Rescue Beauty Lounge “The Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty” Collection Swatches & Review

Rescue Beauty Lounge has a fabulous new collection for fall 2010. The colors are based on “The Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty” in other words, four of King Henry the VIII’s wives.

As a quick side-note, you might not know this about me, but I am obsessed with Tudor history and have been for about five years. I have read tons of historical books, fiction books and watched every series and movie in recent memory about it. I am utterly fascinated. In fact, half the reason I wanted to go to London last year was to visit The Tower of London where Anne Boleyn was held and murdered (along with Catherine Howard). I am particularly fascinated with Anne Bolyen and believe all the stories about her being a witch and evil are false. I think she was sucked into the Kingdom by her family who only wanted to use her for their own fortune, and by the power of the King. Listen to me, I act like I was actually there. :)

Anyway I digress. This collection is insanely delicious. Ji’s idea for the colors is based on the opulent colors and fabrics of that era.

“I fell in love with the Tudor dynasty in the novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel,” says Baek. “The more I learned of the queens’ wardrobes—the layers of embroidery, embellishments of pearls and fur and rich jewel toned fabrics—the more I saw a parallel with what’s going on in fashion this fall. Givenchy’s intricate brocades, Lanvin’s feather-festooned metallics, and the strong, powerful neutrals at Celine all served as starting points for Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Autumn/Winter color collection. Each color has micro particles of pink, blue, green, gold, and silver to add iridescence similar the tiny colored threaded that give brocade fabrics their depth of color.”

The formula of these is complete perfection, as you would hope for from RBL. Butter. Smooth. Opaque in two coats.


Jane

Jane Seymour was Henry’s third wife and she had his son. For that reason he supposedly actually loved her, but sadly she died right after childbirth. She is the only one buried with King Henry VIII.


Anne

Anne Boleyn was Henry’s second wife and supposedly “bewitched” him into marrying her. She was executed at The Tower of London after Henry’s advisors claimed she was sleeping with her brother and other men (who were all also executed). Before she died though, Anne gave birth to Elizabeth I, the greatest Queen of England.


Catherine H.

Catherine Howard was Henry’s fifth wife. She was extremely young and supposedly very dingy and childish. She too was executed after supposedly sleeping with other men.


Catherine

Catherine of Aragon was Henry’s first wife. She was in fact married to his brother first, but he died suddenly. Henry married Catherine but then later had the marriage terminated claiming Catherine had slept with her first husband (which she denied) therefore they couldn’t stay married. He did that so he could marry Anne Boleyn.


Jane

Jane is a pale beige/taupe with fine gold shimmer. Of the four colors, this is the most natural looking and it’s in fact almost a nude. However it does have that really nice shimmer, which keeps it from being boring.


Anne

Anne is a deep, dusty olive green with tons of gold and multi-colored shimmer. This is in a word INSANE. There are a lot of olive green type colors out there that I love, but this just might take first place for me. I am completely smitten.


Catherine H.

Catherine H. is a dusty cornflower blue with multi-colored shimmer. Another truly beautiful color, I just love it.


Catherine

Catherine is a deep muted plum with multi-colored shimmer. Um hello, it’s gorgeous!

Overall:

I have to say this collection is a total knock-out for me. I think all the colors except Jane are pure amazingness, and Jane is pretty nice as well. They are unique to me and the formula, as always, is fantastic. The only reason they aren’t getting an A+ is because some emails to the company I had sent weren’t answered, so they go a slight notch down for customer service.

Ok folks, how are you feeling these babies?

-VV

58 comments

  • September 21, 2010

    Gorgeous!! Anne and Catherine are definitely my favorites.

  • September 21, 2010
    Tiff-Tiff

    I love rescue beauty lounge colors, but I wish they weren’t so expensive : /

  • September 21, 2010
    ali

    catherine h., oh catherine h., pray tell, whom does thou have to murder to acquire your beauty?

  • September 21, 2010
    Megan

    LOVELY. I’m totally obsessed with the Tudors as well, particularly Anne Boleyn. She has such a striking, compelling story. Really makes you wish you were there back then to see everything go down.

    When are these released?? It might be mentioned somewhere, but I couldn’t find it :/

    • September 21, 2010
      SB_Sweetie

      The RBL website says Thursday, Sept. 23rd.

    • September 22, 2010
      Megan

      Thank you!! I couldn’t find it anywhere (it was the first time I’ve been on their website though, that might have had something to do with it).

  • September 21, 2010
    Anne

    I pre-ordered Anne and Catherine, Anne for obvious reasons ;) and Catherine because I love purple. I’m wearing Anne now and can’t stop staring at my hands. Lovely collection!!

  • September 21, 2010
    Kit

    I NEED CATHERINE.

    EITHER OF THEM.

    *named Catherine* >.>

  • September 21, 2010
    SB_Sweetie

    AAAAAAAAAAh! I was totally “blah” about this collection until I saw your swatches, VV! Now, I love the whole thing!!

