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  1. Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Fan 3.0 Collection (swatches and comparisons)

    October 9, 2015 by pam

    Rescue Beauty Lounge’s fan collections are always exciting. It’s a chance for founder Ji Baek to work with some of the brand’s followers in creating new colors never been seen in the RBL spectrum.

    And because of this, I am happy to help unveil RBL’s Fan Collection 3.0.



    Nancy’s dream color: “It is reflected in a fleeting sunrise, the lining of a seashell, the bubbles of pink champagne in a gold-rimmed flute, the shimmering silk of a sari, the glow of a candle through a gossamer white curtain. Ethereal is elegant and infinitely wearable, but has the merest hint of flash. It’s a versatile polish that can be worn by anyone, for any occasion.”

    Ji said: “This color truly reflects the inside of a seashell—shiny, with a mellow white mica and flashes of pink that swim through its slightly golden-gray shimmer—you can practically hear the waves by looking at the bottle.”

    Ethereal really does look like the inside of a seashell—it’s a beautiful pearly white with a pink flash. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love it. I used three coats and waited between coats for flawless application.




    My RBL reviews aren’t complete without comparisons so I brought out some whites to compare. Medium White and Bella are a lot more beige and Moxie has a gold flash that Ethereal doesn’t have. Ethereal is the whitest of my white RBLs.





    Ashley’s dream color: “An icy pastel blue/green with magical iridescent sparkles. It would be light and bright, never described as muted or dusty. More blue than Aqua Lily, and much lighter than Faraway, it is closer to the color of Bikini Bottom, but striking and opaque. I imagine the sparkle effect to be along the lines of Scrangie and NailsandNoms. Tiny, yet highly effective.”

    Ji said: “Electro Glacier was the most challenging of the collection, requiring many variations (there were tons of non-stop mixing going on—making this the most demanding fan color thus far) and boy, am I glad we stuck with it! Creating an icy blue that would stay light, but still be a true blue, took some magic. This blue iridescent sparkly delight is jammed-packed with shine.”

    I am glad they stuck with it too because Electro Glacier is gorgeous. I have a weakness for pretty blues and this was the color that grabbed me when I first tore into the RBL package. I love how pretty it is, I love the sparkle. It reminds me of one of my favorite RBL shades—Pizzicato. I used two coats.



    I brought out the shades that I thought were most similar to Electro Glacier to compare. And I was happy to see that there are no dupes. Bikini Bottom is a jelly and not as opaque, Better Than Boyfriend Jeans has a hint of gray and no sparkle and Manicurator has more green in it and doesn’t have Electro Glacier’s sparkle.





    Angela’s dream color: “…a night-sky black polish that, like Uluru, responds to its environment revealing fiery flashes of red orange from within. It could be thought of as a darker sister to my beloved bottle of Piu Mosso, however, like the island that inspired her, she will be truly one of a kind.”

    Ji said: “I am super technically challenged, but not one to give up. We focused on creating a lava-like color since black pigment by itself is very dense. I replaced the black matte glitter with gold and orange sparkles. This color dries to a matte. I’m really into this look, but one swipe of our super-shiny top coat will transform it into live, hot, molten danger.”

    Many Splendors is craaaaaazy. It’s super packed with glitter—a mix of mostly black and gold and a little orange. And I love that you can wear it on its own for a matte look (it’s opaque in two easy coats!) or add a layer or two of top coat for a shinier mani (this polish is top coat-thirsty).









    I already knew Many Splendors is unique but I decided to compare it with some of my black, sparkly RBLS. Black Russian is a glittery black-red, Fashion Polish is also packed with pretty glitter but its base is more opaque and it doesn’t try as textured as Many Splendors and Small, Dim, Summer Stars is a blackish green that’s packed with blue/green sparkle.







    Sara’s dream color: “This is a beautiful place in Istanbul where the Bosphorus makes an inlet. The idea is to have an off-white base (nothing too strong) with gold particles in it, similar to Naked Without Polish (which had a pink base)… The particles should show through, so probably the base will not be 100% opaque. I love white & gold, I think it can be worn all year round, it is classy and chic.” Ji said: “This is a sophisticated, soft white mica base with a flash of lavender and golden flecks. It applies like a dream and yep—all year around and for every occasion.” Yes, there are two whites in the collection but they are so different and both so pretty that I really don’t mind. Golden Horn is pretty—I find the golden flecks really interesting. Application is easy-peasy too. I used two coats. rblfan3-goldenhorn1


    I compared Golden Horn to other whites in my collection. Medium White and Bella are more beige while Ethereal has a pink flash and no golden flecks.



