Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer
Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer

Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque icy minte creme.” It’s a pale, pastel mint green with a very subtle blue to it–not quite enough to make it aqua–but enough to make it appear cool-toned. MAC In the Limelight is darker and a bit bluer. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is much darker. MAC Mischievous Mint is a few shades darker.

After two coats, Fiver is mostly opaque; the only areas it didn’t look opaque were really a result of a streaky formula overall. The first coat was very streaky, and a thicker second coat helped to cover most of it, but there were still a few streaks coming through. The consistency was a bit thick, but it didn’t give me too much trouble beyond a generally streaky application. It might be better with a layer of white polish underneath or perhaps Butter London’s own Foundation (which I don’t have), as it could give it a better surface to adhere to.

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It's not the streakiness pastel I've come across--in fact, it does a lot better than many others--but it is still streaky. The good news is that it has fairly good pigmentation.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3/5

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Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer
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Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer
Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer

Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer
Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer

Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer
Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer

Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer
Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer

Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer
Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, Nordstrom, $15.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC In the Limelight is darker and a bit bluer. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is much darker. Mischievous Mint is a few shades darker.

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13 thoughts on “Butter London Fiver Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I am not a big fan of pastels to begin with, and this particular color is really too light for my taste. Reminds me op Typp-ex.

  2. Avatar of Gina Gina

    I was worried about this one when I bought it, but surprisingly, it applied flawlessly for me! I had no problem with streaks, which was a big relief, because that’s the main reason that I tend to avoid pastel polishes.

  3. Avatar of Megan Megan

    I this and used it and it wasn’t streaky at all! It looked beautiful on.

  4. Ashley

    I have this shade and wore this week and recieved tons of compliments. This color is definitly in for the spring! I also grabbed jasper from this collection

  5. Avatar of Fiona Fiona

    butterLondon polishes used to be 14 dollars. Your post says 15 but on their website it now says 17! Do you know why there is a price increase?

    • Sephora lists them as $15. I don’t know why they’ve changed prices other than I imagine due to normal reasons like inflation, cost of materials went up, etc.

    • It still says $15 on the website for me. Are you in Canada? BLs are more expensive for Canadians.

      ): So sad about the price increase, even though it’s only $0.50. OPI rose by $0.50 too… wouldn’t be surprised if other brands like Zoya and Essie followed suit too. I remember when polishes used to be so much cheaper!

  6. Genevieve

    I am in love with this color- gorgeous!!!

  7. Mint-y shades aren’t the most unique, but I actually love how this one is so, so light… almost like a white-mint. Very pretty and manages to be a little different than the other mints out there

  8. Mint and pistachio nail polish shades are my ridiculous self-indulgent obsessions. They’re pretty much the same, but I have to have every single one of them.

    As for dupe suggestions, maybe Julep Susie? I don’t have them to compare, but I’ve heard Susie is very pale for a mint.

  9. SARA

    I bought this nail polish and am pretty disappointed with it. I used it with the Butter London base coat and top coat, and while that helped with the streaks it chipped horribly! It chipped much worse than just about any other nail polish I own including other shades of this brand.

  10. Avatar of Becky Becky

    This looks like it could be really similar to Essie’s Absolutely Shore. Looks almost white, but has a definite mint tinge to it. I LOVE that Essie shade, so I’ll have to check this one out!

  11. Avatar of Carly Carly

    Loving all this mint for the spring and butterLondon being the only polish brand I use, this was a must. I love this color despite the streakiness upon application of the first coat. Loving bL’s Spring 2013 collection overall.