I’d Like to Make a Toast to Butter London on Your Nails: Butter London Fall/Winter 2010

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butter london fall 2010 swatches

You know, it’s true what they say — butter makes everything better. πŸ™‚ Even tips and toes!


Like colorful little versions of butter on toast, these new Butter London Fall/Winter 2010 polishes ($14 each) are mighty satisfying.

Known for sassy packaging and their “three free” nail polish formula (no formaldehyde, toluene or phthalate), Butter London cooked up four new filling shades for fall/winter.

For the color story, Creative Director Nonie Creme drew from a mix of modern and classic British influences, combining a dash of the old with a splash of the new. Her goal: fashion forward colors with an edge.

Holographic All Hail McQueen, a shimmery ode to fashion legend Alexander McQueen (*pours forty*), and Bumster, a creamy ochre yellow, pay homage to the designer’s low-slung, booty-crack exposing pants, which shocked sidewalks (and the entire fashion world) back in 1996.

Historical London interiors influenced shimmery blue Victoriana, while dark purple Marrow — with its hint of silver shimmer — was brought to life one fateful day backstage at Fashion Week as an on-the-fly creation developed for New York designer Vena Cava.

Today I swatched three of the four new shades, and wouldn’t you know it? — the application went off without a hitch! Each one applied smoothly, requiring a reasonable two coats to reach full opacity.

butter london fall 2010 swatches victoriana

butter london fall 2010 swatches marrow

butter london fall 2010 swatches bumster final

Of the three, Victoriana speaks to me with the sweetest voice. I like how delicately it shimmers, and the blue color reminds me of robin eggs.

What’s your take on these colors? See anything you like?

Music soothes this savage beauty beast…

Driving home from the city last Sunday, I caught my new favorite song on the radio. It’s called The Only Exception, by a group called Paramore. It’s currently burning its way through my iPod playlist.

Take a listen, and let me know what you think. πŸ™‚

The lead singer’s got some nice pipes, right? First time I heard the song it threw my emotions for a loop. I was tearing up and feeling hopeful at the same time.

Damn hormones…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.S. For fellow Urban Decay fans, the line just posted a few Facebook pics of their new limited edition Holiday 2010 shadow palette, Book of Shadows Vol. III.

In addition to two pencils and a primer, it comes with seven completely new eyeshadow colors, two Sephora exclusive shadows, six of UD’s previously released bestselling shadows, and Snatch eyeshadow from the Show Pony palette.


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  1. Marisol says:

    I really like all three colors but I wonder how Bumster would look on my skintone.

    I like that Paramore song. For the past few weeks, I’ve been listening to Eminem’s Recovery. I am not sure if you are a fan but that album is great.

    • Karen says:

      Ya know, I wasn’t sure if I’d like Bumster either but it seems to warm up a little once it’s on the nails.

      I’ve heard a few of the new Eminem tracks… homeboy is angry!

  2. Ashley says:

    I used to love love love Paramore back in highschool. I still like them but they’re not longer my favorite.
    I wish I had caught them in concert a few years ago. Now I’m too afraid of mosh pits and huge crowds of teenagers with a lot of angst.

    I’m stuck between the UD Naked Palette and the Book of Shadows III. Help!

  3. Alex says:

    I’m so excited for this palette! They’re having a sneak preview giveaway at the Sephora in Times Square August 28th, and I’m gonna try my best to make it there!
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  4. Jen says:

    I’m all over that UD palette. WANT.

  5. mill says:

    gorg, as usual with Butter.

  6. Marina says:

    I love butter LONDON and Victoriana is a beautiful shade (I will get it!). Oh, and I’d love to see London inspired palette by UD in the future:)
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  7. gio says:

    Victoriana looks beautiful!
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  8. AshBash says:

    i like marrow the best

  9. Amber says:

    Butter butter butter. You know when you see a word so many times it stops making sense? I would try those colors, especially the purple. I’m not sure whether that yellow would work for me.

    The last song that made me feel sadhappy was ‘Waiting in the Weeds’ by the Eagles.

    Eagles eagles eagles. This is going to be a long day.
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  10. Kim says:

    I don’t think Bumster is for me, but both Victoriana and Marrow look beautiful. And I just have to admit what a dork I am. When I first read “All Hail McQueen”, I was like “OMG, I love Steve McQueen”. Oops. πŸ™‚

    I really like Paramore too. Misery Business was one of my highest scoring Guitar Hero songs. Off topic, but because you might like the throw-back reference, my #1 GH song was always “Talk Dirty to Me”. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Would you believe I’ve only played Guitar Hero once (at the movie arcade!). I actually kicked butt on it too. πŸ™‚

      Okay, we must be on the same wavelength because the other day I was totally rocking out to Poison’s Don’t Need Nothing But a Good Time.

