It’s swatch-a-palooza time! And today’s post is going to be a bit of a doozy. I’m just going to warn you up front: This is gonna be a pretty huge post. Today’s post should wrap up the remainder of my mainstream polish stash. Woo Hoo!! Super exciting!! I find myself in that weird place where I don’t feel I have quite enough polishes for 2 decent posts, but I also feel I have a little too much for one post. In the interest of feeling accomplished and finished with one part of this swatching project, I decided to push through with a larger-than-usual post. So. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! Hopefully, it won’t be too overwhelming. If you decide to peruse through here, be sure to grab a favorite drink — alcoholic or regular … I don’t judge — and, maybe, a snack. And away we go!
I’ve never purchased a lot from Butter London. I would always find myself standing in front of this brand’s display when I visited my local Ulta. I loved the color choices. I loved the aesthetic behind the brand. I was intrigued by the bottle shape. But the price. I did not love the price. Keep in mind this was when I was first starting back into nail polish, hot and heavy. I was rediscovering my love affair with OPI. I was falling for China Glaze and Zoya. And all of these brands quickly took priority in my heart. Also, it seemed like Butter London never went on sale, which I found discouraging.
Even so, I picked up a few. At the height of my purchasing madness, I had 10 Butter London polishes in my stash. When I did my first swatch-through for pictures, I destashed 4 of these. This leaves me with 6 to show in today’s post.
Inky Six is a dark, blackened blue base with navy and turquoise/aqua micro glitter. The formula is good. It builds up to full opacity in 2 coats.
This polish breaks my heart a little bit. Because I love the color of it. On the face of it, you would think this polish would be my jam — and a half. Because it has a lot of the things I love in a polish. The colors in here are gorgeous and right up my alley. Ditto with the glitter and the sparkly finish. Unfortunately, this polish feels heavier and chunkier on the nail than I like. I don’t like a chunky, textured look or feel on my nails, which is why I seldom wear textured polish. This one smooths out with top coat, but I found I needed three coats of it before I got the look I wanted. It also smoothed out with 1 coat of Gelous as a glitter food and then 2 coats of top coat. But that’s still 3 coats of some type of topper over 2 coats of polish. It just didn’t feel good to me on my nails. So I destashed this one. Even though it made me sad.
Keks is a vibrant medium blue creme. This has a great formula. It was opaque for me at 1 coat when my nails were short, although I could see it needing 2 if my nails were longer. I’m pretty sure I used 2 coats in my swatch picture, because that’s how I roll.
I should probably destash this one, because I am certain I have other polishes in my stash that are exactly like this or are close enough to be kissing cousins. This is definitely a tone of blue that falls into a sweet spot for me. What can I say? I am weak. This color is super pretty. And the formula is fantastic. So this one is a keeper for me.
Giddy Kipper is a dark periwinkle with a subtle blue shimmer. The formula is good. It is fairly even in application, although I had slight streaking. It is generally opaque for me in 2 coats.
I love this color. It falls into a perfect “blurple” spot for me. In some lights, with the blue shimmer, it looks like denim. And yet, I’ve decided to destash it. This is another color I tend to buy a lot, and I don’t think I will think of this one or pull it out to wear it any time in the near future.
Kip is a light, slightly silvery gray creme. I found the formula on this polish to be a little watery and a little thin, although it levels out well. It is generally opaque for me in 2-3 coats.
I have a thing for gray polish, in general. But, I am not sure I have anything exactly like this one in my stash. I love the silky, silvery look to it. It’s what I imagine it would look like if I stood inside a cloud. It is a soft and delicate look on the nail, and a really nice balance between gray and white. I like that it has a slightly stark look on the nail without the harshness. I think this one is worth the difficult formula for me, and it is a keeper — at least, for now.
Union Jack Black is a black creme. This has a nice formula that is opaque for me in 1-2 easy coats.
This polish is pretty basic. It’s just a black creme, with no added bells and whistles. And yet, that is what makes it really good. Because I found this to be a GOOD black creme. You would think such a thing would be easy to find in the world of nail polish, but it’s not. And so, I decided to keep this one because I like the tone of black and I also like the formula.
Tart With a Heart is a clear base packed with golden micro glitter and larger iridescent glitter. I think the glitters are holographic, although I am not positive. There is rainbow action with this polish, though! The formula on this polish is good. It doesn’t have too much base, and there is a great deal of glitter pay-off with each swipe of the brush.
