In case you haven't received the butter LONDON mailing list email or haven't checked out their Facebook page, they're currently running a promo for a free Royal Navy polish with any order placed until tomorrow night! Here are the details, straight from the e-mail I received this past Saturday:
"Receive a complimentary Royal Navy lacquer with absolutely any butterLONDON.com purchase. No restrictions. No minimum. Simply enter ROYALAUTUMN at checkout. NOW through August 31st."Sounds like a smashing deal, doesn't it? I'd probably spring for this if I hadn't already received Royal Navy in their "The Dark Side" four-polish set that I bought last November. Here it is!
Two coats with Essie Good to Go.
This is a creme finish, not as creme-CREME as MAC Spirit of Truth (my favorite navy), but not jelly-creme, either. It definitely dries darker than it looks in the bottle, which you may or may not like, and on a scale of "I can tell it's blue!" to "vamp," it reminds me of a blue ink ballpoint refill (so ... somewhere in the middle?).
I LOVE how glossy it is, though! So chic! The formula was a dream to work with and I don't have problems with the teeny tiny brush -- I had some trouble, but again, I'm just out of practice with dark shades. Use a good base coat combo, because I predict there will be some staining upon removal.
Edited to add that there was no staining on me with Essie Fill the Gap and Gelous. I used a felt square for removal and made sure to remove polish with unstained areas of the square. Hope this helps someone!
I'm not sure if Royal Navy was a piece in a particular seasonal collection, since it seems to be one of bL's core classics. If you decide to opt out of this deal but want to try this polish, there's a good number of places to get it. There's butterLONDON.com, Nordstrom, Ulta, Zappos.com and beauty.com. Zappos has free shipping, but Nordstrom has testers in the store ... it sounds silly, but testers are awesome!
Now that I've admitted Royal Navy doesn't strike me as the most unique navy creme out there, it still has a place in my heart and my Helmer. Why? The name, of course!
Also, there's this guy:
Oh, it's only Horatio Hornblower, the primary reason behind my obsession with all things nautical (especially British Regency era naval history), the inspiration for Enterprise captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard ... and, since 2004, the ACTING COMMANDER OF MY HEART. <3
Six years ago, I could have named you all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower books and movies in the correct order off the top of my head, as well as Hornblower's naval rank in each one. Now, not so much. The movies in the A&E television series were so well-done that I started reading the books, which are wonderful (if somewhat dry); I think the television team did an excellent job of remaining faithful to the source material while going in its own direction. It's a crying shame that more Hornblower movies weren't made after 2003 -- I think production costs were mostly to blame for that. Ioan Gruffudd's new U.S. TV project probably won't be as epic, but it'll be good to see him again in Sarah Michelle Gellar's new show, "Ringer" (premiering on the CW on Sept. 13).
If I haven't moved you to grab Royal Navy, I hope I've at least moved you to check out the Hornblower movies on Netflix or at your local library. I promise you won't regret it, but I can't promise that you won't share my obsession with nautical polishes as a result! :3