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More comparisons!

Disclosure:  The Ignite, Entice, and some of the comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

As a followup to my review of Zoya’s new fall collections, Ignite and Entice, I want to show you some more comparisons.  Most of the comparison suggestions came from YOU, my readers — thank you very much!  Great ideas.  I got some surprises, so let’s see if you do too.

The wonderful copper foil Autumn probably generated the most requests for comparisons.  Here it is with OPI DS Indulgence and China Glaze Harvest Moon.

Ignite Autumn comp5

Ignite Autumn comp6

They look closer in the bottles than on the nail.  DS Indulgence is much redder and Harvest Moon is more yellowish.  (Sorry the swatch photo is out of focus.)

Comparing Autumn to Butter London’s Shag and Brown Sugar…

Ignite Autumn comp4

… Shag is similar but a bit darker.  Brown Sugar is not close because its pink-purple base makes it more of a plum-toned brown.  Also, the Butter London shades each required three coats and Autumn only needed two.

An alert reader asked for a side-by-side of India with Zoya’s Anastasia from the older Magique Collection.  Anastasia is no longer available on Zoya’s web site.

Ignite India comp2

Wow, I would say they are close enough in color to call duplicates.  However, Anastasia is thinner and required one more coat.  I’d say if you have Anastasia you don’t need to rush to buy India, but if you have neither and want one, I’d recommend India because of its better formula.  Anastasia may be available on some other e-tailer sites.

Remy was the one-coat wonder from the Ignite Collection.  Comparing it to Muse from the Bubbly Collection earlier this year, Remy is much darker and Muse has holographic glitter.  And Muse needed three coats.

Ignite Remy comp3

Zoya’s Dream has been one of my favorite blue polishes.  Next to Remy, you can see that Dream is more of a royal blue instead of teal blue, and it has tiny sparkles that look like stars.  I recommend both polishes highly.

Ignite Remy comp2

Finally, let’s look at one of the cremes from the Entice set, Veronica, and see how it looks next to Zoya’s Ashley, another shade that’s not currently listed at Zoya’s site.

Entice Veronica comp3

Extremely close.  Ashley is a hair darker.  If I already had Ashley I probably wouldn’t get Veronica.

As a P.S., let me point you towards a very useful blog called The Polish Garden.  She has a list that’s the dream of obsessive-compulsives like me — almost all the Zoya collections with dates, names, and pictures.  Look here.  Better believe I bookmarked that!

Disclosure:  The Ignite, Entice, and some of the comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

A passel of positively posh pinks

I know I haven’t swatched anything in a while.  So today, how about FIVE nail polishes?

Last month I posted about one of Butter London’s great “Last Orders” sales, and one of the items I ordered was the set of five minis called the Boxing Day Fash Pack Pinks.  Each one is 0.2 oz/6 ml, which is enough for several manis each and a great way to try new colors.

BL Fash Pack pinks

Left to right:

  • Teddy Girl — pale petal pink creme
  • Fruit Machine — bubblegum creme
  • Fairy Lights — silvery pink chrome
  • Primrose Hill Picnic — bright hot pink creme
  • Queen Vic — dark plum creme

I used two coats of each and all five applied very well; I thought Primrose Hill Picnic had the best formula and most even coverage.  Teddy Girl and Fruit Machine, being lighter, could have used one more coat.  Fairy Lights was very good for a chrome, but as always with this kind of finish, don’t keep poking at it or the brushstrokes will show more prominently.

I’m still getting used to the windows and quality of natural light here in our new house, and these aren’t the greatest photos but here goes.  The first four polishes, left to right, in the same order, under two different aspects of indirect outdoor light:

BL Fash Pack pinks

BL Fash Pack pinks2

Queen Vic, being a plum or raspberry, deserved her own manicure.  I love the look but prefer my nails to be shorter when I wear dark colors.

Queen Vic

I feel I have dupes from Zoya for most of these colors except the chrome of Fairy Lights; however, it’s similar to Maria from Julep.

The Boxing Day Fash Pack Pinks is no longer visible on Butter London’s site but it may show up again in a future sale, or you may also find it lurking in a department store, eBay, etc.



The Ice Duo from Butter London

Did you pounce on the Butter London sale last week?  I did, finally.  Got the mini-set of five pink polishes I’ve wanted since Christmas, plus picked up the Double Take Ice Duo for $12.

The Ice Duo contains full-sized bottles (0.4 oz/11 ml) of Bluecoat, a dark blue shimmer, and Leccy (slang for electricity), a clear topcoat with irregular shards of blue and copper.  Butter London calls Leccy “opal,” and that’s a good description.


Ice Duo

I previously reviewed the Fire Duo here.  I loved the dark red shimmer called Rebel Fox but wasn’t wowed by the top  coat Brass Monkey.

Bluecoat applied very well and I needed fewer coats than I did of Rebel Fox.  Two coats of Bluecoat were enough for good coverage.  It’s a pretty navy blue and the shimmer shows up more in direct sunlight.  Under indirect outdoor light and then in direct sunshine:


Bluecoat sun

Sorry for the poor condition of my nails and cuticles, been opening a lot of cardboard moving boxes lately and unpacking.  At any rate, I think Bluecoat is beautiful but do I have a dupe?  I think so.  Actually I think I have several <sob>.  Look at my review of Butter London’s own Big Smoke here, along with some other blue polishes, and see what you think.  Overkill in my polish stash.

