Sunday, October 21, 2012

Butter London West End Wonderland Review

Let me start out by saying gold isn't my color.  I have never really liked gold jewelry because it looks odd with my skin tone.  Obviously, the same thing goes for gold nail polish.  I had one other gold (Finger Paints Key to My Art) and it looked horrible on me. I gave it to my niece in a big bag of polish I wanted to get rid of when I cleaned out my stash.  

Butter London West End Wonderland

 You may notice that I normally have good things to say about the polishes I show on my blog.  I know this bothers some people; however, I always do lots of research before I buy a polish.  I pretty much know I am going to like it when I buy it.  One other point I would like to make is that if I do happen to buy a polish that I don't like or that looks bad on me, I'm probably not going to show it on my blog.   I almost didn't show this one.

Butter London West End Wonderland

This isn't necessarily a negative review of this polish, it just doesn't look good on me.  I wouldn't have picked this polish, but I took advantage of that Coterie sale where you received 3 Butter London polishes and a matte top coat for $11.  I had most of the colors they were offering, so I pretty much had to get this one.  I also chose Knackered (which I am excited about) and Pillar Box Red. 


Butter London West End Wonderland

West End Wonderland is a clear base with gold and orange/bronze glitter.  It looks very pretty in the bottle and I'm sure with the right skin tone, it would look great.  You only need one coat because the glitter is very dense.  I didn't use anything for a base for this so you can see how dense the glitter is.  This polish would look pretty for a fancy holiday party.

So there you have it. A semi-negative review on my blog.  You won't find many!

If you have a blog, do you post reviews of polishes you don't like?  

27 comments:

  1. I was starting to think "where's the sweater this time?", but then it showed up on your last photo and I was happy again! xD Despite that, I love your second photo so much! :o
    And I feel you on the gold thing, I also think it looks really bad on me... :S

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    1. LOL, I almost didn't post the one with the sweater because I REALLY didn't like it. But I thought I'd better -just for you:)

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    2. To me, that's your signature photo, it wouldn't be the same without those cute sweaters! :3

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    3. :) Okay, I'll keep doing it then! I maybe need to branch out and get some more sweaters!

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  2. How funny - I was totally waiting for the sweater shot too! I do sometimes review polishes I'm not a fan of just because I want to help others steer clear of ones with bad formulas or finishes. I actually really like this one on you, but I totally understand the feeling of putting on a polish and it just NOT working for me no matter how pretty it is.

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    1. :) Thanks. But yes, there are some that don't look good no matter how you look at it. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

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  3. Essie's new winter collection has a "gold/silver" combo that might be interesting since it isn't a straight up gold. I'm waiting to see some swatches of it first since it isn't really out in stores yet.

    http://www.essie.com/shop/beyond-cozy-p-464.html

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    1. That would be interesting. I'll watch for it. I thought this kindof looked like that China Glaze I'm Not Lion (I think). I sure wish I could wear gold.

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  4. I feel like silvertone is definitely better on my skin, too, but for some reason I just love gold polish. I'm honestly not a big fan of this one in the bottle, though it really does look very pretty on you. There's a lippy to match and I'm kind of lemming that right now, lol... Where on earth would I wear glittery gold lipgloss? I'll find a place, I guess. ;) Anyhoo, I go back and forth on posting negative posts. I felt pretty negative about the last nail art I attempted, and I felt a little bad posting that because it felt like I was fishing for compliments, which I wasn't... but then when it seemed people actually liked what I'd done, I felt bad for bashing it in the first place. Then again, it's all sort of like a diary, a journey through this particular season of life in nail polish, lol, and I feel like not posting some stuff and not giving my real thoughts about it isn't being true to myself or my readers...

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    1. Ha, let me know how you like it in the lip gloss...that should be interesting! You better post it on your blog...good or bad:) I do see your point of view on posting negative thoughts about a polish. I really don't have many polishes that I don't like. Like I said, I got rid of the ones that I never wore or maybe wore a long time ago and remember not liking them. I guess it's all a matter of what you want your blog to be. That's why everyones' blog is so different. If I ever receive a polish for review and don't like something about it - I will totally give my honest opinion. I will not get "paid" to say something positive. But if I put a polish on and it's so bad that I can't even get a decent picture of it - I am just not going to post it. There was a green Zoya (can't remember the name) and I put it on and it was so horrible that I just didn't post about it. I also remember posting a Sinful Colors polish that I hated but that was the time I decided to get rid of the duds in my collection. Anyway, I have been known to change my mind and I don't want to say I will NEVER post a negative review. But for the most part, I think I know which polishes work best for me so I will normally have good things to say about the polishes I buy. Thanks for posting your view on this. I appreciate it.

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    2. I think everything comes down to category-- if you're sent something for review, you have a certain obligation to try and sell the product, I think. Reviewers are sent things early to generate interest, after all. Be factual in your descriptions of color, formula, application, and wear, and if you happen to love the product, put that in there. Or don't.
      If it's something you picked and purchased for yourself, you have a right to be disappointed (even with research, you don't really now until you use it on yourself) and you have a right to post about it or to not.
      As far as art is concerned, I do feel like criticizing your own is a little pretentious, and I'm not sure I made the right choice about mine. The other option was skipping this week's BCA Wednesday (which, in hindsight, I could've jumped in late and it wouldn't have mattered).

