butter LONDON Dodgy Barnett review, photos, swatches

Friday, August 31, 2012

The product: butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Dodgy Barnett

The shade: Dodgy Barnett, one of the two holo polishes from butter LONDON’s A/W 2012 collection, is comprised mainly of silver holographic shimmer in a clear base.

The shimmer density is quite versatile; one coat delivers a see-though veil, two coats deliver a more solid effect. Three coats are fully opaque, but I think two thin layers is perfect for this one — there’s just a bit of translucence left there, which makes it a bit less intense; a bit lighter (both visually and from a tactile standpoint.) The image at the top of this post is two layers, in case you’re curious!

butter LONDON Dodgy Barnett swatches; 1-4 coats moving from index to pinkie

Possible dupes: Call me a nail heathen, but I generally feel like one silver holo’s the same as the next. Check your stashes for something similar — I know China Glaze and GOSH do silver holos (OMG and Holographic, respectively) that look to be a little more finely-milled, but I’m kind of partial to the particle size of this one. It’s not a “true” holo in my opinion, but more of a holo-glitter cross.

Try something like Milani 3D Holographic in HD for a comparable drugstore dupe — it has chunkier shimmer, but it’s 3-free, permanent (Dodgy Barnett is limited edition) and just under $5. I don’t own HD, but Kelly at Vampy Varnish has some lovely swatches of it!

butter LONDON Dodgy Barnett Nail Varnish – direct sunlight

The formula: This is the first butter LONDON polish I’ve worked with, but can I just say that the formula is (as expected) absolutely lovely? I’m used to polishes that you can just pick up on the fly at the drugstore, but Dodgy Barnett goes on smoothly and quickly, settling easily into an even, streak-free finish. 

Additionally, I find the thin layers dry nicely–no shrinking or super-long wait times,– and the 3-free, paraben-free formula is just a nice cherry on top, rather than the only selling point.

Just one (sheer) layer of Dodgy Barnett

Nail swatches of butter LONDON Dodgy Barnett (two coats)

The verdict?

As much as I love Dodgy Barnett, I can’t say that–as someone who wears nail varnish very, very rarely–I’d pay quite this much for it. I received my bottle from Nail Polish Canada, who have the collection for $17 each (plus free shipping!), which is on par with the butter LONDON site.

All that said & done, though? For my first foray into the lineup, I was quite impressed. I still think the particle size is a bit too large for an intense, solid holo effect, but (shh, it’s an open secret) I actually kind of prefer it.

I’m actually tempted to wear this one around, which is a first — I haven’t done my [finger]nails just because in five or six (or seven or eight) years. For theNotice, yes; for myself, not even once!

Ingredients & layered swatch photoes »

COMING UP | butter LONDON Autumn/Winter 2012 collection reviews

I have Trustafarian and Dodgy Barnett to share with you this (and next) week, but more on that in a few! Here are a few quick collection details — I was going to add them to today’s post, but it was toeing the line between “long” and “definitely too long, oh my god, calm it down.”

You’ll thank me later (or not… I have a sneaking suspicion that I tripped over that  line by a long shot anyways.)

butter LONDON Autumn/Winter 2012

It’s rather difficult to describe polishes you don’t own, so I’ll let butter LONDON take it from here!

Lovely Jubbly: Brit speak for “Excellent.” Used when a person hears pleasing news or has a stroke of good luck.
A vibrant magenta flecked with red, blue and gold micro particles. 

Trustafarian: A spoiled rich kid who pretends to be a hippy but still goes home to Daddy’s mansion on the weekend. 
A golden holographic finish gives this delightful sage green a surprising and sophisticated edge. 

Gobsmacked: To be totally speechless. Unable to think of anything to say.
A heavily pigmented charcoal grey glitter with a slightly textured finish. 

Shag: Brit slang for “knocking boots.”
A high-shine metallic lacquer in a warm orange-burgundy hue. 

Dodgy Barnett: A bad hairdo. A mullet of any variety is a seriously Dodgy Barnett.
A highly holographic shade that blurs the line between grey and silver.

