Monday, April 6, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves

All About Yves was released by bijoux polish maker Rescue Beauty Lounge as part of the R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge collection in November 2014. This collection was a collaboration between Ji Baek, owner and creative force behind RBL, and Refinery29, an independent lifestyle website covering shopping, beauty, wellness and celebrities. All About Yves is a medium-dark bold ultramarine blue, a take on International Klein Blue that has a slightly softer, brighter royal blue vibe. I purchased this  at about the same time that I got Elevation Polish's Pic de Sotllo. Am I the only one that simultaneously buys polishes from different brands that are roughly the same color? I seem to do this a LOT. 

Despite the similarities (they are both ultramarine blues), there are pronounced differences between the two, namely their formulas. Pic de Sotllo is a jelly while All About Yves is a creme/jelly hybrid, which gives the color a certain creamy quality that lightens and subdues it ever so slightly in comparison. I found, though, that All About Yves appears differently depending upon the lighting under which it's viewed. Under incandescent light, for example, it reads as a saturated cobalt with a hint of purple in the undertones. It brightens and lightens significantly in direct light, while in indirect light it's a creamy deep royal blue -- at least, to my eye.

Application was great! The consistency of All About Yves has the eminently paintable thinner fluidity of many RBL formulas, with a silky glide over the nail and excellent self-leveling properties. It is easy to manipulate with RBL's slender, round, flexible brush. Pigmentation is buildable, with sheerness on the first coat, a growing opacity after the second, and completely even opaque coverage after the third. Cleanup is easy and straightforward with very little pigment travel and no residual staining. All About Yves dries naturally in very good time to a fabulous glossy finish. 

Photos show three coats of All About Yves over Seche Rebuild treatment and Pretty Serious All Your Base basecoat with a messy, bubbly topcoat of Seche Vite. My topcoating efforts always seem to leave something to be desired, and that's never more visible than over a bold hue like this one. My apologies!


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves


Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves

All About Yves is certainly bold and bright, don't get me wrong, but there is a softer side to its presentation that others such as Pic de Sottlo, Nails Inc Baker Street and Indigo Bananas Klein Trink Wasser, that hover in or around the International Klein Blue cloud, lack. Which is its edge, in my opinion. While still possessing the electricity of color, it feels bit more grown-up and evolved than the others, more traditionally stylish. 

It's really a gorgeous, tremendously flattering polish all around, with a superb formula. If you love cobalt/royal/International Klein blues, this is a great one to add to your collection.

love,
Liz

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