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

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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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Fiver

B
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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Friday, January 11th, 2013

Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer
Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer

A Little Pout for Your Trout

Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque cantaloupe.” It is a pale coral cream with a faint hint of pink. China Glaze Pink Plumeria is darker, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is more orange/peach. Essie Haute as Hello is very comparable, as is Essie Tart Deco.

After two coats, the color is fully opaque.  It has a slightly thicker consistency, but I did not have any problems with the polish pooling along the edges or bubbling.  The first coat was somewhat streaky, but a second coat completely hid the initial coat and didn’t look streaky at all.  I noticed the drying time was a little longer than average, and the second coat will drag and pull at the first coat if you don’t let it dry first (some formulas/shades are more forgiving in that aspect).  I typically get a full seven days of wear out of Butter London’s formula with little tip wear but no chipping.

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Trout Pout

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Trout Pout is a pretty pink-tinged coral cream that will work well both in spring and summer, because it has a light and bright coloring. With two coats, it looks really good and come together, but the first coat was streaky.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Butter London Dodgy Barnett Nail Lacquer
Butter London Dodgy Barnett Nail Lacquer

Butter London Dodgy Barnett Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “highly holographic lacquer in a classic shade that blurs the line between grey and silver.” It looks like a soft, paled silver-gray shimmer suspended in a clear base, but it definitely has holographic shimmer as soon as the light catches it. The particles aren’t chunky or gritty, like glitter, but they’re a bit larger than shimmer. Milani HD is comparable–the particles are just larger and it has a more silver coloring.

I applied two coats, and it was noticeably sheer throughout. You could definitely get more opacity by layering on a third coat, or forego wearing it alone and use it layered over your favorite polish. The consistency, color payoff, and look were really comparable with Trustafarian. Dodgy Barnett is thin enough to be able to use three coats fairly comfortably; it won’t feel overly thick or take eons to dry. Butter London’s formula wears well on me, lasting a week or longer, with very minor tip wear and no chipping, whether used with a base/top coat or just the polish.

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Dodgy Burnett

B+
If you prefer using three coats, sheerer holographic polishes, or holographic polishes for layering, Dodgy Barnett may appeal to you! If you want something really opaque, you might want to keep looking.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Butter London Trustafarian Nail Lacquer
Butter London Trustafarian Nail Lacquer

Butter London Trustafarian Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “delightful sage green [with] a golden holographic finish.” It’s a subtly warmed up light-medium green with yellow undertones and holographic glitter. It reminds me of meadow-y greens for some reason, though I’m sure that brings up a totally different color in your mind! It’s a soft, pale green. Softer than sage but similar in some of the muted qualities of the color. Milani Hi-Tech is the only holographic green polish I could think of, but it’s much darker and less yellow-toned. Do you have any dupe suggestions?

Two coats wasn’t enough (which is what the swatches show)–it’s still noticeably sheer after two coats. I’d have suggest using a third coat if you really want this to sing, because it looks odd with the way it applies at two coats. The holographic shimmer is definitely noticeable as you move your fingers around, though–it’s not subtle or anything like that. If you like holographic shimmer and have always wanted it in a softer green, you might still check this out. Luckily, the consistency of the formula isn’t thick, so using three coats wouldn’t be problematic or impede the wear. I typically get a full week of wear out of Butter London’s polishes with very minor tip wear.

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Trustafarian

B+
If it was opaque in two coats, I'd love this! Alas, it is still visibly sheer (and not just barely sheer) after two coats, which means it absolutely is a three-coater.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer
Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer

Well, That’s Just Lovely Jubbly!

Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue, and gold micro-particles.” It’s a glittery extravaganza that features magenta, blue, and gold particles. I don’t have an extensive stash of glitter polishes, but I did go through what I could. China Glaze CG in the City is more of a gray-ish purple with not much else going on. Rescue Beauty Lounge Frugalista has magenta glitter, but the other accompanying glitter is silver. Milani Hi-Res was the most similar that I had, but it has a purple base with holographic glitter/shimmer.

It’s a rather opaque glitter, which I was totally keen on, just because layering can be fun, but sometimes you just want one polish and to be done! Swatches show the impact of two coats, which is mostly opaque. Three coats would really cinch it, but I think you can get away with two.  The natural dry down is just a little shiny, but there is some texture due to the glitter content, so a thicker, shiny top coat is a must.  I loved that the texture of this wasn’t at all thick; it didn’t have that almost gel-like consistency of a lot of glitter-filled polishes–it was normal, really. I typically get a full week of wear out of Butter London’s polishes with very minor tip wear.

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Lovely Jubbly

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This is such a fun polish! I love how versatile it is: you can use it as a layering polish with just one coat or go full-on glitz and get (mostly) opaque results in two coats.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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