Butter London Summer Holiday 2013 Collection & a special promo!

BL Summer 2013 opener


Make no mistake about it: the  Butter London Summer Holiday 2013 Collection is scorching HOT. Taking inspiration from summer holidays spent in Spain by the brand’s Global Colour Ambassador (Ambassadress?), Katie Hughes, the six shades of this collection epitomize everything I consider summer: a long sandy beach, blazing sun overhead (+ an umbrella to shield you), the sensual glow of tanning oil (+ SPF, of course), and the beckoning sound of the ocean. Pure, unadulterated and hedonistically summer … I am so TOTALLY ready for this.

Find the complete details of an amazing Butter London promo offer at the end of this post!


BL Summer 2013

Butter London – Summer Holiday Collection 2013


Poole – the only crème of the entire collection, this is a dusty Wedgewood Blue shade in a streak-free formula that applies smoothly along the nails, leaving a nice glossy finish behind. A cross between Robin’s Egg Blue and slightly Tiffany-esque, I was surprised to see that while I have many similar shades, none are in this exact tone. Bonus: non-staining. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


BL Poole swatch

Butter London – Poole


BL Poole swatch 2

Butter London – Poole


Bobby Dazzler – a platinum/silvery foil hue with definitive mauve undertones, you need to work quickly in application as this shade dries super fast. Any visible brush strokes upon the first coat are quickly managed by a second layer, and you might consider a ridge filling base coat as a primer for an even smoother surface to paint on, as well as a steady hand to apply. There’s a brilliant natural gleam at the finish, but I added top coat for a glossier look. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

TIP: If wearing full-on silver feels like too much, you can try adding Bobby Dazzler either as an accent nail, or along the tips for an edgy take on a French mani.


BL Bobby Dazzler swatch

Butter London – Bobby Dazzler


BL Bobby Dazzler swatch 2

Butter London – Bobby Dazzler


Sunbaker – a burnished orange/copper metallic base hue that is filled with gold and pink glass fleck-like shimmer. A stellar formula with a self-levelling application and superior glossy shine at the finish, the colour saturation of this shade is intense. Love that lit-from-within glow – there’s just so much “movement” here! Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


BL Sunbaker swatch

Butter London – Sunbaker


BL Sunbaker swatch 2

Butter London – Sunbaker


Marbs – an antiqued gold metallic shimmer bearing a luxe gilded patina, there are some bronze-y veins running throughout for added visual depth. Almost a 1-coater due to its high pigmentation, this formula is more forgiving that than of ‘Bobby Dazzler’, as it gives you more time for application before it sets. This ultra-dazzing 24 karat gold leaf shade leans slightly warm, but can be worn by basically all skin tones. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


BL Marbs swatch

Butter London – Marbs


BL Marbs swatch 2

Butter London – Marbs


Champers – a complex rose-gold & champage hue in a combination metallic/shimmer/foil formula that bears a similar application to that of ‘Marbs’. Even with its predominantly silver sheen, there seems to be both cool & warm tones in this shade – which makes this the easiest metallic you will ever wear. Coats applied: 2


BL Champers swatch

Butter London – Champers


BL Champers swatch 2

Butter London – Champers


Bit Faker – (gotta love that name!) a clear base that is filled with densely packed ultra-fine glitter in shades of rose-gold and brown, application is ridiculously easy as each brush load is more than enough to cover the nail. The natural finish is semi-matte and lightly textured like that of fine-grit sandpaper, while the interesting mix of colours almost makes this shade a “neutral glitter” – highly unique. By adding top coat (see the 2nd swatch photo), every particle bursts into life, but I personally prefer it au naturel (but it’s nice to have that choice, no?) – LOVE! Coats applied: 2


BL Bit Faker swatch

Butter London – Bit Faker


BL Bit Faker swatch top coat

Butter London – Bit Faker, top coat added


Last word: I don’t know if Butter London has adapted their formula, but I found that all these shades seemed to dry incredibly fast – which is a good thing -although in the case of ‘Bobby Dazzler’, just remember to work extra quickly. Having a total weakness for aquatic colours, especially come the summer time, ‘Poole’ is a no-brainer win for me, but I was surprised to find myself loving the almost retina-searing brightness of ‘Sunbaker’ and the fudgy glitter bomb of ‘Bit Faker’. The Olympic-medal trio of ‘Marbs’, Bobby Dazzler’, and ‘Champers’ will look spectacular against lightly tanned skin … perfect accessories for the beach, I say! And now for the promo:

*From April 15th until May 15th,  you can enjoy 20% off all Butter London products (not applicable on bundles or discounted packs) when you purchase online through ButterLondon.ca – enter the code “OMMORPHIA” at checkout to take advantage of this fabulous offer!

