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RGB Cosmetics Pre-Fall 09 Swatches and Review

By on September 8, 2009
in Brown, Fall 2009, Gray, Mauve, RGB Cosmetics

Fanatics, I’m excited to introduce you to a new nail polish brand, RGB from RGB Cosmetics. I spotted their gray, Steel, in September’s Allure and just had to find out more. The brand is based on the RGB color model and launched earlier this summer with a line of ten core colors called RGBten. These ten shades are designed as a nail wardrobe with classic, staple hues. You know, the basics.

Seasonally, RGB will introduce an edited collection of fashionable, on-trend hues. Their first release is the Pre-Fall 09 shades pictured above. Check them out after the jump!

Let’s dig right in with the colors. I’ll discuss the formula and my 5-day wear test results below.

Haze is described as a smokey violet but to me it’s very chameleon like. The hue changes drastically in the light. It reminds me of SOPI Metro Chic with its dirty, grayed undertones.
Steel is a blue based, mid-tone grey creme. If RBL Stormy and Concrete Jungle reproduced, Steel would be cooing in the nursery.
Toast is a rich, latte-esque shade. It’s very creamy and warmer in person. Think of it as a fall version of Orly Country Club Khaki.
Slate is part of the RGBten core collection and I couldn’t resist sharing it. The deep charcoal shimmer reminds me of a black sand beach. In spite of the metallic glitz it applies smooth and even without a brush stroke in sight.
Now that I’ve tempted you with color, let’s break down the bottle design, brush and formula.

Bottle – The rectangular bottle holds .4oz/12ml of polish and looks like a squat version of the Rescue Beauty bottle. The cap is short and smooth. It’s fine for application though I would appreciate more length.

Brush – The brush is short, fat and dense similar to MAC’s only with slightly shorter bristles. Despite the thickness of the brush I had excellent control.

Formula – RGB polishes are 3 Free (including resin) and camphor free. They are heavily pigmented with a typical 3Free thick viscosity yet the cremes are self-leveling and not at all streaky. Every polish I tried only required 2 coats.

I gave Haze my 5 Day Wear Test using butter London Nail Foundation and Seche Vite top coat. While the actual tip wear was relatively minimal I wasn’t pleased with the bit of chipping on my index and thumb (not shown) nails. Depending on your base/top combination, your mileage may vary.
The RGBten shades include a range of cremes, sheers and shimmers ranging from the brightest white to the inkiest black with some reds, pinks and vampies thrown in for good measure.

You can purchase RGB polishes including the Pre-Fall ’09 collection directly from their website,, for $14/ea. At the moment only two salons in California carry the brand for in store purchase but hopefully that will change and the brand grows.

Have any of you tried RGB before? What do you think of the colors? Are you thinking of trying them out? Let’s hear it Fanatics!

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  1. Phyrra says:

    Slate is gorgeous :)

  2. Breezy says:

    These are all fabulous – I want them all – too bad no one in Chicago has them yet!

  3. Anonymous says:

    LOVE Haze.

    The basic 10 is exactly what I need. But I want it in Zoya polish. :)


  4. Stef says:

    These do absolutely nothing for me. Slate is the only one I like, but it's so similar to ChG's Black Diamond that I don't need it. I'll pass.

  5. cynthia says:

    Steel has been on my toes this month, everyone comments on it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    steel is my favorite.

  7. bella says:

    Love steel!

  8. taia says:

    Do you know if they ship to Canada?

  9. skgoh says:

    Gorgeous colours… but are they worth the price?

  10. Mc Huggs :) says:

    Hi Michelle:

    All of these RGB polishes are gorgeous, I especially love "Slate," however, I also love the remaining colors, "Steel," ""Haze" and "Toast." what unusual names for nail varnishes. I heard of the name but never seen them being used on anyone and they look so beautiful on you.

    I am sure some cosmetic store will see them and try them out but I would love to get "Steel" for the time being. It's a gorgeous and amazing color. Peace.

    (((((Love Michelle)))))

    Mc Huggs :)

  11. Tavia says:

    I love the Steel shade, dunno exactly how it will look in contrast with my white hands:)

  12. diann_co says:

    Do you know which 2 salons in California are carrying it?

  13. Suzanne says:

    I had to buy the Steel. I can't wait to get it.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have much love steel (deeming it my signature color) but have transtioned to slate. I love love love it! I am not good on applying my own nail polish but with RGB it looks like i got them done!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love both Haze and Steel…any chance that you could ever do some comparison swatching of those with the similar SOPIs, or any other near-dupes?

  16. Ann Dery says:

    Bought rgb in Brooklyn and brought them back to australia. Am in the nail business. Great coverage and great drying. Am sending friends to LA and NY to bring back what they can. Please let me know when or where I can get, closer to home.