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Rococo Nail Apparel Gothic Lolita

October 30, 2013

Rococo Nail Apparel Gothic Lolita ($16.50 for 14 ml/0.5 fl oz, Space NK Apothecary) is a metallic grey nail lacquer that has a bit of a blue undertone. It’s one of those slightly jelly finish colors but has excellent and pigment. I love that it’s a metallic that virtually brush-stroke free with very smooth coverage. Due to the sheerness it is a two-three coater, but it applies evenly and very easily. What I find unique about Gothic Lolita is that it has a slight hint of blue shimmer infused throughout making this your non-traditional metallic grey. It’s edgy but not over the top. The shimmer is very smooth (versus glitzy microglitter) so those who don’t like extreme shimmers may love this one.

With two coats:

Here it’s more gray if you don’t look at the shimmers directly:

View showing both the blue tinge and grey metallic parts:

I pulled a few colors to compare. I was hoping this would be a dupe for the long discontinued Dior NY57th (reviewed here), but Gothic Lolita is significantly lighter. Also shown below is Dior Silver Lake (also limited from 2011, reviewed here), Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper and Chanel Graphite.

I’ve been a fan of many Rococo Nail Apparel colors (my favorite is Re-Issue, a gorgeous deep raspberry). In the US the brand is limited to SpaceNK making it a bit hard to find. If you can try the brand in person I highly recommend doing so. SpaceNK has so many niche brands which makes it almost like a playground for grown ups.

A few iPhone snapshots of the SpaceNK Apothecary inside Bloomingdales South Coast Plaza:

You can find Rococo Gothic Lolita at Space NK Stores and inside various Bloomingdale locations, also online at I give this color a huge thumbs up for price, application, packaging and color.


Wearing Lately

October 1, 2011

I thought I’d shade what I’ve been wearing on my tips and toes lately. Here are a few pairings I’ve worn over the last month. I typically wear the lighter shade on the fingers and the darker ones on the toes.
Chanel Quartz and Le Métier de Beauté Midnight Rendezvous
Rococo Nail Apparel Lab Nude 3.0 and Chanel Coco Blue
Chanel Paradoxal and Chanel Steel

Chanel Quartz and Le Métier de Beauté Midnight Rendezvous

Rococo Nail Apparel Lab Nude 3.0 and Chanel Coco Blue

Chanel Paradoxal and Chanel Steel

With holiday collections trickling in I can’t wait for the reds, pinks and golds. What have you been wearing lately?

Rococo Nail Apparel Nude Wardrobe Collection

September 18, 2011

Earlier this year A Model Recommends gave us all a preview/sneak peek of a new collection in the works from Rococo Nail Apparel called the Nude Wardrobe Collection. Six nude nail colors have finally been released to SpaceNK and select Bloomingdales SpaceNK stores in sheer gloss, satin and full pigmented cream finishes. These retail for $16.50 each for 14 ml / 0.5 fl oz.

Following a season of loud and proud nails, this autumn/winter takes a turn for the subtle with nude nails firmly back on the style agenda. Inspired by the catwalk collections Rococo Nail Apparel have created a wearable wardrobe of six nude nail colours each designed to perfect and flatter – whatever the outfit, skin tone or mood. Rococo Nail Apparel have been quietly building a cult underground following since the brand launched two years ago and today continues to predict trends rather than follow the crowd. Commenting on the Nude Wardrobe sisters and co-founders Ange and Vernice Walker say, “The aim was to create an I-want-them-all collection of nudes that each delivers a highly polished and chic finish. We definitely predict nude as the new black this autumn/winter.”

The Rococo Nail Apparel Nude Wardrobe collection includes the following shades (shown L to R below):

  • LAB Nude 1.0 Sheer Gloss – a sheer transparent white gloss
  • LAB Nude 3.0 Sheer Gloss – a sheer transparent cream nude beige, used backstage by Ange & Vernice Walker at the Roland Mouret A/W show during Paris Fashion Week
  • LAB Nude 6.0 Satin Crème – an opaque pale neutral mixture of pale pink & beige & grey
  • LAB Nude 8.0 Sheer Gloss – a transparent warm nude beige
  • LAB Nude 8.8 Crème – a full pigment tan caramel nude beige
  • LAB Nude 9.0 Crème – a soft brown cream, it’s borderline taupe, but not quite

Rococo Nail Apparel succeeded in generating the “I want them all” bug. When I saw these at SpaceNK Bloomingdales in San Francisco I thought that they all looked divine. I’m a sucker for nudes and couldn’t wait to put these on. I’ve applied one on each finger all with 2 coats. The Sheer Gloss finish shades 1.0, 3.0 and 8.0 all seemed a bit streaky with my unsteady hand. Applying 3 coats evened everything out. At the nail salon, a perfect smooth application was achieved with only 2 coats (your mileage may vary) for 3.0.

Here are more swatches on nail wheels (thanks to Cafe Makeup who helped me find these). It was a bit of a challenge to have 1.0 (the sheer white) show up on a white nail wheel since it’s very sheer.

I’ve pulled a few other nudes, beiges and taupes to compare for you. Included are Dior Sienna, MAC Blissed Out, MAC Abalone Shell, Chanel Inattendu, Dior Nude Chic 219 (d/c), Dolce & Gabbana Nude, Chanel Beige Petale, Chanel Particuliere, Chanel Khaki Rose and Dior Camel. (Past available reviews have been linked if you want more detail.)

