Another Quickie: butter London’s Nail Foundation

I picked this up back in July, but am just getting around to reviewing it now – sorry!  I wanted to be sure of its efficacy (or non-efficacy) and I didn’t feel comfortable reviewing it until recently.

There are some definite pros to this formula…and also some cons.  First of all, the good stuff.  This is by far the nicest looking base coat on the nails I have ever used.  I mean, really.  Behold:Now, ignore the yellowness of my nails, of course.  These photos were taken back in July before I buffed the S*^t outta them 😛  And my cuticles are looking better these days too.  Just sayin’!

In any case, I just find that this base coat alone makes the nails look GOOOOD.  It leaves a satin finish, and even with my nails being yellow-ish, it makes them look classy and relatively clean.  Quite spiffy, I might say! Edit: Another benefit to this product is that because its not clear like most base coats, it helps to conceal VNL (visible nail line) – so if that’s a pet peeve of yours, this might just be perfect for you!

However, there is a downside.  Unfortunately, I don’t find that this bonds my polish to the nail as well as I’d like.  I notice a lot more chipping than usual since I’ve been using this, and let’s be real – I change my mani every three days (sometimes even less!  I did my polish yesterday AM and tonight I’m changing it again already) – so there really shouldn’t be any chipping at all in that short a time frame.  But, alas, there is.  Also, I find that even though I’m only through maybe a 5th of the bottle – another pro: it does go a long way! – its getting a tad goopy and collects around the rim of the bottle, which annoys me somewhat.  It occasionally flakes off into my polish, so that’s just not on.   So…yeah.  There’s that.

Overall, I’m just not totally sold on this base coat, unless you wanna spend $22CDN just to make your nails look pretty.  I’m pretty sure you could get a similar effect by just buffing your nails!  I’ll continue to use it because it’s not TERRIBLE, but I definitely wouldn’t repurchase. Even though I only wear my polish for a brief few days, I still want my *underwear* (and *outerwear*!) to work as it should.

Speaking of outerwear, I picked up a new fast drying top coat today by Revlon, just to check it out.  Seche Vite has TOTALLY pissed me off with the insane thickness of it – I tried regular polish thinner to no avail, and I’ll be damned if I pick up Seche Restore, that just makes me crazy!  Buying two products just to get one to work effectively?  HELL to the No.  I’ll find something else that works (though admittedly never as good Seche does in the first 1/4 of the bottle ~grumble~

….So, this post ended up not being so ‘quick’ afterall, eh? LOL

Please, tell me: What’s your favorite base and/or top coat!?  I clearly need some help, guys!

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  1. #1 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on October 15, 2011 - 12:37 am

    Guess I’ll stick to my good old Sally Hansen base coat! (It’s not a “true” base coat but a 4-in-1 something or other.) My SV top coat is starting to get goopy as well but not to the point that I want to toss it. Which thinner did you use? I have an OPI one that I’m dying to experiment with. But no bottle is dry enough yet.

    And please do a review on the Revlon top coat after you’ve played with it. 😀

    • #2 by Latoya on October 17, 2011 - 4:26 pm

      I have Orly’s polish thinner, Liz….I never really thought about ‘kinds’ of thinner and if one was better than another. Maybe Orly’s isn’t up to snuf?? Anyway, I’ll definitely be doing a review of the Revlon, so far so good! But, I’ve only used it once lol, so not really an accurate review just yet 😛 I’ll definitely heed your words, Eugenia – I didn’t notice bubbling yet but I’m glad you gave me a heads up! Hopefully I don’t experience the same, but if I do, at least it was only like $6.50!!

  2. #3 by Eugenia on October 16, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Ok….I came THIS close to buying he Butter London Nail Foundation, and that was because I remember you mentioning it in a few posts early this Summer, but as I already had about 5 other base coats I wanted to test out, I decided to wait a bit…am I glad I did! Thank you for this thorough & insightful review.. Secondly, as far as Seche Vite is concerned, I’ve pretty much given up on it as well. That it works miracles when the bottle is fresh, is undisputed. That it thickens by the time you use up a measly 1/4 of the product, is also undisputed, which is a real shame as this product truly is stellar WHEN IT WORKS. Maybe we should let the company know that they need to go back to the drawing board, or something, as they are losing believers by the boatload. I agree with you; you shouldn’t have to buy 2 products for 1 to work effectively…what’s the point? Now, as to the Revlon you picked up, I don’t know which one you chose, but let me tell you my experience. Based on a couple of other bloggers that I trust, I bought Revlon’s Quick Dry Top Coat this past Summer and have since used it many times. Sadly, while it doesn’t thicken or get goopy, it causes the most horrific bubbling of your polish. The sad part is that you may not notice it at first, as was my case, but upon waiting a couple of minutes or taking a photo, you really notice it then. So, I went through all the trouble of pain-stakingly doing my nails, applied the top coat, and watched it all go down the toilet. Nice, huh?! Please tell me Toya that you didn’t purchase this Revlon product!!

    • #4 by Latoya on October 17, 2011 - 4:32 pm

      Definitely skip on the Nail Foundation, it’s not terrible but just not worth the $$$. I’m glad you share my irritation with SV, it’s soo frustrating! Especially because initially it works so amazing. As for the Revlon product, the one I bought is the same as you mentioned – and coincidentally, I bought it because I noticed you’d used it on your blog several times. D’oh! Haha see how much we influence each other?? I’m going to watch this top coat and see if I have the same trouble. If so, we’ll have to make sure to put the word out there and save others the trouble!

      • #5 by Eugenia on October 17, 2011 - 6:05 pm

        Oy Vay!!! I picked it up in the US this past Summer, and figured if it worked half as good as some people claimed, and was more readily available than the SV (not to mention less expensive), then it was worth a shot. The funny thing is, is that it doesn’t seem to bubble on every colour, but it has bubbled enough and often enough that I won’t take a chance on it anymore. Sure hope it works better on you…keep me posted!

  3. #6 by JazzFest on August 10, 2013 - 5:09 am

    I was thinking about getting the Butter London base coat but after this review it doesn’t seem worth the money. Thanks for posting this.

    Does anyone have suggestions on a nice beigey colour? I have the Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Cafe Au Lait and I love the finish of the polish. I would just like to try something that is more sheer now.

    Has anyone tried Essie Allure? I am thinking of getting this one as well.

    • #7 by Latoya on August 13, 2013 - 8:28 pm

      You’re more than welcome for the review! I’m not sure if it’s still available, but OPI’s Glints of Glinda from the OZ collection is a lovely beige nude sheer that you might want to check out! I can’t comment on Essie Allure unfortunately 😦

      • #8 by JazzFest on August 14, 2013 - 12:26 am

        Thanks for the tip, Nail Polish Canada has a wide selection so I am sure I will find the OPI colour on there.

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