Butter London – The Colour Clash Collection, Fall 2013

BL Colour Clash opener


For Fall 2013, Butter London has decided to take a very untraditional turn and create ‘The Colour Clash Collection’ – a set of 6 brightly vivid shades that might seem more suited for warm, rather than cooler temperatures … and will definitely stir up quite a bit of conversation. While I always personally look forward to the more sombre hues Fall collections have to offer (and as I’m currently on holiday – at the beach, mind you – and have absolutely ZERO desire to even think of anything cold-related), I can’t deny the appeal of these colours; to me, they feel like I’d be extending the Summer season. But that’s just me.

All swatches are with base and top coats.


BL Colour Clash

Butter London – The Colour Clash Collection


Cotton Buds – a snowy white crème hue in an excellent formula – albeit a touch on the thick side, that may apply a bit patchy at the first coat if you don’t load up your brush properly, but which covers beautifully by the second. Self-levelling and with a nice gloss at the finish, this is an exceptionally easy white to pull off for all skin tones, staying just this side of looking neon, but never chalky or white-out-ish. On a personal note, I have been OBSESSED with white lacquer this season – this one is 100% LOVE for me. Coats applied: 2


BL Cotton Buds swatch

Butter London – Cotton Buds


BL Cottong Buds swatch 2

Butter London – Cotton Buds


Pimms – a warm-leaning egg-yolk yellow crème hue, in an easy-flowing formula with just the right density and saturation of colour to apply like a dream. The mix of custard & mustard (yellow polish rhyme!) undertones in the base, makes this shade flattering and suitable for all skin tones, unlike so many other yellow lacquers that can appear sallow or too juvenile. Self-levelling and glossy at the finish as well. Coats applied: 2


BL Pimms swatch

Butter London – Pimms


BL Pimms swatch 2

Butter London – Pimms


Wellies – a soft lime crème hue with definitive yellow undertones in its base, this shade bears an amazing formula that applies in a non-patchy and totally self-levelling manner, finishes up with a glossy shine and paradoxically remains vivid while steering clear of neon. Coats applied: 2


BL Wellies swatch

Butter London – Wellies

BL Wellies swatch 2

Butter London – Wellies


Silly Billy – a rich tangerine crème hue in a jelly-esque formula that applies in an ultra-smooth way, leaving a gorgeous gloss behind. I can’t add any more to this shade that the photos don’t already reveal – it’s so incredibly HAPPY looking! Bonus: non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2


BL Silly Billy swatch

Butter London – Silly Billy

BL Silly Billy swatch 2

Butter London – Silly Billy


Cake-Hole – a cool-leaning candy pink hue in a hybrid crème-jelly formula that bears an INSANE application: ultra-smooth and totally colour saturated. Super bright but never eye-searing, this shade is the only one of the 6 to come to a satin finish, but adding top coat really brings it out beautifully. Non-staining upon removal as well. Coats applied: 2


BL Cake-Hole swatch

Butter London – Cake-Hole


BL Cake-Hole swatch 2

Butter London – Cake-Hole


Giddy Kipper – a STUNNER. A colour-staurated indigo base hue filled with ultra-fine and almost iridescent shimmer in shades of blue, pink, and silver, in a formula that a cross between crème & jelly, bearing a superior flow, pigmentation, and shine. The only shimmer lacquer of the group, as well as the only concession to a “Fall” shade in this collection, blue-lovers will absolutely NEED to pick this one up. A welcome bonus: non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2


BL Giddy Kipper swatch

Butter London – Giddy Kipper


BL Giddy Kipper swatch 2

Butter London – Giddy Kipper


Last word: Confused by the shade choices? You’re not alone, and while my initial reaction was more along the lines of “what was Butter London thinking?”, I’ve come to appreciate the sly humour behind this collection. It doesn’t hurt either, that the formula is in true Butter London style: perfect. While I can’t say I’m much of a yellow or lime fan, I did like the way both ‘Pimms’ and ‘Wellies’ looked on me, but my hands-down favourites are ‘Cotton Buds’ (again, my white obsession), ‘Silly Billy’ (I also really like saying the name), and ‘Giddy Kipper’. As to ‘Cake-Hole’, I’ve been loving wearing this as a pedi shade — looks awesome on the beach!

Available now, The Colour Clash Collection retails for CAD $17.00 11 ml/USD $15.00 4 fl.oz – each, with a special promo of CAD $85.00 for the set (Canadian website only).

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BL Colour Clash closer

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

36 Responses to Butter London – The Colour Clash Collection, Fall 2013

  1. Anita says:

    I neeeed the white one. Its hard to find a good white polish. I had a Sally Hansen one and it was soo streaky.

  2. Cindy says:

    Is Essie’s The More the Merrier a dupe for Wellies? and for Cake-Hole, are there any dupes, or similar colors?

    • Eugenia says:

      I wish I could help you out, but as I’m on holiday now without access to my personal stash, I couldn’t say for sure…the best I can suggest is to look at other swatches of the shades you mentioned on my blog — my photos are high resolution and show the colours true. Hope that helps a bit!

  3. alicephoenix says:

    I think this is a really great collection! Fall is also very colorful after all 😉 I guess I will pick up Cotton Buds (let’s be honest, one can never have enough white polish!), Pimms (I have been falling for yellow lately – it feels like I need each yellow polish I see …) and Giddy Kipper! Your nails look especially beautiful with Cotton Buds 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks so much! And yes…one can never have too many white polishes! 🙂 I never was a fan of yellow lacquers before, but this one just makes me happy looking at it!