Lise Watier Light Up Cap Nail Lacquer in Dragon Fruit: review, photos, swatches

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The product: Lise Watier Nail Lacquer in Dragon Fruit

I’ve been a bit remiss in posting about the Lise Watier Summer Sunset collection, and (with summer ending,) I thought I ought to finish my reviews as quickly as possible. I didn’t see the collection the last time I was in a Shopper’s, but this polish is still available on the LW site, so you should be able to get your hands on it with relative ease.

The shade: Dragon Fruit is an intense, blue-based bright pink — not for the faint of heart. With a gorgeous cream-finish formula and a medium (rather than light) hue, it’s more of a statement colour than a delicate, girly shade. I’ve never been much for pinks, but for a bright, punchy nail, this one’s not half bad: it certainly has teeth!

Lise Watier Dragon Fruit Nail Varnish swatch – indirect sunlight

Lise Watier Dragon Fruit Nail Varnish swatch – direct sunlight

The formula: I was a bit wary of a shade this intense (and in a cream finish, no less), but the Lise Watier Nail Lacquer formula? Doesn’t disappoint.

Opaque in two coats, I found this formula to be ridiculously easy to apply — just the right consistency, it settles into a smooth finish without any coaxing and dries relatively quickly. I do tend to like a thinner formula, where you don’t have to worry about gloopiness (totally a word) or streaks or waiting between coats (aside from doing your four other fingers or nine, as it were, because… two hands), and this one was just right. 

No streaks, no clumps, no need for more than two coats; even for a mid-range price point ($12.50), this one gets a gold star in my books.

The packaging: Okay, so my one peeve with this product? Light-up caps, ugh. I’m really not a fan of the whole let’s put LEDs on everything! trend, but for the formula, I’ll give it a pass. The light-up lid is perfect if you’re bothered by your polishing hand casting shadows on your being-polished hand, and at just 50 cents more than the non-lit Lise Watier polishes, it’s really not a huge problem for me.

(Plus, despite that I’m anti-LED, lights in nail varnish caps actually makes sense. Unlike some other products.)

The verdict?

I’m not sure about tip wear and chipping over time, but from what I’ve seen of Dragon Fruit so far, I’m impressed. The Lise Watier Nail Varnish formula is a solid one, at least in this shade, and it applies easily and smoothly with good pigmentation.

Plus, Lise Watier should get bonus points for making their polish more attractive than the actual fruit… though it does lack in points for weirdness! ;)

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Don’t miss this » Graphic blue smokey (cat) eyes

Monday, August 27, 2012

Man, I haven’t done a blue smokey eye in ages. I’m pretty sure I went with a winged shape (cat-eye makeup, winged smokey eyes, whatever you want to call it) last time, too, which just goes to show how predictable (read: boring) I am.

This time, though, I thought I’d play around a bit with shape. In the image below, you have the same look in three different ways, changed with nothing more than a dry q-tip and a couple brisk buffing motions. At left is the most wearable, basic shape; on the far right, the most winged, dramatic effect. (The full-face shots are with the eye on the right.)

I can’t believe it took me this long to try my MAC Casual Colour — I spend most of the summer bare-faced, but I’m really regretting it in this one instance. I’ve used Have A Lovely Day! here, and I’m absolutely smitten with both the colour and the formula: it’s comfortable, looks natural, and still manages to tone down my own lip colour without ending up all strange and milky.

I’ve used Senna Fantasy in the inner corners, here, then taken Annabelle Lagoon (soon to be discontinued) through the lid. The outer wing is mainly Annabelle B-Ray, darkened further with a basic matte black eyeshadow.

Don’t miss this blue smokey eye tutorial on She Said Beauty.

Products used

EYES – colour : Annabelle Mono Eyeshadow in B-Ray and Lagoon, Senna Eye Shadow (Glow) in Fantasy, NYX Eyeshadow in Black.

EYES – basics: Annabelle Smoothie Jumbo Eye Pencil in Licoriche, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Extreme Black, Ellis Faas Eyeliner in Black, MAC Eye Shadow (Matte2) in Blanc Type.

