Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer
Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer

Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted, patinaed green cream with copper micro glitter.” It’s a dirty, aqua-green with a hint of cooler, blue tones to it with very fine, copper sparkle strewn through it. I wanted to try this shade after readers suggested it as a possible dupe for Illamasqua Melange (which is hard to get in the U.S.), but Melange is a much warmer, medium grassy green more with more golden shimmer/micro-glitter. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) is very similar in the base color but is a cream. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is a lighter cream. Zoya Bevin (P, $9.00) is bluer and has a cream finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. The consistency seemed thinner than average, but it wasn’t problematic. The polish dries down faster than average and had a flatter finish that wasn’t matte but lacked glossiness, so I would recommend a top coat if you wanted a plusher look to the end result. I typically get a full week of wear out of Butter London’s formula with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Rebecca suggested a theme of polishes perfect for autumn, and here are my five picks! I wanted to vary the shades so there would (hopefully!) be something for everyone to consider. There were a lot of amazing limited edition shades that caught my eye, but I wanted to stick with shades permanently available.

  1. Butter London Thames — deep, shimmering teal
  2. Illamasqua Raindrops — cool, bluish gray with flecks of sparkle/glitter
  3. Zoya Evvie — muted, stormy green-gray
  4. Chanel Provocation — muted plum-purple cream
  5. Guerlain Nahema — orange cream

What’s your favorite nail color to wear during autumn?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013


Shake up your every day look and disturb the peace with butter LONDON®’s new ROCK YOUR COLOUR Bespoke Colour Cosmetics collection, in stores August 2013.

butter LONDON® has become a cult phenomenon within the nail industry since its inception, bringing custom colour palettes in boisterous shades to a passionate, prismatic allegiance of nail enthusiasts. Founded by British entrepreneur Sasha Muir in 2005, butter LONDON® – which ranked #2 in the nail colour category in 2012 (NPD data) – remains dedicated to bringing carcinogen free formulas to the market so clients don’t have to sacrifice quality for safety: it’s colour without compromise. So much more than nails, a paramount effort has been made in expanding its reach beyond the signature lacquers to include a range of hand and nail treatments, lip products and a pedicure collection. butter LONDON® continues to stay true to their rollicking invasion of bold colour and their dedication to excellence as they unveil a new collection of Bespoke Colour Cosmetics.

“We are an irreverent brand full of contradictions,” says Leslie Freytag, President and CEO of butter LONDON®. “Known for products that consistently deliver beautiful, fashion-inspired results, this new collection of cosmetics ensures our clients continue to experience the level of quality they have come to expect and in a way that lets them showcase their own individual personality.”

Never one to play by the rules, butter LONDON® has worked diligently to create a brand that defies stereotypes while simultaneously paying homage to the trends on hand in both beauty and fashion. butter LONDON® takes initiative to forge new ground and take high-pigmented, long-lasting beauty products to their most vivacious. Their inspiration lies in the audacious, commanding street style of Great Britain and the all-encompassing glamour and reckless abandon of the rock ‘n roll lifestyle.

Carefree, dynamic, and kaleidoscopically colourful, the Bespoke Colour Cosmetics Collection will deliver unparalleled, lasting formulas in a variety of fashion-forward shades that will speak to butter LONDON®’s core audience. This chic-conscious consumer is ripe with defiance for the ordinary and has long been exemplified by her adventurous nature and willingness to play with high-voltage hues. Using colour to express herself and escape the mundane, this collection will provide a new way to do just that – whether she’s going all-out or just adding a pop of colour to her everyday look.

Feeding off impulse from the trends and styles she’s detected from London to New York to Los Angeles, Katie Hughes – the brand’s Global Colour Ambassador and celebrity make-up artist and manicurist– worked closely with the product development team to keep continuity with the innovative formulations that have led the trends in colour and texture. “butter LONDON® is all about fashion driven colour,” says Hughes. “The shades that you’ll see in this collection are true to the brand in that they’re vibrant, unexpected and on trend, whilst simultaneously maintaining the same quality of paraben and phalate-free, highly pigmented shades we’re known for.”

Cheeky Cream Blush ($20.00)

This ultra silky, sheer formula delivers a burst of cheek colour by way of these perfectly portable compacts. The buildable shades can be dabbed onto the cheeks and blended seamlessly for a subtle look or layered for a look that’s a bit more fierce.

