Rescue Beauty Lounge’s latest collection is inspired by its founder Ji Baek’s new obsession with #KDrama, Korean soap operas that have become a huge hit even in my own country.
Although I’ve never had the chance to watch one yet (the DVD sleeve used above is actually from my favorite Korean movie “My Sassy Girl”), I have witnessed the gift Koreans have for storytelling because I’m a fan of Korean cinema. Koreans have made some of the funniest, sweetest, saddest and scariest movies I’ve ever seen.
I asked Ji to recommend a #KDrama for someone who has never watched one. “Boys Over Flowers, hands down!” was her quick reply.
Definitely watching that, possibly while painting my nails with the fab new shades from Anatomy of a #KDrama.
There are seven colors in the collection, each one with a soap opera-inspired name.
Ji says: This is the perfectly neutral balance between fawn and taupe, a lofty palate cleanser with a tinge of attitude. Its flawless beauty is infused with flutters of silver, green, and pink shimmer. Once you wear it, Instant Amnesia will erase your memory of all the bad nail polish colors from your past.
I’ve been in love with taupey shades for five years now and Instant Amnesia quickened my pulse. I love that it’s office-appropriate but not boring and I love the pretty silver running through it. I think this would look great on any skin tone. Great formula, I used two coats.
Naturally, I had to compare Instant Amnesia to RBL’s other edgy neutrals. I really thought it would be similar to Decorous but I was wrong. I love it when my comparisons prove me wrong. Decorous is a lot darker (and super gorgeous, I am happy that this swatching session reminded me how much I love this beautiful polish). Ani is a lot lighter and is a lot more shimmery; Grunge is also lighter and is a pure creme and Jane is also a lot lighter, has no shimmer and leans more gray than taupe.
Ji says: The quintessential flushed cheeks for your nails, Oh Slap! goes on as a sheer pink in one coat with opaque coverage in two coats. This is THE PERFECT PINK; the formula is flawless and streak-free and is not pastel or white-based. You can practically apply it with your eyes closed.
Ji has been very excited about this shade and for good reason: it’s a pretty, soft jellyish pink that’s super easy to apply. Super easy. It’s a great addition to RBL’s collection of pretty pinks. I used three coats.
Naked Without Polish is a lot lighter and has glitter; Smitten is also lighter and is white-based; Poco A Poco is darker, has a dustier quality and is shimmery; Pepto Pink is a more intense shade of pink.
WILL THEY WON’T THEY
Ji says: Will They Won’t They catches the sun’s rays as it glides on your nails. A gentle cascade of the tiniest silvery, blue-green micro glitter softly flows on a pool of doleful lavender. Sheer coverage in one coat, and opaque in two.
Oh my god. Will They Won’t They is the stuff of my dreams. Remember my obsession with Pizzicato, the beautiful glass-flecked light pink from Ji’s pre-fall 2011 collection? Remember how that obsession led to the creation of Liberty, Pizzicato’s minty sage cousin? Remember how I said I wanted Pizzicato’s shimmery beauty in every possible color? To me, Will They or Won’t They looks like Pizzicato’s lavender cousin. Gorgeous. So gorgeous I had to stop swatching so I could write “gorgeous” in my notes. It’s beautiful. I love it. And the formula is great too. I used two coats.
Here’s Will They or Won’t They with its pink cousin Pizzicato. (I just realized my bottle of Pizzicato is now only half-full. Now I’m panicking that it will run out soon.)
When I first saw Will They or Won’t They, I said, “I need to layer Frugalista over this.” And so I did.
Be Humble is lighter and leans more beige; Forgiveness is lighter and is a pure creme; Insouciant is darker and dustier and has a more hidden shimmer and Purple Haze is a brighter and more intense purple creme.
CUE THE MONTAGE
Ji says: Yellow chartreuse is the most difficult color to wear; it was a daring task to try to create one that would be suitable for all skin tones. Cue the Montage has a different texture than any other RBL nail polish. It dries matte and textured, so you must apply a basecoat and topcoat for the full effect. This color has glittery silver that peaks through in glorified harmony.
Warning: The glitter in this bottle does not appear the same when applied to nails; it has a sandwiched effect.
When I first read the word “chartreuse,” I was scared. Because I once had high hopes of wearing chartreuse on my nails but when I tried, it looked like a troll had puked on my fingers, leading me to name that polish The Worst Nail Polish That Ever Existed. But one look at Cue The Montage took away my fears. “I think I can rock this,” I told myself. On the nails, Cue The Montage is slightly more intense than it is in the bottle. And, like Ji said, don’t look for the silver glitter on your nails – it hides between layers of polish, creating texture. Cue The Montage dries matte and a little gritty because of the glitter but all you need is a layer or two of top coat to smoothen it to perfection. I used two coats. I’m wearing another color from the collection on my nails right now but I can’t wait to wear this next to kill my chartreuse phobia for good.
