I enjoy a manicure as much as the next girl, and am always happy to recieve new colors and brands in my monthly samplebox from beautybar.com.
The first comes from butter London, a company with a strange capitalization theme and a stylish bottle. The square lid actually slides upward to reveal a more convential cylindrical polish brush– a nice touch as it doesn’t sacrifice ease of application for aesthetics.
The color I have is “Old Bill,” a shimmering neutral bronze. The color goes on smoothly and dries in an average amount of time, leaving a nice glittering finish that can easily stand alone. The polish easily lasts the better part of a week without a top coat if you treat it gently, and wear and tear at the tips are easily patched with a swipe or two at night if you feel so inclined.
The color is classy and could literally go with anything so long as you’re alright with the glistening finish.
The second polish comes from Deborah Lippmann, and quickly became a favorite of mine. Unlike butter London, there’s not much to say about the bottle. The typography is nice and there are subtle indentations at the neck and base. The handle of the polish brush has a curved ergonomic grip that definitely makes it easier to hold onto– a real bonus in my book as I always struggle on my non-dominant hand.
The color I received is Private Dancer, a multifaceted shimmering purple with silver undertones. Although normally not a big fan of purple nails, I can’t stress enough how much love I have for this color. It changes personalities based on lighting and background with the agility of a chameleon and has enough sparkle to get noticed but not be obnoxious.
I love this color so hard, that I couldn’t just stop at my nails– any small project that needed a dash of color got a private dance!
Wear wise, this brand seems to be a titan. Even with far-from-gentle wear, my color lasted well over a week with only a touch-up here and there.
I like both brands, but Lippmann thoroughly thrashed butter in every area but shelf appeal for me in regard to these samples. I’d still recommend both though, because like it’s namesake, butter is certainly slick…just not my favorite color in this instance.