I feel almost ashamed at the way I’ve been behaving lately. Spending endless hours scanning around online trying to purchase some of the new Fall products (China Glaze Metro Collection, OPI Touring Collection, CHANEL Fall 2011 *as you already know*, and Zoya Smoke and Mirrors Collection, among others). Trying my hardest to either find an online retailer (since we have not received any of these collections anywhere in Halifax yet) that ships to Canada, and if so – one that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for shipping costs. It’s been a fruitless search, and day after day I use my lunch hours to haunt my local beauty counters, hoping they will surprise me with some new goodies. Sadly, every day I return to work empty-handed, or with a ‘filler’ item – a new nail file, a brow pencil, a body oil. It’s been a long, depressing couple of months in my beauty world.
Today, FINALLY, the tides turned, and in my inbox I received an email from Rescue Beauty – the new Fall collection, “L’Oiseau de Feu” (“Fire Bird”) had gone on pre-sale. If you recall, this is how I picked up ‘Insouciant,’ which incidentally I wore this week (coincidence? I think not.)
That’s how quickly I put in my order for two of the polishes from the collection, Piú Mosso – a deep blue-black with fire-y orange microshimmer – and Poco a Poco – a girly pink polish with pinky-red-orange microshimmer.
Ji Baek, the creative mastermind behind Rescue Beauty polishes, had a fabulous inspiration for the shades she chose this season – when her and her husband were caught in Hurricane Earl last August:
I was mesmerized by the colors of a romantic and moody sky, the exotic rhythms of the wind, the nuance of different cadences as well as the unpredictable tempo of the raindrops. In my mind, a serenade by The Firebird kept me company. I stood for hours just absorbing the perpetual metamorphosis of colors that changed in the sky.
I envisioned my first color – Pizzicato – inspired by the gentle tiny taps of rain droplets as they hit the tin roof, reminiscent of plucked strings. A misty white with the faintest hint of lavender, Pizzicato has a shimmer that acts like prisms of light in a sun shower.
When the wind picked up, I saw Poco a Poco, “little by little.” This is a shade that changes from moment to moment. It’s the stunning, sparkling pink of a fanning cloud when the red and orange rays of the sun are trying to burst through.
Later, the ominous dark clouds bled into the sky with a fast-moving wind. Piú Mosso is an inky, blue-black that shoots through a flash of orange, the last glow of sunlight.
At last, when the light left the sky and the wind started to roar, the sky turned into a shade beyond description—a dark greenish, blackish, brown, leading to a powerful Fortissimo, the finale chord of The Fire Bird.
I listened to Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird”…so amazingly haunting and moving. You can hear the story so clearly without needing a visual accompaniment. I played the clarinet all though school so I’m a not-so-secret fan of symphony and instrumental music, so this influence on the collection particularly hooked me.
Scrangie, Michelle of All Lacquered Up, and Kellie Gonzo all have great swatches of these shades. The other two in the collection are a lavender-tinged white with silver shimmer, and a very dark brown-black with a hint of green. It’s a broad collection and I think there is probably a shade for everyone, even though there are only four (compared to a typical release of about 12!).
After I put in my order, I had a thought that perhaps my CND Copper Shimmer polished over the ‘Navy Marine’ Joe Fresh color I wore last week would be a similar dupe to Piú Mosso. Something to consider, though I won’t know for sure ’till they ship my lacquers in late August / early September. Which seems So. Far. Away. Granted, I’ll get these shades before the regular orders, but STILL. Sheesh.
In any case, my consuming need to purchase something has been quelled – for now. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks the other collections will start trickling in and I can stop staring at this damn computer screen willing retailers to do my bidding.
To get in on pre-sales and other promos in the future, be sure to sign up for RBL’s newsletter! The polishes will go on sale right around the time they ship the pre-sales out, so keep your eyes open around that time!
What do you make of these shades? Stunning or just so-so? When a collection has an inspiration you can relate to, do you find that you are more susceptible to make a purchase?
Now I’m off to do yet another mani / pedi combo (hopefully to be posted tonight as well!). Everyone enjoy their Friday’s!!