  • September 21, 2010

    I absolutely love these…I’m sitting on the fence about Anne, though, because greens usually bring out a lot of redness in my fingers. :( I also love Tudor history. I can’t watch Showtime’s The Tudors without giving my bf a history lesson throughout the episode (much to his horror, haha).
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  • September 21, 2010

    these are so gorgeous! Can’t wait to pick them up for myself!

  • September 21, 2010
    Sonya

    I too, love reading/learning anything about Tudor England. Jane is kind of dull, just like I imagine she was in person, lol. I like both of the Catherines very much and would buy both of them. On another note, I just recently got into reading about Elizabeth Woodville, who was of the Plantagenet family. They are just as interesting as the Tudors!

  • September 21, 2010
    Elysia

    Absolutely a must have collection. LOVE them all…..did they not answer you as to when they will be released?

  • September 21, 2010

    Well done, RBL! These are truly exquisite… I love Anne and the Catherines. *dreamy sigh*

  • September 21, 2010

    Your swatches are the best I’ve seen, and all 4 of them are beautiful, but I think if I do end up buying any of them, I may just get Catherine H and possibly Jane.
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  • September 21, 2010

    Just GORGEOUS! And I won’t lie, part of the reason I love them so much is probably because I’m also enamored with the Tudor dynasty. Love it!
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  • September 21, 2010
    Winnie

    I pre-ordered them back in August and they arrived yesterday. They’re gorgeous, love love love!

  • September 21, 2010

    I’m still not blown away. :o(

    They are beautiful. I don’t think I could pull any of those colors off, and I’d be so sad to spend that much money to not enjoy them.

  • September 21, 2010

    Love the colors almost as much as I love the Tudor history! Especially the Anne color. And believe Anne was an innocent woman. Also think that Anne of Cleves was the luckiest of the wives… he didn’t want her, but didn’t murder her. Also like the Catherine color… gorgeous plum!
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  • September 21, 2010

    I was dying to try these all day yesterday when I saw online that my order had been delivered! I’m wearing Jane right now. It’s nice but not standout. Excellent formula though. And I can’t wait to try Catherine this weekend!
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  • September 21, 2010
    Marianna

    Awesome post VV! The swatches are great as usual and make me want the whole collection. But I especially enjoyed the historical trivia :)

  • September 21, 2010
    gena in ca

    The website says they’ll be “ready to order” Sept. 23 –Thursday!! Can’t wait. I couldn’t pre-order; I just spent too much $$$ that week ;( However, soon they WILL be MINE, HA HA HA ! Yes, I am a history freak myself.

  • September 21, 2010

    I really really want these but alas I cannot afford them :( Sad day!
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  • September 21, 2010
    Amber

    Catherine H. is gorgeous!

  • September 21, 2010
    Maggie

    Really love Anne, Catherine H., and Catherine! Don’t love the price ;(

  • September 21, 2010

    Omg!!! Those look really rich in color and unique! Jane and Catherine H are my faves!

  • September 21, 2010
    Jennifer

    I just got Anne and Catherine… I’d pre-ordered a while back and they arrived yesterday. Planning on changing my nails to Anne tonight! They really are gorgeous. :)

  • September 21, 2010

    These are all so beautiful and I’m completely in love with the thought and history that went into making the collection!
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  • September 21, 2010
    Andrea

    Omg, I completely love this colors. All of them. Absolutely gorgeous. Too bad i live outside the US and they dont sell them here.

  • September 21, 2010
    jamie

    I just received Anne and Catherine in the mail this morning. They are two of the most gorgeous polishes I have ever seen and I cannot WAIT to get home and swatch them!

    PS – If you haven’t read any of Alison Weir’s books about the Tudors, you’ve got to pick them up. I cannot get enough of them. I’m right in the middle of The Lady in the Tower, which is specifically about the last 4 months or so of Anne Boleyn’s life and really digs into the details of her fall, trial and execution – namely that Cromwell was really the driving force behind it all, and not Henry. She recently started writing novels, as well, but the non-fiction books are my favorites – especially The Wives of Henry VIII and The Children of Henry VIII.

    • September 21, 2010

      Hi jamie,

      I have read a ton of her books :)

  • September 21, 2010

    I love Catherine H and Catherine.
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  • September 21, 2010
    Alison

    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    I completely agree with Jamie… If you haven’t read any of Alison Weir’s stuff do it NOW. I especially loved The War of the Roses and The Princes in the Tower. I am a HenryVIII/Anne Boleyn freak, but the War of the Roses and the Princes story is even more interesting!

    • September 21, 2010
      Sonya

      Alison – I have the Princes in the Tower and The War of the Roses checked out from the library, can’t wait to read them! Alison Weir rocks.

  • September 21, 2010

    I love all of these!
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  • September 21, 2010
    Nicole

    I wish these weren’t so darned expensive because these colors are incredibly gorgeous! If they were readily available here I may even be tempted to pay that much for them anyways as these are definitely screaming my name!