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BL Summer 2013 closer




*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

44 Responses to Butter London Summer Holiday 2013 Collection & a special promo!

  1. Deb says:

    The discount code is still active. Not sure whether to be pleased or dismayed. Sigh…

    Which Lilac would you recommend for warm tones and do you think Fiver is different enough from For Audrey to own both?

    BTW, I was already a beauty addict but makeup is usually my drug of choice. 😉

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pics…

    • Eugenia says:

      I’m happy to hear that the discount code is still available … my condolences to your wallet, however — lol! As to the differences between Fiver & For Audrey, it’s primarily in the base tone, with the CG definitely more green-leaning versus the bluer base of the BL.

      PS: Makeup has been my weakness from probably a time before I was born, so I hear you there!

  2. Deb says:

    Thanks for the great swatches. I bought my first Butter London last weekend – Kerfuffle. Using this promo, I just went back for Bit Faker, Sunbaker, Shag and Thames. I’ve been loving your blog, but you’ve been a bad influence on me. I usually just buy a bottle or two a year and I think I’ve bought almost 30 in the last month. It all started with Illamasqua Scarce and it went downhill fast. I think I’m done now (at least that’s my story. 😉

    • Eugenia says:

      Hahaha….I sense the makings of another beauty addict! You’ll know it’s bad, when you buy duplicates of shades you already own! Congrats on your first Butter London! The shades you selected are all gorgeous and I have no doubt that you’ll get plenty of compliments when you wear them! :)

      • Deb says:

        Oh my gosh…I think my eyes rolled back in my head when I swatched Sunbaker and Bit Faker today. Your pics are lovely, but don’t do them justice. I love my entire order. I am now forcing myself to not go order another five.

        Fiver is tempting but I have CG For Audrey. A lilac that looks good on a warm toned NC25 would also be welcome, but I will try to prevail. No. Just no.

      • Eugenia says:

        Crazy sparkle, right?! Glad you like them and while I tried my best to capture their brilliance, they are so much more better seen live! As to the lilac, I’ll stay out of the debate cause you probably already know what I’d say, lol!

  3. Flannery says:

    These colors are a bit odd for a Summer collection

    • Eugenia says:

      Not sure why you think so; to me, they have a retro vibe (think of past Coppertone ads) and all the shades seem to radiate heat & brilliance, much like a scorching summer day. Or at least, that’s how I see them!

    • Carmen says:

      I agree- more like fall/ holiday colors — that’s probably why they are on sale — prior season colors remarketed!

  4. Deborah says:

    Bit Faker is SO stunning! Love your swatches Eugenia!

  5. These are beautiful swatches! I love BIt Faker and Sunbaker!

  6. Mara says:

    Poole is gorgeous!!!! I would love to see a comparison with other light blues/aquas!! :-))))

    • Eugenia says:

      I have such a total weakness for aqua shades, as you already know! I’d love to do a comparison post and will put it on the list — just as soon as I finish the major organization project I’ve started!

  7. Laura says:

    Sunbaker and Bit Faker are gorgeous! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for those.

    • Eugenia says:

      They’re available on the Butter London site now and you can pick them up at a discount by using the 20% off promo I featured in my post! Doesn’t get sweeter than that!

      • Laura says:

        haha, I did read your post but I can’t justify spending $60 for the free shipping to make it worthwhile! But I saw them at Holt today so there’s a chance I’ll do an impulse buy later this week :)

      • Eugenia says:

        No problem – let me know what you end up indulging in!

  8. LacquerNinja says:

    I really love the metallics in this collection, I don’t know that I own anything like them. How does the shimmer particle size compare between OPI Designer de better/Orly Rage and BL’s Champers? Looks like champers is a much smoother finish.

