butter LONDON Trustafarian review, photos, swatches

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The product: butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Trustafarian

The shade: Trustafarian, the other holo from butter LONDON’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, is an interesting yellow-green with holographic reflects. While I found Dodgy Barnett gave off more of a holo impression in indoor lighting (tungsten, fluorescent, etc.), Trustafarian seemed to flash back more of a rainbow in the sun (and in indirect sunlight.)

Slightly more dense but almost identical in particle size, I find Trustafarian needs two solid coats to wear around — any less and it looks unfinished, rather than faerie-like (as was the case with Dodgy Barnett).

butter LONDON Trustafarian swatch – indirect sunlight

butter LONDON Trustafarian swatch – direct sunlight

Like Dodgy Barnett, I found the particle size of Trustafarian to be, larger than what I’d expect from a holo. I personally think it makes the shade more interesting, if anything; it looks like a chunky shimmer at first glance, but still flashes with a holographic rainbow when the light hits it at an angle.

Here’s the catch, though: All in all, though, I found Trustafarian to be extremely unflattering on my nails, its strong yellow-green undertones making my skintone look rather ill and alien. It might be due to my own olive/green undertones, but I think it’s just a hazard of the shade — unique as it may be, it has a tendency to pull a little sickly.

Strangely enough, it makes me think of something by a brand like Illamasqua, not butter LONDON — something that’s interesting and a bit strange, but not necessarily flattering.

The verdict?

If you’re a fan of yellow-greens and light chartreuses, don’t let me stop you from getting this one. If you’re trying to choose between this and Dodgy Barnett, though, definitely give this one a skip. It’s a good formula, and an interesting shade, but I’m really not fond of it on my nails.

On its own (as a theoretical colour), or perhaps on someone with strong beige/pink undertones, I think I’d like it quite a bit more. Trustafarian is a lovely, obscure shade, but it’s perhaps less wearable than you might initially think.

(For formula and availability details, check out last week’s Dodgy Barnett review. For the full butterLONDON A/W ’12 collection details, though, follow through that second link.)

butter LONDON Trustafarian swatch – holo

butter LONDON Trustafarian 3 Free Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Trustafarian label

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17 Responses to “butter LONDON Trustafarian review, photos, swatches”

  1. Gorgeous colour, looks perfect for a/w time :)

    Sophierosehearts x
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  2. Corallista, on September 5th, 2012 at 8:31 am said:

    It looks gorgeous in direct sunlight!
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  3. mostlysunnybunny, on September 5th, 2012 at 11:32 am said:

    OOOO I still think it's a pity that it's not fully opaque in two coats, but the color is gorgeous! I think I can probably wear it well, being more warm-toned :)
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  4. Yeah, I'm not digging it either and agree with you Rae. It kind of looks like sparkly… umm…this is going to sound gross but…I won't say it. I'm a mature woman today. :P
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  5. You know, I actually love this one! I saw a mention of it the other day and was surprised at how much I liked it. I don't own any holo polishes and never felt a strong desire to go out and purchase one (though that's not to say I DONT like the look–I just wasn't feeling inspired enough to go out of my way to acquire some). But Trustafarian is unique enough to catch my attention. I love a good sagey-green, and the slight tint of green with the chunkier glitter particles make this one a winner to me
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  6. I think I saw you at HUB yesterday, but I didn't have the guts to say hi! If it wasn't you, I apologize. If it was, I just wanted to say that I've followed your blog for a long time and to keep up the good work!

  7. It'll be great for the spring, too! :)

  8. Ugh, doesn't it? Be still, my beating heart!

  9. I hope so! It's the green undertones (present in pretty much all Asian skintones) rather than my pink/yellow/cool ones that pull a little funny on me, I'm afraid — hope you have better luck with it!

  10. LOL! It's okay, we get what you're conveying here :P

  11. Ha! Well, I guess it just goes to show — one person's cup of tea… ;) I love this one in photographs, but I feel so alien wearing it in real life!

    Pick this one up if you have a chance, hon :) It sounds like you'll really like it!

  12. Ahh! No, that was probably me — I had to pass through HUB a few times yesterday. (Largely because it kept raining and I forgot my umbrella at home >.<) Thank you, Kelly! I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying theNotice.

    (And P.S.: feel free to say hi next time ;) I know of a handfull of readers who are also on campus, but none of you have ever worked up the courage!)

  13. This is sagey- shimmer (agree with beauty sample here) a nice break from the opaque purples and reds. I like its iridescence. As for it being alien-ish, I think that's its charm. Kinda psychedelic…
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  14. It is, isn't it? :)

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  16. [...] Don’t miss Rae’s nail swatches of butter LONDON’s AW12 collection this week on theNotice. Which holo polish more “you”: the sheer, silvery Dodgy Barnett, or the sage green Trustafarian? [...]

  17. [...] Don’t miss Rae’s nail swatches of butter LONDON’s AW12 collection this week on theNotice. Which holo polish more “you”: the sheer, silvery Dodgy Barnett, or the sage green Trustafarian? [...]

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