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Rescue Beauty Lounge – Gritty & Vampy

I finally had a chance to play with the rest of my Rescue Beauty Lounge sale order. The first half that I showed you had fun, summery colors but I also picked up some of Ji’s more edgy hues.

Coincidentally, a reader commented this morning on my swatch request post from Sunday asking to see a swatch of Black Russian. Is she psychic? Well, darling reader I’ll do you one better. Check out Black Russian next to its kissing cousins China Glaze Lubu Heels and Piggy Polish Midnight Fireflies after the jump!

Grunge represents its name well. It has a chic, hipster edge. In spite of the hint of shimmer I see in the bottle, this light mushroom taupe dries creamy. I don’t know that I’m loving it on me though. It needed three coats which is no bueno for a RBL. Plus my skin tone doesn’t seem to agree with it. I think the pale, olive or dark complected would do better with Grunge.
What do you think?

Au Chocolat is pretty close to perfection. Rich and delicious there’s no overbearing undercurrent of redness screwing up the chocolatey vibe. It has warmth without becoming a browned red and it’s light enough to avoid the “almost black” syndrome, like I dipped my fingers in melted Special Dark. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Black Russian, formerly known as Revamp, has been on my wish list for quite some time. I remember back when the MUA nail board was hoping for blacks with colored glitter (red, pink, green, etc.) and Black Russian was discovered. A semi-sheer black creme packed with fine red micro-glitter this shade is pure decadence. It screams mystery. The glitter is fine enough to not be obtrusive or cause major texture when dry. It just peeks out when the light hits it like a surprise. Very sexy.
Of course Black Russian isn’t the only black with red glitter on the block. Here it is next to China Glaze Lubu Heels and Piggy Polish Midnight Fireflies which has unfortunately been discontinued. The glitter in Lubu Heels and Midnight Fireflies is more apparent but the cost is a rougher finish. Plus the base of those two is more sheer than the RBL, requiring three coats to Black Russian’s two.
Unfortunately the RBL sale was a brief afternoon affair but if there’s a shade you’re just dying to have, you can pick them up at Grunge is currently out of stock but you can pre-order it to ship when the next batch comes in.

Thoughts on my new RBL treasures? Any you think are must haves? What color glitter would you like to see in a black polish?

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  1. Mary Clark says:

    I like Grunge a lot. I’m pale and I wonder if it would be flattering? I’ve been looking for a good taupe. Might have to splurge on my first RBL soon. :) Thanks for the swatches.

  2. Phyrra says:

    I would love to see a glitter that’s a neon blue sort of shade, like Color Club’s Pure Energy. That’s my absolute favorite shade of blue right now, and I keep wearing it on my tips, toes and even eye shadow :)

  3. Aline says:

    Thanks for posting this! I love your blog!

    One question: How close do you think is Grunge to Orly’s Country Club Khaki?

  4. bekah says:

    i actually like the grunge against your skin tone. although it may look different in person. i would be afraid it would pale me out, but it looks so tempting!

    btw, love your blog! it has been a great read for me & inspired me to get back into painting my nails! thank you for always sharing :)

  5. George says:

    Hi Michelle:

    You always have the most beautiful nails. The nail colors look amazing. I love Grunge and Au Chocolat and Black Russian, too. (Must haves “all 3 shades”) I never knew there were so many different brands of nail polish colors till I discovered your web blog. Love your web blog, its amazing what you do with the swatches.

    Where else do they sell Rescue Beauty Lounge might I ask?
    Have a great day. Kudos.


    George :)

  6. janice says:

    i think grunge looks totally fine on you! i just got this recently, hoping it would be like a bandaid color, but it's more like a mushroomy taupe on me. :<

    thoughts on rbl Under the Sky? i had it flake off on me within 3 days and was wondering if i was just particularly rough on my nails or if anyone else had had that experience with it.

  7. CandyPaint says:

    I love the idea of black glitter in other colors i’d definately like to see hot pink and kelly green. How does the last glittery one compare to OPIs Midnight in Moscow? Thanks a bunch.

  8. Gaining Back My Life says:

    “Grunge” looks awfully close to OPI’s “Tickle Me France”.

  9. Susanna says:

    I think Grunge looks pretty good on you actually. But Au Chocolat is to die for!! I just might have to splurge.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Could you compare RBL’s Au Chocolat with Creative’s Fedora? They seem like they could be pretty close…

  11. Gaby says:

    Hi! I LOVE your blog! I love nail polishes, too! But I can’t find the little box to follow your blog… have you removed it?

  12. melsh says:

    ohhhh i bought Au Chocolat & haven't tried it yet i am so putting it on tonight, gorgeous!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I love Grunge. I’m extremely, extremely pale, but it works as a fantastic purple-ish neutral on my cool-toned skin.

  14. George says:

    Hi Gabby:

    (I hope Michelle will post this to your blogger account or on her web blog so I can reach you)

    Thank you for the compliments on my web blog My G Spot. I am honored that you want to follow me. You can reach me by making a comment on and I can send you my email address. In the meantime I will try and install a blogger widget on my web blog so you can follow it. Kudos.



    George ;)

    Sorry Michelle for using your web blog so I can try and reach Gabby and she will know I did not ignore her.

  15. Beauté Noire says:

    I am all over Grunge! It is just the right shade of nude for my brown skin. I can’t wait for more to get in stock. Thanks for the post!

  16. Beaut says:

    I am all over Grunge! It is just the right shade of nude for my brown skin. I can’t wait for more to get in stock. Thanks for the post!

  17. mur says:

    Black Russian looks similar to Chanel’s Feu de Russie, is it?