  • September 21, 2010
    scandalous

    I’m so surprised that you didn’t get emails responded to. The two times I have asked questions I got an answer that day. gorgeous colors. I particularly like Jane on you.

    • September 21, 2010

      Hi scandalous,

      I think they must have gone to her spam by accident. We have discussed it now, and all is fine :)

  • September 21, 2010
    Princessflttrby

    I pre ordered all but Catherine H & now I’m wishing I had thrown her in too! These colors are just beyond gorgeous! I haven’t been this excited about polish since… last month? LOL

  • September 21, 2010

    Anne and Catherine H are just perfection!

  • September 21, 2010
    siva

    i’m not one for pale polishes but i am in absolute love with ALLL of the colors! they look amazing and so multi-faceted, i want them all badly! looks like i’m ordering something tonight when i shouldn’t…

  • September 21, 2010
    Sandy

    All of these are gorgeous! As I write this, I’m hoping they are waiting for me when I arrive home! Gorgeous, insanely gorgeous and with all the history – extra fab!

  • September 21, 2010
    Amy

    I pre-ordered Anne and Jane and received them yesterday. Wearing Anne now… I love the pink shimmer! Swatched Jane before I applied Anne and am really pleased I ordered it too. Was iffy if I’d like such a light colour, but it really is a wonderful neutral.

  • September 21, 2010
    Christin

    I’m on rescuebeauty.com and I can’t find these colors anywhere! Will someone please help, I’m in love with all four!

    • September 21, 2010

      Hi Christin,

      I think they come out on Sept 24th, these were pre-ordered.

  • September 21, 2010
    sobriquet

    I love reading Tudor books as well; my favorites are Murder most Royal and Queen of this Realm by Jean Plaidy and all the Allison Weir titles. I also enjoyed reading Henry and Anne’s letters. She was an extraordinary lady – so clever and well educated. I just wish Catherine of Aragon hadn’t died in such torment…anyway, I’d like to add that while I’ve read Phillipa Gregory’s books some of them are a bit too uh…salacious and take a little too much fictional license for my tastes. In contrast, I like how Weir includes citations (the scientist in me).

    I love how the colors all seem appropriate for each queen. Jane was supposed to be sort of obsequious and mild (beige), Catherine H. was a bit…impertinent (almost ostentatious glitter), Anne was bold, defiant, and intelligent (‘geniuses prefer green, Fokker!'; elegant gold and green), and Catherine of Aragon was indisputably regal and proud due to her lineage and demeanor (royal purple of course). A lot of thought was obviously put into this collection even if it’s ‘just’ nail polish!

    • September 21, 2010

      HI sobriquet,

      I have read all the Phillipa Gregory (agree they are a bit over the top sometimes) and a lot of Allison Weir and Jean Plaidy also. :)

  • September 21, 2010

    She really did an amazing job with this collection. Not only are they all beautiful, but each color perfectly captures the essence of the queen that it’s supposed to represent. Although I’d probably have made Catherine Howard pink.

    If I could afford it, I’d get Catherine of Aragon and Anne. Maybe for Christmas.
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  • September 21, 2010
    Rachell

    I don’t think i’m gonna buy any of these, I’m broke for one. :-( I just wanted to say that I’m a fan of Tudor history too..cool concept!

  • September 21, 2010
    Rachell

    BTW Masterpiece Theatre’s miniseries about Henry VIII was pretty cool. I’ve seen a couple episodes of “The Tudors” too. My friend has that on DVD and “The Other Boleyn Girl”(I haven’t seen that yet). I’m not much of a reader..but the stuff I’ve seen about the Tudors on TV..it can get GRAPHIC!

    • September 22, 2010

      Hi Rachell,

      Yeah I watched the whole The Tudors series and loved it. The Other Boleyn Girl movie pretty much sucked, totally Hollywood dramatized. The book was better though Phillipa Gregory’s books can be a little trashy also :)

  • September 21, 2010
    Liz

    I love them all!!! But my sad wallet may settle for Anne and Catherine. So gorgeous, holy cow!

  • September 21, 2010
    donna

    I only ordered Anne… I wish I could justify the cost of Catherine H as well. Seeing all the swatches out there… I might end up placing another order. lol

  • September 22, 2010

    I’m a huge fan of Anne Boleyn, in fact, I went on an Anne Boleyn tour this summer. Definitely going to order Anne. Thanks for this.
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  • September 22, 2010
    Christina

    Is Anne a dupe at all to Zoya’s Edyta? It looks like Edyta has more blue to it maybe? Anyway, Anne is gorgeous, and I think I’m also in love with Catherine and Catherine H… swoon.

    • September 22, 2010

      Hi Christina,

      No sorry! This is more olive green and the shimmer is very different also. It’s more subtle and not as big and gold as Edyta.

  • September 24, 2010
    Cristina

    Hi there! You have the most amazing swatches! I wanted to know if Grunge and Jane are similar? I want to order 1 of them but not sure which:) heck! I want ALL of them but I want a good nude first! Thanks again for your feedback and swatches.