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  1. MUG SHOT: Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Italian Summer (swatches and comparisons)

    August 6, 2014 by pam

    What’s better than one new Rescue Beauty Lounge collection? Two new Rescue Beauty Lounge collections coming out less than two months apart.

    Hot on the heels of Anatomy of a #KDrama is RBL’s Italian Summer, inspired by the summer RBL founder Ji Baek spent in Italy with her husband. (Read all about it on Ji’s blog.)

    Ji takes us – and our nails – on the trip with her with these new shades. And I’m grateful. Summer is long gone in my part of the world and we’ve been dealing with crazy rain and typhoons so this collection has added a bit of sunshine to some dreary days.







    Ji: ”I promise I will stop my obsession with anything that has to do with a taupe-brown goodness, but what can I say? When I tried the gelato from Venice (and it had been about a decade since my last Chocolate Gelato—I know, not a huge chocolate fan, and yes, I’m human) I was mesmerized by its taste and color. When I was mixing this color, there were definitely times it looked good enough to eat.”

    Are you kidding, Ji? Please do not promise that. I can’t get enough of RBL’s taupes and browns and Gelato Al Cioccolato is a delicious addition to my growing collection. This gorgeous creamy chocolatey taupe brown is a breeze to apply. Lovely formula, it’s super smooth and it just flows onto your nail. I used two coats. Warning: this polish looks good enough to eat. Or drink.






    I brought out several browns and taupes to compare. Grunge and Instant Amnesia are a lot lighter, A Lonely House is a true brown that’s darker and Au Chocolat is a vampy reddish brown shade that doesn’t look anything like Gelato Al Cioccolato. I just wanted to compare them because they both have “chocolate” in their name.



    The closest shade to Gelato Al Cioccolato in my RBL collection is Decorous but they’re not dupes. I see a soft red tinge in Gelato Al Cioccolate that Decorous doesn’t have. And Decorous has shimmer while Gelato Al Cioccolato does not.




    Ji: “In Sorrento, while strolling by the sea, I saw a precious, dark-haired little girl in a bikini riding a bike with training wheels. The bike was pale pink and it sparkled and twinkled in the sun, the matching streamers flying along with the girl’s confident peddling. I was reminded of my own six-year-old self; this was the exact color I had longed for instead of my own lime-green bike! This pale pink polish has micro glitters that will make you think of sugar and summertime.”

    If I had a bike that looked like Bicicletta when I was a little girl then maybe I would have learned how to ride a bike. (Yes, I don’t know how to ride a bike and my friends feel bad for me.) When I saw this pretty sparkly pale pink polish on my nails, I thought, “Fairy nails!” It’s a fun but understated polish. Love the abundance of sparkle. Also really easy to apply, I have no complaints about the formula. I used three coats.






    One look at Bicicletta and I thought, “Pizzicato twin!” So I brought out Pizzicato and a few other pinks to compare. Oh Slap! and Poco a Poco are darker pinks while Naked Without Polish is a carnation pink. Pizzicato is the most similar to Bicicletta, I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart but there are differences.



    Here’s a closer look. Pizzicato has a bit more white in it and has less sparkle than Bicicletta. And Bicicletta has a very very soft hint of lilac in it. I love them both.





    Ji: “Yes, I do adore those red and white stripe-shirted gondoliers floating around the canals in Venice. Gondoliere is the most vibrant orange-based opaque glossy red nail polish I’ve ever mixed. It’s so sexy, yet classic at the same time. This has more of an orange base than Bangin (hyperlink), trust me, I tripped over myself endlessly comparing the two. This color is hot, like dreamy, steamy summer nights.”

    Gondoliere is crazy. I can’t believe how bright it is. I thought Bangin’ was bright until I saw this polish. Referred to as Bangin 2.0 by Ji and the ReBeLs, Gondoliere is an insane orange-based bright red. This would make the perfect summer pedi. Application was easy. Gondoliere dries to a super glossy finish. Crazy. I used two coats.







    Smile is a lot more pink, Chinoise doesn’t have Gondoliere’s orange tinge and while Bangin’ is orange-tinged, Gondoliere is brighter and slightly more orange. Poppy’s orange-red base is also similar to Gondoliere but Poppy has glitter and sparkle while Gondoliere is a pure creme. My camera went a little nuts trying to bring out the differences in these shades. But yes, Bangin’ and Gondoliere are not dupes.



    I need to take better comparison swatches of these – soon, when the sun comes out. But in the meantime, I hope these bottle shots help you see the difference between Bangin’ and Gondoliere.




    Ji: “Did you know that Italian men climb ladders to carefully handpick olives for extra virgin olive oil? And that the olives that have the misfortune to be dropped on the floor are destined to become just plain olive oil? The smell of olive groves was something I want to smuggle back home. A wonderful multifaceted fading sun drenches those dancing, rustling olive trees. Oliveto is the perfect olive green that reflects the flash of rainbow and purple and periwinkle shimmers. It is a shimmery, yet less yellow version of No More War.”

    Oliveto is a beautiful olive green polish with multi-colored shimmer. I love this polish for so many reasons. One, I love No More War – it’s one of the shades that got me hooked on RBL. Two, I love olive green polish. Three, I love the name because I use olive oil a lot when cooking. Four, it’s gorgeous. Five, I love multi-colored shimmer. I’m wearing it now. The formala is great, application was super easy. I used two coats.







