I'm sure most of you reading are familiar with Butter London's nail lacquers, but did you know that they also now make a variety of other color cosmetics? I've been seeing a lot of bold, graphic eye looks lately, so it stands to reason that Butter London would be on board with products to help achieve that look. Add to that classic red nails and lips but amped up with extra shine, and you've got Butter London's Shine Out Loud collection!
Today I'll be looking at a few of their non-nail polish cosmetics, and even better, I've got extras of all the products in this review to give away to one lucky reader! Keep reading for details.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Ladybird ($15/11ml):
Butter London is known for their nail lacquers, so let's start with one of those before we get into the rest of the collection. Ladybird is a bright tomato creme red... a classic pin-up red, with a little extra hint of orange. Timeless in a way, but extra bright and sassy. Perfect for summer or bold ladies (and gents) year-round.
I like this polish a lot—it has a high-shine finish, doesn't apply streakily, and doesn't chip very easily. Or at least I was able to wear it for about five days without any noticeably signs of chipping, which is quite good (as I'm usually pretty hard on my hands and nails).
Swatched with two coats. Va va voom!
Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Ladybird ($20/2.8g):
What's more classic than matching lipstick and nail polish? Much like the nail lacquer, the Ladybird Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon is vibrant and highly pigmented.
It also has a healthy dose of shine:
Depending on the light, it can pull slightly more red or orange, but I would describe it as an orangey red, not a reddish orange. If that makes sense. One other cool thing about this lip crayon is that it has a sharpener built right into the lid:
I'll admit that the built-in sharpener can also be a bit of annoyance at times, as I find myself accidentally yanking the cap off the sharpener instead of the crayon. Nothing terrible has occurred as a result of this, but still, it bugs me. The lip crayon itself is positively delightful though—the formula is non-drying, and I find that it's relatively long-lasting too. Not like "I will not fade or budge if you eat a greasy taco meal" long-lasting, but "I will not fade or budge if you're busy running errands for four hours and not looking in a mirror" long-lasting. (I may have tested it just that way, FYI.) My boyfriend also said it was "oooh pretty." Considering that the only three ways I've ever heard him describe a lip product are "oooh pretty", "that's too dark" and "that looks like an alien butthole", I'd say Ladybird is on the good end of the spectrum.
Butter London WINK Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black ($18/1.2g):
Quiz time: Without looking it up, can you tell me whether or not the Union Jack (United Kingdom flag) contains the color black? I'll let you ponder that while looking at this picture of the eye pencil out of the box:
Yep, that's an eye pencil alright. Anyway, the answer is no: The Union Jack is blue, red and white. So I have no idea why this is called Union Jack Black other than maybe because those words rhyme. But in any case, it's a black eye pencil with a creamy formula and a matte finish. Arm swatch (with a little bonus Ladybird lippie swatch thrown in):
I love how smoothly this pencil glides on—no eyelid tugging whatsoever. That said, it's a bit difficult to get a really precise line with it because it's so soft and creamy... it's very nice for tightlining though, because it doesn't smudge easily. It lasts all day on my eyelids and probably about 5 hours on the waterline before needing a touch up.
Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara in Brilliant Black ($20/6.5ml):
A volumizing mascara that promises "intense, jet-black shine and beautiful lift."
This mascara has an interesting wand shape—it's like a regular wand with a ball wand on the end.
I have mixed feelings about this type of wand. On one hand, the ball end is ideal for getting at small, hard-to-reach lashes, but on the other, I keep accidentally stabbing myself in the eye with it. YMMV, depending on how clumsy or how shaky your hands are. This is what it looks like on my eyes, in any case:
Not bad at all! I like it because it's a true jet black, but it doesn't get super crunchy or spidery with multiple coats. It also doesn't seem to flake me, which is always important. I don't think this is a true waterproof mascara, but it does seem pretty humidity and smudge-resistant.
Hey! I put everything on my face at once!
Have I mentioned yet that I really, really like the lip crayon? It's bold and kind of retro, but doesn't make me look ridiculous. I don't think I mentioned this earlier, but it also has a slight minty tingle. Love.
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Like what you see? Butter London has given me extras of all four of the products to give away—yay! Follow the instructions below to enter for your chance to win them.
RULES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Each entry method may be done once per person, except for tweets and Instagram tags, which may be done once per person per day.
- The prize one Butter London Shine Out Loud collection (retail value $73), and there will be one winner.
- The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, except where prohibited by law. (Sorry international folk, nail polish is flammable!) Full Terms & Conditions can be found in the Rafflecopter widget. The giveaway prize was provided by Butter London, so many thanks to them!
- The giveaway period closes at 11:59PM EST on July 6th, 2015.
- The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will have 7 days to respond in order to claim their prize, so make sure you log into the Rafflecopter widget with a valid e-mail address that you check frequently.
What do you think of the Butter London Shine Out Loud collection? Is Ladybird your sort of color? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: The products feature in this post were provided to me for review by Butter London, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. Some or all of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on them. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.