Product Reviews: Butter London Nailpolish


This weekend I indulged my inner Anglophile by purchasing two Butter London shades the other day. "Bluey" is from Butter London's Autumn/Winter 2011 collection and described as a "A slightly metallic dark peacock blue, perfect for fashionable birds." Then I got "La Moss" which is a dark blood red "Vampy and full of red wine, just like its inspiration."

When it comes to me you can't go wrong with anything peacock related or blood red in hue.

I love the Butter London image and it does have amazing colors, but at $14 a bottle it better live up to the hype! I just finished painting my nails in "Bluey" before writing this post and aside from the price, there are two things bother me about this nail polish: the cap and the formula.

The square cap comes off leaving you with a small twist-top cap as your true handle with which to apply the polish--something I find odd but not impossible to deal with. What surprised me was how sheer the polish went on. The formula isn't too thick or too runny but it can be streaky. I only achieved a great color payoff after 3 coats. If you're into nail polish, you know how easily a manicure can be ruined if too much polish is applied, so I don't like the fact I need to apply the color so many times. Maybe "La Moss" is different, but for "Bluey" you need all 3 coats.

Butter London is "3 Free." This is a popular term used to describe polish free of Toluene, DBP and Formaldehyde.  The Seattle based company's slogan, which fits the idea of a 3 Free line, is "We believe in colour, not carcinogens." Long story short, you don't want any of those chemicals in your body.

So far I am lukewarm on the polish. We will see how long it wears (part of the hype surrounding Butter London is that it lasts a long time without chipping) but so far it seems that Butter London, as cute as the brand and colors are, can be skipped for something less expensive. Follow me on Twitter to see how the manicure wears and what I finally decide. Feel free to leave your thoughts on Butter London and/or your favorite shades below in the comments!

Garnier Skin-Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller

I adore this product. It has been a staple in my daily makeup (the very little that I wear) for quite some time now. In the hot Florida summer this lightly moisturizing product is great for rushed mornings. There is a tint to it which should conceal slight discoloration under the eye, allowing me to skip under eye concealer all together. Now, I don't have dark circles (just puffiness and some "I didn't sleep well--ever" darkness). This product helps take care of the puffiness and dryness in the eye area. Retailing for about $13 USD it nears the department store range while still being considered, and available in, drugstores.

If you don't have extreme darkness under the eyes and are fair to medium in skin tone, you might want to check this product out. It's a time saver and easy to throw in the purse for touch ups during the day. Here's the official description from the Garnier website:

    Over time, lack of sleep and daily fatigue make eyes look tired. Microcirculation slows and the delicate skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more translucent. Dark circles and shadows appear.
    Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller is right for you if you want to instantly correct the appearance of dark circles and brighten the skin around your eyes:

  • Dermatologist tested for safety

  • Opthalmologist tested

  • Gentle to skin

  • Allergy tested

  • Non-greasy
Have any of you used this before? How do you like it?

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