I suppose the 3rd time you blog about nail polish, you have to stop saying “I’m not a nail polish blogger”. Okay, seriously… I’m not. But when Poshly sends you a bottle of nail polish from Butter London, which you have been really wanting to try but unwilling to cough up the $15 for it… well, you use it and you talk about it.
Let’s start there. Yes, Butter London on average is $15 per bottle. I (potentially) fell in love with their color All Hail the Queen and I almost purchased it about 5 months ago. But that price tag… it stops me every time. I live on a budget and while I do love my nail polish (seriously, it’s my shopping therapy), that price tag is steep. I was terrified I would spend $15 on one bottle of polish, not like it and end up giving it away.
I didn’t get a choice in what color Poshly sent to me. Like I mentioned in a previous post about dirt, I had no idea they were sending full-sized “samples” let alone what products. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the color at first. In the bottle, I really didn’t like it.
Butter London’s Wallis (at right)
A tarnished, metallic olive gold nail lacquer, as mysterious and regal as its namesake. Or at least, that’s what the Butter London website describes it as. It’s more gold in my opinion and I state that based on the fact that olive is actually my favorite color. It’s got a really nice shimmer to it and the color varies slightly depending on the lighting you are under.
Nope, wasn’t sure about the color at first. It slowly grew on me. It helped that a customer at work yesterday absolutely lost her mind over my nails. I’m accustomed to customers telling me that they think my nails are pretty… sometimes even beautiful (what can I say? I take very good care of them). But this? This was a woman going nuts and striking a full conversation with me about what a great fall color it was and how much she wished they had had a color like it at the nail salon because her daughter would have loved to have it.
Seriously, I wished right then that I had the bottle with me because I would have given it to her. She’d never heard of Butter London (I suspect a lot of people who aren’t nail polish obsessed, have not) and I like making people happy. Although the color had grown on me, I knew where to get more of it and I’m not terrified of the $15 price tag any more.
Formula & Application
I really liked the formula. I do have a love for these metallic, sort of super micro-glitter polishes. I’ve always liked the control they give me and that extra touch of shimmer. The best part is that the polish wears off evenly rather than chipping in blocks – something I have always preferred given how easy it is to chip nail polish in my line of work.
As previously mentioned, longevity of wear isn’t super important to me because my job is simply too hard on polish because of the tools, machinery and chemicals I use. And so, I am not at all surprised that the polish wore down slightly on the tips of my nails after just one day of wear.
I had planned to do a quick touch-up (which is so super simple to do with this type of polish) and then I came across this awesome look on Pinterest and knew I had to mimic it! I couldn’t help but pair it with one of my favorite, similarly formulated Essie polishes, Aruba Blue to make a killer looking gradient.
Getting this look is super simple! I already had my nails polished a full two coats using Butter London Wallis. I took a basic makeup sponge (the kind you don’t mind disposing of) and simply painted a little of each color onto the sponge in stripes. Then I gently dabbed the color onto my nail, being sure to gently mix the color to form a nice, blended gradient. Yes, you will have polish on your fingers. A good way to avoid this is to use basic, Elmer’s glue. Or you can do as I do and just keep your hands well hydrated – the excess polish scrubs off super easy in a warm shower.
I like the polish formula so I will definitely be trying another Butter London polish. Perhaps I will finally buy that cute looking, shimmer nude All Hail the Queen that I’ve been eyeing. But for $15/bottle, I don’t think I will go too crazy wearing it all the time like I do some of my less expensive branded polishes.
For full disclosure purposes: This review is in no way sponsored by any of the companies listed in this post. I have not been contracted to write about this polish or any of the products I use regularly. The Butter London nail polish was sent to me by a third party website called Poshly, where you can enter to win different beauty products by answering survey questions. Some links are Amazon affiliate links and I will earn a small % should you use them to make a purchase.
So what do you think of Butter London? Have you heard of it? Tried it?