butter Me Up!
By Melanie Parker
Billing themselves as "3 Free Nail Lacquer," butter LONDON is relatively new to the world of salon-quality nail color. And despite their name, they are based in Seattle, WA. If you are ever flying through Seattle or Sacramento, you may see a butter LONDON kiosk at the airport. Otherwise, you will want to check out their Web site (www.butterlondon.com). At $12 a bottle, 3 free nail polishes can get a little pricey. But if you are worried about the chemicals you are using in your beauty products, this is a safer alternative.
Since I had never seen the butter polishes in person and clicking on a Web site is so easy, I decided to grab the Fashionista's Favorites Autumn/Winter 2007 pack for $45. This seemed to offer a sampling of the season's best color trends.
Then, I added on the four other colors I was most curious about: Charlie Dickens, Teddy Boy, Thames, and Henley Regatta. Here are my thoughts on these colors:
Fash Pack: Hideous in the bottle--mushroom brown with navy veining. This swatches as a dark mushroom creme . I like it, but it definitely would appeal to those who love earth tones.
Chimney Sweep: The sleeper hit of the order. It's a dark gunmetal gray with mini-prismatic particles. It's like CND Hyde in the Dark with pixie dust!
Eastender: A pale cream sheer.
Mariner: A dark navy crème. It's almost black in the bottle and it is black in the swatch.
Queen Vic: A magenta crème polish. I bought this pack for this color and was disappointed that it is so similar to OPI All That Razz-berry.
Charlie Dickens: A slightly-lighter-than-Queen Vic berry crème. It's lovely, but again reminds me of OPI Chica-go Get a Manicure.
Teddy Boy: A lovely dusty rose neutral crème polish. I think this one is posh and elegant. It is classic, yet I don't have another polish that is like it.
Henley Regatta: A peacock blue glitter polish. I LOVE it!
Thames: A peacock blue shimmer polish. This one is such a disappointment. It was billed as a green, but it is definitely blue. I would normally think it is pretty, but NYX Jungle is prettier and a fraction of the cost.
Henley Regatta and Thames are so similar in hue. However, Henley Regatta is a glitter while Thames is a shimmer. You definitely don't need both of them.