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Rescue Beauty Lounge Spring/Summer 09 Preview

rescue beauty loungePrepare for glitter bombing. That’s right, Ji Baek has put her spin on glitter polishes for her Spring/Summer 09 collection. Inspired by the sparkling, heavily embellished looks from the Spring 2009 runway shows, Ji wanted to make that luxe look affordable. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a metallic cocktail dress, you can bling your tips for a fraction of the price.

According to Ji, “I was the one who’d actually call up for those ‘price upon request’ items.” “Now I’m taking the subway, cooking at home, taking more yoga classes – with this economy, we’re all sifting our priorities.”

While the September shows of the Spring/Summer 09 lines preceded the economic meltdown in October 2008, Baek nonetheless was surprised at the excess of embellishment seen in the many collections.

“I’ve never seen so many sequins, embroideries, shimmering metallics and jewels sewn into fabrics. And price points seemed to reach all time highs, with a spangled Balenciaga dress going for $42,000 and jeweled Lanvin sandals for $2,200.”

This need for an affordable way to sparkle led Baek to create three “super-shiny glitter” nail polishes for Spring. “We have brights, bold prints and florals from past seasons. All we need to update our look is a bit of opulence on our fingers and toes.”

The polishes have much more glitter than polishes you’ve seen in the past – they sparkle like diamonds,” adds Baek, “It makes me giddy.”

These beauties make me giddy as well. You know my issue with glitter, the rough, bumpy finish. I did a quick swatch of each polish and while they are not what you’d call smooth, the glitter lays flat so all you feel is a bit of texture. I added a coat of Seche Vite and voila, texture gone.

Pictured (l-r): Locavore; Look Rich, Be Cheap; Frugalista

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rescue beauty lounge, spring 2009, spring/summer 09, summer 2009, frugalista, look rich be cheap, locavoreFrugalista is gunmetal shot through with purple glitter.

In the spirit of our J.Crew to Jimmy Choo-loving First Lady, there’s Look Rich, Be Cheap – a mix of gold and purple glitter.

And for sifting through locally grown produce at the Farmer’s Market, there’s Locavore, a dazzling combination of gold, green, blue and silver glitter.

The RBL Spring/Summer 09 colors go on sale in early March. RBL mailing list subscribers will get first dibs so sign up now at Of course, full swatches and reviews will be posted after my trip.

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  1. shuzluva says:

    Whoa. I love them ALL. This is a first for me. I’ve never felt the driving need to buy an entire collection, but I’m gonna break here.

  2. styrch says:

    Now THAT’s what I’m talking about! I may have to make these my first RBL purchases.

  3. Vesper says:

    WOW! These look amazing, can’t wait to see the swatches! Definitely worth the $18.

  4. Anonymous says:

    -Dana Cerise

  5. Milan says:

    These are HOT! I worry for my wallet…

  6. LeiAn says:

    I LOVE these! I’ve never purchased RBL but I HAVE to get these.

  7. diann_co says:

    LOL withher economic priorities her np is still $18!
    How were these to take off?

  8. Marie says:

    Love the glitter! So girly and pretty!

  9. Shattered says:

    I have never cared for any rbl color I have seen, but these actually made me stop and say “Whoa.” (Literally!) I’m really liking Locavore and Frugalista and I can’t wait to see your swatches!

  10. Anonymous says:

    It’s a little hard to take Ji talking about economizing. I mean, really.

  11. Cina says:

    I agree with Anonymous.

    The economy is so bad – but lets purchase nail polish that’s almost $20 a bottle anyway.
    I can’t relate to her reasoning.

    The colors are beautiful though.

  12. Anonymous says:

    not gonna lie, I think they’re bordering on tacky. =/

  13. Anonymous says:

    “not gonna lie, I think they’re bordering on tacky.”


    That’s an understatement if I ever heard one!
    Why would you EVER mix different colored glitter together, FOR ANYTHING??
    Sorry but these are just plain ugly. Looks like Mardi Gras vomited into a np bottle -NO THANKS to that!