Monday, January 16, 2012

Stash Swatch Swap II (Electric Boogaloo): butter LONDON Victoriana

(1): Happy Monday! It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here too, which is not exactly a day that's meant as part of a greeting, so I never know how to acknowledge that.

(2): Last night ended up being a PBS night, between Patton Oswalt's "Downton Abbey" live tweets as well as Arcade Fire's "Austin City Limits" appearance, but don't the words "Golden Globe winner Idris Elba" have a nice ring to them? :D

(3): Even before Courtney and I completed our first stash swap experiment this past August, I think on some level we both knew we wanted to do it again! This time around, we selected three polishes from each other's stashes, which I plan to break down throughout the next couple of weeks.

My first pick was butter LONDON Victoriana (see it on Courtney here). I passed on it when it originally debuted, in favor of Bumster and then Marrow a few months later. I was what I have referred to as being "exclusively Team Creme" at the time, so you see that Victoriana really wouldn't have been my thing.

That is, Victoriana the polish. Victoriana, on the other hand, is very much my thing! (Regency Era will always be my favorite, but this runs close.) You know, all the good stuff from the age of Queen Vic: mutton chops, Charles Dickens and Torchwood, Sir A.C. Doyle, Gilbert and Sullivan, Disraeli, the expansion of the railways, the Crimean War, the Suez Canal, Jack the Ripper. Oh, and lest we forget, "corsets, top hats and syphilis."

Well, we still very much have syphilis in the modern world, I'm afraid. And instead of Jack the Ripper, we have much worse people (and total weirdos like this guy. Yes, this is for real!). :/


Three coats with Essie Good to Go.

IMO, Victoriana's base color is very close to butter LONDON Artful Dodger, if Artful Dodger had been made a pinch more dusty and sprinkled with silver shimmer. See for yourself:

I would classify this polish as a true foil if the shimmer weren't quite so prominent. I'm certain it's the very same type of shimmer used in Wallis, which I did classify as a foil. Whatever it is, it's got a great formula. I used three thin coats and could have stopped at two had I not noticed some thin spots.

Victoriana is from butter LONDON's Fall 2010 collection, which you can still grab at stores such as Nordstrom and Ulta and e-tailers Zappos and

The bottom line? I really, really like this! To be fair, I don't think I was crazy to pass it up before and I don't NEED this polish NOW, but let's just say I wouldn't be upset if it somehow made its way into my Helmer. ;) Thanks to Courtney for letting me try it!! She'll have her picks from my stash up on her blog, Polished Casual, so run over there to see them (and enter her giveaway while you're there)!

P.S. Speaking of Victorian-based stories, does anyone else think "From Hell" was actually not THAT bad of a movie? I think the book is pretty awesome, but I wrote off the movie until borrowing it from my friend Krysi a few years ago, and wound up really liking it! (Kinda like this polish, eh?) I suspect my partiality to the whole thing stems less from pre-Jack Sparrow!Johnny Depp and more from my fondness for historical conspiracies and cover-ups.

Oh, and my favorite Queen Victoria movie is "Mrs. Brown" with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly. Of course it's "based on true events" but the relationship between the queen and John Brown was quite something! It's not a period of the queen's life that I'd heard much about until the movie came out -- but then I was also eleven when "Mrs. Brown" was released. Definitely worth a watch. (BONUS: There is a shot of Gerard Butler's bum. GIGGITY GIGGITY.)


  1. Wow that is such a pretty color!!!

    1. Thanks Fingers! Glad Courtney provided me with the chance to try it. :)

  2. Adore this shade. I am into dusty blue jean looking shades right now. This is one I keep lemming because I have not put in a order - been trying to watch my pennies.

    1. I'm always into blue and grey in January. Love, especially when they have great coupon codes. :)

  3. Looks great on you!! Man, I need to wear this one again! LoL

    1. Yes you do! Thank you for letting me try it!!!


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