Review and Swatches: Rescue Beauty Lounge

by Bionic Beauty on 08.Feb.2010 · 9 comments

As I mentioned in my “Best of Beauty” article, I recently tried some of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s nail polishes. I’ll be the first to admit that they are pricey at $18 a bottle, so I certainly won’t be buying entire collections. But since I had heard such rave reviews on the RBL formula from fellow bloggers, I saved some moo-lah and decided to try them for myself.

RBL’s nail polish formula is truly amazing. It’s very rare that I need even a second coat for full coverage. There was no cuticle drag or tip build-up, no bubbling, and even without a top coat the polish was glossy and long-lasting. With a top coat, I got a full 3 days wear! For reference, I typically only get one day with a “normal” nail polish (like China Glaze, OPI, Zoya, etc).

My colors…
Mismas – a grape purple cream polish. There’s no shimmer or frosting; the polish dries to a HIGH shine, almost patent-leather shine. My swatch below shows one coat with no top coat. This is one of my favorites to use with a matte top coat.

Bionic Beauty blog review and swatches - Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Mismas

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Mismas

Scrangie – a very cool blue and purple duochrome frosted polish. Depending on ambient light, my nails flash purple, teal, or blue. The frost is well-dispersed and doesn’t streak on application. This color is sold out currently, but hopefully RBL will have more soon.

Bionic Beauty blog review and swatches - Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Scrangie

RBL nail polish in Scrangie

Orbis Non Sufficit – a creamy green that’s reminiscent of military camouflage. I know green polish isn’t for everyone, but I love them, and there never seems to be enough nice green polishes out there. I was beyond thrilled with this bottle! My swatch below shows one coat of polish on all nails, no gloss top coat; my ring finger has a coat of Essie’s Matte About You top coat.

Bionic Beauty blog review and swatches - Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Orbis Non Sufficit

RBL nail polish in Orbis Non Sufficit

What are your thoughts on spending $18 on a bottle of nail polish? Does the quality and fact that you’d use less factor into your decision?


1 Anna February 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I own Scrangie, and I think it’s beautiful! I certainly don’t drop that much money on nail polish very often, but for RBL I think it’s worth it occasionally.

2 Kathleen February 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Oooh, that green is beautiful! I usually steer way clear of green. But this shade is gorge. 🙂

Btw, what does, “Orbis Non Sufficit” mean, any idea? The names are unique, to say the least.

3 Bionic Beauty February 13, 2010 at 9:27 am

Mismas and Scrangie are after the beauty/nail polish bloggers who worked with RBL to create those unique colors. I know Orbis is by one of the bloggers too, but she chose a different name.

Orbis Non Sufficit is latin and “roughly” translates to “the world is not enough”. 🙂

4 Kathleen February 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

Thanks, Jami! 🙂 Being I know Spanish (which comes from Latin, of course), the “Orbis…” name sounded familiar, but I wasn’t sure.

5 Beauty Lounge March 17, 2010 at 1:33 am

Do you have any idea about PATYKA DRY SKIN FACE CREAM?

6 Bionic Beauty March 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

Hi Beauty Lounge,
Actually, no I have never heard of that skin care brand. Is is something you use frequently or know where it can be purchased?

Thanks for commenting at Bionic Beauty, I hope to see you around the blog in the future!
Best regards,

7 Tashi March 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

I love that purple! I just wish I could grow my nails out well enough to allow a pretty polishing. I fidget too much (yeah, my bad!), and thus, they’re very short. Do you know of a good “help your nails grow” kind of regimen/system? 🙂 Thanks, either way!

8 Bionic Beauty March 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

Tashi, I am REALLY tough on my nails! They are very soft, peel and I use them for tools. So they are typically *very* short. To get mine to grow, I use Jojoba Oil at night (the leftovers from my face) and I keep them painted with clear polish as much as possible (when I don’t have colored polish on). The polish really does help keep them stronger and thus, they can grow. 🙂

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