A couple of weeks ago I watched a video by Colette aka MySimpleLittlePleasures on YouTube where she shared her haul on Butter London Nail Polishes.
- Lady Muck
- Lovely Jubbly
- Lilibet’s Jubliee
- Diamond Geezer
Base Coat, Polish and Top Coat Woes
Achieving a salon quality manicure is a delicate balance between skill and the quality of nail polish you apply to your nails. These Butter London nail polishes are gorgeous. They are non-toxic and contain no DPB, Toluene or Formaldehyde.
Butter London nail polish applies smoothly but there was one problem. The polish doesn’t stay on! I did my manicure at night, went to bed and woke up with 3 bare nails. What the heck?
Initially, I thought it might be the gel strengthener I used beneath the polish so I re-did the manicure with only a base coat. FAIL. The polish still came off. I’m not even talking about chipped. The entire color peeled off!
Still not wanting to give up I figured I would just apply the Butter London polish to my bare nails to see if the polish would stay on. After all, it stayed on my toes no problem. So, I applied the polish to my bare nails and sealed with a top coat. FAIL. This is frustrating.
My last ditched effort was to apply the Butter London polish to bare nails, no base coat no top coat. WINNER.
I waited a few hours and applied a slight amount of Seche Vite™ top coat just to see if it would hold. That was a FAIL. I had chipping nails before end of day. I don’t get why this polish won’t adhere to my base coats or top coats but I did discover something.
No Base or Top Coat Needed
When I first tested the polishes, I only used the two glittery ones in the photo below (Gobsmacked and Lovely Jubilly). The coarse granules obviously don’t connect well with the base and top coats. Go figure. I also used the beautiful Shag:
First, I was a little disappointed that I had to go through so much to figure out how to get this nail polish to adhere to my nails because this nail polish is not cheap. It should play nicely with other nail products. Sure, it doesn’t contain any of the toxic chemicals of other brands but while I was trying to figure this all out I was thinking “I need a little formaldehyde in my life LOL.”
At the end of the day (or should I say days), I realize there’s no need for a base coat or a top coat. Base coats are used to protect your natural nails from the damaging chemicals in nail polish. Since this polish is non-toxic, I’m assuming that your nails are safe from harm. When I removed the polish, I did not notice any yellowing or damage.
Also, a top coat is not necessary with this polish by Butter London because once the polish is applied and dried, a lovely sheen remains! I found this to be so with the flat colors as well as the glittery ones.
While the cost of the Butter London nail polishes are $14 a bottle I was able to catch Ulta’s BTGO sale – 6 polishes for the price of 4. Plus I got free shipping. I am more appreciative of this sale after trying everything under the sun to get the nail polish to stay on my nails and then discovering that less is more.
Other Nail Polish Brands I Set My Sights On
Some of the other nail polish brands I like are Sally Hansen, China Glaze, Wet ‘n Wild, Sinful Colors, and Revlon (specifically Moon Candy). This variety of brands ranges from cheap to moderately priced.
While it’s important to buy quality polish in order to achieve a salon quality manicure, I believe it’s equally important to buy polish in colors that compliment your complexion. All of the Butter London polishes look great on my skin.
I think I’ve officially narrowed down my staple polishes to this Butter London brand, Sally Hansen and China Glaze. However, I’m getting really curious to try Zoya (another non-toxic brand?).
What’s your favorite brand of nail polish?