Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer
Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark hunter green.” It’s a rich, luxuriously dark cool-toned green with soft emerald green sparkle. I don’t have much like it, which is always something I can appreciate. Illamasqua Kink is the closest in color, but it has such a different finish that the two really aren’t dupes. MAC Jade Dragon would be the next closest, but it’s darker, cooler-toned, and the shimmer is more dominant.

The shade was opaque in two coats and applied without bubbling or streaking. I’ve had good luck with Butter London’s lacquers so far (I’ve tried maybe ten or less?)–they’ve allowed me to add some really phenomenal shades to my stash! British Racing Green is no different! Since it felt like I hadn’t tested the wear of Butter London in awhile, I wore this shade for a week, and I didn’t have any chips, just minor tip wear. I did have some faint staining, even though I used a base coat.

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Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer
Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer
Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer
Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer
Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer
Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer
Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I have both, and Don’t Tell Mama is nothing like British Racing Green. This one is like a hunter green; Don’t Tell Mama is definitely teal and much darker.

I gasped when I saw the swatches. that’s a beautiful color! I’ve never tried Butter London, and this color could very well be the first one I buy :]

Ah, this looks lovely… I wonder why green polish always stains?! Every single green I have, from pastel mint to deep teal green all stain and i hate it so I don’t tend to wear them.
Which is a pity, because some of them are gorgeous šŸ™

Oh, what a lovely green! I’ve been really into dark, sort of hunter greens recently, and this looks absolutely perfect.

Not for me, because I’m ridiculously utilitarian for a beauty blogger, but still. It’s quite pretty. šŸ˜› I kind of want a wall or painting this colour – or a scarf, but I haven’t been able to find anything this deep!

This is my first and favorite Butter London color in my collection. I freaking LOVE it. I have to wear two coats of base coat under it, though, because it stains really badly.

I love this one, especially for late fall/early winter when I’m transitioning to cooler tones. I love bL’s nail foundation and have never had an issue with staining.

Funny that my hubby’s car is in British Racing Green color too. It’s supposed to be a deep green in bright light and appears black in low light. Well, that’s the color for the car, of course.

I wonder if this is the same. I don’t normally want to spend that much for a nail polish but the name am the color makes me want to try it out.

When I was very little and living on the island of Hawaii my father had a green convertible MG car and it was this exact shade of green!! Made me think of it instantly. MG (Morris Garages) is/was a British car maker until the early 80’s…

I love it when colors bring back vivid memories šŸ™‚

I was so excited for this color as green is my fave color. However, I don’t find it very office appropriate like I thought it may be. And I have terrible luck with butter London chipping. Why I keep purchasing idk?!!

my dad owns an original Audi Sport Quattro, one of 5 in the USA. His is the only green one and it is in the traditional British Racing Green. The shade of green is very famous and comes in both a creme and a frost finish (on cars and all things English Racing). This nail color is SPOT on to the famous racing green that most all know and love from tradition. Just a little tid bit, thought you would be interested. Nice work again Christine.

I love Butter London! But somehow I have a problem making them last a week without chipping, granted that I haven’t been using nail polish for that long. I have the Butter London nail foundation and hardwear coat… but my nails still chip after 3-4 days. šŸ™ So what do u do to make it not chip?

This is a great shade. I also have no dupes for it in my stash or mind’s stash. It’s a nice change in winter from the deep grays, vampy reds and other work appropriate winter shades. This one is completely work appropriate.

I’m wearing Ulta Envy, which I think I bought for a dollar on clearance when they were last changing their bottle packaging, and I don’t own the Butter London, but I’ve lusted over it on the blogs and I do wonder how close they may be. My husband came home last night, saw my Envy, and said, “Oh, it’s like a racing green!” Ha, so there you go.

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