Wednesday, July 18, 2012

butter LONDON had a FFSale and I finally got mine!

Today I'm feeling a little under the weather. I was up too late waiting for my sister to get to town, and up way too early to take her to the airport. On top of feeling sick and dealing with some stress from work, I'm just feeling worn down. Where am I going with this? Well, I want to go shopping so bad it hurts. I want to run up and down the isles at Sephora and just load up my bag with goodies. But, I don't get paid until Friday so I am doing my best to be a responsible adult and postpone my retail therapy for a few days. Oh, it is going to happen. Just not today.

During another retail therapy session that coincided with butterLONDON's Friends and Family Sale, I splurged on myself. Big surprise! I picked up the Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, the Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat, and these three beauties: Branwen's Feather, Lillibet's Jubilee, and Fairy Lights. I can never find these in my Ulta so I snagged them online for 20% off and free shipping!

My box arrived quickly and I was overjoyed, only to be crushed by the solitary bottle of Nail Foundation basecoat I found wrapped in the packing. Where was the rest of my order!? I emailed BL through the website contact form and after a day or two without a reply I tweeted my dilemma and promptly received a reply with a direct email address for resolution. Another email was sent and the next day I had responses to both emails I had sent promising that my order would be corrected and my polishes would reach me soon. I got a shipping confirmation that afternoon and before I knew it, these pretties were on my doorstep. Does anyone else think it is odd that you don't get a shipping notification when you place an order through the website? I guess I thought it was "normal" for them but then got a notification when my order was being corrected.

Swatches of each polish is two coats over the BL basecoat and a coat of the Hardwear P.D. topcoat. These photos are under LED and incandescent lighting.

Branwen's Feather:

In the butter LONDON dictionary I found that Branwen is a "female raven belonging to the Queen of England," and she lives in the Tower of London! Pretty neat if you ask me. The color itself is described as a "purple-ish black lacquer with loads of depth and shine. Like a silky raven's feather at midnight by the Tower of London."

Application surprised me with this one. BL's have great formulas but frequently I find they are either spot on perfect or quite thin. This one is on the thin side. The first coat is completely sheer and patchy, looking like a sheer black with little purple shimmer. But amazingly the second coat fills everything in and has incredible depth. The deep eggplant purple shimmer lights it up from within. Removal was easy, no issues. This is too dark for me to wear right now, but I can't wait for fall so I can sport this baby!

Lillibet's Jubilee:

Lillibet's Jubilee isn't in the BL dictionary but I'm not surprised because this was a commemorative shade released to honor the 60th anniversary of the Queen of England's accession to the throne. The description of this shade is that of a "silvery, lavender metallic foil that boasts the perfect amount of sparkle that is fit for a queen!"

Lillibet's Jubilee applied flawlessly, it practically flowed from brush to nail like butter. Being that it is packed with so much foil I was expecting maybe a little patchiness or cuticle drag, but nope. Perfection! You could if you chose to, get away with a single coat. The foil is that dense. I always sport a second coat for depth of color and for the added strength it lends my nail. Removal was a nightmare, foil shimmery bits were everywhere!! This required a good scrubbing with a nail brush to get all the little bits out from my cuticles and off my skin. As you can see, this polish is insanely reflective and sparkly. I tried and tried to get my photos to appear as lavender as they are in person, but the silver won the battle.

Fairy Lights:

Fairy lights was introduced this past holiday season as part of a Holiday Collection Trio that included in addition to this polish, The Black Night, and Tart With A Heart. I wasn't really interested in any of the polishes that came in the sets at the time, or maybe it was more about pricing. I've become a bit more relaxed on that lately it seems. Anyway, this time around after being wooed by Essie's Mirrored Metallic chromes, I had to have it. Fairy lights is 100% a chrome polish and I'm sure it will be superb for stamping as I've seen photos across the interwebs doing so. This lacquer is described thusly on the BL website, "Be a beacon to bad boys and the life of the party in this dazzling 'liquid metal' rose-pink lacquer."

Application of this chrome was far easier that the Essies I've been playing with recently, no dragging issues whatsoever. However, Fairy Lights has a few more brush strokes than the Mirrored Metallics, they simply don't go away as it dries. Very pretty and delicate, I'll be using this next February for sure. :) Removal was easy, nothing difficult left behind. And please, pardon the glare from the bottle down below. It is just that reflective! lol

One last thing to note, I loved the basecoat. It dries semi-matte and is flesh colored. While I wouldn't necessarily wear it on its own for fun, if I were in a hurry and without time to apply color I wouldn't be ashamed to be seen in it. Overall, I liked it. And it worked well with the polishes I swatched. It shall be interesting to see how the wear of these polishes is with the brand's corresponding base and top coats. As for the Quick Dry top coat, it was ok but not fast enough for my liking. It was actually quite tacky to the touch for much longer than any of my other quick dry's. I will be using it for my BL manis from here on out but I still prefer my Seche Vite for the speeeeeed!


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