Showing posts with label Nail Polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail Polish. Show all posts

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Italian Summer Collection


Rescue Beauty Lounge has created seven new shades of polish for their Italian Summer Collection. This collection was inspired by Ji Baek's travels to Italy, you can read about the inspiration behind each shade on the Rescue Beauty Lounge Blog. The collection will be available for purchase during a 48 hour pre-sale period starting Monday August 11th which you can have access to by signing up for her newsletter at Rescue Beauty Lounge. I was thrilled (floored really) that they sent me shades for review. The seven shades will be $20 each, the colors include:
  • Bicicletta a pale pink polish has micro glitters
  • Gondoliere a vibrant orange-based opaque glossy red nail polish
  • Oliveto a perfect olive green that reflects the flash of rainbow and purple and periwinkle shimmers
  • Motorini a moodier, darker sister of the famed and playful Aqua Lily (which I missed out on), with a medium base of blue/aqua has a flash of surging fuchsia shimmer
  • Meow Meow is a dark hunter green shows off a finely milled glitter
  • Melanzane is a complex mix of blue, purple, silver and violet glitters


I've been a long-time fan of Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes. They have super smooth application with excellent pigment and wear time. Their Top Coat is among my favorites for adding a lush cushy shine and extending polish wear. More details and thoughts on my personal nail and hand care essentials here from May earlier this year.


Close ups and thoughts of each shade below. First up is Motorini which is my favorite color in the whole collection. I'm still bummed I missed out on Aqua Lily and this looks like a beautiful darker alternative to it. It has a gorgeous teal base with the prettiest iridescent shimmer infused throughout. The shimmer is very fine and shows up on the nail in a sophisticated way. This is the perfect aqua teal mix. It applied smoothly with two coats.



Bicicletta is a pale lilac with complex lavender and silver glitters. It has a slightly transparent base giving it a jelly-like finish with two coats. I prefer it with three coats for fuller coverage. The application is very smooth with this shade as well. I love that it's streak-free and that brush strokes are not visible.



Gondoliere is a stunning vibrant red with warm tones. In my mind Rescue Beauty Lounge and Chanel have the best reds. No matter how similar each new release is, they both somehow manage to create a more perfect red. This one has full coverage and is very opaque with two coats.



Gelato Al Cioccolato is a soft chocolate brown cream with a slight hint of mauve which prevents it from looking yellow as some browns can look. It's a polished neutral tan. It's shown with two coats as well.



Oliveto is a unique green olive that has an amazing teal, blue, and violet pearly shimmer mixed throughout. It makes for a very interesting nail color unlike any other olive green shade I've tested. I hope RBL adds more shimmer like this to other polishes because it's simply amazing. Oliveto applied with smooth full coverage with two coats.



Meow Meow is a forest-green glitter. I applied it with 3 coats to cover the nail entirely but it can also be used with 1-2 coats layered over other colors. If you're a fan of glitter polishes you will really like this one, it's quite striking. Glitter polish isn't really my thing and it's such a pain to remove that I try to avoid it. 



Melanzane is another glitter polish. The mix of sparkle in this one is extraordinary. It has blue, violet, purple, indigo, and silver. I'm not the best at applying glitter polishes, especially near the cuticles, I have a hard time getting any glitter to apply with a sharp clean edge. I tend to get glitter everywhere when I apply it. This is a lovely color but for me a bit too glitzy for everyday.



The Rescue Beauty Lounge Italian Summer collection is stunning. I love that as with all of Ji Baek's polishes, each shade has a special meaning behind it's creation. My top three picks are Motorini (teal) Bicicletta (lilac sparkle) and Gondoliere (red).

For more swatches, be sure to check out these nail polish blogs: Scrangie, Polish Police (she has awesome comparisons), Manicurator, Nail and Noms, Fashion Polish and Makeup Withdrawl.

Be sure to sign up for the newsletter on Rescue Beauty Lounge for the latest updates on new releases and sales. You will receive an exclusive pre-sale link to shop the collection early on Monday August 11th.

This post contains samples sent for review consideration. For more information refer to my Disclosures.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NARS Dolce Vita Lip & Nail Set | Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusive


I picked up the NARS Dolce Vita Lip and Nail Set from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a couple weeks ago. It retails for $52 for a Dolce Vita Lipstick, Lipgloss and Nail Lacquer (all full sized) cased in a chic black lacquered box. Online it says the set is a $66 value, but if I add up the individual items ($26 for the lipstick, $26 for the gloss and $20 for the nail polish) it totals $72. It's basically like buying the lip items and getting the box and nail lacquer thrown in.

I've owned several tubes of Dolce Vita Lipstick and also owned the older version of the Dolce Vita Lipgloss - but this was many years ago. Dolce Vita is probably one of NARS's most famous classic colors for lips. It's a universally flattering rosy pink shade with a slight hint of brown. On my lips and complexion it's always pulled quite a bit more rosy than it does on others.

