butter LONDON – All Hail the Queen/McQueen

14 Feb

IT’S READING BREAK! Rejoice! Oh, and a happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to you (I give all my love to people who know that reference)!

How have I been spending it, you ask? Oh, not much, just sitting around at home being sick out of my mind, being spoon-fed medicine by my mother. I’m telling you, it’s truly an experience every time she brings me another dose of medicine. Currently she has me taking this cough syrup which is making me feel, uh, woozy. Drunk drowsy. Mind is fuzzy. You know the deal.

Thankfully I’m nearing the end of the illness (hopefully). Sore throat is gone, just have the lingering annoying cough. Maybe I’ll finally be able to enjoy my reading break starting tomorrow? Oh wait, I’ve still got a stack of homework and midterms to study for. Who has time for Valentine’s Day? No one wants to be close to a sick person, ha! So unfortunately I’ve had no one to share this lovely nail polish with:

butter LONDON’s All Hail the Queen (also known as All Hail McQueen). Ah, how I have lusted after you for weeks! Finally found this gem a few months ago at BeautyMark in Yaletown. Funny naming though – I’ve always known it as All Hail McQueen from blogs (this shade was created as a tribute to the legendary designer not long after his passing), but when trying to look for it at the shop, all I could find was a polish that looked very similar, but was called All Hail the Queen. Rest assured, some Googling afterwards confirmed that it was the same shade. Why the name change? Who knows, maybe some copyright issues?

All Hail the Queen is a very unique neutral polish with lots of microglitter – it’s not immediately evident, but it clearly has a slight holographic thing going on. The glitters very subtly reflect “rainbow”, similar to GOSH Holographic. It’s definitely the most interesting neutral polish I own, and makes it so awesome – suitable for everyday wear in an office, for example (or at school if you don’t want people looking at your nails strangely, haha). But it still has enough interest with the holographic glitter for a polish lover like myself. Kind of eccentrically sophisticated. Loves it.

butter LONDON is a pretty new brand to me, but my experience with this polish was pleasant. It comes in an classy rectangular bottle with a removable cap – very much like Chanel. The brush is also Chanel-esque; rounded and long. The price was  quite steep (can’t remember exactly, but it was around $20CAD), but the polish applies with great ease and is just the right consistency. It’s also a 3-free lacquer, meaning it contains no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP, and claims to be not carcinogenic.

It’s not often that I drop over $10 on a polish, but when I do, I expect it to be amazing. For the uniqueness of the polish alone, I think the price was worth it.

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4 Responses to “butter LONDON – All Hail the Queen/McQueen”

  1. Jenn February 26, 2011 at 5:31 PM #

    OMG, love this colour!! This post inspired me to check out Butter London, and I think you’ve just started me on a very expensive addiction. lol! I’ve ordered this one and the new purple coming out, No More Waity Kaity! :) I’ll also have to pick up a starter pack to try out their base and top coat one day when I have some more cash on hand :)

    • Gigi February 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM #

      Butter London is awesome! So far I’ve only tried this polish but I love it to death. I’m not too knowledgeable on their polish colours so I’m hesitant to purchase more, and they’re also a bit pricey for a student budget. Will definitely do more research and hopefully post some more Butter London in the future. Let me know how the new purple one (and the other base/top coats) work! :)

  2. Jenn March 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM #

    I just got this the other day, and I’m wearing it now! I love it, especially the formula, but I have to say the colour looks REALLY different on me – on you it almost looks like a goldish nude, on me it is greige! I love the multi-coloured glitter, though :) It is a very chic colour and I feel super fashionable with this manicure! lol

    • Gigi March 14, 2011 at 8:32 PM #

      Oh that could be because of my lighting/my monitor, I definitely feel like mine’s a greige colour too. Under some lights it looks a bit more golden, but for the most part it’s definitely more taupe-y. Yes, I looove the glitter in this, glad you do too!

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