Over the last week, I’ve gotten a total of 12 bottles of nail polish and a bottle of base coat. (finally! :D) Definitely got a little nail polish craze going. As a result, I need to take a break from buying nail polish. (or at least try to… XD) Anywho, today, I got my bottles of butter London that I ordered about two weeks ago when there was an awesome deal through GAA on their trio sets.
50% off + free shipping? I was all over that. It was the perfect opportunity to try out butter London polishes as I’ve heard great things about them. I’ve seen them at Ulta and I almost bought one, but I couldn’t convince myself that it was worth the $14 price tag. These trio sets normally go for $42 a set, but thanks to the deal, I got the set for $21 — $7/bottle.
Even $7 to me seems like a lot for a bottle of nail polish, but I’m more willing to pay that, rather than go into double digit dollar amount. When I saw the sets on butter London’s website, none of the sets immediately caught my eye. However, after looking at all of the sets more closely, I narrowed it down to two sets – Bright on Trio and Casual Chic Trio.
I ended up getting the Casual Chic Trio as I already have a lot of bright colors in my collection and I wanted to expand my collection to other parts of the spectrum. Below is a picture of the Casual Chic Trio and the box the three of them came in.
Right to left: Artful Dodger, Hen Party, Scoundrel
From an initial glance, all three look like interesting colors and I love the bottle design. I may not like Hen Party, because it’s the lightest of the three and light colors, from my experience, don’t seem to look great on me and tend to be annoying to apply – i.e.: takes too many coats to be opaque, streaky, etc. We’ll see if that’ll actually be the case when I get the chance to swatch these.
Next is my essie haul. Like butter London, I’ve heard great things and since it retails at $8/bottle, it’s a little more reasonably priced. It’s still more expensive than the nail polish that I’ve been buying. With the exception of the base coat and two of the colors, I got the rest off Amazon and used a gift card to buy them.
All of those nail polishes that I got from there were all under $7 (including shipping), so it’s even cheaper than retail and from places like Harmons, Walmart, and Target. The only color that I ordered and haven’t received yet, is Glamour Purse, which is described on essie’s website to be “an alluring almond taupe.” Below is a picture of the rest of my essie haul.
From right to left —
Top row: Good as Gold, Mojito Madness, All Tied Up, Trophy Wife
Middle Row: Rock Solid base coat, Lapis of Luxury, Fear or Desire
Bottom Row: Turquoise & Calicos, Shine of The Times
I haven’t gotten a chance to try all of them since my haul is so big, but I have tried several of them for my current nail art – Rock Solid base coat, Turquoise & Calicos, and Good as Gold. Of those colors, Turquoise & Calicos was a double-edged sword. It’s a gorgeous color, but application was really annoying, which I’ll go into more detail in my review.
I don’t have much to say about the other two, but so far so good. I do want to try other brands, such as China Glaze, OPI, and Zoya, but that’ll have to wait ’til after I get through swatching all of my current haul and take a brake from buying nail polish. (even if most of them were bought with a gift card)
I’ll be posting swatches and reviews of my lovely haul over the next few weeks, since I just did my nails last night (I’ll be posting pictures shortly) and I have no intention of removing them until they actually start to chip. Finally, here’s a picture of my haul as a whole.