Hey dolls! I’m sure you all are just as excited as I am from the post title. Rescue Beauty Lounge has teamed up with Refinery29 for their first outside collaboration. I’m a huge fan of Refinery29 as they post everything from fashion, beauty, politics, and entertainment news. The R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge collection features seven shades that were inspired by the different R29 teams.
RBL All About Yves was inspired by the R29 Fashion Team.
In the fashion milieu, people rarely wear polish on their nails. I was dreading that this team might want something like a clear-buff-no-polish nail polish. To my surprise, they wanted the exact same color as that elusive Céline oversized coat that got way from me (still obsessing over it). This is a slightly darker kissing cousin to our wildly popular (and sold out) IKB: 2012 (hyperlink), a cream jelly, pigments on steroids. The team was right; this color is universally flattering, a bold neutral. All About Yves is definitely a statement nail polish color.
All About Yves is a cobalt blue creme-jelly hybrid. This is definitely a statement color. Its formula was sheer on the first coat, but built up nicely in three coats without dragging at all. I was actually surprised at how pigmented this shade ending up being. Cobalt is always a huge trend in fashion, so it’s no shocker that this team would go for a shade like this.
RBL Better Than Boyfriend Jeans was inspired by the R29 Shopping Team.
I had to agree; there is nothing more comforting than your favorite faded jeans. That soft, over-washed fabric reminds you of carefree, relaxed, and lazy Sunday afternoons. This cream jelly applies smoothly, a perfect open marriage of a faded blue that turns a tad gray at the end. If Concrete Jungle and Bikini Bottom had a baby—this would be IT. So easy, so everyday, and boyfriend who?
I just love the name of this polish as I’m a huge fan of comfy boyfriend jeans. Better Than Boyfriend Jeans is a pale blue that leans gray in some lights. The creme-jelly hybrid formula was similar to that of All About Yves; sheer on the first coat but built up well in three coats without dragging. Sometimes pale shades such as this one can be very streaky, but I didn’t have that problem.
RBL Bubblegum Punk was inspired by the R29 News Team.
They had me at the iridescent-rainbow-hued cellophane on their inspiration board and a photo of Natalie Portman wearing the pink wig from the movie “Closer.” This color appears innocent from afar, but as you get closer, nothing is ever what it seems—mirroring the changes that may occur chasing down a breaking news story. The first coat goes on sheer, with an innocent silver white shimmer base that glints with a sparkling of blues, pinks, greens and a dash of gold. Although fitting for any mayor’s press conference, you can add some punk attitude by layering it with a different base color. Apply two to three coats? I see the colorcast changing like a prism. This is when that cellophane effect magically appears, covering this color in a fairy-like sheen.
Bubblegum Punk is one of those iridescent shades that will look great layered almost any base color. It is filled with silver, pink, blue, and gold shimmer. The formula was very dense and applied easily in one coat. I layered Bubblegum Punk over three other shades in the collection to show you how diverse it can be.
RBL Elvis in the Cloud was inspired by the R29 Technology Team.
To my astonishment, the colors I came up with were rejected many times by this team. This copper required the most rounds of color mixing in the history of RBL (and we’re talking depuis 2000). There were batches and batches of colors made, I dreamt of copper, I saw copper everywhere, and I even stripped a wire to study the copper inside. I pictured Elvis wearing copper aviators furiously pinging back and forth from Earth to the clouds. When the team approved this color on my birthday—it was the best gift ever (yeah, I even shed a perfect single tear). It was all worth it because this is the PERFECT copper, not too yellow, not too gold, not too pink, and not too red—simply meticulous, like their coding!
Elvis in the Cloud was one of the shades I was most interested in when I first saw the bottles. It is a copper shimmer with a slight multi-chrome finish. Depending on the light, you can see flashes of gold and pink as well. This shade is so flattering on my skintone! The formula was well-pigmented and applied easily. I recommend using a light touch when applying this polish to minimize the appearance of brushstrokes. Two coats were used in the photos below.
RBL Galaxy Glue was inspired by the R29 Creative Team.
I promise, it’s nothing like actual glue, but you can see the galaxy in here. There is a depth of sage and blue and you can catch the micas that shimmer and twirl in the light. In bright light, you can see the turquoise-bright apex, which becomes darker with a brown tinge as you move your hands. This mesmerizing galaxy of colors will no doubt keep everyone’s eyes glued to your fingertips!
Galaxy Glue was the pleasant surprise in this collection for me! I had no clue what to expect based on the name and the description provided by Ji. It is a turquoise shimmer that has green and taupe undertones. Galaxy Glue’s formula was on the sheer side, but not runny or problematic. Three coats were used for opacity. As with Elvis in the Cloud, I recommend using light coats to minimize visible brushstrokes.
RBL Pretty Gritty was inspired by the R29 Beauty Team.
The request was “various shades of purple roughed up.” As a frequent color pigment tormentor, I’ve roughed up my fair share of colors, and this one gave me a fight right back. The result is a dusty, mauve-esque medium purple with various sizes of gold shimmers. This color has a composed glow and radiance that’s very flattering, making it work and life appropriate. Pretty Gritty complements every skin tone with an edgy twist.
You all should already know that this is my favorite shade in the collection! Pretty Gritty is a medium purple, filled with heavy gold and copper shimmer. It has so much depth on the nail. Pretty Gritty’s formula was flawless! You could get away with only one thick coat of this polish. I used two coats only for photography purposes.
RBL Sunny Skies was inspired by the R29 Health and Wellness Team.
A perfect balance of blue (often associated with depth and stability), green (it symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility) and a dash of yellow (The color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy). Remember finding sea glass this color on a beach, holding the translucent object up to the sunlight as the sky peeks through? Here comes this super-shiny opaque, a highly pigmented one-coater with its sorcery-like application. Vivid and vibrant, this seafoam green is witty, yet unexpectedly neutral—it reflects that tranquil feeling after a major workout as you sit, soaking in your well-earned sweat.
Sunny Skies walks the fine line between seafoam green and turquoise. The blue undertones were much stronger on my skintone. Sunny Skies makes me long for a tropical vacation! Its formula was thinner than the rest of the collection, but not runny. While the shade was pigmented, I had a little patchiness on a few nails, so two coats were applied.
I always like to see how Ji interpret’s the inspiration boards from others. The shades created fall right in line with the descriptions from the R29 teams. The R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge collection will be sold exclusively here on the RBL site for $20 each and is now available. Be sure to keep up with RBL on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more details and updates!
To see additional photos of the R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge collection, be sure to check out these other wonderful bloggers: KellieGonzo, NailsandNoms, Polish Police, Fashion Polish, Peachy Polish, Makeup Withdrawal, Manicurator, Warm Vanilla Sugar, and The Beauty Book.