Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas, Scrangie, and Orbis Non Sufficit
I am sure it is every nail blogger dream to put their name and creative juices into a nail polish known and loved across the lacquer world. Some do it themselves by creating their own lines. If that is not a practical possibility, you just hope that you might get invited to collaborate with a well-known label.
In 2009, three bloggers got invited by Ji from Rescue Beauty Lounge to design a polish as part of her Blogger Collection. The results – Mismas, Scrangie, and Orbis Non Sufficit. Three lacquers so well-loved, they went through a revival earlier this year despite selling out long ago.
Interestingly, although each polish was supposedly discussed and developed with each blogger individually, they are of two dominant colours – purple and green.
Mismas, by Michelle Mismas of All Lacquered Up, is a purple creme. Scrangie, by the blogger who goes by the same name, is a purple base with blue-green shimmer. Orbis Non Sufficit (“the world is not enough”), by Steph of The Polish Addict, is a dusty army green.
Here they are in the bottle.
A closer look at the shimmer in Scrangie.
I think I have not shown this before. I think it was since the Fall 2011 Firebird Collection, RBL has pasted a sticker featuring Ji’s autograph on each new bottle.
And here they are on the nail. I did not use a top coat. All photos are with flash.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas is a true purple creme. I say “true purple” because that is the only colour I think of when I see this. It is not lavender, violet, indigo, or magenta. It is just purple. Maybe not exactly a unique or special colour, but it has such a perfect formula. It is smooth and highly pigmented. One coat is all you need for a smooth and opaque look.
Next, we have Scrangie, which is undeniably the most loved of the three colours. Inspired by a beetle’s wing, this is a beautiful and unique mix of blue-green shimmer in a purple base. This is more sheer and required three coats for opacity. The iridescent shimmer gives it an almost duochromey effect.
Last but not least, Orbis Non Sufficit, or Orbis for short. This was designed at a time when green polish was not as common as it is today. Yet, it still remains an unusual shade where nail polish is concerned.
This is a dusty shade of green that reminds me of military fatique, at least that which used to be the colour of the Singapore Armed Forces. Definitely not the sand-coloured uniform of the US army stationed in the Middle East.
It is well-pigmented and self-levels. I used two coats for the photo. You can see that it dries kind of suede. If you like such a finish, you can probably lay off the top coat. But if you’re into shiny surfaces, just put some top coat on.
One last look at the three. The creations of four geniuses.