barely thick compared to average). It has excellent color payoff, and it's not difficult to work with, though.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark warm, yellowy green with pale chartreuse micro-shimmer. There wasn’t anything I could think of that felt like a genuine dupe, but the best I could come up with was Butter London Dosh, which is lighter, more chartreuse, and has much larger shimmer particles. Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War is much more of an olive green. Chanel Khaki Vert is more muted, less yellow-toned, very murky. China Glaze Peace on Earth is more olive green with gold shimmer.

Abi was opaque in two coats, and the formula runs on the thicker side but not at all problematic for it. It feels and almost looks like a cream, but there is gorgeous micro-shimmer that’s so very fine and delicate but noticeable and there. It’s been awhile since I’ve used any RBLs, but applying Abi reminded me why I keep buying them.  I don’t think I’ve missed any collections in some time, but they’re usually sold out by the time I get a chance to swatch them so then I don’t bother–I tried to start on these as soon as my order arrived.  I’ve always had great wear with the brand’s formula; it usually wears a full week with very minimal tip wear.

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Abi

A
The color coverage is excellent, and the way this brand does micro-shimmer is exceptional. It's noticeable but just as fine as you'd expect, so it's subtle and delicate-looking.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra sheer stocking.” Ji says it will give your fingers a sleeker look and the right color to wear for an interview. On me, it’s almost like a peachy beige cream, though it does have the faintest micro-shimmer. The shimmer is barely detectable, even under brighter light. In two coats, it’s opaque, and though it seems to take a little longer to dry than other polishes (including Rescue Beauty Lounge’s), it does dry to a rather shiny finish without requiring a top coat. The consistency was workable but felt a little thicker than I’d like. The color itself reminded me of MAC Hangin’ Loose.

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Sheer Nude

A
If you like your nudes more opaque, you might like this one, because I had no trouble achieving solid color without having to pile on the coats.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as “layers of ruby red flecks suspended in black polish.”  This shade was recently voted to be brought back, which is a very cool concept on its own. I originally reviewed this shade here but thought I’d check out the rereleased version for comparison.

It’s a brown-tinged black with ruby red sparkles. It never reads fully black in the color base, and I’ve always found the red sparkle to standout quite nicely. It’s opaque in two coats and wears extremely well–a full week with very minimal tip wear–with a proper base/top coat (of course!). It seemed to be the same in color and formula to the original bottle I have. Not too thick or thin so it gives good color coverage and flows well across the nail.

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Black Russian

A+
Black Russian really exemplifies why the Rescue Beauty Lounge formula can be worth the heftier price tag--the formula is excellent with fantastic wear and color coverage.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as “moody and mysterious dark gray.” It’s a dark, neutral gray; it looks a hint blue under really bright light but otherwise rather neutral on me (and typically, if there is blue, it becomes more obvious against my yellower skin tone). It’s not quite cement gray; perhaps more like wet or damp cement. Illamasqua DWS is similar but a little lighter. Zoya’s Dove is warmer and much lighter.

It has a cream finish, and I was able to get opaque color in two coats. The formulw as a cinch to work with, as it had a great balance of thick and thin to allow for good flow across the nail but still pack enough pigment into each coat. I didn’t have any issues with streakiness either. RBL normally wears a solid week on me with very minimal tip wear; it is one of the better wearing polishes on me (but I confess, most polishes wear a week on me without chipping).

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Stormy

A+
Fans of grays will likely fall in love with this one--it's beautifully done with an excellent formula and color coverage.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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