Having seen many altogether unique and awesome Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes in the blogosphere, I have dreamed of owning some for the longest time. I never took the plunge until very recently, as international shipping could be a drag, and a lot of beautiful shades are sold out before I can finish spelling Mississippi (nail aficionados sure don’t mess around). I finally took advantage of the free shipping deal a little while ago and ordered three shades I had been drooling over. Today you’ll get to feast your eyes on Not Your Baby, Oliveto, and Scrangie 2.0!
Before we begin, I’d like to point out that I am not a nail blogger. I tried my best to photograph these as well as I could, but I’m afraid part of the beauty is lost in translation. I hope you can still get an idea about how cool they are!
A little background information about Rescue Beauty Lounge (or RBL): Ji Baek founded the brand in 2000 and from what I can see, seems to do everything single-handedly (read about her life here. It’s an amazing read!). She creates the shades, handles the social media, replies to emails, and packs up parcels. You’d wonder how she actually has any time to sleep! Legend has it that several lab technicians almost quit their jobs before Ji gave the RBL formula her seal of approval. Kudos for hanging in there, everyone. The result is well worth the fuss! The RBL formula is 5-free. There is no dibutyl, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or toluene. It is also bunny-friendly (no animal testing)!
The RBL brush is just a tad shorter than that of Chanel, to give you an idea. I personally prefer wider and tapered brushes, but I don’t have issues working with it.
RBL Not Your Baby is part of the Anatomy of a #KDrama collection. Every shade in the collection bears funny funny names like “Instant Amnesia” and “Oh Slap!” I knew I needed Not Your Baby because it is duochrome and so very unique!
If you own MAC Club (I don’t, but I have the alleged dupe in Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone), you can easily imagine Not Your Baby as the nail polish version of the shade. This taupe-y brown with a silvery cast flashes both green and red. Literally every time you look at it, the color is different. It has a very metallic finish, but no visible brushstrokes.
I find the closeup represents the shade the best, plus you can see all the shimmer on the out of focus nails.
Oliveto is part of the Italian Summer collection (full disclosure: I almost got Meow Meow just for the name, but I really don’t do glitter). Compared with the other two shades, it seems so demure. However, once on the nails, it truly comes to life!
Oliveto is a muted olive green with fine blue and purple shimmer. The formula is again very on-point. I really like the finish. In conjunction with the shade, it reminds me of jade!
I saved the best for last with Scrangie 2.0. It is created by Scrangie as part of the Blogger 2.0 collection.
The polish might bear Scrangie’s name, but it literally has mine written all over it as well! When I received the nail polishes, I quickly swatched each of them on one nail and decided to paint my digits with this one. I then proceeded to spending the rest of my day in a perpetually distracted manner, staring at my nails all the time!
Can you blame me? This darkened bronze/khaki “oil slick” shade contains so much mesmerizing shimmer I don’t even know where to start! Apparently, it took them 6 months to finalize the color, and Ji tried a wide array of unconventional raw materials to get there. Again, kudos for hanging in there, because Scrangie 2.0 is such a beauty!
All in all, these first RBL nail polishes are surely not going to be my last. They are real winners in the nail polish world, and I can’t wait to see more from the brand!
PS: If you want to find out about cool RBL deals, go to their site and subscribe for the newsletter. If you can, follow Ji on social media. Ji does “fan collections” as well (the third one is in progress as far as I know). Who knows? If you have a great idea, it might be incarnated in a RBL bottle some day!