Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude

I'm not sure exactly when Opaque Nude was first released by indie polish maker Rescue Beauty Lounge, but I'm guessing it was in 2008. I do know that it was retired then resurrected in 2012 as part of a Bring It Back series of previously released polishes. Ji, owner and creative force behind Rescue Beauty Lounge, describes this one as "buff-colored." I think its more than that. It's a pale creamy peachy-pink with a touch of tan to it, very neutral and flattering. 

As many nude polishes do, it totally reminds me of the suede-soled, flesh-colored Capezio character shoe, the one with the strap across the instep and a perfect medium heel. I wanted a pair so badly when I was doing ballroom dancing at a local Arthur Murray studio. Alas, I couldn't afford the lessons AND the shoes. I've always wanted a pair of them, though, for their neat, clean look on the leg -- similar in nature to the effect of Opaque Nude on the nail: neat and clean with an elongating impact on the appearance of your fingers. It's a lovely, soft, subtle mannequin hands kind of look on me. Even Fuzzy, who is generally rather disparaging of nude polishes, liked this one.

Application was delicious. This polish has an outstanding formula. The consistency is fluid, creamy and smooth with a buttery, self-leveling glide over the nail and absolutely none of the patching or streaking common to whitened polishes. Pigmentation is excellent for a polish of this type -- in fact, it's very nearly a one coater. Two coats nets perfectly even opaque coverage. After my difficulties with Thank You, applying Opaque Nude was a surprise and a delight. No problems to mention. Cleanup was easy, as you would expect. This polish dries in fairly good time to a glossy finish. 

Photos show two coats of Opaque Nude over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Glisten and Glow HK Girl. I'm a little disappointed in the color variation across my photos. It looks more tan in some than it does in person, but that's possibly a function of the light. It tends to lean more yellow in stronger light and more pink in less direct light.


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude


Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude

Julep Pippa is very similar to Opaque Nude, so if you know that polish then you'll realize that Opaque Nude is pinker, more nude than the yellow-ish tan that it hints at in these photos. My complexion is pink-heavy, so that may also be a contributing factor. But I'm really pleased with how this looks on me, pleased and surprised that I've finally found a nude that is truly neutral against my skin and not too yellow or too chalky.

I originally swatched this polish with the intention of simply using it as a base over which to layer a bangin' (that's still a thing, right?) full-coverage microglitter, Lights from indie polish maker Lumina Lacquer. But I'm so loving the look of this beautiful, delicate neutral that I can't bear to cover it up right now. Maybe tomorrow, eh?

love,
Liz

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