I don't have the original tube of lipstick to compare, but I do believe NARS has reformulated their lipsticks at least once since the 2000's (which I first got into the line back in my early college days). Each time I've checked it out at the counters, the Dolce Vita seems to be a bit lighter and less brown than the original but since I don't have old tubes, I can't compare.

I've been testing this for several days and am pleased with my purchase. I was worried I would have meh feelings about it since the colors are repeats, but they are good classics that are both office-appropriate but not boring. On me the colors are neutral rosy shades that feel quite grown up. If you're new to NARS this is a good entry set to the brand.

The lipstick is on the sheer side with a glossy sheen but still gives enough color to show up on the lips. The lipgloss is very pigmented and smooth without any detectable scent. The nail polish is in the older packaging (the cap doesn't remove) and has a shorter brush which I find makes it super easy to apply smoothly without any issues. Two coats gives full coverage.



Do note that these swatch rosy on me, on you these will probably look more neutral. My lips tend to pick up a lot of pink and red tones. More photos and swatches:








Out of the three, my favorite item is the Dolce Vita Lip Gloss (which you can purchase individually), but I'm also smitten with the black lacquered box. I wish I could find larger ones for my desk to put stationary and photos in. Bottom line the set has timeless classics - you really can't go wrong with them.

The NARS Dolce Vita Lip & Nail Set is exclusive to the Nordstrom for the Anniversary Sale in the US (ends August 3rd). You can also find it at in the UK at Selfridges.



Did you pick up any of the NARS items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year? I was hoping for another 6 pan palette like they've had in past years but perhaps they will release some in the winter.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dior Aventure #551 Vernis Gel Shine Nail Lacquer


On the nails right now: Dior Aventure #551 Gel Shine Nail Lacquer ($25 for 10 ml/0.33 fl oz). I've had this color since April and have worn it several times on tips and toes. Aventure #551 is a pretty coral. It has a slight transparent finish but gives almost near full coverage with two coats. The finish is lush and glossy with a flattering mix of pink, coral, peach making it one of my favorite summer shades for nails. I like that it's bright without being fluorescent. I've had really good experiences with the Dior Gel Shine Nail Polish formula, Aventure is no exception. All the colors I've tried wear extremely well with a wide range of top coat brands like Dior Gel Top Coat, Chanel Laque Brillance Extreme and Rescue Beauty Lounge. Lasting power is quite good with 5+ days (no tip wear). I didn't have time to re-swatch nail comparisons but you can see Aventure compared to Chanel Tutti Frutti and Mirabella.




Huge thumbs up. I swatched 16 of the new Gel Shine Nail Lacquer shades earlier this year. Detailed reviews and swatches also of Tra-La-La, Front Row, Wonderland, and Vibrato.

I purchased Aventure from Nordstrom. Also available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquers in Daphne and Maia


This summer there are a few new lip and nail shades for Dolce & Gabbana Beauty. There are five new Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks ($36 each) in Lotus, Jasmine, Amaryllis, Lily and Orchid and three new Intense Nail Lacquers ($25 each) in Daphne, Maia and Gaia (you can see the details on Makeup4All). I purchased two of the nail lacquers from Nordstrom:

  • Daphne is a beige gold with multi-colored shimmer flecks of gold, silver, champagne, rose gold
  • Maia is a metallic shade that's a rich a rose gold peach frost


Both shades apply very smoothly. The brush design of Dolce & Gabbana nail polishes has improved over the years. It's shorter and more dense with a better tip for flawless application. Both of these applied nicely with a few strokes. They are two-coaters but the pigment is rich and smooth with the first coat. They both have removable gold caps.



Daphne has a nude-beige base that is similar to my skin tone. I found it naturally flattering for a conservative polished look that's work-appropriate. I found it to be a slightly darker beige compared to most other neutral nudes I own. I suspect those with tan skin will really like this one as a perfect nude that doesn't look too pale. The pigment and coverage is very good.




Maia is a rich cantaloupe-colored metallic. Metallics sometimes worry me since brush strokes can be very visible and streaky looking. Maia has a smooth finish with minimal brush strokes showing. It's very warm on my skin but the hint of pink in the shimmer prevents it from being a pure orange.




Comparisons below (swatches on prior reviews linked below):

Laura Mercier Organza (discontinued)
Chanel Sahara Beige (discontinued)
Dior Spring Ball 343 (discontinued)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Starfish Patrick
Rescue Beauty Lounge Nails and Noms


I wasn't able to test these for an extended period of time, but based on my experience with recent releases like Oleandro, I've been able to get at least 5 days wear without any issues. I'm in love with Maia - the iridescent quality was impossible to capture with a camera, it has a lovely blueish pink shimmer that makes it really unique. Daphne is a lovely color as well - these days I'm preferring a bit more contrast and color but it's a great everyday kind of nude with a gorgeous shimmer.

I found both Daphne and Maia at Nordstrom. Also available at Saks.

 

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