Monday, June 18, 2012

Recent NOTD: Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

I happened to catch some of the BBC America coverage of the Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant at the beginning of June, so when I saw Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee in my untrieds while looking for my next mani color, it seemed a fitting choice. Butter London's website describes this as "a silvery, lavender metallic foil that boasts the perfect amount of sparkle". I don't know about perfection, but this does boast a lot of sparkle, that's for sure—I had trouble cleaning it off my skin and my camera had trouble focusing on it.



I used two coats of Lillibet's Jubilee but it's quite possible I could have gotten by with only one; I just wasn't prepared for that so wasn't especially careful lining up the brushstrokes on the first coat so needed a second to straighten things out. The abundance of sparkle does soften the appearance of the brushstrokes that foils are known for but I still like to get them as straight as I can.



At first glance, the color wasn't as purple-leaning as I'd hoped; mostly it just looked silver to me. When I held it next to the true silvers on Wheel U: Silvers and Friends, I could definitely see the purple in it.



This wore pretty well. My base under was Barielle Pro Nail Rebuilding Protein plus Salon Science Instant Artificials, and I topped with my usual Sally Hansen Insta Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. Here's what it looked like in the sun almost five full days after I put it on, all of those work days, when I pound a keyboard eight or nine hours at a time and then come home and often type some more. There's some tipwear, but no chips to speak of.



Two days later, a few chips had started to show up. Before I took it off, I just had to try L'Oreal Silver Sparkle over the top of one nail to see what it could add to this sort of base. My verdict: pretty. In the background, you may be able to see one of the chips that meant Lillibet had to come off (it would have anyway because by then I was ready for something new).



All in all, I'm happy with Lillibet's Jubilee, though I do wish it were just a touch more purple.

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In other news, I wore the Sally Hansen Pedicure Salon Effects strips as long as I could stand them, which turned out to be six full weeks. Not one of them even partially peeled off in all that time; I'm sort of thinking they might have grown off instead of chipping or peeling off if I'd let them go that far, but it's summer and I couldn't wear sandals with this action going on (ensmallened for the sensitive but as always clickable for full size):



I'd be interested to see how the pedi strips would do on a beach vacation, but since I don't have any such vacation planned, I don't know when I'll be able to do that experiment.


16 comments:

  1. I love that there is only a touch of color in this. I haven't seen anything like it, it's really pretty! :)

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  2. I'v had bad luck with butter london polishs, but I really like the look of this one. Thanks for the up-date on the pedi strips, I still haven't seen them in Canada. (then again I haven't looked too hard:P) But I do want a set espically now.

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  3. I have this on my wishlist but I know what you mean about the purple - I didn't know if I should get it because I have Butter London Diamond Geezer and I had a feeling they would look pretty similar. Hmmmm. Beautiful swatches though!

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  4. That's very pretty! I like the lavender hue, though I wish there were more of it. :-)

    ~ Yun

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  5. Wow, 6 weeks for a pedi! I don't think I could last that long without changing it.

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  6. Wow...I kind of skipped over this color when I was buying my Butter London polishes. Kind of wish I picked this one over The Old Bill.

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  7. Wow! Great wear indeed. I didn't see the lavender until you put it against the silver wheels so thanks for sharing!

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  8. Lillibet is the only foil that I really like. I do agree with the purple not really standing out. I was also confused with the statement about holos! No holos! :)

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  9. LOL those finishes are difficult for most camera's - at the moment I'm not really into it either, but the subtle purple is kind of interesting!

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  10. Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee looks very pretty. I love the layering with L'Oreal Silver Sparkle.

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  11. That's a very pretty color :) I love how you can see the hint of purple when you compare it to the silver polishes.
    omg the pedicure strips lasted so long! That's awesome!

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  12. L'Oreal Silver Sparkle looks really beautiful on it!

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  13. Thank you for not showing full size feet! I am one who doesn't like to look at others feet! If this were more purple it would be something I'd think about. I used to do my toes all summer long but have gotten quite lazy in the past few years. The only reward? My toes are nice and healthy without e awful stains my poor fingers have!

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