Butter London • Primrose Hill Picnic • Polishes
|Would buy this product again.||40%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
My first Butter London polish (Dosh) is a fave; because I love it, I bought two more at Ulta and though I love the color, the formula in these creme polishes, including Primrose Hill Picnic, makes them a pain to apply. It's thin, with a lot of VNL, so I need three or four coats to make it opaque. It seems to take a long time to dry, and without a coat of Chip Skip underneath, I've had it flake off. It's too bad, because I love the colors and I think the names are fun, but I wouldn't repurchase a creme unless I couldn't find a comparable OPI color (and my bitter memories of finicky application had faded).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Primrose Hill Picnic is a lovely color, especially for the Summer. It's a vibrant, opaque fuchsia pink color that pops out against my warm-toned skin in a very flattering way. It has a nice cream finish and contains no shimmer, making the color speak for itself. The application was also quite smooth, and easy and the brush size is almost perfect for applying evenly (somewhere in between OPI's and Essie's brush sizes). I managed to get the same color from the bottle in two coats and there was no streaking.
The longevity is quite good and I only saw a little bit of tip wear on some of my fingers after 4 days. I do use an effective base coat and top coat (both from Seche Vite), and these help with the longevity of not just Butter London polishes, but almost with all my polishes.
The reason why I can't give this a full 5 points is because I can't say that the price is justified. The polish costs $14 here in the U.S. I managed to get this as a gift, so I'm not sure if I would actually go out and purchase it for myself, given the price. I think that you can probably find a close dupe to this color for a cheaper price. I have a Catrice nail polish (#180 Hot or Not) and it looks pretty much the same on my nails, only a tad tad darker. And as I mentioned, the longevity is pretty much the same as my other nail polishes as long as I use my Seche Vite top and base polishes.
However, I will say that I appreciate the fact that Butter London polishes don't have formaldehyde, toluene, or carcinogens. It also doesn't stink up my whole room as badly as other polishes. So if ingredients are important to you and you don't mind the $14, then I suggest you pick this one up.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
This is such a great wearable neon pink. It's an intense and hot bubble gum pink...I'd say w/blue-ish undertones. The formula is very thick but you do need to apply 2-3 coats. I feel like these polishes stay on a good 4-5 days before chipping if you let them dry properly and put a good topcoat on. The price is sorta steep.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This colour was a surprise hit for me because I don't generally love pinks and I wasn't sure how different it would be from others I already had. It is a medium/dark pink, not fuschia and not exactly hot pink like Snog. It's the colour of zinnias in bloom and is very flattering on my NC 15ish skin tone. I use ButterLondon base and top coats and it applies like a dream and has a beautiful cream finish. Good coverage with one coat and it was beautifully opaque and shiny with two. I love the ButterLondon formula and colours. I know they are more expensive than other brands at $14 each but the range of colours and finishes are beautiful and unique. Even a basic colour like this stands above what I've tried with other brands. Very highly recommended, especially of you have a coupon or purchase it as part of a set such as Backstage Basics.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green
This polish looks JUST like OPI in Rich and Famous so I bought it hoping it would last longer. The finish is pretty dull with just a little shine. If you like shine, you definitely need a topcoat. The high price tag didn't thrill me but I had a $3.50 off at Ulta and I had heard they last longer so I figured I'd give it a shot. These polishes don't last any longer than OPI, China Glaze, etc. I do not know what gives them the right to have such a hefty price tag quite honestly. My nail polish chips the very same day I put it on. Yesterday I put it on around 12pm and then took a bath at 8pm and it had completely lifted off my right middle finger like saran wrap....I couldn't believe it!!! That's never happened to me with any other nail polish before. Everyone gets so hyped up about new products and assumes because they are expensive that the MUST be good but that is not the case. This is my first polish to try though, I also got SNOG. Hope the other colors wear better than this one does or I won't be buying anymore that's for sure!