Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Scrangie

Hey guys!

Whew, that was a ridiculous blizzard we had! We got SO much snow! And although an exact measurement was hard to calculate because of the high wind we also had, estimates for the snow accumulation are between 50 and 70 centimetres (that's between 20 and 27 inches, for those not familiar with centimetres)! It was crazy! We lost power for about 16 hours and then our internet was down for another 8 after that. I feel like I'm finally back to civilization, haha.

Anyways, now I can get back to your regularly scheduled posting. Today I'm showing you a lemming of mine that I recently killed - Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie. We all know who Scrangie is, so she doesn't even need an introduction. She paired up with Rescue Beauty Lounge in 2009 to create a stunning polish that's basically been on the HTF list ever since.

Let's take a look!

Scrangie is a blue-leaning purple base with lots and lots of iridescent blue-green shifting shimmer. Scrangie created this polish using combination of her favorite colours in order to mimic the wings of a scarab beetle.


My friend Rebecca posted about this polish just a few days ago and she had some problems with the formula/coverage. I on the other hand, didn't experience any of those problems. In fact, my bottle of Scrangie was a dream to apply and I only needed two coats.

So I started searching some other blogs for reviews and found mixed opinions on the formula - some had a hard time like Rebecca did, and some said it was a dream to apply, like I found. Strange. Maybe it's just a difference in production batches or something?


I had to include this flash photo just to show how glowy and pretty the blue/green shimmer is.


Scrangie is discontinued, but I found my bottle on a blog sale for $20, which is the regular price of RBL polishes, so I got a really good deal. But if you're looking for it, I would suggest that you prepare yourself to pay more than that.

I wish I owned more RBL polishes, but I can't justify the $20 price tag, especially when the shipping to Canada is another $18.50. AND the polishes are only 12ml. I mean, I don't mind paying extra when polishes are discontinued and have reached HTF status (case and point: RBL Scrangie), but for an everyday polish, I just can't do it. And there's a number of RBL polishes on my wishlist, some of which are even available right now, but I just can't pull the trigger!

I guess now that we're on the topic, we'll end out this post with a discussion! What do you think about "luxury polish brands"? Do you have a cut-off price as to what you're willing to pay for one bottle of polish?

29 comments:

  1. I try to never go over $15, even when I do that I take a few days to make sure it is really wanted and such.

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    1. Yeah I've done that before. If after a day or two I'm regretting not purchasing something, I'll go back and get it because then I know I really want it. It's still tough for me to breach the $10-15 mark though, even when I know I want it super bad!

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  2. ˆ^ Same. Illamasqua is pretty much my cut-off price and even then I think about it a while before I buy. I love lots of RBL's but, to be honest, most of the colors aren't so special as to warrant the price. Plus, Sephora + Pantone's Purple Parachutes killed my lemming for Scrangie thankfully.

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    1. I've come to really love Illamasqua polishes, so I'd like to say I make exceptions for them, but I've actually only ever bought one Illamasqua polish. The rest of the ones I own were given to me as gifts!

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  3. I have a hard time justifying even $10 a bottle! I'll bite the bullet for indies, but China Glaze, Orly, Zoya etc.- I tend to only buy on sale. I did just get Essie Penny Talk at full price, but was so diappointed in it :(

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    1. I'm lucky in that I get China Glaze, Orly, Zoya and OPI at a professional price. But Essie isn't sold at any of the professional stores in my area and the cheapest they are at the drugstore is I think $11, so I pretty much never buy those. The same goes for Nicole by OPI.

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  4. I loathe going over $10, because it just starts to sting after that.. but there have been a few times that I caved for Deborah Lippmann polish (I have been disappointed 2/6 times..), and I will cave for a Chanel polish that I really want (for next month, only because I'm no-buying this month).

    I sometimes think it isn't necessarily the price of the polish, but I do most of my buying online, and most of the time the shipping to Canada is ridiculous, so I just pass.

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    1. Yeah I'll cave for a really special polish, but even then it's really tough! And I hear ya, the shipping to Canada makes those decisions that much harder.

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  5. I would probably pay the $20 for an RBL if it wasn't for the hefty shipping to Canada. I just can't justify it. Most I have spent has been with Takko & I have zero regrets with any of my several purchases with her. I think I'm more willing to spend more on an indie polish than big brand name.

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  6. I've paid the $17 for a Butter London, and the $16.50 for a Layla Holo, but I try not to spend more than that, and usually wait for sales for pricey ones. I think twice about paying more than $10 for one polish, and it has to be special. I do go higher for HTF ones, as I'll go up to around $15 for a HTF China Glaze (Wicked Step Sisters, case in point), but that's rare for me.

