Rescue Beauty Lounge: A Poem Collection Swatches & Review
It’s like Christmas here in Peachyland! Today is the day that I get to help reveal the newest confection of polishes from a brand I’ve loved ever since I started down this glitter bestrewn road. Rescue Beauty Lounge! I don’t know how many more ways I can express how excited I am to be included in this elite group of bloggers and to have such an opportunity. It’s definitely a milestone moment for me. Prepare yourself people! The time has come! :)
“I’m wobbling on the icy sidewalks of Manhattan against the sharp, brutal wind, which is mockingly slicing my face into pieces. I feel like I’m five years old again trapped in my one-piece zip-up snowsuit unable to raise my arms, intently concentrating with knitted brows trying not to walk sideways and fall on my derrière. There are so many layers underneath my puffy coat that I feel immobile and stuck. I grip the railing as I descend down to the subway, my boots crunching the grayed crystal snow-salt beneath me as I slide down the stairs. At the subway platform we’re all children again waiting for the school bus on a wintry morning, puffing out our breaths through our cocooned scarves with only our eyes peering through a tiny space like ninjas.
A text notification vibrates, my girlfriend (an ex-New Yorker) now living on West Coast: “Augh! Another stupid sunny day here! I miss New York, the cold, my sweaters and coats *cat face with tears* emoji.”
I immediately reply with: “Three *angry red devil faces* emoji” while I mentally utter explosive curses at her—I picture her wearing flip-flops and shorts. Immaturely, at that moment, I hate her and pout like a child.
At the studio, I’m stirring the last shimmery touches on my mixing table, the almost completed color mixes for The Fan Collection 2.0 consume me. They are stunningly beautiful and simply lovely, yet, for my next round of mixing, I cannot fathom working with anything this pretty so soon. Instead, I start craving sensible soft cotton undies and my oldest sweats from college. That’s the outfit I’d wear as I picture myself munching on Doritos and washing it down with beer while watching horrific “Lifetime” movies—I crave dichotomy. That’s when I remember this quote from “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker: “Even beauty, in abundance, turns creepy.” I then call my girlfriend, I understand our finicky hearts.
My thirst to seek some kind of alluring forlornness leads me to words. Wordsmithing entrances me, I can marinate myself for days with its craft. Words are a magical and ancient medium. Great writers use words to depict the cinematic or to hint at nuances of imagination. Would I? Can I humbly dare to translate that into colors?
As soon as I read “Ghost House,” by Robert Frost (published on public domain), the colors revealed themselves. It was as if I was physically walking along the patch of earth from the poem. There are many layers in those verses that illuminate one’s soul; I’ve attempted to translate this into layers of colors. This entire collection was curated by a harmony of hues that go seamlessly hand in hand, including the glitters that can be layered with the opaque colors to give depth and texture depending on one’s mood.
It’s rare for me to make four opaque colors in one collection, but these earthy palettes ravished me, when I read the poem, these colors seduced me. The opaques themselves are all demurely quiet, neutral and wearable, yet sophisticatedly pensive for all occasions and seasons (my own version of the perfect little black dress). I know, I know, scandalously, there is only one color with that shimmery sensation and I’ve crushed on glitter again. That last time you’ve witnessed this was circa 2009.
Unfolding the ocean full of desires has completed this puzzle and it makes my hunger complete. I hope you’ll enjoy this journey as much as I did.
“Footpath: After the incessant rain and flood, the yellowed-clay earth slowly recovers and hardens. Unhurriedly, the path heals, baked by the sun. The earth, for a short while, forgets and forgives its muddied past. The willow branches persistently swings, whispers, and sheds its confetti of mustard-colored pollen, which blend to celebrate a marriage between two earthy-yellow opaque hues. This earthened-yellow is truly mellow, wearable, and surpassingly neutral. If you’re on the fence about wearing a bright yellow, this is a perfect shade to ease into.”
“Footpath” is a deep mustard yellow creme. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you already know how much I love ugly-pretty colors. This is one of those. I’m so obsessed with this. I only have a few mustard shades in my stash and I’m so happy to add this one. The formula was just a touch thicker than the usual RBL but still super easy to use and went on nice and easy. 2 coats.”
“The Mosses Mar: The small creek sings and chatters, conversing with the busy birds pecking away at nature’s supper. In between the brown house the wood has shed, there are sage-colored mosses bursting up for their new eager, erratic life. This is the color of the mosses in between stones or scattered deadwoods, parched and lightened by the sun, almost identical to the underside of Aspen leaves when they tremble in the wind. (This is a less yellow version of Diddy Mow 2.0)”
“The Mosses Mar” is a dusty moss green creme. Wow. This polish is just gorgeous. It has the wonderful formula that you’d expect from Rescue Beauty Lounge and barely even required a second coat but I did 2 coats for these photos.
