I am reminded of a scene in 'The Devil Wears Prada' where the fashion editor is sarcastically saying how flowers and pastels for Spring are so new. They aren't new, but they are pervasive! And, if something says Spring, it's the new collex from Butter London.
I found all of the colors in this collection to lack the signature creamy-ease-of-application most Butter Londons have. Pastels are notoriously tricky to apply, and these were no exception. You'll notice in many of my swatches that I had trouble with patchiness and leveling.
Molly-Coddled. Red-toned lilac creme. Probably the easiest to apply, but needed 3 thin coats for opacity.
Kerfuffle. Beautiful color, horrible clumpy mess.
Fiver. Palest mint-green. Mint greens are huge this year, and this one is the lightest I've seen. A little troublesome, maybe, but I think it was worth the effort.
Cuppa. A nude creme that oddly seems to fit with the pastels. A great nude for my very light, still-winterized skin. I used it as the base color for my Easter-ish nail art.
I took a makeup sponge and dabbed all of the other colors in different places all over Cuppa. Topcoat is a necessity to make this kind of nail art look sufficiently blurred together. I almost stopped here, but I ultimately couldn't resist adding a little more.
With a dotting tool, I made large dots in all the different colors all over the nail. To get the depth and layering of colors, I went back over each nail at least twice with each color.
Bottle shots. I'm missing Jasper, the yellow, and Fruit Machine, the pink from this collection, if you're wondering if there's more to it.
Which do you like better - the watercolor look, or with the dots added? Would you rather have dots on a skittles mani? What are you doing for your Easter/Oestra/Spring Fling Thing mani?