Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Butter London gradient


Butter London ~ Dodgy Barnett & Bluey
Grey/silver holographic & Metallic, shimmery blue

Let me introduce to you my two first (and only) Butter Londons. I’ve been considering trying them for a while, but wasn’t really willing to pay the relatively high price for them. I found these two babies cheap in a blog sale, so destiny has spoken: I was meant to own Butter Londons after all.

I started out with Dodby Barnett, which isn’t usually a colour I’d pick. I have got several silver holos already, and this isn’t the strongest example I’ve seen. The formula is good, it applies easily and dries relatively fast. The first layer is so sheer – I actually thought that it was a holo topcoat to begin with, so I googled swatches before adding the second layer to see what other bloggers had experienced. Most said that two coats would make it opaque, so I just added the second layer, and yes, it did get opaque! If I should wear this on its own, I would probably had added a third layer, but that wasn’t my intention with this mani. So here is a pic of two coats, no top coat:



All the pictures are taken in my bathroom, and with flash. Today is a dull, grey and rainy day, and the bathroom seems to have the best conditions for taking holo pics when the sun isn’t shining :D


The holo is there, but it’s not very prominent, as you can see. I like this as a base for nail art though. So yes, I’ll probably keep this, and see if there are some of my other silvery holos that needs to find a better home :)

It’s been ages since I made a gradient! I made one today, with Dodgy Barnett and Bluey, and they’re so pretty together. I blended them together with a make up sponge, sealed the whole thing up with a layer of BK topcoat, et voilá, here’s the finished gradient:



Let me show you a clearer picture, that shows the gradient better:


I am very pleased with this gradient, and am happy that I didn’t lose the hang of it even though it’s been such a long while. I seriously need to do gradients more often, because I really like the look of them!


I decided not to add more nail art to it, and just enjoy it as it is.


All in all I like my Butter Londons. The formula and drying time is great, coverage is good and they’re easy to work with. If I must mention a con or two, then it’s the price tag and the cap. I don’t like the cap! Take a look:


They’ve got a square cap that you pull off, leaving you with a silly little ridged handle to hold on to while you polish. I would have preferred to actually just hold on to the bigger, square cap. It may just be me, and it’s only a little thing, but it all adds to the experience one way or another, so I just thought I’d mention it.


Opacity: 8/10
Colour, prettiness: 7/10
Durability: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Overall: 7.5/10
Buy again: Yes

22 comments:

  1. Congrats on your first BL's - I'm sure there will be more ;)
    I LOVE that gradient, it's so pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much, my friend :)
      I may or may not look at other BLs when I go to Germany shortly :)

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  2. Lovely holo! And the gradient looks stunning! <3

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that, thank you <3

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  3. Those are beautiful! And your gradient is so well done :)

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    1. Yay, thank you! That's sooo nice to hear! :)

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  4. Great colors and what a nice gradient!

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    1. Thank you, that pleases me a lot to hear :)

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  5. Congrats on the butters! Think i need to get one or two in near future :)
    Great looking gradient :)

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    1. Thank you - I was very glad to actually find them in a blog sale :)

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  6. I don't own any BL's but they look awsome... I wonder how the formula is....

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    1. The formula is good. It looks really sheer after one coat, but the second coat makes it all good again :)

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  7. Wonderful gradient! I think I have Dodgy Barnett around here somewhere but haven't tried it--it actually looks more holo than I expected from BL.

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    1. The holo effect isn't prominent, but it's there, and I really like that :)

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  8. This is really pretty! BL make some nice polishes; I've got quite a few but neither of these!

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    1. I've been looking at a few BL recently, but haven't been willing to spend the money on them yet :)

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  9. Oh wow, I just love this mani! Your gradient is just gorgeous and I love the colors you picked for it! :)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thank you so much, you don't know how much it pleases me to hear that :)

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  10. I love BL this is such a gorgeous mani!

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