Today I’m at home watching the beautiful snow outside my window I should technically be at work – I made a pretty gallant attempt at cycling in but it got to the point where I couldn’t see because the snow was in my eyes and one of my eyebrows had smudged right down to my eyelid so I decided it was definitely too dangerous to go into work (for me and the customers – no-one needs to see that! Haha)
I saw Butter London Shambolic first on Scrangie’s blog, but didn’t really feel the need for it until I saw this Flickr photo – I fell in love. The trouble then was that you can’t actually buy Shambolic on it’s own, it’s only available as part of the Butter London Holiday gift set (which was what I ended up buying from lookfantastic.com for just £23!) or as part of a Holiday Lips & Tips gift set. Anyway, it was part of the Butter London Holiday 2012 Collection – a set of 4 glitters and 2 shimmers.
Shambolic is a massive glitterbomb containing purple, teal-green and fuchsia microglitter, slightly larger silver hexagonal glitter and much larger (but normal sized) pale pink, fuchsia and silver hexagonal glitter, all suspended in a greyish-lilac base. It’s incredibly pretty in person, and a bit of a shapeshifter – in normal daylight the fuchsia is largely invisible and the polish takes on a slightly dull dark purple tone, but under artificial light it is a dazzling and eye-catching bright purple. It looks absolutely superb and is well worth the £12 rrp for Butter London polishes in my opinion!
The polish went on very smoothly, and was very easy to apply compared to some glitters. It had no dragging issues, and was more or less opaque at 2 coats, as shown. It dried pretty quickly too, I would say it was completely dry at 2 coats within 20 minutes. My one complaint is that while the finish is fairly smooth for a glitter, on it’s own it looks a bit dull and flat. A topcoat really helps to bring out the sparkle – I used 1 coat. I would definitely recommend using a topcoat with this polish!
Shambolic was officially my first-worn Butter London polish and I have to say, I was suitably impressed! I’ve always been a bit wary of pricey brands (for £12 I could buy four Barry Ms!) but for polishes like Shambolic I do really feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, based on appearance alone! It absolutely lived up to my expectations, I’m very happy to say!
Do you own any Butter London polishes? Do you think they are worth the £12 price tag? Let me know in the comments!
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