Because I love the company’s name, I buttered myself up to like Butter London nail polishes. I’d never tried the brand before, but at $12 each I expected a lot.
They’re classified “3 Free,” meaning they don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP (phthalate). My only other experience with a “3 Free” polish is Lippmann ($15 each), and I hella love those, so you can see why I was expecting a lot from Butter London.
Last week I tested the two colors they released for fall/winter, Branwen’s Feather and Saucy Jack.
Too many coats
One coat of Butter London polish doesn’t do much, applying almost transparently. It took me four coats to get a rich, solid shade with Branwen’s Feather (a glittery dark purple) and three coats with Saucy Jack (a creamy red).
I like both of these shades, particularly Saucy Jack, which I like a little more than Branwen’s Feather. Once dry they’re both vibrant, eye-catching and shiny.
Hello, Mr. Chips
But after one day of wear, half of the nails I’d painted were already chipping. My nails take a lot of abuse, so any nail polish I’m going to wear on a regular basis has to be tough. Lippmann polishes are. They’re tough as nails (hehe!), but Butter London — not so much.
If you really like the colors, don’t mind applying multiple coats, and you rarely have problems with chipped nails, then Butter London might be worth a try.
To cap it off…
I love the bottle. It’s unique, but the rectangular cap makes the brush feel awkward, big and clumsy. Most nail polish caps like those on Sally Hansen and Essie bottles are easier to hold, and I have an easier time painting with their brushes than I do with these.
Butter London Nail Polish
Price: $12 for a 0.3-fl oz. bottle
Use: Pretty fall/winter nail colors, but they’re not the most durable polishes around
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C
Oh, ya gotta love Mother Nature. After waiting 12 hours to board a flight that was supposed to leave Oahu at 10:30PM Friday night (thanks to a scary electrical storm that took out power to 900,000 people), I finally made it home late yesterday, none the worse for wear, I might add.
How’s your weekend coming along? Tabs says hi. He’s back from his long stay at Hotel Cattyfornia (such a lovely place), reacquainting himself with his litter box and my writing chair at home.
I’m really excited about a bunch of spring Chanel products I’m testing right now. I just applied Wild Rose Glossimer (a shimmery dusty rose). I’m serious — this STUFF IS HOT! I’ll be doing reviews and faces of the day soon… but I’ll say it right now: the spring collection’s lookin’ pretty darn fantastic, ladies.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,