Simple Manicure, Tips & Tricks

Butter London Slapper + Butter London Basecoat and Topcoat

May 21, 2012

This gorgeous teal blue is Butter London’s Slapper. I adore it so much! I’m really into blues and teals at the moment. :)

Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat & Hardwear P. D. Quick Topcoat

I noticed when used Seche Vite Topcoat (my favorite!) with Butter London polishes I get a bit of shrinkage (the polish pulling away from the tips of my nails). Not the most attractive thing in the world. Definitely not as much shrinkage as when I use Seche Vita with Zoya polishes, but enough to make me want to try the Butter London base and topcoats.

I found a set at Ulta Beauty called Backstage Basics that came with the basecoat, topcoat, remover, and then a polish color of your choice. For my color, I chose Slapper. It really is a great way to try out Butter London since you save $30 when you buy the set!

As you can see from the photo above, the basecoat is a pale nude color. It goes on pretty sheer and dries to a semi-matte finish (I would call it a satin finish). It was actually very pretty by itself.

After I let the basecoast dry for about 3 minutes, I applied two coats of Slapper, waiting about 3 minutes between coats. Then I topped it off with the Hardwear topcoat. It dried fairly quickly and I was good to go after about 15 minutes as long as I was still careful not to dent it. It was dry to the touch, though.

Four days later, I had very minimal tipwear…

Granted, I had a few very easy days. I didn’t do any housework since I was out of town, but I did do a bit of packing and moving things around. Generally when I’m doing lots of dishes or putting my hands in water quite a bit (even just to take a shower), my polish doesn’t last as long. That being said, I thought my Butter London manicure lasted a long time. :)

The verdict? I love the Butter London basecoat and topcoat. It helps Butter London polishes last for a long time. The only thing I miss is the high shine of Seche Vite topcoat. But for the better wear and no shrinkage, I’ll happily use all Butter London when I want to use a Butter London polish color. :)

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  • Kathy Camasso May 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Oooooh, what a pretty color! Thanks for the informative review!

  • Sharna W. May 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    love your review. I’ve had a serious problem with wear on my tips lately. Granted I type a lot at work but I use the pads of my fingers not my nails. I’ve been trying a lot of different base coats… now I do wonder if its the top coat. Yuck! but I really can’t complain to much. I usually want to change my nails every 3 to 4 days anyway.

  • Cathy May 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Kristina, that is a very pretty colour- great for spring. Thanks for the useful review, I am learning alot about nails. I have been following your other blog for quite a while and now am inspired to look after my nails. They are looking much better but lol…. I am practising with alot of clear nail polish till my right hand looks like it was not painted in the dark!! Cheers C

  • Jenny May 22, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Thanks for this timely post! I just purchased my first butter london polish and basically hated it. I tried several times to get a good result, but it still looked terrible. I was not using the butter london base or top coats however, so I will definitely have to look into getting those. Thanks!

  • Kalyn May 22, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Great review! Thanks for the tip about the set – will have to look into it!