The first Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection brought us four unforgettable colors – Aqua Lily, which I will always hold dear to my heart; Halcyon and Cuprum, which I love and IKB:2012, which I can’t stop wearing. I once took IKB:2012 abroad. I was already wearing it when I flew to LA and when it chipped in the middle of my trip, I removed my polish and just put on a fresh IKB: 2012 mani again. Serious serious love.
I have so much love for that beautiful collection that I was excited to see what the new batch of fans have dreamed up for the rest of us ReBeLs.
After a painstaking process of selection, in 2012, RBL founder Ji Baek picked 14 finalists for RBL’s Fan Collection 2.0. Twenty-four hours of voting led us to the final six whose fantasy colors were turned into reality by Ji.
And now, a little over a year later, these six beauties are ready for our waiting nails.
I’m excited to help unveil this collection along with some of my favorite bloggers Fashion Polish, Kellie Gonzo, Nails and Noms and Scrangie.
I know I usually post comparison swatches but because of work, my New Zealand trip and my birthday craziness, I only had a day to get these swatches ready. But I promise to have comparisons up soon too. I really enjoy doing those.
For now, let’s just focus on these pretty colors.
Let’s start with Coquette.
Sarah, a fan of RBL since the brand came out with the Surf Collection, describes the moment she found out she was one of the winners: “You would have thought I won an Oscar. I was over the moon!”
Inspired by the duality and dichotomy of women, Sarah created a video that visualized her dream: “Duality. Dichotomy. The essence of the feminine contradiction—Who’s that girl? The surface belies the woman within. The intensity and intellect of Marilyn was masked by the shell of a vixen. The demure facade of Jackie concealed the passionate seductress within. Stereotypes defied. The Girl next door and the Goddess. Whimsy, charm, flirtation, seduction and rapture.”
She wanted “a mid-toned peach-leaning pink, slightly translucent but well pigmented, more jelly than creme. Suspended within this radiant nectar are glasslike flecks or gold and rose gold. Juicy, translucent, layered, shiny and sparkling.”
And that’s exactly what Coquette is. It’s a universally flattering beautiful peachy pink coral with glass flecks. I love that the glass flecks can be seen clearly. I also love how juicy this color is. Sarah is right, it is “equally suited for work and play.” The formula is jelly-like and the application was super easy. I used three coats.
This is Naked Without Polish.
Becky, who runs the blog Naked Without Polish, has had the idea for this shade for ten years now. “I’ve been a polish lover since I was 13 and I can’t find anything that comes close to being my absolute dream polish, even though I do have several on my favorites list. This ONE polish is always in the back of my mind. Just the thought of it takes my breath away and makes me smile.”
Becky’s dream polish in her own words: “It would be a pure carnation pink base. Very basic and very creamy, no jellies (as much as I love them). I want a polish that is opaque in 2 coats. I want the pink base to be filled with a gold shimmer, for the sun to catch the gold and just make it shine! I want my polish to be soft and girlie, but still make an impact and stand out. I want it to be a color people can wear year-round, a color that cheers you up on a bad day.”
Naked Without Polish is a creamy and mily pink with a flash of iridescence and beautiful flecks of gold. I love that the sparkle is obvious on the nails and not just in the bottle. Great formula too. It was perfectly opaque in two coats.
This is Fire Queen.
Someone please tell me where I can find Jaime so I can give her a hug. Actually, let me find her mom too so I can give both of them really big hugs.
It was Jaime’s mom who first got her hooked on RBL. Her mom saw Starfish Patrick in an issue of In Style and bought a bottle for Jaime.
And now, Jaime has her very own RBL color – Fire Queen. “My color inspiration comes from Depression Era glass from the 1930s and 1940s—specifically, the pale jade color of the Fire-King line made by the Anchor Hocking Glass Company commonly referred to as “jadeite.” In a sea of imposters, no one has been able to capture the magic of the genuine Fire-King and thus it has become highly coveted since the 1960′s: a small decadence of lean times turned luxury. When you hold a piece of Fire-King up to the light it glows with history. This hue has a build-able jade jelly and the end result looks like milk glass veneers on your fingertips. Both edgy and full of vintage charm, this polish is the perfect fit for any ‘Fire-Queen.’”
