First up is the polish I received from Birchbox in September, Hedge Fund. It’s part of Ruffian’s new nail polish line, which is exclusive to Birchbox. Hedge Fund is described as a “green foil polish with a strong metallic finish and a hint of gold shimmer”. I wouldn’t say it’s a foil, and I wouldn’t say it has a particularly metallic finish… it’s a mossy green with a hint of gold shimmer.
The formula is smooth and I was able to get complete coverage with one generous coat. The wear is average; I had minor tip wear by the second day. Still, the color was unique to my massive collection and I was pleased with the application so the tip wear didn’t put me off.
Next up is Zoya Neve, which I received in my October Ipsy bag. It’s a “sapphire blue metallic” from the Fall 2013 Satins collection (originally designed for Zang Toi Autumn/Winter 2013). Application was a breeze and I used two thin coats for the mani below. I’m rarely disappointed by Zoya’s formula, so I wasn’t worried. Neve is a gorgeous jewel tone that’s perfect for fall.
What do you think of Neve and Hedge Fund? If you subscribe to any boxes, have you received any nail polishes recently? Let me know below!
Picture-heavy post incoming!
Birefringence is one of four polishes in the Ultra Chromes line from I Love Nail Polish. (What the heck is ‘birefringence’, you ask? Let Wikipedia drop some science on you.)
According to ILNP, the Ultra Chromes were formulated to be worn on their own – no base color needed. If you’re familiar with duo/multichromes, you’re aware that “undies” are often necessary to make the color shift pop. Avoiding an extra step in my mani is a change I welcome, but did the polish live up to the claim? Read on…
Wait. Before I go on, check out the packaging. The box is adorable… and the coordinating tissue paper? So cute!
Birefringence is described as a polish that “shifts through an array of incredible blues, purples, reds, oranges, yellows, and even subtle greens.” I would describe that description (heh) as accurate. While blue and purple are the strongest colors, I could certainly pick up on red, orange, yellow, and green from time to time. If you look at the bottle above, you can see a bit of that shift at the edges.
The formula is very smooth and, I’m happy to report, opaque in two coats. No base color needed! Those two coats are what you’ll see in the images below, with no top coat added. Though, if you want to extend the wear I’d advise a top coat. I did have a little bit of tip wear after the first day, which you’ll also see below.
Natural Light – in the second photo, you can see some of the red/orange/green coming out to play.
OttLight – the blue and purple stand out under the full spectrum bulb.
Incandescent light – as with the OttLight, the blue and purple really stand out.
I found myself staring at my hands so much during the week I wore Birefringence. (Yes, a week. I know! If that’s not a testament, I don’t know what is.) If you need a gorgeous distraction in your life, you can order the Ultra Chromes from ILNP.
Let me know what you think of the polish below!
This is just a quick ‘Nail of the Day’ post featuring Vested Interest from Essie’s Fall 2013 collection. I have a few more posts coming up shortly… possibly another non-polish related one? Let us know below (or on our Facebook page) if you’re interested in seeing a wider range of beauty products on TLD.
Vested Interest is the kind of fall shade I live for – a lovely muted grey-green cream. (Actually, I love greyed-out polishes as a general rule, no matter the season.)
The formula and application are great; the polish paints on smoothly and two coats is all I need for full opacity. The wear is average, so definitely use a top coat to add some durability to your mani.
I read that Vested Interest is very close to another Essie polish, School of Hard Rocks, from the Winter 2011 collection, so I have a comparison for you below.
Though School of Hard Rocks leans slightly more blue/teal, I have to admit they’re pretty close. Not dupes, but if you have one you may not need the other.
Continuing from part one of my Butter London cosmetics review, this post will be all about eyes.
First up is a cream shadow in Indigo Punk, which is not indigo at all. It’s a lovely lavender shimmer.
It’s a little sheer on the first pass, but you can build it up for a more dramatic look. I recommend applying it over a decent primer, because it’s a pain to work with otherwise – very patchy on my bare lid.
Next up are the eye liners in Union Jack Black and Indigo Punk.
I had two different experiences with these liners. One performed well, the other… not so much. You can probably tell from the swatch below which was which.
Union Jack Black – A great ‘jet black’ eye pencil. It has a smooth application, sets quickly, and wears well. You won’t get 24-hour staying power, but it will get you through a work day or a night out.