    Lygie’s dream color: “A juicy jelly a la Starfish Patrick with a bright, burgundy base. It is luminous, like Poco a Poco, illuminated by the soft, peached pink glow and subtle flashes of orange. The color is vibrant, bold, and spirited. At once bright and sparkling, mysterious and dark.” Ji said: “It isn’t technically possible for a jelly to hold shimmers and flashes, so we’ve altered the base to a smooth, gliding, non-streaky mica base, which we punched with sparkles. If is raspberry, this is its brighter, sparkly cranberry cousin.” Sanguine is beautiful. It’s such a sexy shimmery shade. I love it. Application was problem-free. I used two coats. rblfan3-sanguine2rblfan3-sanguine3



    Au Chocolat is a cream and is a lot darker, has a similar finish but has more purple in it and Bonne Journee is a lot lighter and a lot more pink.





    Shelly’s dream color: ”I’m dreaming of a shade that (as of yet?) has been missing from the RBL spectrum. It’s rich and decadent and just dripping with luxury. A vivid magenta! A semi-translucent jelly, but one that is so drenched in color that it can become fully opaque in just a few coats. Its depth is filled with shimmer, a shimmer like (the first) Scrangie so deep you feel as though you could dive right in and swim around for hours. A magenta that almost glows from within with stunning teal and gold, sparkling, shining through its layers…”

    Ji said: “There are so many shimmers in here that it’s almost ridiculously obscene—in a good way of course. This flawless formula waxes poetic on magenta while it perfectly embeds and traps the decadent, luxurious glimmers…”

    Vixen by Sassy Shelly is so crazy I had a hard time capturing it. I have to apologize—my photos don’t do it justice. It’s an intense shimmery magenta that has filled a hole in my RBL collection that I didn’t even realize existed. I used two coats.







      I compared it with Trois Oignons Rouges which is also a magenta but a cream-jelly hybrid, Lotus Elise which is a reddish pink packed with sparkle and pretty flecks and which is a darker raspberry.




    Danielle’s dream color: “Things that excite (and somewhat terrify) me are outer space and the sea. My inspiration for a new shade are those two extremes, as well as my favorite colors — multi-faceted shades of purple, blue, magenta– think fish scales. I love glitter in my polishes or sometimes a well-done shimmer makes an even bigger impact — think stars.” Ji said: “Ok. This might win top honors at a shimmer contest. It really reminds me of our long-ago Scrangie, but on steroids. This lavender base enmeshed with flecks of blue glass makes this formula glidingly, oh-so-easy to apply—it’s a win-win.” Scrangie on steroids is the best way to describe GalaxSea. This shade is packed with so much shimmer. Love the lavender base, love the sparkle. And yes, application was super easy too. I used two coats.




    Naturally I pulled out Scrangie and a couple of other colors to compare. Scrangie’s base is darker, Lucciole is also darker with a different kind of sparkle and Pause is more intense and is more shimmery than sparkly.






    Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Blogger 3.0 collection will be exclusively available at There will be a 48-hour pre-order scheduled on October 13. See more reviews by Peachy Polish, Refined and Polished, Fashion Polish, The Beauty Look Book, Yukie Loves, Ommorphia Beauty Bar

    Posts will also be up soon on Kellie Gonzo and Manicurator.

    Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are created with resin and high molecular polymers to improve flexibility, durability, and high shine. They contain no harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP, and Formaldehyde Resin. They do not test on animals.

  2. Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Blogger 3.0 Collection (Swatches and Comparisons)

    June 18, 2015 by pam

    Rescue Beauty Lounge has collaborated with a new set of bloggers to create the brand’s Blogger 3.0 Collection. This time, the five winners of the #iwant2reviewRBL contest got the chance create their dream colors with RBL founder Ji Baek. The resulting collection is beautiful and offers something for everyone—whether you love cremes or metallics, glitter or shimmer.






