As usual, I was unsure which polish I wanted to wear so she stepped in and chose for me.
GOOD JOB, BB.
Three coats with SV.
I don't purport to speak for all Asian girls, but I know for a fact that one of the most challenging beauty issues for us is finding the perfect foundation shade. I swear, nothing stateside is made for us. Likewise, finding the perfect nude polish is equally annoying as fuck. (Also, the fact that RBL creator Ji Baek is Korean isn't lost on me, though I think I might be a bit darker than she is.) There is no way for me to sugar coat this, so how does Grunge stack up?
Pretty well, actually! I have a hard time wearing pink- and lilac-tinged nudes, which is why I kept OPI Tickle My France-y but got rid of OPI Barefoot in Barcelona. Grunge falls in with that same color family, yet for some reason, it works beautifully. It also has a very faint silver shimmer that doesn't show up in most lights, so it's practically a creme to me. Grunge is hardly a unique color by today's standards, but in 2008/2009, it was a fairly big deal.
The formula on this polish was good, but certainly not $18 good.*** Let me clarify: It was not as easy to work with as RBL Chinoise was, but it was worlds better than RBL Faraway. Two coats of Grunge is all you need for opacity; it levels out and dries quickly with SV. I remember when I was getting into polish, Grunge and OPI Tickle My France-y garnered many comparisons. I don't have my bottle of TMF right now because of my move so I can't compare it, and while I love both Grunge and TMF, I think Grunge dried faster, required fewer coats and had the better formula. Also, there's the subtle shimmer of Grunge vs. TMF's creme finish, but Grunge might as well be a creme. I haven't tried any of the Zoya Touch collection, but the idea is the same as Grunge, only with a more visible pearly shimmer. --Again, this is just my $0.02. You might find that your bottle has a perfect formula or that the color pulls differently on you.
Grunge is currently sold out on the RBL site, but according to this official RBL post, it should be returning sometime this month along with Coral and Moulin Rouge. These three polishes along with Chinoise (which I posted here) and Plié make up RBL's core collection.
I bought Grunge in February of last year when I preordered RBL Recherché. I can't remember why I purchased Grunge specifically at that time, but I'm really glad I have it. Even my mother complimented me on it, which is a huge deal. I can see it as a killer pedi shade for me since my feet tend to be redder than my hands, so I can't wait to try that.
Even if this polish had been a flop, I'd still be intrigued by the name. Anna and I had a conversation on the phone last week, one of our many subtopics being The Music of Our Childhoods. Although I was born in the mid-to-late '80s, it's obvious that I'm 100% a child of the early-to-mid '90s. For some reason, some of the rock genres and sounds of that time are really comforting to me, despite the fact that I didn't truly listen to them until '97. One such musical movement of my childhood was grunge, and two of the biggest grunge bands to me were Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Both "Ten" and "Nevermind" are spectacular albums (I haven't listened to the legacy edition of "Ten" ... I really need to get on that). Here's one of my favorite grunge songs, which also is one of my favorite songs to play on Rock Band.
I need you to know that my ex-roommate and I named our band "Army of Skanks." Up top.
Do you have any feelings about Grunge, the polish and/or the genre? Any Asian girls care to share their foundation and/or nude polish frustrations? What about your Rock Band band names? I hope you're enjoying Skinny Dipping as much as Anna and I enjoy planning and writing it! Should she/I/we establish a more consistent blogging rhythm, I'm open to the possibility of this becoming a bimonthly feature -- what do you think?
*** When you are a frustrated Asian girl looking for your perfect nude polish, you will try almost anything ... and that includes $18 anythings.