    There were a lot of RBLs I wanted to compare with Oliveto so I did two sets. None of these are dupes for Oliveto. Halcyon, Diddy Mow and The Mosses Mar are all dusty gray-tinged greens while Turn It Around’s base is a lot darker than Oliveto.



    No More War has a lot more yellow in it and no shimmer, Abi and Become One are both brighter shades of green while Orbis Non Sufficit is a lot darker.




    Ji: “If I ever learn how to drive a scooter, this would be the custom color I would mix for mine. A moodier, darker sister of our famed and playful Aqua Lily, this medium base of blue/aqua has a flash of surging fuchsia shimmer.”

    Motorini is definitely one of my favorites from the collection. It’s a beautiful, vivid aqua blue with pretty shimmer. Love love love it. Flawless formula, super easy application. I used two coats.







    I know you want to see this in comparison to Aqua Lily but I also wanted to see how different it is from other blue RBLs. 360 is a dusty blue with a hint of gray, Faraway is brighter and lighter, Aqua Lily is lighter and leans green.


    I know you want to see a better comparison of Aqua Lily and Motorino. No dupes here – they’re different enough to justify owning both. And yes, you need both. I love them both. Aqua Lily will always hold a special place in my heart.




    Ji: “During our nightly strolls you could smell the day’s catch on the shores, and out of every corner, bright green eyes flash at you from the cats protecting their food bank. This dark hunter green shows off a finely milled glitter. It’s almost like Burn The Evidence but with a black glitter that casts shadows, the way a dark cat’s fur might look in the moonlight.”

    Meow Meow is a mix of super fine green and black glitter.


    This glitter polish becomes opaque after multiple coats. I used three and I didn’t need to dab the glitter on, I just painted Meow Meow onto my nails like I would any other polish. The result? Festive, glowing green nails. This polish dries matte, you may need to use more than one layer of top coat.






    I’ve said this many times – I hardly ever wear glitter on its own. So naturally, I wanted to see how Meow Meow would look when layered over the other shades in this collection.

    Bicicletta + Meow Meow



    Gelato Al Cioccolato + Meow Meow


    Motorini + Meow Meow



    Oliveto + Meow Meow



    Gondoliere and Meow Meow



    Meow Meow reminded me of Wild Raspberries Grow from RBL’s A Poem collection and I wanted to compare the two. Here they are layered over Iconoclast. Their green glitter may be similar but Wild Raspberries Grow doesn’t have Meow Meow’s black glitter and Meow Meow doesn’t have Wild Raspberries Grow’s hexagonal raspberry glitter.



    Ji: “I love eggplants. In the markets, in pastas, roasted, and I can stare at them all day just looking at their lush colors. I always see the various tones of purples, vivid green stems, and sometimes there is almost a hint of a bluish tint on their skins. This glitter polish is just like that, you’re going to stare at your nails all day long— wait — make that all week.”

    Melanzane is a glitter party – in the bottle, you can see purple, pink, blue, teal sparkle in different sizes. I wouldn’t call the glitter chunky but it isn’t as fine as the glitter you saw in Meow Meow.


    Like Meow Meow, Melanzane becomes opaque after multiple coats. I used three. It was easy to apply too – no need to dab, just paint. The effect is pretty but, like I said, I rarely use polish on its own so I will be using this as a top coat.





    Here is Melanzane worn as a top coat.

    Bicicletta + Melanzane



    Gelato Al Cioccolato + Melanzane



    Motorini + Melanzane


    Oliveto + Melanzane


    Gondoliere + Melanzane



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  2. POLICE FILES: RBL wants to make your dream color

    July 23, 2014 by pam

    One of the things I love the most about Rescue Beauty Lounge is how collaborative its founder Ji is with nail bloggers and fans of the brand.

    In the past years, she has released two blogger collections and two fan collections, turning people’s dream colors into beautiful reality. I love these collections so much, they have given me some of my favorite RBL shades.

    I have great news for Rescue Beauty Lounge fans: Ji will soon be accepting submissions for Fan Collection 3.0.

    There are different ways to submit your dream color:

    1. Create a Pinterest board that includes images inspired by the color you want Ji to create for you.

    2. Make a collage.

    3. Put together a slideshow.

    Submit your entries (the link, the screenshot, the word document) to

    You have 48 hours to submit your dream color starting on Friday, July 25 12 noon EST until Sunday, July 27, 12 noon EST.

    14 finalists will be chosen and the six that will get the most number of votes will become part of RBL’s Fan Collection 3.0.

    Good luck!

    And to inspire you, here are photos of the gorgeous shades from RBL’s Fan Collection 2.0.


    This is Sarah’s super pretty Coquette.


    This is Naked Without Polish, the dream color of Becky, who runs the blog Naked Without Polish.


    One of my favorites – Jaime’s Fire Queen.


    This is the icy goodness of Cara‘s Réveillon.


    This is Mindy ’s Lucciole, a real beauty.


    This is Lotus Elise, Candice’s beautiful bold pink jelly.


    For more details, visit Ji’s blog.

    Follow Rescue Beauty on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@rescuebeauty).