I have a bonus macro shot for Tart. This polish can become mostly opaque on its own at 2-3 coats. You can easily see my nail line in this macro shot, but this is only because of the extreme close-up angle. In real life, the glitter hides nail line really well. It is also gorgeous over a darker color at 1 coat.
I freaking LOVE this polish. You can probably tell that just from my description. It is one of the prettiest glitters in my stash, and that includes indies. I love the gold tones. I love the iridescent glitters. You guys know I’m a total sucker for iridescent glitter in anything! My bottle is old, and it has become quite thick. It is nearly to the point where it is unworkable, and I want to try some thinner in it the next time I wear it. This is also a fairly stinky polish. And you know what? I don’t care! I’m keeping this one.
CHINA GLAZE: EVERGLAZE
I have never purchased much from the Everglaze part of the China Glaze brand. You guys know I love my China Glaze polishes. It is one of the mainstream brands I still purchase from on a regular basis, even now, after I have fallen feet-first down the indie polish rabbit hole. But I’ve found I am happiest sticking to the regular lacquer side of the brand.
One day, when I was visiting my favorite Sally’s, I found a big clearance sale on Everglaze polishes. They were such a great price that I decided to pick up a few. I originally had 9 from this brand, but I destashed 6 of them on my first swatch-through. I have 3 to show in today’s post.
Lil Bow-tique is a whited-out pastel pink creme. The formula is thin and a little sheer. It is generally opaque for me in 2 coats on short nails, but I think I would need 3 when my nails are longer. I also had some streaking, but I remember this polish leveling out pretty well.
This is a pretty pink. I like the softness to the color. And I really like the look of it on the nail. I went back and forth on this one. At first, I was going to destash it. Then, when I swatched it a second time, I decided to keep it. Today, I have, once again, decided to destash it. Even though I like the color and the look on the nail, it’s still just a baby/pastel pink. It’s pretty basic, and the watery quality of the formula, combined with the thin China Glaze brush, bugs me too much.
Current Crush is a medium-to-dark blue. I feel like it has some green undertone to it, which puts it slightly into teal territory. But it doesn’t go quite all the way to teal. It still looks “blue” to my eye. It has a crelly formula that is pretty good. It’s a little thinner than I would like, but it doesn’t streak. And it levels out nicely on its own. It is generally opaque for me in 2 coats.
This is another polish I waffled on when swatching. On my first swatch-through, I decided to keep this one. I love the color. I’m not sure how to explain exactly what I love about it. I like how it is almost navy blue, but it has that green in the undertone that gives it an “off” look. But, when I swatched these polishes the second time, I told myself I should destash it because I probably had other polishes that were close to this color. Today, I have come full circle. And I am going to keep this one. I might have things in my stash that are like this, but I do love the color and the formula.
Kiss the Girls is a dark blue base with lighter blue (turquoise or aqua) shimmer. This has a nice formula. It is a little thin and slick-feeling going onto the nail, which is expected with a shimmer. It is still generally opaque for me in 2 easy coats.
This polish is similar to Essie, Bell Bottom Blues, which I kept in the Essie part of my destash. I compared them on a swatch wheel, and this polish is lighter than the Essie. This makes me a happy camper, because I love this polish. I love the feeling of it going onto my nail. I love the shimmer. I love the look of it when it dries. This one is a definite keeper for me.
Color Club is a brand I would love to love. I love to watch YouTube videos reviewing different collections from this brand. And I would love to have more of it. Unfortunately, no stores in my area sell Color Club, which means I would have to buy them online. And, pretty much, if I am going to buy online with my limited monthly polish budget, I am going to spend my money on indies. So I think this brand is destined to be a no-grower in my stash. It makes me a little sad, but I’m also okay with it.
I started out with 7 Color Clubs in my stash. I destashed 2 on my first swatch-through, which leaves me with 5 polishes to show in today’s post.
Daisy Does It is a yellow jelly base with yellow glass fleck. I think it’s glass fleck. It might be micro glitter, but it looks softer and more shimmery. The formula for this polish is good. It is sheer, which I expect with something as shimmery-glittery as this. I need at least 3 coats for full opacity, and I find I can still see my nail line at certain angles.
This polish is so pretty. I love how bright and sunny it is. It reminds me of my beloved Lighthouse from China Glaze, but they are not exactly alike. I don’t have many polishes in my stash like this, so it is a keeper for me.
Perfect Mol-ten is an icy-looking light green. It has a good formula. It applies evenly and is opaque in 2 easy coats. It leaves some brush strokes behind, but they are not overwhelmingly distracting to the eye.