While 3.0 and 8.0 looked almost identical in the bottles, on the nails 3.0 is paler and 8.0 is more peachy. I had 3.0 applied early last week on the nails and the lasting power was amazing. It lasted a full week without any chipping or tipwear. If my nails hadn’t grown so fast I think I could have worn this past a full week. While the sheer beiges might not be extremely unique and easily dupeable, I found these to be easy to wear and naturally flattering and the quality excellent.
I can see myself getting regular use out of each and every shade. They are all beautiful and easy to incorporate into your weekly wardrobe since they are so neutral, it shouldn’t be hard to coordinate your look with your clothing. I love them all. 1.0 might be a bit of work, but sheer whites can be a challenge to wear on nails anyways. With so many options I can’t decide which one to wear next although I think I have my eye on 9.0 (it looks like a softer lighter version of Chanel’s Particuliere).
One more shot of the collection, all lined up:

Have you checked out the Rococo Nail Apparel new nude shades yet? Thoughts? Did you buy any or did you decide you already had similar shades in your stash? What’s your favorite “nude” nail polish? For a full list of availability, check out

Meet Rococo Nail Apparel Founders at Space NK in New York or Los Angeles

July 22, 2011
My dear readers, I have exciting news! Those who have tried and fallen in love with Rococo Nail Apparel nail polishes will be excited to learn that Space NK is hosting a series of special events for you to meet the Rococo Nail Apparel founders and celebrity manicurists Ange & Vernice Walker at a number of their NY and LA area stores.

The details from Space NK: Meet London-based celebrity manicurists Ange & Vernice Walker – the dynamic duo behind Rococo Nail Apparel and some of the latest runway, red carpet and editorial trends in nail color and design. Preview their upcoming ‘Nude Wardrobe’ collection and receive a complimentary polish change and trend demonstration with your purchase of two Rococo products. Space NK makeup artists will be on hand to offer a complimentary touch-up while your polish dries.

Call the following locations to schedule your appointment. The events and appearances are scheduled as follows:

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, NYC
Saturday, July 23, 12.00-2.30pm

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s Soho, NYC
Saturday, July 23, 4.00-6.00pm

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s White Plains, NY
Sunday, July 24, 12.00-2.30pm

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s Century City, Los Angeles
Friday, July 29, 4.00-6.00pm

Space NK at Brentwood Country Mart, Santa Monica
Saturday, July 30, 12.00-2.30pm

About Rococo Nail Apparel: Ange and Vernice Walker have over 15 years experience in the nail industry and have built a solid, professional reputation and gained a devoted, eclectic clientele. Combining extensive salon experience, creative fashion knowledge and a clear vision of designing the ultimate in ‘nail-wear’, the sisters created the fashion forward Rococo Nail Apparel collection two years ago. Ange and Vernice are often called upon to create nail looks for music videos, television and fashion shows, magazine features and celebrity red carpet appearances. The duo recently did the nails for all models at the Roland Mouret fall 2011 runway show during Paris Fashion Week, debuting their ‘Nude Wardrobe’ collection which will launch exclusively at Space NK in the fall. Celebrity fans of Rococo include Cheryl Cole, Joss Stone, Agyness Deyn, Lizzie Jagger, Alexa Chung, Nicki Minaj, Kim Cattrall and more. Rococo products are available exclusively at Space NK stores and online at in the US.
I’ve reviewed a number of Rococo Nail Polishes. Click on the tag below the post to find older reviews and features. I personally will not be able to attend any of these events but would love to hear from you if you do!

Chanel Fall 2011 Le Vernis Comparisons

June 19, 2011

No dupes to be found. Here are the shades Quartz, Graphite and Peridot compared to prior releases from Rococo Nail Apparel, Chanel and Dior.

The fall shades

Comparisons L to R: Rococo Nail Apparel R2T2, Chanel Trapeze, Chanel Quartz, Dior Silver Pearl, Chanel Graphite, Chanel Kaleidoscope, Chanel Peridot, Dior Timeless Gold

Swatches with 3 different views (since metallics look different depending on the light)

FYI: Polish Police has a comparison of Chanel Graphite to OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous. Those who think it’s a dupe will see from her blog that it’s really not 🙂

My Must-Have Nail Polishes Plus a Little Update …

June 5, 2011

A few of you have e-mailed me asking “what are your top picks for nails?” This is a tough question! As with many other products, my favorites are subject to change week after week. I’ve picked 5 color categories of what my must-haves for nails are. My favorites fall mainly within a few select brands, but many of my readers either don’t like the brand, formula or price. However, those who do love the same brands as me, for each category I’ve included my right-now favorites by brand/color. Most of these have been previously featured. (Update: It appears the sidebar google search isn’t working so I’ve linked past reviews to each name as applicable below.)

I think everyone needs:

A few nail spam pictures


Black Pearl

Rococo Reissue

And …

The Beauty Look Book is going on a mini-summer break from blogging the month of June. I have quite a few projects coming up which will require more time and dedication. But not to worry! Blog posting for me will not come to a complete halt this next month although there will be a significant slow down in the upcoming weeks. I will have limited time to respond to e-mails or comments but will keep you updated on my latest finds in the upcoming month and complete a few more reviews on things I’ve been loving but haven’t had time to write about yet.

The inside my new Chanel feature will be posted sometime later this week.