I received Butter London Aston in a giveaway and wasn't convinced of its prettiness from the bottle. After applying it, I'm more unimpressed.
Aston was very sheer for me, and was only just opaque in three coats. While the colour, in theory, is pretty, as a young person I felt that it was a polish meant for older women as it was very neutral and conservative. When I was wearing it, it really got me down, but if you enjoy wearing nude polish this might be a nice one for you.
First of all, despite the fact that I bought Aston, I got it as part of a collection and was actually thinking of either swapping it or putting it on eBay before I even cracked the seal. I was afraid the colour was going to appear too salmon against my somewhat cool toned very fair complexion.
I decided to give it a try first and I am very pleased that I did.
Base Coat: butter LONDON Flawless Basecoat Nail Foundation
Application: It's THICK. This is hit or miss on butter LONDON (or American Apparel or almost any brand for that matter) and it dries FAST. So, I applied a coat and, by the time I had finished the first coat on my last finger, my first finger was already dry to tap and I could easily apply a second coat. I applied the second coat because, although thick, it did not dry completely opaque.
The second coat also dried fast and not completely smooth. This helped make my decision for a top coat. I needed a top coat that I was sure would smooth out any irregularities in the nail polish.
Top Coat: Seche Vite. This top coat dries fast and will smooth out any irregularities in your nail polish. Unfortunately, it is not vegan, has toluene in it and stinks. So, if any of that bothers you, I could probably have used the butter LONDON top coat and the result might have been a little less perfect but vegan and toxin free and without the possibly migraine inducing stench of Seche Vite.
Results: A beautiful elegant neutral-but-still-definitely-there nail polish in a rather light toffee shade that glows just a little but not in a cheap way. I got a lot of complements on this manicure including inquiries into what brand and shade it was.
Wear: Three days with pretty heavy use before I noted my first chips at the end of one nail. Those were easily repaired with touch up and a new top coat and you could not tell the difference. Total wear of 5 days. I could have made it last longer but I have a LOT of nail polish and I was dying to get to another shade.
Packaging: I LIKE the two lids. My reasoning is this. I tighten up that inside lid and put the outside lid on and I have NEVER had a leaky butter LONDON. Have never packed one and shipped and had it leak, have never travelled with one and had the cap loosen and polish leak. And the squared off bottles line up so well for storage and packing. So I give 5 lippies for packaging.
This is a shade that is neutral enough to wear to the office but not boring. It has good wear time and can withstand washing your dog and getting packing tape stuck on it (several times) without chipping.
I highly recommend butter LONDON Aston and will definitely repurchase if/when I run out (given that I have a lot of nail polish the chances of my running out of one are pretty slim but this one I would repurchase, it's sort of like BL's Yummy Mummy, a staple)
One of my favorite pinkish neutral polishes, this Butter London color is one of my favorites. I like the consistency of their polishes and there are several that are staples in my stash of many. I can wear this color at almost anytime and feel like it compliments my hands. Highly recommend.
ASTON is a unique color, it has a slightly brownish toffee tone but also some rose in it... not too rosy, not too brown, somewhere in between, and with small silver glitter... very elegant! I just found it not that easy to apply, it takes 2 coats... otherwise very nice!
Another amazing shade from Butter London. I adore this color and have found it to be my newest "go to" shade. It's sort of a terracotta color with subtle sparkles. Usually I stay away from sparkly shades but I really love this one. The formula is wonderful. Not a bubble or streak in sight. Would most definitely repurchase.
I like how this polish applies. It is nice and smooth and not streaky. I wasn't a fan of the color. It's a medium plummy brown with a suble shimmer. I did notice quite a bit of chipping by the third day of wear. Since I'm new to polish, I don't know if this is normal. For $14, I would think it would wear a little better.
This is the best color for long or short nails - for people who don't like too much glitter or youngster looking colors. I like the consistency, I only need two coats, its a great color! For a polish thats very similar in color and a little cheaper try Ulta's Ginger Peach.
Aston is a lovely deep ashy-taupe the same depth of shade as wet sand, if you can picture that... Has a subtle, colorless near-pearlescence that is nearly invisible on the nails, but looks lovely in the bottle, satiny and soft, though it isn't easily disceenible. You have to look closely. Great pigment; opaque with one coat but streaky but perfect with two coats. Dries completely and quickly. Wears well but chipped without a base/topcoat within 48 hours. The undertone wasn't terribly flattering to my rather cool skintone, but it wasn't too warm exactly -- more likely just a tad too deeply khaki. It sort of clashed with my skintone but I don't hold the product responsible for incompatibility of color. It's a gorgeous top-quality polish. I will be collecting BL colors for a long time! Will probably not repurchase this same shade, but will definitely not hesitate to try other colors!
Totally don't get the rating on this polish. Yes, it's not exactly a unique shade and yes it's pricey. But it's a fabulous everyday color for a variety on skintones. The shimmer keeps it from being totally boring. This is my go-to shade for any occasion. It's neutral but still has shimmer for interest. The formula is fantastic and dries quickly. Definitely repurchase if I ever use it up!
Sadly, I am not sold on this color. I wanted to love it, but have to agree with the reviewer below that it is really just kind of a "meh," boring shade. I was thinking it would be sheerer and more rosy than it is. Instead, it is basically a forgettable muddy brown with shimmer.