But moving on to Leccy, I think this is a great top coat.  Like Brass Monkey, the flakes/shards are sparse, so you might want to dab them on or use several coats.  Here are two coats of Leccy over Bluecoat, again under indirect and then direct sunlight:

Bluecoat with Leccy

Bluecoat with Leccy sun

If you want either Bluecoat or Leccy, they’re only sold as a set, not separately.  While I’m glad I got them, I don’t think I would have bought the duo had I realized how close Bluecoat was to other blues I have.  Still, love that Leccy!

Introducing Brick Lane from Butter London

More fall news?  Get out!  But yep, Butter London has announced a new collection and it’s called Brick Lane.

BL Brick Lane

The ad says it’s limited edition so I don’t know if this is their Fall 2014 Collection per se or is in addition to another fall set down the road.  Whatever, don’t those colors say autumn?  I love dark reds and greens and plums when fall rolls around.

If you go to BL’s Brick Lane page, it’s a bit confusing however.  There are six full-size lacquers listed but two of them, British Racing Green and Ladybird, are NOT new; they are old shades.  I happen to love British Racing Green and reviewed it in 2012.

The four other polishes which as far as I know are brand-new are Dubs:

BL Brick Lane Dubs

Cor Blimey:

BL Brick Lane Cor Blimey


BL Brick Lane Bric-a-Brac

and the titular Brick Lane:

BL Brick Lane Brick Lane

Extreme Polish Greed is setting in because, heaven help my credit card, I think I want them all. But wait!  Take a look at the packaged set of six mini-bottles, which doesn’t have British Racing Green and Ladybird, but instead has two exclusive new shades:

BL Brick Lane box

East End is a matte-satin curry yellow and Chocka is deep plum creme-shimmer.

Shoot, I don’t even wear yellow polish but I want this set; how bad is that?


Great Butter London sale — again!

Butter London is determined to tempt me.  Now that I’ve moved I’m once again without a local Ulta store (** sigh…. **) and its array of BL polishes.

But, hey, it doesn’t really matter because we have the internet!  Shocker, I know.  Butter London sent an email with news of their latest “Last Orders” sale.  Prices as marked, and the sale lasts until 11:59 PT 6/29/14.  Free shipping on orders $50 and up, no code required.  Some items may sell out before that date.

Get a load of the Boxing Day Fash Packs — these are sets of five mini-sized bottles.  I saw these in person at Ulta and was sorely tempted but the price held me back.  But now?  $17.50 instead of $50?  Oh yeah.  The pink pack especially calls my name.

BL Fash Pack pinks

Can you believe I don’t own any of these colors??  The Fash Pack Neutrals is not shabby either:

BL Fash Pack neutrals

Of these shades, I only own Dodgy Barnett, the silver glitter on the far right, but don’t really want the two nudes/browns on the left.

Other goodies on sale include the Fire Duo for $12, marked down from $24.  I reviewed that pair here and loved it.  The blue polish and blue opal top coat called Ice Duo is on sale too.  Don’t forget single polishes such as Shag and Jack the Lad.  Love blue-green polish?  Jack the Lad is one of my faves.

Jack the Lad outd

There’s also some BL makeup on sale but most of it is a little too outré for my taste, like yellow mascara.  Have fun shopping, and let us know what rings your bell!

Dis and dat

Not much of any one thing to talk about today, just a few little things that I’ll lump together.

First of all, Butter London is having another of its “Last Order” sales.  Some polishes and sets for half price or so.  Shop HERE if you’re interested, and the sale is only good through this weekend.

Secondly, if you’re interested in Zoya’s Earth Day Exchange — another half-price sale — keep in mind that it’s good through April 28th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  Every time they have a sale there are people crying that they forgot about it or waited ’til literally the last minute and then their order didn’t go through or whatever.  Don’t be a sad panda.


I know many are excited to see swatches of the upcoming summer sets from Zoya:  Tickled, Bubbly, and MagicalPixie 2.0.  I’m excited too but just wanted to let you know that my polishes are on preorder status like everyone else and I don’t expect them before May.  I want to marry the Bubbly Collection.  These summer sets are not included in the Earth Day Exchange because they haven’t been released yet.

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly2

And to totally switch gears, I want to talk about sunscreen.  Specifically, what I’m calling Sunscreen Creep.  Yesterday when I was at the gym walking on the treadmill (makes me sound so virtuous, eh?) I got hot and pulled up the sleeves of my sweatshirt.  Lo and behold, I noticed for the first time how sun-damaged my forearms looked.  I’ve been sooooooo careful to put sunscreen on the backs of my hands for years, and yes, my 55-year-old hands are remarkably free of age spots and other sun damage.  But that look stops at my wrists.  WHAT?!?  How could I have been so careless?

From now on, my sunscreen regimen is also going to include my arms, in addition to my usual face-neck-hands routine.  Pretty soon I’ll just jump in a vat of sunscreen every morning, climb out, and get dressed.

Seriously, don’t be oblivious to the sun protection that certain parts of your body need.  As I preach constantly, it’s WAY easier to avoid sun damage than it is to try and correct it after it happens.  You can mitigate it somewhat, though, with the right products.  Look for sunscreen that also says “tone correcting” or “reduces dark spots.”  I like Neutrogena products such as their Visibly Even® line.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

New wedding colors quad from Butter London

Introducing Sweet Somethings from Butter London:

BL Sweet Somethings

A shimmery pink, two neutrals, and a blue (walk into a bar….).

Pretty, but doesn’t this set remind me of something?

Essie 2014 wedding got engagedEssie 2014 wedding she said yes

Essie 2014 wedding Love Every MinuteEssie 2014 wedding meet the parents.jpg

Hang on, it’ll come to me….


Almost got it… oh yeah!

Essie 2014 wedding

Essie’s new wedding set for this year, called She Said Yes.  What a coincidence!


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