  • Naughty Biscuit Rosy nude cream
  • Honey Pie Peach-pink cream
  • Abbey Rose Rose pink cream
  • Pistol Pink Fuchsia pink cream

Lippy Tinted Lip Balm ($20.00)

LIPPY Tinted Balm delivers the moisture of a lip balm with the finish and colour of a lipstick in six subtle shades to highlight the glow of every skin tone. These creamy balms are the perfect accessory for women-on-the-go.

  • Toasted Marshmallow Medium coverage nude cream
  • Axis Kiss Medium coverage punchy pink cream
  • Apricot Sunrway Medium coverage coral cream
  • Abbey Rose Medium coverage rose cream
  • Strawberry Field Medium coverage red cream
  • Black Cherry Medium coverage wine cream

Nail Lacquer ($15.00)

Inspired by butter LONDON’s new WINK Mascara and Eye Pencil shades, these stunning nail lacquers take the guesswork out of matching your eye and nail look. First seen on the runways, the matching trend now takes center stage on the streets, as butter LONDON girls rock their colour.

  • Jaded Jack Opaque, lime green cream
  • Pistol Pink Opaque, magenta pink shimmer
  • Brown Sugar Opaque, copper shimmer with gold glitter
  • Inky Six Medium coverage, deep blue glitter
  • Indigo Punk Full coverage, indigo-purple glitter
  • Union Jack Black Opaque, glossy jet-black cream

Wink Cream Eyeshadow ($18.00)

The lightweight formula in these velvety cream shadows delivers a vibrant wash of colour that dries into a smooth, shimmer finish. The WINK shadows are available in a variety of blendable shades that can be layered to deepen the intensity for a bold burst of colour.

  • Alabaster Gaze Silver shimmer
  • Sun Kiss Muted gold shimmer
  • Jaded Jack Grass green shimmer
  • Pistol Pink Rose-pink shimmer
  • Inky Six Baby blue shimmer
  • Indigo Punk Lavender shimmer

Wink Eye Pencil ($18.00)

This extra soft pencil glides on effortlessly to deliver stunning colour in a precise line that stays put for up to 24 hours. With a high intensity colour payoff, WINK Eye Pencil delivers a stunning flare to any makeup look.

  • Jaded Jack Lime green cream
  • Pistol Pink Magenta pink shimmer
  • Inky Six Cornflower blue shimmer
  • Indigo Punk Violet shimmer
  • Brown Sugar Chocolate brown crea,
  • Union Jack Black Jet black cream

Wink Mascara ($20.00)

With four bright, look-at-me shades, and two basics, this refined mascara delivers perfect application from root to tip adding drama to any makeup look. The highly pigmented buildable formula results in long-lasting, brilliant colour.

  • Jaded Jack Lime green cream
  • Pistol Pink Magenta pink shimmer
  • Inky Six Cornflower blue shimmer
  • Indigo Punk Violet shimmer
  • Brown Sugar Chocolate brown cream
  • Union Jack Black Jet black cream

Availability: August 1st @ ULTA, butterlondon.com

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Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Butter London Jasper Nail Lacquer
Butter London Jasper Nail Lacquer

Butter London Jasper Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque bright pastel yellow creme.” It’s a lightened, warm, buttery yellow with a glossy, creamy finish. NARS 15 Minutes is only slightly darker, but the two are very similar in color (application was easier with Jasper).

Yellow polishes are notorious for streaky color, and often, they can be weak in pigmentation, too.  Jasper was one of the easiest yellow creams I’ve I’m applied and rather remarkably easy to apply for a pastel shade at that.  My best advice is to ensure you’ve waited for your first coat to dry before applying the second coat, because it isn’t terribly forgiving and will pull if you apply your second coat too quickly.  It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. I didn’t have problems with it bubbling, pooling, or streaking. I typically get a week of wear out of Butter London’s formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Jasper was one of the easiest yellow creams I've I'm applied and rather remarkably easy to apply for a pastel shade at that.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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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.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Do you break out the pastels come springtime?  I picked five of my favorite shades for spring, some punchier than others, and nothing too light/pale.  I’d love to hear yours!

What’s your favorite polish for spring?