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9/11/14: Butter London Macbeth, Goss, Yummy Mummy






Butter London were on my radar soon after I discovered Zoya.  They are one of the bigger brands out there promoting themselves as "free-from", vegan and cruelty free - and are widely available in major retail outlets from £12-14 RRP.  Although they are only three-free in a world of seven and eight-free, nail polish is an area where I am willing to be a little bit more lax.  And once I'd got started, I couldn't stop... so today I'm going to share some quick swatches of my collection.





Macbeth: My first butter London purchase, I bought this on the epic London trip which was the Green Beauty Field Trip Tour, hosted by the ladies at Call it Vanity.  It's a gorgeous reddish pink that I am obsessed with.  It goes on easily and is done in two coats.  As you can see, one coat isn't quite enough, with little patches of a jelly like translucency but two gives a great raspberry pink finish.  From left to right we have one coat, two coats and then the matte coat.  



Goss:  This was an impulse purchase from allbeauty.com - they offer lots of Butter London products at discounted prices (from £9.30), so I couldn't resist.  Goss is from the Boho Rock collection and I love the shimmery metallic bronze look - it's a stunning colour that I often reach for.  One coat is almost enough, but it looks better with two.  The only issue is that sometimes it will highlight any ridges you have on the nails as it does streak a tad.  The matte top coat is an interesting addition, the gold shimmer is played down and the pink comes through more.  

Yummy Mummy:  For this one I blame Ana.  I first saw it on her blog and was enticed by the soft nude pink, with little specks of silver shimmer.  While researching...(ie. jumping from blog review to blog review) I saw it often referred to as a great shade for job interviews.  For me - at one coat you can barely see its there, but at two it is the perfect everyday shade.  (Although the shade name is weird.)

Matte Top Coat:  Probably the least "healthy" out of the four, I save this for rare occasions as I'm not sure what to think about the ingredients or the effect.  It's a milky/cloudy shade that goes on clear.  In each of the shades above the last picture is with one coat of the matte polish.  One coat and you can see the shine of the polish disappearing before your eyes.  Two points to note - you do need to be speedy as I feel like it could drag the colour if you take too long on any patch, and also it does sometimes seem to go crazy and create specks of white.  You can just about see this on the Macbeth matte swatch - no idea what that's about!  

Which is your favourite?  Are you strict when it comes to nail polish ingredients?  
Let me know down below :)


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Lacquers:  Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, SD Alcohol 40-B, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic, Acid / Neopentyl Glycol / Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Acrylates Copolymer (and) Dimethiconol (and) Mercaptopropionic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid; May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 34 Lake, Aluminum Powder, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Violet 2 (taken from nordstrom.net - not on butter londons website and too tiny on label to type out accurately!)


Matte top coat: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Silica, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol / Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Citric Acid (from bottle - this one I could type out!)

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  1. Ooh, Macbeth looks lovely! I haven't tried any actual nail polishes from Butter London yet but I have got their cuticle oil which smells lovely. xxx
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    1. Definitely recommend allbeauty for the wide discounted range they have, if you're looking to get into Butter London. Zoya is great too. :) x

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  2. They all look great on you, I find the marketing around nail varnish very confusing I saw a brand the other day claiming to be 9 free and one of the ingredients it was free from was SLS, which I am pretty sure has never been an issue in other formulas why would they need to foam? I love Yummy Mummy's colour but the wear on this is not great for me and the topcoat is completely useless Xx

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    1. Totally agree - I had the same confusion when I reviewed Jacava. It's like marketing a carrot by saying "here's a carrot - free from potatoes, cheese and antelopes"!! Agree also with the wear - that's something I forgot to mention - they all chip too easily for my liking. But the colours... oh the colours! x

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  3. I have Yummy Mummy and love it. Don't wear nail polish too often but when I do I pick neutral shades like this! x

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    1. It's the first neutral shade I've really gone for, lots look too mannequin hands for my liking! x

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  4. 3 free, 5 free, 7 free it's getting a bit competitive out there for "natural" nail polish. I don't use much polish so haven't built up a collection, I have one from Zoya but haven't branched out to Butter London. The colours you have shown here are very pretty :)

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    1. Indeed! I went through a period of not wearing polish at all, but these tempted me back :) Zoya is great for longer wear, but I find the Butter ones apply better. Go figure! x

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  5. Oh the matte effect is so cool, especially on Goss!

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    1. I was so tempted to get it on the Field Trip Tour, but held off... not for long though! x

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  6. Love both Macbeth and Goss. Yummy Mummy looks great on you but doesn't suit me. I think nudes are so hard to get to suit my skin tone x

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    1. Ahh that's a shame! I wasn't sure, but as I'm quite yellow toned I think it just about works. x

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  7. Goss is super pretty! I haven't tried Butter London, mainly because I tend to be pretty cheap when it comes to polishes. Plus, I'm not convinced there's that much of a difference between "natural" brands and mainstream ones, aside from the marketing. I stick to 3 free or better, but like Ana said, the free from numbers are starting to get ridiculous at this point! I have a few water based polishes too, which I think are a step up in terms of ingredients, but the idea of them bonding to the nail permanently if you don't take them off soon enough always freaks me out so I don't reach for them much...

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  8. Butter London are one of my favorite nail polish brand! Thanks for the Goss swatch!! Xx

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