Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rococo Nail Apparel from SPACE.NK.apothecary

I discovered Rococo Nail Apparel on 2 of my favorite NY-based bloggers Beauty Moogle Zone and New York City Pretty (both possess fashionably great taste and are always in-the-know) and knew I had to check out this brand.

I ordered a few colors from SpaceNK online and this past weekend I had a girls-day-out to Orange County and stopped by the SpaceNK in Bloomingdales at South Coast Plaza to check out the rest of the line.

I first need to RAVE about their customer service. For my online order, one of the colors I received was the wrong shade and SpaceNK online was really great in trying to correct the mishap. Since I was going to be near a SpaceNK that next weekend, she called all the California stores near me to make sure they had the right color in stock and that they were aware I'd be coming for a possible exchange.

My experience at the South Coast Plaza location was also incredible. I've been to SCP on several occasions but never even noticed the SpaceNK corner as it was a bit hidden. Those not familiar with Bloomingdales, next time you go, I highly recommend you check it out. If you have trouble finding it, just ask. My friend and I met the most knowledgeable associate we have ever encountered there. We spent about 3o minutes smelling the perfumes and looking at the skincare and we were both amazed at all the information he had about each item. Anything we pointed at, he was able to give us the FULL 411 on. He described each fragrance topnotes and undertones and gave us recommendations based on our likes. For skincare, he was able to tell us the ingredients of any skincare product, explained in detail how to best use it, he even explained how to use that muslin cloth in the Eve Lom Cleanser set. We were both thrilled.


For my Rococo experience, I have slightly mixed feelings. The nail polishes come in a stunning range of colors with great pigment - but there seems to be some inconsistency with some of the batches in the actual color you get. We pulled out 3 different colors: R2T2, Gothic Lolita, and Organza and there were clear differences between the tester and product being sold. For example, the Gothic Lolita tester was a gorgeous blueberry jelly shimmer while the product sold was a shimmery gunmetal. The Organza tester (can see it on the SpaceNK website) was a straight beige with iridescent gold shimmer, while the one I bought has a slight pinkish shimmers and undertone.

There are 2 types of labels which I will picture below. I think the type of label on your bottle will indicate what variation of color you get. Unfortunately you don't really know which type of label you will get.


So - my frustration with this line is the lack of consistency in colors with the same name. I did however appreciate the honesty from the associates at SpaceNK at Bloomingdales. They mentioned up front that I should know there is a slight difference from some of the colors that they believe was due to a difference in manufacturer or batch production. The sales associates were kind enough to open up several boxes of their stock so I could compare them the testers to make my purchasing decisions.


My descriptions of the colors: (note that Molten Lava, Pop Culture & No Shrinking Violet were part of a 3-piece holiday set)
  • Boutique - sheer nude glossy cream
  • Molten Lava - sparkling pale silver (this looked like an exact dupe to R2T2)
  • Organza - pale cream with pink-opal flashes
  • Andromeda - holographic silver-grey (this is my favorite)
  • Vayder - pure black with silver glitter
  • Pop Culture - iridescent bright coral with silver pearl
  • Re-Issue - gorgeous plum-grape with reddish tinge and pearl
  • Baby Punk - bright peachy-pink (brighter version of MAC Coconut Ice)
  • No Shriking Violet - iridescent violet (I have a feeling this might be similar to the new Nars spring nail polish)
  • Tokyo Nights - iridescent bright coral-red (similar to Pop Culture minus the silvery pearl, but on the nails, looks almost identical)


The swatches on paper look different from what goes on the nails, but I'm conducting a few nail-related projects so it's going to take a while for me to swatch them all, so please bear with me. I will get around to swatching them all on my fingers. I just got a mani with Re-Issue (which I am totally in love with) - see that in a post coming soon.


I've since seen a few more posts on London Makeup Girl featuring Blu Skywalker & Visionary Beauty featuring Metal Jacket. Have you seen this line in person? What are your thoughts?

My personal rants aside about consistency, I was very pleased with the whole SpaceNK shopping experience. I think this line has great colors with lovely pigment and formulas. There's nothing like great customer service that makes your shopping experience all the more better and enjoyable - especially for the 2 of us who went completely giddy smelling the unique perfumes and blabbering about the high-end skincare lines. It was nice to find a sales associate who didn't make us feel awkward about our beauty obsession (which I have to say would have been totally understandable as we were probably acting to the equivalent of teenage girls screeching at a Twilight or New Moon premiere). These nail polishes retail for $16.50 each and the line also carries a gold-flecked nail polish for $32.50 with real gold flakes (which I did not purchase).

10 comments:

  1. I've also reviewed Rococo Vayder and Utility - thought I'd reviewed Underground too, but I'm a dingbat, it seems!

    You can see my swatches here: http://getlippie.blogspot.com/search/label/Rococo

    Look forward to seeing your swatches, they're lovely polishes, I've not had an issue with the different batches here in the UK.

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  2. I'm loving Andromeda. I'll have to make a visit to a space nk soon =) Thanks for the heads up on batch differences!

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  3. Great buys Sabrina!! The neutrals and Andromeda look gorgeous :)

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  4. Been checking out the Rococo posts on the blogs you mentioned, the Metal Jacket looks so pretty too, sorta like the P&J #20, no? I am really feeling Andromeda, Metal Jacket and and Boutique AND Molten lava!!! Lol!!! Need to get me to a Bloomingdales/Space NK soooooon :) Thanks for featuring another rare brand-- the packaging is so pretty too..

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  5. I love all of these little niche brands that you post about! I was wondering though, do you have a suggestion for a less expensive Organza dupe? I am not diligent enough about doing my nails to spend more than OPI would cost me on a polish :)

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  6. I'm glad you like these! Andromeda is absolutely next on my list--it's so unique and totally stunning. In my opinion these wear extremely well too. Both of my shades look just like the testers, but I think that there were some stock problems for a while--maybe they realized there was a discrepant and resolved it?

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  7. Wow, don't you just love when you find someone who knows what they're talking about?! I'm so sad I'm not near enough SCP lol.

    Those nail polishes look amazing though! Especially No Shrinking Violet! Thanks for the swatches!

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  8. Get Lippie - lovely swatches! I like that greyish one you have!

    Jenn - thank you for posting about that holiday set! I think Molten Lava is the equivalent of R2T2.

    Evelynn - I don't have a less expensive dupe suggestion for the Organza that I have. For the one with no pink (the one I linked on the website), try Essie Chips No Potatoes.

    SB - I'm not sure if they've resolved the discrepancy with stock v tester. I got bottles with both different types of labels from my online order from NY and also from what I saw in Southern California at Bloomies. The SA seemed unsure of what was going on with the manufacturer/supplier.

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  9. What a great collection! Thats interesting about the inconsistency of batches, I wonder for those of us ordering online if its safer to order the more newly released shades.

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  10. There is no such colour as Molten Lava, your polish is R2T2.

    Molten Lava refers to the finish - another colour in that [Molten Lava] finish is Metal Jacket.

    Cheers,
    T

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