LIPS AND CHEEKS: MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour in Have A Lovely Day!

SKIN: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light, theBalm timeBalm in Lighter Than Light, and Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent.

DUPE ALERT: Check your stashes for… | Vasanti Mount Rushmore vs. MAC Whims & Fancies Eyeshadow Duos

Friday, August 24, 2012

Remember this Vasanti Eyeshadow Duo review? Back when I first swatched Mount Rushmore for you, I couldn’t find anything else on the market quite like it — a sooty, plummy matte violet paired with a shimmery, silvery taupe, it was a pretty unique duo.

And it still is, of course, but I couldn’t help but think Mount Rushmore! when I saw the new MAC Whims & Fancies Styleseeker Eyeshadow X2.

Whims & Fancies is limited edition with the Styleseeker collection, retails for $33 CAD and contains two separate eyeshadow pans: Performance Art and Shadowy Lady.

Mount Rushmore, on the other hand, is permanent in the Vasanti collection and retails for $20 CAD, albiet presumably for less product overall. Both products are paraben-free.


L: MAC Whims & Fancies Eyeshadow Duo / R: Vasanti Mount Rushmore Silky Eyeshadow Duo

Vasanti Mount Rushmore Eyeshadow Duo swatches

I can’t speak toward an exact shade dupe, but from what I’ve read about the quality of the Shadowy Lady in Whims & Fancies — if you’re in Canada and you don’t have either yet, go for Mount Rushmore. And if you already have it? Feel free to skip this Styleseeker duo!

P.S. If you’re in need of swatches and reviews for Whims & Fancies, check out these posts on Temptalia and Beautezine.

A Wednesday ramble: Tom Pecheux at Estée Lauder, Molton Brown Aroma Rocks, and the elusive Erika F

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Have I told you about my enormous crush on Tom Pecheux? Or, more specifically, on his talent? (Hint: the answer is yes; I talk about my unhealthy Pecheux-fixation on a fairly frequent basis.)

Pecheux, who had initially intended to be a pastry chef (seriously!) started out doing fashion shows, then moved onto celebrity/celeb editorial makeup, and finally ended up working for L’Oreal, Shiseido (did you know that he devised the Shiseido The Makeup line?) and–currently–is at the forefront of the Estée Lauder makeup line.

“I want young girls to be able to say, ‘My mother loves it, my grandmother loves it, and I love Estée Lauder, too,'”

– Tom Pecheux (as quoted in)

I’m crazy about a lot of things, from cartoon whales to neuroanatomy, but rebranding is close to the top of the list. Since they signed Pecheux in 2009 as their new Creative Makeup Director, the brand has had such a drastic revival. And, while I still (!) haven’t gotten around to really giving their new products a spin, I’m thoroughly enjoying watching the rebranding in real time.

(And herein lies the origins of this ramble: have you seen this fall’s Violet Underground palette? Gah.)

Other things that have been knocking around in my brain this past week: things in unexpected formats. I briefly mentioned Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist ‘Pearl Essence’ Bath Beads earlier this week, and Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Powder the week before that, but I’ve been keeping an eye out for innovative formulas ever since.

I did find some interesting textures, but in the last place I’d have expected: Molton Brown, a brand that focuses mainly on home and personal fragrance. How cool are these Cedrus Room Aroma Rocks? Made of acacia tree sap, Moroccan cedrus tree oil, and Bulgarian lavender oil, they’re one of the last things I’d have expected to run into at the start of the week.

(And as a sleep aid; how cool is that!)

Finally, we have Lancome Erika F, because things are best done in threes, and I’ve really only gone over two topics so far this morning. I need your opinions, my dear readers: is it a must-have? Because I’m not one for cult products most of the time, but everyone seems to be crazy about it, and… the recurring frenzy kind of makes me want to search it out.

I don’t even like silvery-greens most of the time, you guys. Make it stop! 

(Image via the gorgeous Xiao, at Messy Wands — read her ode to Erika F here.)


Note: This post contains a few sponsored links, but the content — you should know by now; that nonsensical ramble’s all mine! 

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