Product Review – Butter London Essentials Set, Manicure Must Haves
I just recently got the Butter London Essentials Set, so trying Butter London nail polishes out for the very first time. If you follow me over on Instagram, then you know I have been really into painting my nails recently, and I have tried out lots of different polishes. I thought since I had a complete set from the same company this time, I would do a full on review here on the blog for you.
Here is what comes in the kit:
- Yummy Mummy Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
- Piece of Cake Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
- Horse Power Nail Rescue Basecoat
- Hardwear Shine UV Topcoat
Each of those items are some of Butter London’s best sellers, and they are all available separately as well.
It arrived in the mail well packaged, and fully encased in bubble wrap. There is absolutely no worries of the product being broken short of a concrete block being dropped on it.
This is how they were packaged. The base and top coats were in boxes and the two colors were just open.
I decided to try out the color Yummy Mummy first, but I didn’t look at the instructions. I just did what I normally would do.
I applied the base coat first. It went on easily, and I thought it dried quickly. Then I applied a coat of Yummy Mummy. The formula is a bit thin and watery. This is my preference though. I don’t care for the formulas that are too thick. They take forever to dry and are really hard to work with.
It also has a wide flat brush, so it applied very easily. I only applied the one coat of polish. I looked at the directions after, and it says to use two coats. Honestly I thought at the time it was giving me full coverage or I would have used two. I can see after its all done that I needed two coats, but its not so obvious that everyone will notice it. I mainly just see it at the tips of my nails when I am standing in a brighter light.
Last I applied the top coat. Out of the three items, I thought this was the hardest to work with. The brush didn’t seem to want to hold enough product to cover all of my larger nails, and I have small nails. But this seemed odd since I the brush looks to be the same as the one in the Yummy Mummy container. But overall the product was a little too thick and sticky to call it easy to apply.
I got four days of wear before I got a chip, which is really decent. Once I got the first chip I went ahead and removed the color and applied the next.
I actually thought that since they were both neutrals and similar in tone that they would apply and wear the same, but I was wrong.
I started with the same base coat as before. Then this time I did two coats of color. I used the color Piece Of Cake this time. I noticed this colors formula was much thicker. I found it harder to apply, and as you can see in the picture I had way more areas to touch up.
It only lasted two days before chipping this time. I am curious to go back and see if it would be different with one coat. I will try and test that out in the near future for all of you. It will have to wait a bit though as I had some major breakage over my vacation.
I think this really comes down to what kind of formula you like. From my own perspective I would have no problems recommending Yummy Mummy as a color to try, and I personally will be trying a few other colors. However, if you know a thicker formula works better for you then A Piece Of Cake may be the color for you. And if you don’t know what works best for you then I would definitely go with the Essentials Set.
In the comments below let me know what your favorite Butter London polish color is. Do you have one that you would recommend to everyone?