May 102010

Rescue Beauty Lounge–the edgy niche nail polish brand–has released Diddy Mow, the third of its surfer-themed polishes for Summer 2010.  As the site describes–the name is a “surf term for a harsh wipeout, is a putty green, the color of sand through sea water, the moment before you eat it!”

This green is not moss, it’s not forest, it’s not Shrek-green.  In fact, it has so much grey in it that it is the color of seaweed through cloudy water, a color that evokes the summer of the cooler northern climates.  The pearl is barely noticeable unless the light hits it just right.  It’s a nice toned-down color that is going to look amazing with all of the corals that we’ve seen this season:

Here is a quick re-cap with the other two Rescue Beauty Lounge colors for this season, in case you are thinking of a single order:

360 is reviewed here:

Bangin’ is reviewed here:

The formula on all of these is divine–one to two coats maximum, easy to work with.

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May 062010

Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Summer 2010 collection has a beachy theme—and what’s not to love about that?  Here’s a look at 360 ($18), meant to evoke a surfer’s move where the surfer and board spin around on the face of a wave.  Also, there’s a watery aqua blue look that evokes easy sweatshirts, sandals, sun, and sand.  Summer colors make me deeply happy, and I hope that 360 is around each and ever summer to keep doing so.  It’s sort of an aqua, but I think of this color as a sort of a heather blue–it has a touch of green and some sparkles if you look very close.

This polish evokes summers on the beach, the sun-faded look that fabric takes on after the cotton becomes comfortable enough to feel like an old friend, and no need for a watch because the surf is either right or it isn’t, and nothing else really matters.  Like all of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s polishes that I’ve tried, this one applies like an absolute dream.  It’s virtually opaque in a single coat and gets even lovelier on the second.  No need to worry about a third.

I love the fact that these say “summer” without any neon edge.  360’s color is both strong and subdued, not too obvious but not too shy either.

These have a Poshe topcoat with a full-on flash.  This washes out the color a bit but if you enlarge you’ll see some micro-sparkle:

This is with a mix of flash and natural light–this deeper color is more representative of how the polish looks in more natural lighting (although in some light the color goes to deeper almost-teal):

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Jan 012010

After the bright blingy New Year’s Eve manicure of yesterday (that’s so last year!), I’m welcoming in 2010 with open arms and dark nails.  This one is Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Film Noir, which typically retails for $18 but which I picked up at their recent sale for half price.

Film Noir is the movie genre that was began in the 1940’s and is, I would argue, still echoed today in such places as AMC’s Mad Men.  These films are characterized by black and white cinematography, heavy on dark shadows and hard-bitten characters with devastating crime (usually murder) thrown in for good measure.  The dialogue seethes with emotion, although delivered in fast-talking monotone.  Consider this from “Hollow Triumph,” released in 1948:

He:  You’re a bitter little lady.

She:  It’s a bitter little world.

Dark enough for you?  Okay, so let’s go back to talking about nail polish now….

Film Noir is a deep dark black-burgundy jelly that lets in just enough light to show some color.  Evocative of Chanel’s early 1990’s Vamp, Film Noir looks absolutely fabulous when wearing blacks.  Vamp did, so does Film Noir.  A black-burgundy always has, and it always will.  Classic.

In the picture swatch here, I applied two coats then topped with a thick coat of Poshe’s fast-drying Topcoat.  I might use three coats, but I wanted to make sure that some of this rich color would show on the blog.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Film Noir

Because this is a dark jelly, this is not a polish to try for the first time while in a rush.  The deep color is very pigmented, so mistakes tend to show.

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