Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 2.0 Swatches and Review

The fateful day has arrived! Rescue Beauty Lounge has produced another stellar collection, their second based on fan submissions. This is the Fan Collection 2.0! Please enjoy the official press release from creator Ji Baek:
Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 2.0

Introducing The Fan Collection 2.0

As I lined up the six square bottles of ReBeL dream colors, I screamed out loud, "Doctor! Doctor!" I clenched my heart with the palm of my right hand. Thank goodness I was alone at the studio, otherwise 911 would have been dialed. What collection can get my heart rate to ramp up to dangerous levels? The Fan Collection 2.0, of course. For me, making people's dream colors feels like Christmas morning.

Forget about the countless and exciting submissions or the nail-biting voting process (which was a rivetingly palpitating event in and of itself). This was all about the tender loving thoughts that went into those stunning inspirational boards. They transformed me into a wild-color-mixing-witchcrafting state that lead me into the gates of color heaven.

We have connected flawlessly through the language of colors and may I just say--our ReBeLs know what they want and need--period. The birthing process, which transformed their dream colors into the realm of reality, was beyond all of our expectations. It's truly my privilege to introduce The Fan Collection 2.0! And I thank all of the ReBeL winners for your time, participation, and passion. Cheers to our color-hood! (Please don't drink it!)

Coquette: "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." This is what Sarah wanted.

Coquette is a gorgeous muted posy pink creme with a generous dose of silver shard-like glitter pieces. Very sexy and yet extremely feminine and cute. I think this polish is exactly what Sarah's description entails, spot on. I am a pink lover and this is right up my alley. I used two coats here, impeccable formula.
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Coquette
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Coquette

Naked Without Polish: "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. I've been dreaming of this polish ever since I can remember. 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." On Becky's wish list.

I had no clue what to expect from reading Becky's polish description and seeing her inspiration photos, I was very excited to see Naked Without Polish in the flesh. This is a unique polish that I don't think I've ever seen before. It's a pale opaque pink with a hefty wash of seafoam green shimmer and loads of largeish speckly gold (almost bronze) flakes. It's difficult to see the green tinge to the shimmer in my photo but it is quite noticeable in person. This is two coats. Excellent formula.
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Naked Without Polish
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Naked Without Polish

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.'" Jamie's desire.

Fire Queen was the one I was most anxious to see when I first heard which colors Ji would be making for this collection. I am a sucker for greens anyway and I love milky jelly polishes. I am head over heels for this one! This is four thin coats, to make it as opaque as possible. You could probably get away with three if you have careful application and/or don't mind a bit of translucence.
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Fire Queen

Réveillon: "My vision for Réveillon is based on the cold winter afternoons growing up on the Quebec/NYS border. 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 suggest the coming of spring, albeit many months from that day. 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." Cara's longing.

Réveillon is a demure and beautiful doll. This polish immediately calls to my mind Disney's Cinderella character, with her pale blue ball gown and magical glow. This is an icy blue polish with white shimmer that twinkles pinky purple on the surface. The resulting polish is more blue than what I expected from Cara's description but I'm super into it. Perfect for the upcoming chilly weather! Two coats.
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Réveillon
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Réveillon

Lucciole: "Or fireflies in Italian, remind 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 (like the ones that are visible in Curprum) that randomly sparkle when the light hits it, reminiscent of the fireflies' sparks of light." By Mindy.

Lucciole is very close to what I had imagined from reading Mindy's imagery. It's an almost foil-like blue toned purple shimmer polish with tons of small gold flecks and itsy bitsy gold microglitter. The base is a bit watery and glows with a deep navy tinge at first but built on itself, you see the true purple color. This is fabulous in person, better than I could capture in my photos. Three coats.
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Lucciole
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Lucciole

Lotus Elise: "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." Candice's dream.

This polish is INCREDIBLE and quite different than any RBL polish I can think of. The pink jelly base of Lotus Elise is very pigmented and juicy, almost a bright strawberry color. It is filled with so much pink and orange glass fleck glitter that I swear it's about to explode and rain beauty everywhere. It also has a beautiful depth to it that is so stunning in person. YOU NEED THIS POLISH! I used three coats here.
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Lotus Elise
Rescue Beauty Lounge - Lotus Elise

I am quite impressed with this collection. Very fun and bright! I am so happy for the lucky fans who get to see their dream color realized, as I know the honor myself, it is a very special experience. Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at for $20 per bottle.

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. We do not test on animals.


Product samples were provided for consideration.