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  7. I like to keep it under $10, unless I can't find any other dupe or the formula is the best ever (for pastels). That being said, I draw the line for high-ends at $15.

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  8. If you buy for example an OPI or Zoya in a shop in Sweden the price is about 22 dollars. And they wonder why we try to buy from ebay or US located sellers..

    I think that somewere in between 10-15 dollars can be ok if it's something really special, but not over that.

    Scrangie seems to be an amazing polish.

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  9. I try to keep it under $10, and even then I try to wait for sales. The most I spent on a single bottle was $15.40, it was Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream at 30% off. I REALLY wanted that one and when it came on sale I couldn't resist.

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  10. I'm a HUGE fan of RBL and Scrangie! So pretty!

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  11. OMG, I can't even imagine what my city will be like under 50cm snow! We will probably be dead frozen ahah lol we're definitely not used to that kind of weather.
    Anyway, Scrangie is a really amazing polish, I've been loving it since the first time I saw it... But it's surely out of reach for me. I'm not going to spend more than 12/15 euros a bottle, even if it's a discontinued polish I crave.

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  12. This polish is in my WL since 2009, I've never bought it for its price. Anyway it's soooo beautiful!
    Here in North Italy it's snowing too, it seems it'll last for the entire week. Last year we had 50 centimeters of snow (even two meters in certain zones of Center Italy, which is very unusual!) and a terrible cold (-18°C for three weeks!!!), it was a nightmare!!! :D

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  13. I buy most of my nail polish on sale or with coupons because it's hard for me to pay regular price for pretty much anything. The few times I've paid full price for a polish have been when I've known that I was going to love it or if it was a polish I knew would be gone the next time I went back.

    That being said I have set a price of $26 (the price of a Chanel polish) as limit for myself because over that just seems a little ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE nail polish, but I never want to get to a point where I have to choose buying a high-end polish or paying for groceries.

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  14. I don't like going over 10 dollars, and even the $8 for OPI or Essie I rarely go far. I try to keep my polish purchase pretty cheap.

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  15. I've never spent more than $11 on polish, but usually I try to keep it under $8. If I'm going to spend more, it needs to be something really special. I'm a big fan of coupons, sales, and clearance. Almost every time I go to the store, I have to check out all the sale/clearance polish- I'm just drawn to them, I can't help it:~P I also mostly buy polish in stores, not online, because I hate to add all that cost just for shipping a couple little bottles.

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  16. I usually buy polish for around 5€, that's the price I get China Glaze and Essie for. In my country OPI sells for 11€ so that's the most I'll pay for polish. I just love the OPI brush and formula so I can't say no to it! I did pay 16€ for DS Extravagance once but I don't regret it one bit. I think it might be my most favorite polish ever! :D

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  17. I live in Switzerland and it's simply impossible to stay under $ 20. China Glaze, OPI, Butter London, Sally Hansen and Essie are very expensive ($ 17 - $ 25). That's the reason why I purchase from America. It's cheaper even with the high shipping costs. Sales and coupons don't exist in Switzerland. That's why my limit is $ 25.

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  18. Well, I don't mind spending the money for something I really want. I rather save for a Chanel than buying tons of essence! I have only one RBL, but that's because the others didn't really tickle my fancy. I like Scrangie, but I know I'm not happy wearing a blue/purple :S

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  19. Really pretty swatches. I can't say I would spend the money for the polish. But, I can appreciate why someone else would. It looks very lovely in your pictures.

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  20. I was insane to get hold of this shade - Scraggie was going strong on her blogging, I was a huge fan and really loved purples and blues...I was fast on the draw when RBL picked this as a re-release on their fan favs and I bought 3 bottles of it (I got a bit crazy I guess)...they were still priced at $18/bottle then which is way more than I spend - I try to hold it at what OPI runs for me which is $8 - and I spring now and then at $10 for Cult Nails and some of the indies I have to have. I don't mind that Scraggie is thin and takes some coats to build up - the color pay off it amazing and I cannot stop looking at my nails when I have it on. I get soooo many compliments too with it on - far more than most any other shade I ever wear. You got a good deal on it...I probably will sell my extra 2 bottles but I sure won't sell it for the $60 price I see it going for on evil bay - actually I don't think those have sold - I think I did see it sell for $40 once. I just want to recoup my cost and the postage I paid.

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  21. I love finding polishes for deals. I shop TJ Maxx for OPI and I always check out Sally's half off clearance sales! I try to buy online to get discounts on whole collections. I bought the whole Skyfall Collection for sub $100 (INCLUDING Man with the golden gun)! I rarely buy polish full price! :)

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  22. I didn't know it was retired! I got this on the actual RBL website before the polishes went up. I was determined to own this polish. I'm glad I got it before it was HTF! LOVE, LOVE this color! One of my favs!

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