    • Eugenia says:

      I don’t have the Orly you mentioned but you;re 100% correct in your assessment of the shimmer: the BL is significantly smoother – almost mirror like when compared to the OPI!

  9. Traci says:

    I’ve never purchased Butter London polishes but you’ve convinced me with these gorgeous photos…that and the discount! Love Poole, Sunbaker and Bit Faker….Thanks so much!

    • Eugenia says:

      So happy to hear that you liked them and by all means – do take advantage of the promo! The 3 shades you mentioned, are probably my faves of the collection, but by a narrow margin!

  10. Shelby says:

    I am loving Bit Faker! Too bad I’m in the states and can’t take advantage of this offer though :-(
    Thanks for all the swatches!

    • Eugenia says:

      Awwww….so sad to hear that you can’t use the promo (although Butter London offers great promos every so often – keep a look out!), but happy to hear that you enjoyed the swatches!

  11. Latoya says:

    OK!! This is a collection I can get behind 😀 Though I don’t gravitate toward metallics and probably wouldn’t buy these myself, they are nevertheless stunners that I can see many others wearing. I love the somehow muted yet bright quality of Poole (I’m a full-fledged aqua fan now!) and Sunbaker is sexy as hell – I always think those shades would look terrible on me but I’m willing to give it a swatching chance ;P

    • Eugenia says:

      Welcome to the world of aqua lovers, lol! Maybe it’s because I’m a summer baby, but I always seem to gravitate towards anything that reminds me of water :) And for the record, I think you’re being too harsh on yourself, Toya; I have a feeling that these metallics will look amazing on you!

  12. Valentina says:

    These colors are gorgeous. However, Butter London is very expensive where I live and cannot afford them. Do you have any cheaper dupes to suggest? Thank you.

    • Eugenia says:

      Glad you liked them, Valentina! Several brands have metallics & shimmers, although you may not find the exact same tone. Essie has produced some stunning metallic hues that you could still pick up, and China Glaze is known for an amazing price point, as well as a large colour range – many shimmers included. When I get the chance, I will go hunting through my own collection to offer some names!

  13. Ooooh, Bit Faker! That is glam all the way! And I love the retro quality of Sunbaker!

    • Eugenia says:

      Totally glam, but also very wearable without looking juvenile, if that makes any sense! And you hit it spot on: Sunbaker does have a retro vintage-y kind of vibe – very Mad Men!

  14. Sarah says:

    Wow, I love Poole, Marbs, and Bobby Dazzler. Marbs especially looks like the perfect gold.

  15. Poole will be mine. OH YES. Come to mama.

    Gorgeous swatches, as usual! And that code – I will DEFINITELY be taking advantage. 😀

    • Eugenia says:

      Gorgeous, yes? I swear, that I basically wear an aqua pedi all summer long – every.single.year. Something tells me that Poole is the one for this summer!

  16. Babsi says:

    Wow, sunbaker is gorgeous :)

  17. I took pictures of Poole vs Fiver today! Hubby bought me this collection when he was in Seattle and was waiting at the airport…”Honey, I’m at the airport and I see Butter London…any colors you want?” I asked for this very collection!

    I love how these look on you. They look nice – I hope they look nice on me, too! The formula looks great. Then again, I’m awful when it comes to application. LOL

    LOVE your blog theme…deja vu. 😉

    • Eugenia says:

      I haven’t had time to compare Poole to physically swatch Poole to any of the other similar shades in my stash, but it doesn’t matter anyway: I adore this colour!

      • I’ve been using the theme since we were in Stockholm…so since summer 2011? I’m in the middle of choosing a new theme, but urgh…installed it and was told that it’s missing css sheet. Really? Why have someone buy your theme and not include that?!

        I prefer Poole over Fiver – it’s darker and just more summery than the pastel of Fiver. I guess I’ll put that swatch up so you can see!

      • Eugenia says:

        I’m so nervous to switch up my blog theme, although I’m working on exactly that right now, lol! So scary to think of everything that could go wrong…..

        I prefer Poole over Fiver as well, mainly because I have a thing for dusty shades in general, but to be fair, they’re both stunning!

  18. Dovey says:

    Hi Eugenia,

    Oh my gosh! These are all gorgeous and have a lot of fun finishes! I love the calm of Poole … and also the heat of Sunbaker :)

What are your thoughts, beautiful?