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    3. I think your post was just fine. If I ever try nail art, I'm sure I'll post a "fail" here and there. Not saying yours was a fail, but you didn't like it, so in your eyes it was. And like you said, people ended up really liking it. That's the joy of having your own blog - you can post and say what you want! :)

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  5. I'm the same way with gold. I love it on other people and I even like it when I take photographs of my nails, but I never actually wear them because I think they look awful with my skin tone (although I'm still confused how I can like other colors with heavy gold shimmer but not straight gold).

    I don't tend to review polishes I dislike either. I'm currently struggling over whether or not to post a negative review/experience I had with an indie polish. Part of me wants to, but part of me doesn't want to be a b**** posting mean things. I don't buy polishes that I won't like either, it just seems silly! I'm not going to go out and buy a collection just to review it on my blog, I wait until I see some reviews and post the ones I know I will like. Neutral reviews, maybe, but not all out negative.

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    1. Exactly - you explained it perfectly. There are people that want to review things good/bad on their blog and buy polishes just to review. And that's great - I love to read the good/bad when making my decision...so those blogs are needed. But for my blog and my day-to-day life...I would rather buy polishes that I love and will wear. I love to show off polishes I love so that's mainly what my blog will be...at least that's what my thing is now - it could change. I have said polishes are sheer and need more coats, have too thin of a brush, etc. - so I will be honest. But for the most part, I post polishes I enjoy:)

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  6. Really you don't like it???? I think it looks great!! Question of taste I guess... I usually dislike gold polish but this one looks more delicate...
    And I usually buy polishes based on other people's swatches and reviews... Sadly what some ppl LOVE sometimes I end up hating and I kinda feel bad saying that on my blog... But I'm honest anyway!! I'm about to review a polish actually that I just got and ended up hating it!!

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    1. That's very true. Everyone has a preference for nail polish. I have received messages that I have said I love a polish and others hate it. So yes, it does end up coming down to personal preference and taste. I'm sure I will end up getting a polish that I don't like and possibly review it - I shouldn't make a statement that will back me into a corner. I should say "for the most part, I will post polishes I like". Some are just too horrible to post...for me:) I'm actually not very picky with nail polish. Perhaps I try to find the good in most of them. But there are some that I know I won't like - so I'm not even going to try. i.e. China Glaze Trendsetter. icky... lol.

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  7. The polish is very pretty though I experience the same like you: this will look weird if worn by me. I would post a semi-negative or negative review if I would have worn the mani. My blog should reflect what I experience with polish in every day life and polish disappointments are part of it once in a while. Though I research a polish also thoroughly before buying. So thank you for your openness <3

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    1. That's true. Perhaps after all of your input, I should just post the negative ones....hmmmm. I have trouble knocking a brand but maybe just being honest about the one polish and not knocking the entire brand would be okay. I don't think I will ever say I dislike an entire brand because all brands have polishes that are hit and miss. I often hear people say "I hate all Essie's" or whatever brand and I think to myself - "why are you limiting yourself and drawing such a harsh conclusion about an entire brand?" They have a right to, but I feel they will miss out because there may be a gem of a polish in the brand you are writing off. ...end rant. hehe

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    2. I hear you - and I fully agree!!!! And to state that a color is unsuitable for oneself is not saying anything negative about the product itself. I have listed some missbehaviours of China Glaze Ride The Waves on my Blog myself. I was not the only one (but probably the last one - LOL). Remaining respectful and polite when stating that something does not work is core in my eyes and yours was just along those lines..... So highly appreciated :-)))

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  8. I only own 3 Butter London polishes but there are many that have caught my eye lately. Thank you for commenting on my blog tonight, yours is simply wonderful and to answer your question my Nail polish stands are from Trade Secrets. They like most salons get new displays in with a lot of collection and they sell or give me the old ones (3 so far). Cant hurt to ask if they/salons have old stands lying around:)
    sara xx

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    1. Oh cool. Maybe I'll do that. Thanks for stopping by:)

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  9. Wowww. All I can say is beautiful.

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  10. I got this via the Coterie deal too, and I'm not a fan of gold either. I haven't used it and I think I may try to exchange it at Ulta. Shhh! Lol

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  11. I am exactly the same with gold! I own very little gold jewelry and I tend to steer away from straight up gold polish too. I really think it looks great on you. I wonder if maybe it would be better as an accent nail with a nice red for the mani. Also, I am very much like that with my blog too. If I don't like a polish, why would I feature it on my blog?! And as a nail polish junkie, I TRY to not make random purchases without researching. And that is the beauty of the blogging world and the internet. We can find out about things without trying them. And hey...at least you got a good deal on the polishes!

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    1. Yep, that's exactly how I feel. But some people want to show the good, bad, and the ugly on their blog...and that's just fine too:) An accent nail with red would look awesome. Great idea! I would hate this to go to waste.

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