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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Okay, what am I doing wrong (re: RBL)

I used to lem RBL polishes pretty hardcore.  I'd see one I'd like, go to the site, stuff several in my cart, get pissed they were $18, get even more pissed they charged shipping charges on top of an $18 polish, and then I'd close out the window.  I always said that if Ji offered another sale, I'd pick some up.

So, true to my word, when she offered the VIP sale, I picked up, um, 10.  :|  It was technically a Christmas gift, as I used some of my Christmas money.  They get here and I'm beyond excited.  I nearly pee my pants looking in the bottles.  Unfortunately, now that I've used several, I'm more than a bit underwhelmed.  :(

The glitters are great.  Totally what I wanted.  However, the cremes I got are beyond disappointing.  I've tried Killa Red, Au Chocolat, and (as of last night) Bruised.  All three of them left me frustrated at the application, formula, brush (in the case of Killa Red), and drying time.  Last night, I woke up with smudges and sheetmarks after 2 hours of drying time and I had to remove Bruise.  Even if I don't go to bed relatively soon after application, I still have to deal with nicks and smudges.  They just take forever to dry and even a day later, they are still somewhat soft.

What am I doing wrong?  All I heard about was RBL's amazing formula.  I use Orly Calcium Shield base coat (I've learned the Dermelect BS doesn't work with RBL) and Out the Door TC.  I still have Dead Calm, Bikini Bottom, and Purple Haze to try, but I swear of these suck, too, I'm going to chalk it up to a $98.50 mistake.


daydream222 said...

RBLs are VERY tricky with basecoats and topcoats. In my case, Out the Door t/c has NEVER worked/dried with ANY brand of polish I've tried. I use Barielle or Nubar basecoats with RBLs and Nubar Diamont t/c to get their full effect. I would definitely suggest using a new topcoat and playing around with different basecoats! HTH!

cupper82 said...
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cupper82 said...

I didn't read the last part of your post. I have been using a Quirius topcoat (which I love!) and had no problems with Bruised and Scrangie. I only had to use 1 coat for Bruised which was great! I hope it starts to work for you soon.

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

I have good luck w/ Out the Door normally, so I didn't even think I would have a problem with the RBLs. I'm new to the base coat thing (as I used to use glue-ons), so I don't have a lot of them to chose from. I do need to try a new TC w/ it, that's for sure. I guess I need to place a Nubar order at some point. I've heard good things about Diamont.

Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. :)

Unknown said...

I can't get RBL and I wouldn't even if I could.
I find that if I have to pay more than a fiver (that's probably about $8) I am almost inevitably disappointed.
I also found I got some expensive polishes I lemmed after and then sold them after using them once thinking: Yeah, they were OK but it's more fun to look out for bargains and find things that other people don't have and get weird stuff cheap!
Base coat is a must with natural nails. Speed Demon from Sally is great for me as a TC and it's a huge bottle and not expensive! Dries fast and is easy to apply. Use CG Fast Freeze drops as well for a really fast getaway.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I should be using a base coat, but I've been barebacking it all this time to no ill effect. I love Bikini Bottom - although it took me a minute to adapt to the fact that it's a sheer creme. Now I love it. I use it on bare nails, and it doesn't really need a top coat, but it seems to agree with my Seche Vite. I haven't tried any of the other RBLs but I hope you enjoy BB as much as I do. And if you decide you don't like them, I wouldn't mind scooping up starfish patrick.

ReaderRita said...

Since RBL is a big 3 free formula, I'd advise using a big 3 free top coat and base coat. That said; I'm not really wild about RBL's own t/c and b/c. I prefer Zoya's Anchor and Armor. But Armor isn't a quick dry, and I haven't tried their quick dry drops to remedy that. I just wait...and it's never let me down. Also, since RBL formulas can be kinda thick, I've found that I have to be ultra diligent about applying a couple of THIN coats rather than my usual impatient glob-jobs. I really think that it wears like iron if you do that. (esp with the Anchor/Armor combo) But all formulas seem to effect everyone differently- like some people swear by Seche Vite, and on me, it NEVER dries. EVER. I've used Out The Door; sometimes it's totally perfect, and sometimes it doesn't dry- I'm still working on why... But I just got 3 free Nubar Diamont to try next, and it seems thinner, like it might dry quicker. I'll keep you posted. I hope this somehow helps you enjoy your RBLs! Purple Haze and Bruise are gorgeous colors, (from experience) and I've heard that Dead Calm covers in 1 coat!
I hope they work out! It would be such a huge bummer if they don't.
(If all else fails, try 3 free polish thinner drops- what would you have to lose at that point, ya know?) Good Luck!

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