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 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 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 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 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 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 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. is a dusty cornflower blue with multi-colored shimmer. Another truly beautiful color, I just love it.
Catherine is a deep muted plum with multi-colored shimmer. Um hello, it’s gorgeous!
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?