For the last few years, ButterLONDON has given us a special treat for Boxing Day. In the UK and Ireland, Boxing Day is a National Holiday the day after Christmas when all the leftovers are “boxed” up and the day is spent with friends and family recuperating from Christmas Day and eating leftovers. The origins of Boxing Day dates back to the days of Downton Abbey when the Lord and Lady of the house gave the servants a day off and a Christmas ‘box’ to take home to their families. Personally, I think instead of rushing out to stores to be the first in line for the after Christmas sales, we here in the States should adopt Boxing Day too.
butterLONDON had a fantastic 50% off sale last week and I took advantage by picking up this Fash Pack of pinks. Fash packs are not full-size; they are mini’s 2 oz. vs. the regular 4 oz. bottle. Still, they are much more generous than the OPI mini’s that you can only get 2 manicures out of. I’m not sure when this pack originally launched as some polishes are from 2011 & 2012, but I don’t have any of the colors so it was a great deal for me at $17.50 for the five polishes! This darling Fash Pack has all pink shades for a fab ombre manicure or to wear alone.
The shades include:
Teddy Girl - A pale retro bubblegum pink nail lacquer featured on the catwalk of a top Brit designer for S/S 2011. Teddy Boys were a subculture of young men wearing re-vamped Edwardian clothes and Teddy Girls adopted the same style. In the late 50′s Teddy Boys became gangs.
Fruit Machine - An opaque, carnation crème that’s sweet against tan and pale complexions alike. A Fruit Machine is a slot machine found in most pubs.
Fairy Lights – a gorgeous metallic pink rose that looks like liquid metal. Christmas lights are called Fairy Lights in the UK.
Primrose Hill Picnic- A bright, tropical, fuchsia pink creme. THE perfect pink for light and dark skin tones alike–don’t forget your toes too! Primrose Hill is an area in Regent’s Park in London, the surrounding neighborhood is named the same.
Queen Vic – a deep red wine with purple undertones. Of course named after Queen Victoria.
Teddy Girl is probably my least favorite of the bunch. It has a white base making it very pale. I could, however see this on a bride or bridesmaid or on my very tan skin.
Fruit Machine is from last summer’s Sweet Shop collection. It’s a pretty carnation pink; not terribly unique but when paired with others from the collection, it screams spring. I have and love Fiver, a mint green which I have combined with pinks for an summer ice cream look. Molly Coddled is also from this collection and that shade is perfect for Pantone’s color of year Radiant Orchid. I grabbed this too–will have a review soon.
Fairy Lights is the exception to all these creams; a liquid metal rose. As with any metallic polishes, you should take a bit more care with Fairy Lights to avoid streaks. One way to avoid this is to be generous in the application; even add a third coat. This is such a pretty, girly shade that still has an elegance to it.
My favorite of the group is Primrose Hill Picnic. This bright fuchsia cream is an attention getter and looks just as pretty in the depths of winter as in the heat of summer. Also a really great toe shade.
Queen Vic is a deep wine mulberry perfect for fall and winter. It’s a very flattering, sophisticated shade and applies like a dream.
I love butterLONDON nail lacquers, they have THE best shades, don’t chip for at least a week and are 3-free; no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP and not tested on animals!
What is your favorite butterLONDON shade? Have you tried any of these? What do you think of the Fash Packs? Let’s Dish!