Rescue Beauty Lounge Italian Summer collection review!

Hi guys!

Today is the latest Rescue Beauty Lounge collection unveiling and I am, once again, super excited to be able to share them with you. Something, I'm pretty sure, every ReBeL would feel!
Without further ado, the Italian Summer, a set of 7 new shades : cremes, shimmers and glitters.

The whiff of cool ocean breezes tickling your hair and the gleaming sun kissing and embracing your sin as you deeply breathe in the fragrances of flowers in full bloom, this, to me, had always symbolized summer. 
My husband and I, we’re earnest creatures of habit, but last summer we decided to abandon the norm (St Barth’s) and head to Venice and Sorrento, Italy. Venice is beautiful, however, it is THE tourists’ destination. Although my husband and I areusually failures when it comes to crowds, monuments and activities, we dove right in.
We got lost in narrow twisted streets surrounded by beautiful ancient buildings, we listened to the flapping of laundry hanging from the windows above, they waved cheerfully like flags of pride and welcome. I’ve broken out in toothy smiles, despite my seasickness, while watching the gondoliers in their red and white striped shirts. They appear in their hats and guitars serenading everyone, making amours—I could not believe that they still existed outside of those old Tom & Jerry cartoons (YUP, I’m that old—do kids today still watch that show?). It is so hard to describe the water—in certain lights it appears to be a sea green, and then it can change to look more like green tea.
We walked endlessly, navigating the crowds, taking selfies and drinking gallons of effervescent Prosecco. Afterwards, it was time for our annual vitamin D intake by the sea and to bake ourselves dark—Sorrento here we come!
When we arrived at Naples, three gel-slicked-haired Italian boys were huddled by their scooters smoking cigarettes. They were dressed to kill, dark sunglasses and all while drinking Fanta (Fanta?). On our way to the hotel, the traffic was bumper to bumper due to all the locals driving to the Amalfi Coast. We finally arrived at the hotel, which sat atop a cliff. As we looked at our majestic view, the combination of rosemary and blooming Jasmine intoxicated my senses. Italy just smells different in an “I want to bottle this” kind of way. I love their honest, no-frills delicious food and the warm people who are quick to laugh loudly. What impressed me the most is that Italians love their bodies no matter what shape and size, they don’t wear cover ups, and even 70-year-old men walked around in tiny Speedos, strutting around with their arms around their women. Italians are perfectly seasoned life enjoyers. Below our hotel by the ocean, we dined at restaurants sitting on intimate tight chairs on small decks. We baked ourselves in the sun and read our books under umbrellas. We ate and drank with gusto, and the next thing you know, just as in every vacation, the time flew. We had to say our goodbyes to all the people who had been feeding and caring for us, but when I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about that Italian summer. Here are some of the colors which captivated me.
–Ji Baek

Gelato Al Cioccolato 

I promise I will stop my obsession with anything that has to do with a taupe-brown goodness, but what can I say? When I tried the gelato from Venice (and it had been about a decade since my last chocolate Gelato—I know, not a huge chocolate fan, and yes, I’m human) I was mesmerized by its taste and color. When I was mixing this color, there were definitely times it looked good enough to eat.

Such a delicous and creamy brown! There's also a slight purple hue to it so if you have a hard time with warm browns, I'm sure you'll still be able to enjoy this one. Two perfect coats for complete coverage.


In Sorrento, while strolling by the sea, I saw a precious, dark-haired little girl in a bikini riding a bike with training wheels. The bike was pale pink and it sparkled and twinkled in the sun, the matching streamers flying along with the girl’s confident peddling. I was reminded of my own six-year-old self; this was the exact color I had longed for instead of my own lime-green bike! This pale pink polish has micro glitters that will make you think of sugar and summertime.

Another totally unique neutral / work-appropriate RBL. I especially love how the shimmer particles stand out. Again, 2 coats for complete coverage.


Yes, I do adore those red and white stripe-shirted gondoliers floating around the canals in Venice. Gondoliere is the most vibrant orange-based opaque glossy red nail polish I’ve ever mixed. It’s so sexy, yet classic at the same time. This has more of an orange base than Bangin (hyperlink), trust me, I tripped over myself endlessly comparing the two. This color is hot, like dreamy, steamy summer nights.

I already knew that RBL reds were to die for but this is a whole new level of WOW! A bold, crisp, saturated red with the most perfect application, 98% opaque with one coat! Seriously, if I had used a tiny bit more polish on my brush, I could have gotten away with just one coat. I love it!


Did you know that Italian men climb ladders to carefully handpick olives for extra virgino live oil? And that the olives that have the misfortune to be dropped on the floor are destined to become just plain olive oil? The smell of olive groves was something I want to smuggle back home. A wonderful multifaceted fading sun drenches those dancing, rustling olive trees. Oliveto is the perfect olive green that reflects the flash of rainbow and purple and periwinkle shimmers. It is a shimmery, yet less yellow version of No More War.

I've always loved unique out greens  and the contrast between the olive base and bold blue/purple shimmer is simply sublime. I used 2 easy coats below as well.


If I ever learn how to drive a scooter, this would be the custom color I would mix for mine. A moodier, darker sister of our famed and playful Aqua Lily, this medium base of blue/aqua has a flash of surging fuchsia shimmer.

The star of the collection, if you ask me. Everything is perfect about Motorini. From the base color to the shimmer, texture and high gloss finish. If you loved Aqua Lily or Faraway Nearby, you'll love Motorini! Two coats shown here as well.

Meow Meow

During our nightly strolls you could smell the day’s catch on the shores, and out of every corner, bright green eyes flash at you from the cats protecting their food bank. This dark hunter green shows off a finely milled glitter. It’s almost like Burn The Evidence (hyperlink) but with a black glitter that casts shadows, the way a dark cat’s fur might look in the moonlight.

I'd get Meow Meow just for the name! LOL Ok, seriously, the glitter is so dense in this one that you'll probably get rid of your other green glitters. I'm showing 1 single coat over Oliveto below and I love how well it covered it without adding any thickness.


I love eggplants. In the markets, in pastas, roasted, and I can stare at them all day just looking at their lush colors. I always see the various tones of purples, vivid green stems, and sometimes there is almost a hint of a bluish tint on their skins. This glitter polish is just like that, you’re going to stare at your nails all day long— wait — make that all week.

ReBeLs have been asking for more glitters and Ji delivered! A perfectly balanced mix of fine green, blue and purple glitters in a clear base. Ultra dense and perfect application. Shown here : 1 coat over Motorini.

Overall :
Another beautiful RBL collection. I particularly love the inspiration behind it. I've never been to Italy and now I feel like I absolutely must. Oh and don't forget about the impeccable formulation, I'm never disappointed!
My favorites : Gondoliere, Motorini, Oliveto and Melanzane!

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at for $20 per bottle.
Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are created with resin and high molecular polymers to improve flexibility, durability, and high shine. They contain no harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP, and Formaldehyde Resin. We do not test on animals.

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I hope you've enjoyed this review. Let me know your favorites in the comments ;-)

Thanks for looking! I'll leave you with links to all of the other official RBL swatchers!



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