    Yukie of WarmVanillaSugar0823 was inspired by her father. Her dream color, Morning Light, pays tribute to one of his paintings with the same name. “It is one of my favorite paintings he ever did. It used to hang outside of my bedroom so I would see it first thing, every day. It features a color profile he was particularly fond of… Through his entire career he always went back to those pale blues and cool grays,” she wrote.

    Morning Light is a beautiful pale bluish gray with gold shimmer. I’m crazy about gray polish so I really loved this one. I love the gold shimmer too. It’s so pretty. I used three thin coats.




    Naturally, I wanted to bring out my gray RBLs to compare. I thought Morning Light might be similar to Concrete Jungle because I’ve always thought of it as a bluish gray but I was wrong. Morning Light is bluer and also has a hint of purple. It’s also the only gray RBL that has shimmer in it.


    I also brought out Better Than Boyfriend Jeans to compare. No dupes here, not even close.



    Lakeisha of Refined and Polished wrote, “My dream polish would be coral (more peach or orange-leaning, but not red) with turquoise and gold glass flecks or shimmer.” She says, “Coral and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations! It is fresh, timeless and works so well for clothing, accessories, and makeup.”

    I was intrigued by how Refined and Polished looked in the bottle and I couldn’t wait to put it on.


    Refined and Polished is super pretty on the nails too. The creme-jelly coral base plays well with the blue glitter. I love the sandwiched effect they create together. Application was super smooth and easy. I used two coats.




    I knew instantly that there are no dupes for this shade but I brought out my coral RBLs to compare.




    Victoria of Manicurator, who was inspired by Turks & Caicos, wanted “a light, dusty aqua base with a mix of RBL’s famous fantastic shimmer.”

    Her color is a pretty aqua creme with sparkly blue flecks. Check out the sparkle in this photo:


    I love Manicurator. It’s such a fresh, fun color that I find hard to resist. I used two coats.





    I knew instantly that I wanted to compare Manicurator to Aqua Lily, Sunny Skies and Motorini. It’s the lightest and brightest of these four shades. No dupes.



    Valesha of sent Ji a number of different ideas for her dream color including some that were technically impossible to execute. They ended up creating this shade—a difficult to describe but super sexy polish that I’ve fallen in love with. I love the color—that it’s vampy without being too dark—and I love the formula too. Solid solid shimmer. I used two coats.





    I knew there was nothing in the RBL library that looked like this shade but I thought it was important to show next to these shades just so you can get an idea of where it fits in the spectrum.



    Mimi of Makeup Withdrawal wrote, “My perfect shade would be if Piu Mosso and IKB 2012 had a child. Not quite as inky as Piu Mosso or as creme like in finish but with some of IKB’s vibrant jelly-like properties (but more purple). I picture it containing large gold particles instead of Piu Mosso’s fine, coppery shimmer. In fact, perhaps even bigger than the gold flakes in Naked Without Polish but sparse enough to not overwhelm the base color…”

    And here is MakeupWithdrawal:


    This color grabbed me. It’s a gorgeous intense blurple jelly packed with beautiful copper sparkle. It’s crazy pretty. Application was super smooth and problem-free. I used two coats.





    Because MakeupWithdrawal has a lot of purple in it, I brought out purples to compare. No dupes here, clearly.


    Initially, when I brought out shades to compare with MakeupWithdrawal, I brought out Piu Mosso. But I decided against swatching it because it was a much darker color and MakeupWithdrawal looked a lot more purple. But when I found out that it was Piu Mosso and IKB:2012 that inspired this shade, I knew I had to do a comparison swatch. This is a very quick swatch I did—forgive the lighting (I squeezed this in between work duties and had no time to set up) and forgive my nail length too (I usually nubbinize to my desired length after swatching)—I just had to show you how the colors compare. No dupes here either.


    Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Blogger 3.0 collection will be exclusively available at There will be a 48-hour pre-order scheduled on June 22.

    Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are created with resin and high molecular polymers to improve flexibility, durability, and high shine. They contain no harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP, and Formaldehyde Resin. They do not test on animals.

    Find out more about this collection on the Rescue Beauty Blog, Fashion Polish, Kellie Gonzo, Makeup Withdrawal, Manicurator, Peachy Polish, Refined and Polished and Warm Vanilla Sugar’s YouTube Channel.