Indigo Punk – The application on this liner is uneven. To get the most impact, you need to go over your line two or three times. Also, while it sets as quickly as the black liner, it not as long-lasting.
And finally, the mascaras in Indigo Punk and Brown Sugar.
Indigo Punk - Man, it looks so cool in the tube, eh? I tend to have issues with colored mascaras showing up, but this gorgeous violet is visible after just one coat, which is what you’ll see in the swatch below.
However, it isn’t particularly vibrant, so I would suggest applying it over another mascara (or doubling coats) if you want a bold, in-your-face result.
Brown Sugar – This one mostly looks like a soft black on my lashes. It wears well without flaking and is easy to remove with my regular makeup remover.
Both mascaras transferred a bit to the skin under the lashes, so that’s something to keep in mind if clean up is a concern. It’s also worth noting that all of Butter London’s mascaras can be used on brows and hair, as well.
That’s it! What do you think of the collection? Are any of the products / shades calling out your name?
*Products in this post were sent to me by Butter London for review purposes.
Well, well, well. Long time, eh? Let’s break the silence with a couple of posts featuring something a bit out of the ordinary here at TLD – makeup! Butter London (yes, that Butter London… the one with all the great nail polish) recently released a cosmetics line full of items in bold colors. They graciously provided me a selection of items from the collection, and I meant to post a review on the release date, but I received the package right before I left on vacation. I’d say it was terrible timing, except I’ve had the opportunity to really play with everything and form a solid opinion.
Butter London’s cosmetics line consists of six nail polishes (five new), six mascaras, six lip glosses, six tinted balms, four cream blushes, six eye pencils, and six cream eye shadows. The prices (in USD) are as follows:
- WINK Mascaras – $20.00
- WINK Cream Eye Shadows – $18.00
- WINK Eye Pencils – $18.00
- Nail Lacquers – $15.00
- CHEEKY Cream Blushes – $20.00
- LIPPY Tinted Balms – $20.00
- LIPPY Sheer Glosses – $20.00
To avoid image overload I’m breaking the review into two parts, so let’s start with nails, cheeks, and lips.
First up, a nail polish in Indigo Punk. Below I have three coats, which I would consider full-coverage.
The application was mostly even, though I found myself going over little patches here and there. I used Butter London’s Hardwear top coat for smoothness and shine, which added to the manicure’s durability. I wore the polish for a few days with very little tip wear.
An aside: My bottle of Hardwear is almost gone and I neeeeeeed to go out and get another one. It’s replaced Seche Vite for me; although it’s not as fast-drying as Seche Vite, I find I get better wear and less shrinkage. That’s a trade-off I’m willing to take.
The removal process for Indigo Punk was relatively easy due to the fine glitter. Gotta love that.
Next up is a cream blush in Abbey Rose.
Can I just talk about the packaging for a second? Look at the inside of the box… it’s adorable. The compact itself is light, but doesn’t feel cheap.
Butter London describes Abbey Rose as a ‘rose pink’, but I detect a hint of coral. Maybe it’s just me / my skin. Either way, I’m impressed. The blush blends nicely and application is smooth. Just be sure to use a light hand; a little goes a long way.
Then there’s a tinted lip balm in Black Cherry. I was a slightly intimidated upon opening it, since it’s a little dark compared to my regular lip makeup. However, Butter London provided a tip in their look book – apply to the back of your hand and press on for a stained look. Perfect.
I really need to get an action shot of that application technique and edit it into this post! Done!
Below you’ll see it at its boldest. Like the blush, this balm applied smoothly. It has a satin finish and better wear than many other tinted balms I’ve tried in the past.
Finally, here is a lip gloss in Coconut Frock, which is described as a sheer apricot gloss. Sheer. Very sheer. Essentially-a-clear-gloss sheer.
The wand has a brush tip, as opposed to the doe-foot applicators on Butter London’s liquid lipsticks.
As clear glosses go, it’s a good one. It’s a little thick and sticky which makes for longer wear, and the finish is shiny. The scent is a subtle vanilla and there is no discernible taste.
Stick around for Part Two – Eyes! In the meantime, is there anything in Butter London’s new collection that has caught your eye?
*Products in this post were sent to me by Butter London for review purposes.