September 13, 2012

[Swatch] & [Comparison] Butter London - Fishwife

Butter London- Fishwife is an online-exclusive (US only) that was released last week for New York Fashion Week.  It's a greeny-blue holographic- how could I resist?  Butter London's website calls the color "turquoise and sage."

Artificial light, and you can already see the holo-ness:

According to Urban Dictionaryfish wife =
"A man or woman who collects other people's gossip and spreads it around to all and sundry. 
To gossip like an old fish wife"
And, fishwife (with no space) =
"A slag that is always shouting and generally being a loud slut."

Soooooo, yea.

Window-filtered daylight:

pretty rainbows!

Outdoor, shade:

Now, what everyone probably wants to see- sun shots:

You can see a defined prism in the middle of the nail, so I'd call it a linear holo, but there are particles dispersed over the nail, so maybe it's in between a linear and a scattered holographic?  I don't know.  I just know it's really pretty.

It really is quite holographic; Butter London didn't skimp on the holo particles or pigments or whatever makes those magical rainbows.

And now, comparisons to two other light blue holographics-

(I've got to  be honest: I didn't even want to do the comparison, because I wanted to wear Fishwife all by itself for a few days!)  But, I sucked it up, and here it is:

Nfu Oh- 65, Butter London- Fishwife, Nubar- Absolute

You can already see it is much greener and more muted.

In the sun:

Index to Pinkie: Nfu Oh- 65, Butter London- Fishwife, Nubar- Absolute, Butter London- Fishwife

Index to Pinkie: Nfu Oh- 65, Butter London- Fishwife, Nubar- Absolute, Butter London- Fishwife


Index to Pinkie: Nfu Oh- 65, Butter London- Fishwife, Nubar- Absolute, Butter London- Fishwife

Formula: When I swatched it on a swatch stick, I was a little disappointed: it seemed thin.  I needed three coats for opacity.  However, when I did it on my nails, I did a normal first coat, let it dry for a minute, and then did a second thicker coat, which was pretty much opaque.

No problems in application, and it didn't cuticle drag like a lot of holos can.  In comparison to Nfu Oh- 65's (terrible) formula, for example, it is buttery and amazing. You don't have to do the whole floaty-don't-actually-touch-the nail-with-the-brush-thing with Fishwife.

So, I have no dupes for this, and I can't really think of any either.  The base color is similar to Essie- Sag Harbor or China Glaze- Sea Spray (which are near-dupes).

I'm really pleased with this polish.  My only complaint is Butter London's shipping fee (UPS) which was over $7 for one polish. Egh.


  1. I am in LOVE with that color! Damn...looks like next month will be a big buy month now!

    1. Haha, sorry about that! I think it is worth the price tag though!

  2. I LOVE THIS COLOR!!! I need it!!! Stunning swatch! <3

  3. This is an AMAZING colour! I wish every polish was holographic!

    1. Me too....but then...the glitters...Tough Call! (I also have a special place in my heart for cremes, so....)

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    1. Yea I think these Sage-y muted grey-green colors are the new in thing. Plus, HOLO!

  5. What a gorgeous colors! Your swatches really show off the holo affects! :-)

    ~ Yun

    1. Thank you! It wasn't hard in the sun, the polish did all the work.

  6. Haha, like those Urban Dictionary definitions. Lovely colour!

  7. I have over 300 polishes and I got this last week, I LOVE it, it's my favorite, don't want to wear any other color. Pictures don't do it justice for how truly stunning it is.