October 27, 2012

[Swatch] & [Comparison] Butter London- Two Fingered Salute

Here is Butter London- Two Fingered Salute, one of three recent Nordstrom-exclusive polishes (and the most backordered).

Artifical light, two coats:

Most nails have two coats, but I needed three to cover thin patches on the ring finger.  More about that later.

Two Fingered Salute is a muted sage green base (very mermaid-y) with small coppery-pink flakie shimmer particles that flash in the light. This is a really unique color!

Unfortunately, there was hardly any sun when I swatched this, so the copper shimmer is not as evident in my photos as it is in real life.  However, it's definitely apparent- this is not a 'secret shimmer' polish!

 According to Wikipedia a 'two fingered salute' or 'V sign' (with palm facing inward, not like the 'peace' sign) signifies:
The V sign...has long been an insulting gesture in England,[8] and later in the rest of the United Kingdom ... It is frequently used to signify defiance (especially to authority), contempt, or derision.
So this is quite a cheeky polish name!

Window- filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

This family of colors tends to give me lobster hands, but for some reason Two Fingered Salute does not, so I'm pretty pleased about that!

Up close!

Formula: Was decent.  Not my favorite formula ever- it does have a tendency to drag and create bald patches if you go over one area too many times, but it's not impossible to work with by any means.  It's on the thick side, and covers in two coats very nicely (unless you accidentally make a bald patch, then three coats will fix things.)

Comparison time!  (To give you an idea of the base color)

Meet the contenders:

OPI- Mermaid's Tears, Butter London- Two Fingered Salute, Essie- Sew Psyched, Zoya- Gemma

The bottles are deceiving! Two Fingered Salute's muted base color is actually the most similar to OPI- Mermaid's Tears, as you will see in the next photo.

Artificial light:

It's slightly dustier than Mermaid's Tears, though- if you can believe that.


  1. I thought of mermaid tears precisely after seeing Butter London's Two Fingered Salute. Very mermaid-y indeed

    1. Yea- the base color is really close, but that copper flake in there adds something special!