Butter London Holiday 2012 Collection (swatches & review)

 

For Holiday 2012, Butter London is definitely getting into the spirit of the season – infusing the five shades of this collection with all the sparkle and brilliance of traditional Christmas ornaments. Something about the holidays lends itself so well to draping one’s nails with some tinsel-like glamour – not to mention ensuring you (and your hands) get noticed – always a good reminder around gift-giving time!


 

With glitter, metallics, and some glass flecked particles, the 5 shades of this collection all hold several levels of visual appeal; traditional colours are all given a unique spin and versatility – able to be worn on their own, or layered over other hues to create exciting new combinations. All swatches are with Seche Clear Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat.


 

Fairy Cake – a clear base  filled with predominantly silver and prismatic micro glitter. There was a surprisingly decent coverage achieved even by the 1st coat, with even better opacity at 2. Evenly applying, quick-drying and with a semi-matte finish at the end, I would recommend either a thicker or at least 2 coats of top coat for a smooth to the touch finish. Note that while removal will require some effort, it was relatively painless overall. Coats applied: 3


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shaded light


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Scuppered – a slightly sheer metallic copper base filled with iridescent pink & bronze ultra fine glitter, along with larger green hexagonal glitter pieces thrown in – so much going on here! Bearing an excellent density to the formula, good opacity is definitely reached with 2 coats, giving this shade an almost verdigris patina, or a slightly oxidized look. While not glossy, there is a decent natural shine at the finish, feeling smooth to the touch with the addition of top coat. Coats applied: 3


in sunlight


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shaded light


with flash


 

Fiddlesticks – a magenta crème base loaded up with fuchsia glass-flecked pieces and micro glitter. The formula was slightly thinner, helping it flow quite easily along the nails and providing fairly good coverage by the 2nd coat. As this end up with a satiny finish, do not skip the top coat – to enhance its vivid beauty, along with ensuring it is smooth to the touch. Removal requires some elbow grease and it may be slightly staining as well; do not skip base coat. Coats applied: 3


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shaded light


with flash


 

Scallywag – a clear base chock-full of bluebird coloured and sky blue incredibly fine glitter. The formula here was quite unique, in that it can almost be a 1-coater (it’s THAT densely packed), but you do need to mix the contents thoroughly first or the glitter will separate and stay primarily in the bottom of the bottle. With and almost “flocked” appearance (really, really cool effect that!), bear in mind that you’ll neither a thick layer of top coat for a smooth feel. Removal here was the messiest of the group, although it is non-staining. Coats applied: 3


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macro


shaded light


with flash


 

Jack the Lad – a semi-sheer greyed-out pine/teal base absolutely brimming with emerald, gold, and blue ultra-fine glass flecked glitter, with some sparser prismatic shimmer added in. Incredibly complex and thoroughly stunning, 2 coats yields excellent coverage, revealing some slight duo chrome properties in certain lighting. Brilliant finish and quite smooth to the touch, I am 100% smitten with this beauty! Coats applied: 3


in sunlight


macro


shaded light


with flash

 

Final thoughts: I may not often reach for glitter lacquers during my downtime, but I won’t deny how attracted I am to their brilliant appeal – brings out my magpie side. One of the things I really like about these in particular, is how unique and different each shade is from so many other glitters available, not to mention the amazing Butter London formula they all come in. My favourites are hands down ‘Jack the Lad’ and ‘Scuppered’ – and like Butter London says: “this season is all about making a glittering statement” – I couldn’t agree more!

Available as of October 1st, at The Bay (Canada) and through Butter London’s website.


 

 

 

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

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