Woot. A new Ulta store just opened where I live and you better believe I was there the day it opened. I was looking for the new 6-piece polish set of minis from Butter London called Steampunk Ball ’cause I had to see it in person. The whole new collection is called Steampunk Ball, as is this one set. There are other sets such as Gilded Gears and Clockwork Couture, but they either have colors I don’t want or ones I already have. The release is confusing; know what you’re buying.
I attempted to briefly explain the concept of steampunk here a little over a week ago.
I couldn’t tell enough from the stock photos on either BL’s site or the Nordstrom’s site, especially about Barkers and Brass Goggles….
…. but when I saw them in person I wanted them.
The colors, left to right, top row and then bottom row:
Barkers – Set Exclusive!
Opaque, grey with magenta-green shimmer
Pinkies Up – Set Exclusive!
Opaque, pink shimmer
Baroness – Set Exclusive!
Opaque, burgundy metallic
Full coverage, flaring shimmers in saffron red gel-like base
Full Steam Ahead – Set Exclusive!
Opaque, grey creme
Brass Goggles – Set Exclusive!
Semi-sheer, black and gold foil glitter
These are all new except for Bric-a-Brac, which was part of the fall Brick Lane set, but it’s a shade I’ve been craving so I’m cool with it being included.
Let’s jump right in! I used two coats of each polish except for Bric-a-Brac which needed three, and Brass Goggles which is a top coat and needed but one coat.
Barkers is a very odd color, in a fascinating way. It’s just like the official description, opaque gray with dark pink & green shimmer. Kind of looks like a sheen of oil, if oil had sparkles. The overall effect is purplish but it’s way more complex than just a shimmery purple. Under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash:
Doesn’t it look absolutely wild in the bottle in the second picture? Like some weird elixir.
Pinkies Up, on the other hand, is a demure peachy-pink shimmer. Might look like it doesn’t belong in the set but I actually like it.
Let’s jazz it up. The polish called Brass Goggles in this set is a glitter top coat, a clear base with gold and black glitter of various shapes and sizes, even some tiny black bar glitter and gold shards. Here it is over Pinkies Up.
Baroness is a beautiful dusty burgundy shimmer and while I love the color, visible brushstrokes were a bit of a problem.
However, with the top coat of Brass Goggles, brushstrokes disappear, and it looks pretty cool.
Full Steam Ahead is the color I thought I’d like least, but for “only” a gray creme, I love it. So smooth, and the bluish gunmetal shade strikes me as “just right” and very glossy. Really glad I found this one since I have a hard time wearing medium to dark grays.
I tried Brass Goggles over Full Steam Ahead but wasn’t crazy about it.
Finally, Bric-a-Brac. Love, love, love this “ruby slippers” polish. The base is a pinkish-red and the heavy red and gold metallic is so beautiful. A holiday polish for sure.
I didn’t try Brass Goggles over Bric-a-Brac because there was already so much glittery goodness going on.
So that’s the Steampunk Ball set. The bottles are minis, 0.2 oz/6 ml, and the set is $39 SRP. It does seem expensive for minis, but Butter London is more expensive than Zoya, OPI, and drugstore brands.
The polishes are not available individually or in full sizes except for Bric-a-Brac, and Full Steam Ahead is available as a full size in the Art of Alchemy set ($65) but that set also contains five older colors.
Overall I love this Steampunk Ball set and I’m OK with the bottles being minis. I never use up full-size bottles anyway! My favorite shades by themselves are Bric-a-Brac, Barkers, and Full Steam Ahead, and I also love Brass Goggles over Baroness. Barkers is the most unusual shade in this set, and photos don’t do it justice.
Coming Monday, big news. Have a great weekend!