      • Kim says:

        That’s awesome! It’s really addicting but I haven’t played in months. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl this weekend. πŸ™‚

        And speaking of 80s bands, we’re going to see Night Ranger at a local fair this weekend. I’m sure everyone will be rocking out to “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”. πŸ™‚

  11. Shannon says:

    I love Marrow! But I’ve been in love with dark purple polishes and eyeliners recently. So it’s not really *that* surprising.

    And I’m nursing a makeup crush on that UD book of shadows… goodness.

  12. Van says:

    Me likey those colors πŸ™‚ Victoriana speaks to me as well, what nice lil shimmer it has!

    I love the new Urban Decay Book of Shadows, totally diggin Kush, Money, Haight and Radium πŸ˜€

    Have a great day!!!

  13. Nina says:

    Butter + Marrow = love! I dont really want nail polish but that purple is so deep and pretty!

  14. ace says:

    i want EVERYTHING. especially the grey in the promon photo- i dont have a single good grey polish!! i LOVE victoriana as well- but it looks a bit shimmery for me…

  15. Suji says:

    I LOVE PARAMORE & Hayley Williams!! Just saw them in concert 8/4 πŸ™‚

    I’m also excited for the BoS III.. I have the BoS II and the Alice BoS, but I’ll keep collecting UD palettes as long as they keep making em! I just recently found the Naked palette, and even though I already have 4/6 of the shades in the Vegan palette, I’m tempted to get that too. I’m such a sucker for limited edition things and cute packaging! ahhh

    Also I like Victoriana a lot, I think I might have to get that one!

    Have a great day, Karen! It’s almost Fridayyyy

  16. Trude says:

    I think I like the purple the best, so pretty! And OMG I might have to snatch up that Book of Shadows, looks amazing.

  17. lexi says:

    I need both UD palettes like yesterday. I also want that “All Hail Mcqueen” polish – I still want the McQueen skull printed scarf as my homage to the late designer.

    Yes, that was a lovely song – thanks for sharing. I love learning and hearing about new bands. I am really over the whole commercialized rap/hip-hop world so something like this is very refreshing to me.

    • Karen says:

      Some of the newer hip hop gets on my nerves (Birthday Sex makes me want to projectile vomit), but there’s still some good stuff out there. Have you heard of Wale? I love him!

  18. Lena says:

    errr, just because you throw the name around nonchalant-like, thought i’d just mention that they sing the theme song for the first twilight movie. they’re now superstars…
    i like this acoustic version…

    • Karen says:

      LOL, this genre of music isn’t usually my thing, but I like to flip around radio stations to find stuff I’ve never heard of before. I vaguely remember hearing about them around the time of the first Twilight movie, but that song didn’t really move me as much as this one. At first I actually thought this was done by Aimee Mann…

  19. Trisha says:

    Those nail polishes look awesome! I’ve never heard of Butter London, but now I want to try it.
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  20. Agnes says:

    Victoriana loooks amazinggg! and omg.. i wish i held back from purchasing UD’s show pony shadow palette because now i want this one!! haha its my first UD palette so im really excited about it and chose it after thinking it had such a great deal as it came with a liner and a primer potion! but THIS!? this beats it as it has so many more shadows and TWO liners! .. maybe i’ll start saving and get this when it comes out too? hehehe we shall see. thanks for the post!
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  21. Bronwen says:

    I might get this UD decay BoS, I normally hesitate because i end up buying shadows I already have butthis seems to have a lot more new colours though I wish they’d stop putting midnight cowboy in everything!
    Btw paramore do a beautifull song called emergency which is one of my favourites,

  22. Phyrra says:

    I love that blue polish! I’m so obsessed with blue-teals.

    I like the UD BoS3 palette. I think I may have to nab it. πŸ™‚ Rockstar looks awesome, as does Haight, Snatch, and Psychedelic Sister. I’ve got the Sustainable Shadow Box palette, so I wouldn’t have much overlap.
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  23. Elle says:

    I love Butter! I’m a sucker for anything Britishy though so that doesn’t help. They have awesome colors and I really love their glittery nail polishes…they always go on smoothly and aren’t a huge pain to remove. I have a red glittery one (think it’s called Chancer) and I love it. These colors look awesome as well!

    Karen I love that song too–I actually saw the video and it made me a little teary too. I also have been listening to a ton of Daniel Merriweather and the new Eminem album…and whenever summer rolls around I always end up listening to a lot of Amy Winehouse. And Jason Mraz. OK, I’ll stop now πŸ™‚

  24. Dell says:

    Any idea where to get them in Marin? I hate buying stuff sight unseen online.

    Love your blog and pics!

  25. Vesna says:

    I think that UD BoS Vol III. will be *mine*! πŸ˜€
    I skipped previous ones, but this one has great eye shadows and don’t wanna skip them πŸ˜€
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