In December 2010, Ji Baek of Rescue Beauty Lounge launched a contest for fans to submit descriptions/inspirations for their dream nail polish. Eleven finalists were selected and there was a public vote to determine the final four. I've included Ji's notes on the colors following each picture.
Aqua Lily (two coats): turquoise creme with a pink flash
"A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Kuda Huraa Island of the Maldives. The turquoise water is a crystal-clear sea green and what really had me spellbound was that it reflected a shimmery-pink hue from the shedding scales of the colorful, vivid, and exotic tropical fish. This color is Kay-Di Kat’s homage to her beloved mom, Lily, an Aquarius who swims like an enchanting mermaid. I imagine Lily swimming in this paradise with its mesmerizing water in the Island of the Maldives."
Cuprum (two coats): metallic blue with copper flecks
"The metamorphic moment when the presence of ammonia meets copper (II) transforms into a radiant blue. Cuprum is Latin for copper, and the dual nature of this element is what Neeta wanted to capture in a bottle."
Halcyon (two coats): sage green creme with pink/gold shifting glass-flecks
"Danielle's dream color is a soft, sage green with a pink glimmer of brilliant reflective shine, just like when the morning dew tenderly kisses a succulent plant. The beauty of succulents keeps her calm and serene."
IKB: 2012 (three coats): saturated electric blue/purple jelly
"A bright, vibrant, electric blue with blurple (blue-purple) in a jelly finish, hence, the creation of the most densely pigmented jelly-like finish I’ve ever made. Nora’s endless search for that Yves Klein signature blue (International Klein Blue) is finally over."
Of the four, I've only worn Aqua Lily as a full manicure, and it chips like a mofo. As much as I love Rescue Beauty Lounge polish, I've always had trouble with chipping. If you continue to collect and wear polish, you'll notice how your nails will react to different brands. For instance, I've heard of people having problems with Chanel chipping, while it wears like iron on me.