On a recent trip to Bristol, as I often am, I was tempted into Harvey Nichols and I promised myself I wouldn't spend any money. Upon entrance, the first thing you will see is a little stand of nail polishes -more high-end brands such as OPI, Deborah Lippman, Burberry, Seche, etc. After lusting over the gorgeous Michael Kors and Mulberry handbags and being amazed at how Creme de La Mer managed to make the generic department store fish tank look classy, I gravitated back to the stand of nail polishes.
I'd been admiring Butter London for their classy packaging for ages thanks to the many gorgeous photos of these on Instagram and the like - but I never dared buy one as:
- I don't paint my nails very often as I'm generally very impatient with letting them dry and the smudging really annoys me.
- My nails are very brittle and the harsh chemicals of nail polishes do them no favours!
- They're £12 a pop! If I didn't like the formula then I'd feel very cheated as I could get 3 Rimmel 60 Second nail polishes for the same amount.
Firstly, I'll just mention that Butter London has the most amazing selection of colours! I always struggle to find nice, subtle colours - especially during spring and summer when I don't feel like rocking vampy red or purple nails.
They have an absolutely darling range and I really struggled to choose just one colour. In the end, I settled for Tea With the Queen, as I said.
Butter London says...
"On the pink side of tan, very neutral, but never boring. Understated and exceptional for work, or, obviously, tea with the Queen."
As with lipsticks, I'm constantly on the prowl for a dark nude as nearly all nudes give me that washed out corpse look - not cute. Most nudes match my skin tone and I think it has a strange effect; one that I'm not especially keen on. Hence I was seriously excited about the Butter London line as they have so many beautiful nudes that don't wash me out!
As with most higher end nail polishes, the Butter London polishes are very runny and watery instead of being goopy and thick. This means they require more coats to achieve maximum opacity - a bit of a drag but it's definitely worth it for the colour range. I would definitely compare the formula of this to that of Chanel nail polishes but £6 cheaper!
Butter London also says...
"Butter LONDON is a three free company; products contain no formaldehyde, no toluene and no DBP."
This is great news for me as I'm very interested in seeing dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde out of cosmetics! This is the primary reason I now love this brand. While I'll be loyal to L'Oreal for their right balance of the Holy Trio of Nail Polish(price, good formula, decent colours), I think Butter London is definitely worth an investment if you want a healthier way to get fabulous claws.
Have you tried the Butter London nail polishes? What's your favourite brand?
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