This is a unique polish in my stash. I don’t have anything quite this color of green, and I don’t have anything this color of green with this type of finish. At first, I was going to keep it because of this. But, once I re-swatched it, I realized I won’t wear this polish. I don’t like the frosty-icy look it has on my nails. I know this would make me crazy in a full manicure — and not in a good way. So I am going to destash it.
Cold Metal is a dark blue base with shimmer running throughout. I can’t tell if the shimmer is silver or a lighter blue, like an aqua. This polish has a great formula. It is opaque in 2 easy coats, and almost opaque in 1.
You probably already know this polish is right up my alley. I love the color. I love the shimmer. I love the finished look on the nail. And I love the formula, too. This one reminds me a lot of both Essie, Bell Bottom Blues and the China Glaze Everglaze I kept above (Kiss the Girls). But I compared all three of them on a nail wheel, and they are different in appearance. Yay for me! This one is a keeper.
Route 66 is a slightly dusty sky blue creme with a crelly formula. The formula is sheer and watery. If you go in too thin with your coats, it streaks like crazy. If you go in with thicker coats, you run the risk of the polish running right off the sides of the nail. It is generally opaque for me in 2-3 coats. But it is not an easy application.
I want to love this polish. It is such a beautiful color. It is light and airy, but also a little bit gray. I love it on my skin tone. And I love the finished look of this polish, too. But I hate the formula. I really, really hate the formula. I know I won’t wear this one. Every time I think about it, I remember how terrible the formula is. It hurts me to say it, but it’s not worth the struggle. This one is a destash.
So Crumby is a light, whited-out pastel blue with matte black glitters in different sizes. This polish is a crelly, which means you have to build it up in thin coats in order to see all the glitters through the layers. It is generally opaque for me in 2 easy coats.
I adore this polish. I love everything about it, and it is always fun to wear in a full manicure. This one is a definite keeper.
I have never purchased much from this brand. In general, I felt it was out of my price range. I ended up getting a few, either on sale or as special treats to myself here and there. I started out with 4 polishes from this brand. I destashed 2 of them on my first swatch-through, and I have 2 to show in today’s post.
Melt With You is a dark pink with shimmer. I think of this as an “electric” pink because it is vivid and a little bit eye-searing in real life. But I feel like it has a slight blue undertone, which makes it a cooler pink. The shimmer is subtle. It doesn’t show as “shimmer” on the nail, but it gives the polish depth and detail at different angles. This polish has a great formula. It is smooth, even, and easy to apply. It is generally opaque for me at 2 coats.
I’m not always one for pinks, but I like this one. It is vibrant and bright, and I like the blue undertone and subtle shimmer. Top all that off with a great formula, and this one is a keeper.
Crystal Waters is a light and shimmery aqua blue. The formula is decent. It’s kind of sheer, which I think is due to the shimmer. But it’s not thin. It evens out on its own, and it is easy to apply. This is generally opaque for me in 2 coats.
So I need another shimmery blue like I need a hole in my head. But … I am keeping this one. I love the look of it. The shimmery blues are my Kryptonite, guys! I’m telling ‘ya! But I particularly love the way this polish looks like water on my nails. It has a mermaid quality that I love.
Whew! That was a massive post. If you made it all the way through to the end, I am hella impressed with your staying power. And I’m hella grateful that you stuck it out with me. As I mentioned in my intro, I went back and forth on the size of this post. Ultimately, I’m glad I did it this way. I couldn’t break it down logically in my mind. And, since this is the end (I think!) of my mainstream stash, it felt fitting to do a larger-than-usual post. Go out with a bang, so to speak.
And that brings me to my next thing. Wow!! I made it all the way through my mainstream stash. I can’t believe it! I want to go back and reswatch my OPI and China Glaze polishes. And part of my Zoya stash, too. I don’t have newer, better-quality photos for those. Also, OPI, China Glaze, and Zoya tend to continue growing. I’m sure I have polishes now that I didn’t have when I first posted these brands. When I reswatch, I’m sure I will do more destashing. But this is a project for another time, like after I make it through the indie part of my stash.
Next week, I will head into the indie part of my ever-growing hoard. I think I may start out with what I think of as “boutique” brands, such as A.England, Glam Polish, and Pretty Serious. I feel like these bridge the gap between fully mainstream and fully indie brands. So, we shall see what next week brings. I’m excited! Woo!