Friday, 22 April 2011

NOTD - Butter London Artful Dodger

As summer is well and truly here (we've had a week's sunshine here in Kent so far), I felt the need to go for something a little more unusual for my nails, basically not pink or coral. I ended up with Artful Dodger by Butter London, a creme that is halfway between sky blue and turquoise, but a little murkier than I expected. Having said I thought this was an unusal shade for me, I felt a little embarassed when I looked through my stash to reveal I owned about 10 similar colours!
3 coats of Butter London Artful Dodger applied + top coat
Although I only tried Butter London polishes for the first time around Christmas, I have always found the quality to be excellent and I love the colour selection. With Artful Dodger though, I had a lot of problems. On the first coat the varnish didn't seem to want to apply to my OPI Nail Envy base coat at all so it looked very patchy. The second coat was thick and hard to work with and I needed a third to get any kind of uniformity. It took much longer than I like to spend doing my nails and 90 minutes later, when I thought they should have been fully dry, I was using some kitchen roll and ended up with smudges and dents. Needless to say I took the polish off soon after I took the photos and resorted to Chanel Jade, which I can report is smudge and chip free after 5 days wear.

Lef tto right: Nail Inc Eden Grove, Nails Inc Berkley Street, Nails Inc Haymarket, Chanel Nouvelle Vague, Butter London Artful Dodger, OPI What's with the cattitude?, OPI Suzy says feng shui, Leighton Denny Notorious
I do like the colour of Artful Dodger and I don't know whether I just got a bad bottle, but when I have so many similar shades in brands I trust, I can't recommend it. There are still a lot of Butter London Nail Polishes that I have my eye on but I am a little concerned that they may resemble Artful Dodger in formula. I feel I might be safer spending my money on Illamasqua or OPI.

Butter London Artful Dodger is £12 from

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  1. What pretty, pretty polishes! Those are some of my favorite hues for sure! That looks lovely on you! Hope you are well dear x jeanei

  2. I love colours like this. And the Butter London polish looks fab on you x

  3. That line up of polishes is the sight equivelant of music to my ears.... love those shades so much. x

  4. Don't you just love Butter London? I know like you I usually have no problems but I had problems with No More Waity, Katie and was a bit turned off. Then I tried Blagger and fell back in love. I'm hoping that both of our problems with specific polishes are more of a fluke thing. I do love their range of colors. I want to try Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes next.

  5. That is a good collection! Gotta stay true to type and say that Nouvelle Vague is my favourite.