  4. sobsessed says:

    I cannot WAIT to try these out myself! They all look so pretty! 🙂 I love white too, and love Cotton Buds and Cake-Hole on you, Eugenia!

  5. Sayo says:

    How does Giddy Kipper compare to China Glaze’s Fancy Pants? The shimmer is obviously different, but the base looks a little similar. I already have Fancy Pants, but I’m a blue-lover and wondering if I should shell out for Giddy Kipper. I found Fancy Pants a lot more purple than I expected from seeing swatches online, so I was wondering if it was the same here. 😉

    • Eugenia says:

      I wish I could give you a detailed account of their differences and/or similarities, but as I’m on holiday right now without access to my lacquers, I can’t really say for sure. The best I can suggest, is that you check out my swatches of the polishes you mentioned and see how they fare – my photos are all high-resolution and show the colours true. If memory serves me right, I would say that the BL is not as purple as the CG, with the shimmer being slightly more complex. Sorry I couldn’t be more help that this 🙁

      • Sayo says:

        Thanks for your help! If you ever get a chance some time after your holiday, I’d love to hear what you think when you have your lacquers in front of you. But no worries if not. Have a wonderful holiday! 🙂

      • Eugenia says:

        Thanks, Sayo and you’re welcome! I’ll be sure to look into any comparisons when I return from my vacation!

  6. Nancy Dines says:

    Thanks for beautiful swatches Eugenia. I love this collection, and wish I could buy them now as I’m really into summer this year, and would love to wear every one of them!

    If I get them in the fall, will I just put them in my stash for next year, and then, I hate to admit it, forget all about them by next July?

    For some reason, when it comes to nail polish, I have a very short memory!

    I hope you’re enjoying your holidays!!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Nancy – I’m having a wonderful time … holidays away always recharge me! 🙂 As to your feelings regarding polishes, you’re not alone; anyone who loves painting their nails suffers from the same addiction, lol!

  7. Maribeth says:

    Too funny that this collection vs the summer collection seem like they should be switched! Pretty nonetheless! xoxox Hope your vaca is awesome!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, my friend! It’s been a hectic few weeks, let me tell you! As to the collections, it’s true — they do seem switched around, but I think that makes them all the more fun for that!

  8. mariamarvel says:

    how does Cotton Buds compare to Chanel Eastern Light?)

    • Eugenia says:

      Bear in mind that I’m on holiday at the moment with no access to my lacquer collection, but I did swatch the two quickly side by side and found the CHANEL to be a softer white in comparison, while the BL had not only more brightness, but a slightly thicker formula as well. Still, both are absolutely gorgeous whites!

  9. Obviously, Cake Hole is a shade after my own heart! I have so many similar shades already…but what’s one more, eh? LOL. And of course, Giddy Kipper is a beaut! I haven’t been buying many blues lately – I think I exhausted myself a while ago on blue – but this may rev me up again. Truth be told, I love the way every single one of these look Eugenia – I could own the whole collection and be 100% satisfied!

    • Eugenia says:

      Awww….glad you like them, Toya! With your gorgeous skin tone, every single one of these babies will look amazing! Glad to hear that this collection is firing you up again!

  10. reallysaucy says:

    awesome review and swatches. exactly what i’ve been looking for! what light did you photo the swatches in?

  11. They all look so beautiful!!! I especially like the yellow, like you said, for being non-juvenile looking.

    • Eugenia says:

      I don’t own many yellow shades, and I’m happy to see that this one is totally different from the others in my stash — Pimms is such a happy, happy shade!

  12. Jay says:

    Some of the Butter London summer shades felt a little fall to me so this is kind of a fun reversal. I really like Wellies and I like Cake-Hole mostly for the name, haha.

    • Eugenia says:

      A lot of people felt that way, as though Butter London somehow reversed the seasons, lol! That being said, it’s nice having exciting options for Fall, as opposed to the same old, same old!

  13. Larie says:

    Blue-lover, that’s me 😛 I think that and surprisingly Cake-Hole are the ones that catch my eye from this collection, but they are all so fun! I love it.

  14. Hmm, I’m not so sure about these colors for fall. Will definitely clash with clothing.

  15. Jennifer A. says:

    These look beautiful on your nails! Do you know how similar in color Giddy Kipper is with Essie in Smooth Sailing?

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! Unfortunately, I’m on holiday right now and don’t have access to my polish collection to give you an accurate perspective, but in looking over swatches of Essie’s Smooth Sailing I had previously posted on my blog, I can tell you that Giddy Kipper is much deeper in tone and with a more prismatic shimmer than the Essie. Hope that helps!

      • Shelby says:

        I was wondering the same thing–Essie Smooth Sailing and also China Glaze Fancy Pants….? Giddy Kipper looks so beautiful but my collection has gotten so large I just can’t spend money on another dupe!

      • Eugenia says:

        As far as dupes go, the BL is nothing like the Essie; but as I’ve mentioned to a few other readers, I don’t have full access to my stash at the moment and I couldn’t tell you of the exact differences between the BL and the CG. In the end, it also depends on which formula you prefer, as well as budget – with the CG being on the lower end of the scale, the Essie in the middle, and the BL at the top.

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