The lengths to which I have gone to love butterLONDON (hereinafter to be referred to as BL because….come on, ReAlLy??) are even more ridiculous than my China Glaze efforts. At least my reasons for wanting to love China Glaze are sound: availability, affordability and selection. BL is pretty much the anti-a/a/s.
Availability? You can get it online or you can get it at Ulta. I think you can sometimes find it in schmancy places like Nordstrom’s but that might only be in the Big Cities and I’m not going to the mall to find out!
Affordability? $15 for 11 ml/.4 oz. You heard that right, fifteen scoots for 4ml/.1 oz LESS than other brands. Except for Julep and they’re just crazy ass.
Selection? If you go online to their site I think they have a reasonable selection, but whenever I’ve gone to Ulta and wanted something specific, they don’t have it. Racks and racks of other lacquers, maybe a couple dozen (if that) of BL.
And pretentious? With all their fancy British references on their lacquer names and the actual name of their company you know where they’re based, right? Yep, Seattle….
I mean, really, is a cool rectangular bottle that stacks together so nicely worth all that? Apparently, because they’re still in business and I still keep swinging away whenever I see a B2G1 at Ulta (until last week! But that’s another story for another time).
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at Wallis. Yes, the bottle is upside down on purpose. It’s got a huge, tall cap (that I think is an illusion to make it look like more than it is, because it’s hollow and you have to pull it off to get to the brush) and holding it the other way my fingers cover up the color.
This came out a couple of years ago (might have been for the Queen’s Jubilee (because, again, Seattle….) and I got this and Bluey at the same time. Now, I ADORE Bluey and, to be fair, a couple of BLs are among my favorites. But $15 a pop is too much to be doing too many crapshoots.
Where were we? Oh yeah, Wallis. To be completely fair to Wallis, I don’t know why I got it. I don’t even like the color normally. I think I wanted West End Wonderland and ended up ordering this one. I now must confess that when I went to their site to get links for those shades I caught myself looking at some colors and going “oooh!”. Then I slapped myself and closed it out but quick. Curse you and your ways, BL!!!
Or I think I might have imagined it would be something like OPI Just Spotted the Lizard aka Chanel Peridot aka Jessica Irisdescent Eye aka China Glaze Rare and Radiant aka Color Club Editorial aka The Most Duped Lacquer on the Planet, a gold/green duochrome that I love so much I have a mini and 2 backups.
What I got was a metallic described as gold/olive green that looks more like cheap brass with a dirty patina. To be honest, maybe it’s just my skin tone or some of the pictures I saw online while I was deciding on it weren’t based in reality. I’ve worn this several times, trying to make myself love it and sometimes I get a little flash when the light hits it just right and I glance that way at the right time and I think I might like it. Then I come back to reality. It’s a little bit runny and I have to watch out for cuticle flooding and it’s a bit patchy after one and sometimes two coats. But I won’t castigate it much for that, because that’s been my experience with a lot of metallics.
Poor Wallis, the homely outsider in my polish collection that I just can’t bring myself to dump. Aptly named, yes?