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Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “edgy granite” with a cream finish that was created with Narciso Rodriguez. It’s a dark blue-based gray cream. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk is less blue-based. NARS Galion is similar in tone but darker. Chanel Steel is much darker, almost black. Zoya Kelly is just a smidgen lighter but very, very close.

Stormy Weather applied beautifully–the color was rich in pigment (just two coats for opaque results!) and the consistency was fluid.  The polish flowed across the nail evenly without bubbling or pooling around the edges.  It has a slightly shiny look when it dries, but I’d still use a top coat for a really glossy finish.  Deborah Lippmann’s formula wears well on my nails–there is very minimal tip wear even after a week of wear, and I’ve never experienced chipping.

Beautiful Beginnings with Butter London

Beautiful Beginnings with Butter London

What was the first Butter London product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Butter London product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  The first time I tried Butter London was during the 2008 holiday season with Chancer, which is a glittery red.  The next time I tested out the brand it was with their Fall 2010 collection, which featured four shades (Marrow and Victoriana pictured above).  I liked their square bottles, and the colors were always impressive.  I really liked the wear that I was able to get out of the formula without chipping and just minor/minimal tip wear.

Share your first time experiences with Butter London in the comments! 🙂

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NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer
NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with green pearls.” The base is definitely very dark, more like deep, dark forest green, but there is a lot of emerald green, olive green, and copper-gold shimmer, so it ends up looking like a very dark, sleek forest green with multi-colored shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is more of an emerald green with more yellow undertones. Zoya Edyta is similar but has more of a metallic finish. Nubar Verde is similar but, again, has a metallic finish, which gives it a much more reflective sheen. The shimmer in the previously two mentioned shades is larger, not as fine as in Night Porter.

Like the other shades in the series, Night Porter is richly pigmented–almost opaque in one coat–and needs two coats for full color coverage.  It does dry down to a semi-matte finish, so I’ would recommend using a shiny top coat to achieve that glossy finish.  NARS’ polishes typically wear a week on me with minor tip wear and no chipping.  I was so impressed with how fluidly Night Porter applied; the polish glided across the nail surface and gave great, even coverage.