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Office wear with a twist – Butter London All Hail the Queen nail polish September 5, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 9:40 am
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Butter London All Hail the Queen nail polishThis is the second Butter London nail polish I’ve tried, and I am just as impressed with the formula on this as I was with Yummy Mummy.

Butter London All Hail the Queen is a classic taupe, with silver holographic microglitter. Unfortunately, we are in for stormy weather here today, and at the rate my nails chip (usually within 1-2 days), I don’t have a choice but to take the photo with an overcast sky, so you don’t get to see the sparkles.

Introduced in Fall 2010, All Hail the Queen is actually very similar in tone to Yummy Mummy – the only real difference being that Yummy Mummy has shimmer, and AHTQ has microglitter. Otherwise both have an eminently wearable mid-range taupe creme base.

Application was a breeze. Sheer with first coat, and full coverage with the second (this is 2 coats over Seche Base and topped with Out the Door top coat), just the way I like it. Not too thick, not too thin – it’s the Goldilocks of nail polish formulas.

If Butter London keeps this up, my Chanels are going to start taking a back seat. Well, nah, not really. But I do have a bottle of Trout Pout on its way to me from a recent swap, and Knackered yet to try.

Butter London All Hail the Queen nail polish is US$14 and is available widely, including at Sephora, Nordstrom, Amazon.com and of course, ButterLondon.com.

My reviews are of products I purchased, and that I (usually) love. Other than affiliate links with Amazon, I receive no compensation, samples or other products of any kind.
 

Office-bound: Butter London Yummy Mummy nail polish August 8, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 6:21 pm
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Butter London Yummy MummyI hadn’t yet tried any Butter London nail polish, but was curious as I had heard good things about them. Then Nordstrom ran their buy-2-get-1 sale on Butter London, so I figured it was a great time to give them a whirl. I picked up Knackered, All Hail the Queen and this beauty, Yummy Mummy.

First off, the formula. You know how important it is to me that a polish (especially one that’s a high-end polish) have a great formula. This Butter London Yummy Mummy has an amazing formula. As good as the best of Chanel – even though the color is light there was no streaking, no pulling, no pooling at the cuticles. Easy peasy, as the Brits say!

Second, the color. Yummy Mummy is a nice, mid-toned taupe. Perfect for the office, but with a slight edge, which is really my sweet spot. What makes it special is a veining of silver shimmer throughout. It adds incredible shine and depth that takes this beyond an ordinary creme but doesn’t stray into glitter territory. I don’t have any dupes – I’ve pulled a few that are similar in tone, including Chanel Frenzy, Butter London All Hail the Queen, China Glaze Fast Track and Chanel Beige. These are all different enough that it’s certainly worth having Yummy Mummy in addition to all these others.

This is two coats over Barielle Ridge Filling base coat and topped with Poshe top coat. Work appropriate with an edge, indeed!

Butter London Yummy Mummy is US$14 and is available widely, including at Sephora, Nordstrom, Amazon.com and of course, ButterLondon.com.

My reviews are of products I purchased, and that I (usually) love. Other than affiliate links with Amazon, I receive no compensation, samples or other products of any kind.