January 13, 2014

Butter London- Petrol [Swatch]





Butter London- Petrol is aptly named: a shifty, metallic duochrome that resembles a reflective oil spill.  It shifts mostly from aqua-teal to indigo-violet at the edges of the nails. 



It's meant as an overcoat or topper, although I know some people have been able to build it up to opacity on its own by three coats.  Today I'll be showing it over a purple-leaning medium gray, Barielle- One Shade Of Gray.

Artificial light, two coats over base color:


Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


I do think this looks really lovely in photos, but I was so underwhelmed in person.  I have a lot of multichromes in this color range that are much shiftier, so I don't think Petrol is that special- just nice. I admit I just got sucked into all the hype with this one!

Sun:


It does have an awesome, foily blue sparkle in the sun.


Formula: It's on the medium-thin side, but is easy to control and glides over the nail easily.  Depending on your base color (or if you use one) one layer might be just fine.  I opted for two, and I think that's the sweet spot for layering over a darker color. Nice formula- no complaints!

13 comments:

  1. Wow, this is prettier than I would have guessed. I'm so used to seeing duochromes that look really flat on the nail that it's a big surprise when they actually look nice!

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    1. I honestly think the shift in this is more noticeable in photos for some reason...

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  2. I'm not normally a fan of multichromes, but this is quite lovely!

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  3. I like this on you more than I thought I would, I didn't pay it any mind when it came out..

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    1. I hemmed and hawed over getting it for a long time. It's nice, I think, but not spectacular. :shrug:

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  4. This is so pretty! I was really debating it during the Friends and Family sale and now I wish I had pulled the trigger! Thanks for making my wishlist just a little longer ;)

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  5. Pretty!! Bummer that it was a little disappointing in person. How's it compare to IB maui?

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    1. Um. It doesn't really. :) It's a lot sheerer, and way less shifty, and lacks the scattered holo thing in the sun. Also Maui is waaaay more teal, and on its own Petrol is more purple.

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  6. Pretty!! Bummer it was disappointing in person. How's it compare to IB maui?

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  7. Damn you blogger, you said you ate my first comment!! Liar.

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