In case it’s not clear yet, let me spell it out: I’m in love with Fire Queen. In love. This gorgeous green jelly will not be leaving my fingertips anytime soon. Application was easy. This buildable jelly took four coats to turn completely opaque but I do not mind at all – it’s worth it. If you love Starfish Patrick, Bikini Bottom and Square Pants, you will love this. I also like to think of this as Liberty’s sexy jelly cousin. I cannot wait to play with the two shades together.
This is Réveillon.
Cara‘s dream color was inspired by the cold winter afternoons of her childhood on the border of Quebec and New York State. “This is the borderland where we speak both French and English; for many on the American side, it’s the furthest south our families migrated. Réveillon is a holiday dinner held for Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve. It is an event of tradition and family, marking the transition from night to day as the dinner/party lasts well past midnight. Réveillon is celebrated with luxurious feasting in the company of family and friends. Given that it takes place after the winter solstice, the holiday suggests the coming of spring, albeit many months from that day.”
It was the Tudor Queens that first drew Cara to RBL so I found it fascinating that her dream color ended up looking like one that could have been seamlessly included in that collection. “The color in my mind is a cool, silver-toned blue (more silver than blue) inspired by the icy landscape of late December. There is an internal flash of gold/white shimmer, perhaps violet, representing the light as reflected off ice, as well as the fireworks often used to light the night sky on Réveillon. Réveillon is mysterious with a complex depth and internal shimmer/light.”
The result is absolutely gorgeous. A silvery blue with a hint of gray, a flash of iridescence and silver shimmer and sparkle running through it – shimmer that’s quite obvious on the nails and not just in the bottle. Great formula too. Two coats were all I needed.
Mindy almost didn’t join the Fan Collection call for submissions but it’s a good thing her friend Rene encouraged her.
Finding out that she was one of the winners was an emotional moment. “I sat in my chair next to my computer and began crying because I would be working with Ji to create something to honor the memory of my darling father.”
Lucciole, the Italian word for fireflies, is inspired by the little winged creatures. “Lucciole reminds me of the most magical time in my childhood when I was still innocent and the world was a safe and magical place. This color is reminiscent of the color of a deepening summer night sky after sundown, between dusk and midnight. In my mind’s eye, I see interspersed throughout this glorious base, random flecks of blue and/or green iridescent luminescent flecks that randomly sparkle when the light hits it, reminiscent of the fireflies’ sparks of light.”
The polish is just as magical – it’s a dusty purple shimmer loaded with flecks of copper sparkle. So beautiful. Zero problems with the formula. Two coats could be enough but I used three.
This is Lotus Elise.
Candice is a hardcore RBL fan – she owns all the colors the brand has ever made – so I was really happy to see that she was part of the second Fan Collection.
She wrote, ““My dream RBL would be something that I have wanted to see Ji do for a while—the inspiration came from a unique and rare gemstone found mostly in Sri Lanka: the padparadscha sapphire. While most sapphires are blue, this one stands out amongst the rest as it varies in color from pink to orange, spanning all the range in between. RBL has some very lovely pale and girly pinks, but this pink would be different. I envision the gold shimmer to run as a thread throughout (like the flash of orange running through Piu Mosso), while the orange microglitter would be more visible. Because these three colors (pink, orange and gold) are analogous on the color wheel (next to each other), the result will be a seamless blend of shades that would work well with each other, allowing this polish to be worn by those who are daring, as well as those a little more reserved.”
She wanted “a bold bright warm-toned pink with red undertones infused with orange microglitter and gold shimmer that would be visible indoors and out!”
The result is a beautiful glittery bold pink jelly with sparkly gold, red, orange and pink flakes all throughout. It’s such a fun and festive shade too – I ended up wearing it to my second birthday dinner. But it’s not so festive that conservative polish lovers would shy away from it. Cancice got her wish. Lotus Elise is “a polish to be worn by those who are daring and those a little more reserved.”
The formula is lovely and Lotus Elise builds up to glossy opacity after three coats.
The 48-hour pre-order for the Fan Collection 2.0 will start tomorrow, October 17, at noon EST. And here’s the best part: the ship date is immediate.
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