When I saw Cue The Montage and the glitter party it had going on inside the bottle, I instantly thought of Locavore and Look Rich, Be Cheap. I knew I had to bring these babies out to join the fun.
And here’s a closeup.
Cue The Montage looks like nothing we’ve ever seen in the RBL rainbow. But I decided to bring out a couple of yellows anyway just to help you figure out where in the spectrum this chartreuse polish stands. Yellow Fever is a bright yellow creme with no glitter and Square Pants is a softer yellow jelly with also no glitter.
(Don’t you think Square Pants looks great? I need to wear it more and stop obsessing over Bikini Bottom.)
NOT YOUR BABY
Ji says: A deceitfully, mysterious brown-bronzy-sage-green duo chrome, Not Your Baby is a classic RBL chameleon nail polish—its identity changes depending on the light. Trickery plays. This color may appear to be brown with a cast of sage-green shimmer in a certain light, and yet bronze the next moment.
While I was swatching Not Your Baby, I had to pause so I could type “holy crap” and “wwwwwooooowwwww.” Unfortunately, those are the only two ways I can describe this shade because words fail me. I am wearing it right now and I still don’t know how to describe this color. Is it brown? Is it silver? Is it bronze and copper? Does it have hints of plum? Is it metallic? Is it a duo, trio, quadruchrome (are those even words?)? I don’t know. All I know is this polish is insane and that I love it. Great formula too. I used two coats.
And here’s a closeup of this beautiful polish.
There is nothing similar to Not Your Baby in our RBL library but I wanted to show you comparisons anyway. Anne is a lot more olive, has golden shimmer and pretty iridescent sparkle; Ghost is a lot more brown and doesn’t have Not Your Baby’s silvery flash; Scrangie 2.0 is also a complex shade but it’s s bronze-brown-olive shimmery beauty that’s very different from Not Your Baby; An Accidental Interloper is a silvery gunmetal shade.
BURN THE EVIDENCE
Ji says: Burn The Evidence has a finely milled panache glitter that is not only jammed-packed with a mélange of red, gold, orange and copper glitters, but it also provides that dash of ash-black brilliance. This color fully covers in two full coats and has a flaming three-dimensional depth: Your hot nails will look like they’re on fire.
I never wear pure glitter on my nails not really because of the removal process (I can do that while watching my favorite shows, no problem) but because of the application. Usually, applying pure glitter to opacity on your nails requires multiple coats (and waiting between coats), a lot of dabbing and a ton of patience. But not with Burn The Evidence. I was amazed by how easy it was to apply this glitter. No need to dab – you apply it like you would any other nail polish and it covers your nail. Each coat generously spreads glitter evenly on the nail, no bald patches that you have to repair. I just used two coats. I know, I’m amazed too. And I love its rosy, coppery glow.
Naturally, I had to layer Burn The Evidence over all the other shades in this collection to show you how well it plays with its friends. Each color is shown with only one coat of Burn The Evidence. It dries mattee and that’s a look I’d like to wear on some days. A top coat will make your glittery pairings glossy. Some swatches are shown without top coat, some with.
Burn The Evidence over Instant Amnesia.
Burn The Evidence over Oh Slap!
Burn The Evidence over Will They Won’t They
Burn The Evidence over Cue the Montage
Burn The Evidence over Not Your Baby
Burn The Evidence over Monologue
Ji says: Virtuously inky, Monologue’s navy blue base is embedded with a soliloquy of elegant light-blue shimmer. Even in low light, this solitary dark blue retains its color and does not appear to be black. Monologue has a smooth, undemanding application; this color is darkly pigmented yet calmingly engaging.
When a color makes me gasp while I’m swatching, I know it’s a winner. And that’s exactly what Monologue did. I love love the shimmer. A lot of the shimmery blue shades I love tend to look black (I’m looking at you, Chanel Blue Satin) but not this one. Application was super easy, the formula was great. And, unlike some beautiful shimmery blues (I’m looking at you, Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet), it leaves no stain. I used two coats.
Here’s a closeup.
Small, Dim Summer Stars is a shimmery black; Under the Stars is darker and doesn’t have Monologue’s light blue shimmer; Cuprum is lighter, brighter and more metallic and Piu Mosso is a lot darker and has a more hidden coppery shimmer.
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