Apr 242012
 

Butter London’s Lillibet’s Jubilee  ($14) is a limited edition release that commemerates the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

As Butter London describes, this color is a silvery, lavender metallic foil, heavily infused with holographic glitter.  This is a dramatic, fun color. A true foil with violet tones:

Here are more sites that have swatches:

  •  A Girl and Her Polish is here.
  •  Nail Notes is here.
  • Varnish Vixen is here.

Here’s a comparison of Lillibet’s Jubilee with a true silver foil, Nars Space Odyssey. I’ve also swatched this next to the more green Chanel Graphite and the deep gray Chanel Steel.

In very bright sun:

In shade:

Clearly, Butter London is not an office-friendly color. But we don’t live our entire lives in offices, now do we?

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Dec 082010
 

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.

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Dec 082010
 

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.

One more:

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.

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Dec 082010
 

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.

Another:

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.

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Jul 212010
 

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).

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