Sunday, November 11, 2012

butter LONDON Holiday 2012: Fairy Cake


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If Ellie Goulding's song "Lights" was a nail polish, Fairy Cake would be it. From butter LONDON's holiday 2012 collection, Fairy Cake is a "full coverage, silvery lacquer with multi-colored iridescent glitter in a light grey base". Glitter polish is always a hit during the holidays, and this is quite a complex one. While the iridescent (holo?) glitter throws around a rainbow of colors, the main color falls in the middle of being gold and silver at the same time.

The formula surprised me and was much more of a "full coverage" glitter than I expected. The thickness reminded me of the Milani one-coat glitters. Fairy Cake also dries quickly but unfortunately not in the good way - as I painted my nails, the brush became quite stiff. I had to give it some time back in the bottle to soften up before finishing my other hand. Despite the coverage being thick, after (3) coats and I still found some bald spots. Even after applying a thick top, the finish is gritty to the touch . Be careful not to snag your sweaters on your glittery nails!



Fairy Cake with flash:


Here is (1) coat of Fairy Cake over Jack the Lad (review here). Fairy Cake is definitely more of a "full-coverage" glitter than a dainty glitter top coat.


Fairy Cake makes an excellent polish to use in a glitter gradient. Here is Fairy Cake sponged over All Hail the Queen (instructions here). I'm not really crazy about this particular combo, but you get the idea!


According to butter LONDON, "fairy cake" is what the British call cupcakes. Any British readers care to validate? ;)

The Holiday 2012 lacquer collection includes Fiddlesticks, Scuppered, Jack the Lad, Fairy Cake, and Scallywag. butter LONDON polishes retail for $14.

In New York City, my favorite retailers of Butter products are C.O. Bigelow, Ricky's, and now Henri Bendel. There are many more! Here is a list of retailers in New York City that carry Butter nail polish. Buy online at http://www.butterlondon.com/, Nordstrom, and Beauty.com. Also part of this cute glitter trio for $36.

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22 comments:

  1. Fairy Cake and The Black Knight are among my Butter London faves. Im a sucker for sparkly nails:)
    Sara xx

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    1. I love the Black Knight too! Have you tried Lovely Jubbly? That's another great glitter!

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    1. Thanks! It's so easy to do, and really doesn't take much time either.

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  3. Ahh, Fairy Cake... I tried this in Nordstrom the other day and was a little underwhelmed. It was gorgeous and showed such promise while still wet, though you're right, it's barely a full coverage glitter. The surprising thing to me about this polish was that it dried kind of flat. It lost some of its luster and looked a little dull. I feel like your lovely photos give this one more credit than it deserves. ;)

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    1. I know what you mean, it dries really gritty and does dull when dry. The first pictures of just Fairy Cake are worn with butter's Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat over top. Also, the bright lights in my light box really make it light up!

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  4. Oooooo I love this! This is one for the wish list!

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    1. You should totally check out the glitter 3 pack - it's a great deal!

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  5. Sorry to hear about the frustrating formula, but you results are seriously beautiful. =)

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    1. Glad you like! Sometimes putting on nail polish is like wearing great shoes - you can tolerate the uncomfortable part to look fabulous in the end ;)

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    1. I love that it's versatile - you can wear it as a full mani, or also as an accent or gradient. Even though it's thick, it would look great layered over the right color.

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    1. I was so not expecting it to be so thick lol! I thought it would just add a touch of glitter, but no! It's a serious glitter :)

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  8. It's gorgeous! But too bad about the formula

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    1. It looks great in the end, it's worth tolerating ;)

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  9. OOh, I'm in love with Fairycakes! I just went to Nordstroms site, and am contemplating buying it! (I don't have a Nordstrom's local. :O( )

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    1. Nordstrom is great because they offer free shipping even if you just buy one polish!

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  10. Loving Fairy Cake! And, yes, as a Brit I can confirm that we call sometimes call cup cakes "fairy cakes" :)

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    1. What a fitting name - thanks for confirming!

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