Butter London’s Shadow Clutch($39), a configurable eyeshadow palette that allows you to switch out the shades to suit your needs. This pretty, pretty palette comes in two versions–here, I’m featuring the Natural Charms palette which comes with some beautiful neutrals. The mix of matte, shimmer, and satin shades is so pretty as it comes.
Gorgeous, right? Well, the palette can be opened and the shades replaced with others from the Clutch Wardrobe Duos($15 each).
Swatches of all:
Switching out the eyeshadows is super easy. You just lift a little bar built in to the compact, and the little pans slide in and out.
The quality of the eyeshadows was lovely. The mattes were a little tricky, but the other formulas were (pardon the pun) really buttery. So, beyond the nice looking compact and convenience, these shadows were actually quite excellent. According to the line, they are primer-infused, oil absorbing, and skin-balancing solutions. Some of these shades are just beautiful.
Easy to change up your look
As someone who travels frequently, it’s lovely to be able to switch out shades and keep some favorites. The lovely, slim, and high-quality eyeshadow palette is perfect for those who want some flexibility. This palette and the duos are available at Ulta.
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These Butter London Patent Shine 10x nail polishes ($18 each) have been released for a while now, but I’ve finally had the nails to really test them out. Essentially, these are some of the leaders of the trend toward high-coverage, high-shine, long-wearing nail polishes that offer the convenience of a gel application without the equipment (or the difficulty of removal). According to the line, this line offers:
1. Long-wear for up to 10 days
2. Shock absorbing & chip-resistant
3. Salon colour coverage
4. Gel-like cushion and superior shine
5. Fade-resistant colour
6. Formulated to smooth nails
7. Formulated to Strengthen nails
8. Prevents breakage and peeling
9. Visibly brighter, more radiant nails
10. No formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, or xylene
These are available in a full range of shades at Nordstrom.com, Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com, Macys.com. When Butter London sent me these four polishes for review, they included two additional sets of these four colors. I’m happy to give them away–just use the form, below. All photos are taken with two coats, no topcoat or base coat. What you see is what you’ll get.
Butter London’s Yummy Mummy ($14) is a finger-lengthening medium beige shade that fits with this year’s trend of “mannequin hands”-that is, a color that nearly fits your skin tone to elongate the finger. This operates sort of the way that a nude pump gives an on-trend way to lengthen the leg.
Yummy Mummy is slightly darker and more neutral than my natural skin tone, but I believe it is the closest that I will find to my natural color. It gives a very polished-yet-professional impression. It’s an extremely easy neutral — it gives the impression that I thought a lot more about my nail color that I actually did.
The wear time was quite good, about three days before my pride dictated that the tipwear was too extensive to salvage. Fortunately, it removes quite easily and application is so easy that I can re-manicure while checking my morning e-mail. This picture shows the tiny bit of shimmer in the pinky as it catches the light–it’s quite subtle:
Yummy Mummy is quickly becoming my go-to easy to wear polish on busy days. I cannot think of a single place where one could not wear this polish–office, wedding, party, beach. It just doesn’t get any easier than this color. Highly recommended.
Butter London’s recent Friends and Family sale was the incentive to push me to order Marrow ($14), which I intended to get since last July when it was released. This color was mixed up by hand for a Vena Cava runway show, and now released for the rest of us.
Marrow, said to resemble the color of the substance on the inside of the bone (bad to the bone? bone deep?), is an unusual smoky purple–it has slight shimmer that is called out by direct light, a red, and there is a slight muddiness to it that keeps it from becoming too bright.
I think this color either strikes you or it doesn’t–it’s going to work well with light neutral clothing–shell beiges, camel and even deep khaki green. The formula is perfect–it’s extremely easy to apply in two coats for a perfect finish.
When I saw this picture of Butter London’s Big Smoke ($14) on Lipglossiping.com, and then Butter London had a Friends and Family event for 30%, the planets aligned and I knew I had to try this color. A vibrant deep blue metallic, this applies beautifully in two coats. I love complex, interesting shades like this one. Beyond. Gorgeous.
This color hits me at an emotional level, I can’t honestly describe why I feel like this is absolutely beautiful in 1,000 different ways. Love it.
Butter London has just released All Hail McQueen ($14.00), in honor of genius designer Alexander McQueen. This is a taupe based shade has a holographic quality, which in my mind evokes the legendary runway moment when McQueen projected a holographic image of Kate Moss to an awe-struck crowd. If you haven’t seen this moment, this video tells the story:
The polish has tiny shimmers which react strongly to changes in light. Here are a few pictures, this one in neutral light:
You can see tiny sparkles suspended in the taupe. These pictures were taken with the polish applied in three coats, over CND Stickey Base Coat and topped with Essies Good to Go:
In shade, the sparkles appear silvery:
In warm direct sunrise light, the polish sparkles flash orange, gold, green and a few other colors that are hard to identify:
This polish is currently available as part of Butter London’s Fall Collection on their website. (This is not a paid link, this is simply inserted for your convenience).