“A Lonely House: The sleepy night sky swallows up the last of the dim sunlight. Like a black and white photograph from long ago, naked tree branches are covered in the snow that is falling on the ground and the ubiquitous snow wins with a smirk. A brown, weathered, broken wooden house remains, without any apparent light or life. Just there, content, scattered, and waiting. Out of this friendless and disparaged landscape dwells the perfect opaque brown. Like handsomely worn English saddle leather, a rich and lush one-coater.”
“A Lonely House” is a chocolate brown with a slight yellow undertone. If you don’t have a good brown in your stash, this might be the brown for you. Truly wonderful and again, has that perfect Rescue Beauty formula. 2 coats but you could definitely get away with one.
“Forgotten Road: The snow has melted. A howling wind stamps, turns, and tangos with the broken brown house too many times. In the morning after they part, a charcoal road, faded over time, leads to the house yearning for companionship. In the slick asphalt road after the rain, I found a charcoal opaque gray. It is the color of a deep gray river rock that fits perfectly in your hand, the darkest shade of gray in the spectrum. A darker, moodier sister to Stormy.”
“Forgotten Road” is a slate gray creme. It really took on a blue undertone against my skin color which I didn’t expect but LOVE! A gorgeous and perfect shade of gray that is so edgy yet subtle. Another fabulous formula. 2 coats.
“Small, Dim, Summer Stars: Lost in the woods on a moonless, un-illuminated night, they stumble through the darkness. Looking up at the sky amid the fragrant forest, the weeping willow tree branches recite a monologue in the distance. A whippoorwill sopranos—its cadenza joins to compete. Then they appeared, countless tiny stars embedded in the dark sky, it was always there to be found in every gentle, trusting heart. This sweltering silvery black base hammered with multifaceted and spectacular green, blue, pink, shimmery, glittery twinkling stars will bring you back to that summer night long ago, full of wonder and beauty.”
“Small Dim, Summer Stars” is metallic-y black based polish with extremely strong green, blue and pink shimmer. The green shimmer is so apparent that the base actually looks to be green! Rescue Beauty makes a formula like no other. Absolutely beautiful. 2 coats.
“As Sweet Companions: In the end, it was the hardship and the beauty that all flourished together. The sonatas will always have the contrasting movement that settles what the perfect ending was meant to be. The silver-lavender and matte black glitter were meant to be playmates. This is not your typical screaming glitter, it’s more discreet, reserved, with muted tones. You can create a perfect polka-dot nail art overlay with any of the opaque colors from this collection as base. Or better yet, for those who want it real–layer it on for jeweled digits!”
“As Sweet Companions” has black and silvery-purple hexes in a clear base. The polish ended up looking like abstract art on my nails against the base color. Required a bit of dabbing to get the glitter placed nicely. I did one dabbed coat over “Forgotten Road”.
“Wild Raspberries Grow: One spring morning, a sparkling hint of brilliance appeared in the periphery where wild raspberry patches thrived. The ruby fruit twinkled. Like Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz, the raspberries find their ruby slippers—turning the grayed world of black and white into a beautiful spring day. In the light of the sun of a new day, the micro leafy green glitters and sparkling fuchsia berries float. Combine this with any of the opaque colors in this collection or use three coats to see a kaboom of glitter!”
“Wild Raspberries Grow” has green micro glitter and magenta hexes in a clear base. I like the vision here and it looked interesting in the bottle.
But it wasn’t my cup of tea once I put it on I realized after seeing other swatches, I used the wrong undies (it happens to the best of us! I usually pride myself on choosing good pairings! Oops!) Keep yours eyes peeled for swatch 2.0 of this one! In the meantime, you have to check out the other girls beautiful swatches (links are at the bottom of the post!) Really nice formula and it went on effortlessly. I paired it with Rescue Beauty Lounge “Pepto Pink”.
This collection will be available for pre-order starting on Friday, February 7th for 48 hours. Make sure you are signed up to receive notifications from Rescue Beauty Lounge so that you will receive the pre-order email blast when it gets sent out! You can sign up in the “Sign Up For Our Newsletter” box at the bottom of their website.
Please don’t forget to check out swatches of this collection from the other fabulous ladies!
- Fashion Polish
- Kellie Gonzo
- Makeup Withdrawal
- Nails and Noms
- Polish Police
- Refined and Polished
- Warm Vanilla Sugar (YouTube reviewer!)