Monday, August 8, 2011

Butter London Bluey

After sadly removing the lovely Wallis earlier in the week, I was kind of having a hard time deciding what I wanted to do for my weekend manicure.  I've got a ton of untrieds I need to get to, but nothing was really jumping out at me.  Luckily, Jessie saved the day and picked Butter London Bluey for me!  :-)

As with most of my Butter Londons, I feel the need to address the name first.  Knowing pretty much next to nothing about British slang, "Bluey" reminds me of when I was a kid and I named my teddy bear "Blackie" because he was black or "Brownie" because he was brown.  (I promise I got more creative with my names as I got older.)  So...."Bluey" because it's blue, right?!  Negative.  Apparently "bluey" is "vintage slang for a pornographic film."  AWESOME.  Haha!

So what kind of polish does a porno film inspire?  Well.  Bluey is a deep teal shimmery blue.  It's got that awesome glowy look it to it with the blackened edges.  No worries, though.  True to it's name, Bluey never looks black.  It's a little on the sheer side, so I needed three coats for opacity, but the formula was great!

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I gotta say, it's truly stunning!  My coworker almost fell out of her chair when she saw it for the first time!  I really loved it, but I was sure I had something pretty similar to it.  I went Helmer diving and here's what I came up with:

(L) to (R) OPI Catch Me in Your Net, Butter London Bluey, $OPI Teal We Meet Again

Um...yeahhhh...those two on the right?  Pretty much dead-on dupes.  Sigh.  I really thought they would be different!  In the bottle, Teal We Meet Again looks deeper and more green than Bluey.  I even showed hubby, and he agreed with me.  Some kind of weird polish warping goes on when it makes it to the nail though, 'cause I had a REALLY hard time telling these two apart.  Here's a close-up of just Bluey and Teal We Meet Again (apologies for the blurriness - my camera really hates these kinds of polishes):

(L) Butter London Bluey, (R) $OPI Teal We Meet Again

Bummer.  As excited as I was over Bluey, I couldn't help be a little disappointed that I already had a dupe living in my stash.  Since I'm happy enough with the $OPI, and it only requires two coats for opacity, I'm sticking with that one.  Bluey is being re-homed to Jessie.  :-)

I figured I may as well get my money's worth out of Bluey while I still had it on, so I decided it would be the perfect base color for Butter London Henley Regatta.  This is one coat of Henley Regatta over three coats of Bluey:


Duuuude.  These two were made for each other!  It's really a great combo for "work to play."  I wore Bluey to work on Friday, and then added Henley Regatta for the weekend.  Love it!  Soooo sparklayyy!

As much as I love Bluey, if you don't already own it, I'd opt for the Sephora by OPI option instead.  It's more opaque, you'll get a little more polish for your money, and it'll cost you $4.50 less.  Though Teal We Meet Again was released with last summer's Havana Nights collection, it's still available at, and I'm pretty darn sure it's in the core collection in stores.  Henley Regatta, on the other hand, is a MUST-HAVE!  If you don't already have it, RUN to your nearest Ulta or Nordstrom and pick that bad boy up!  It looks great on its own or layered.  And I love me a versatile polish!  :-)


  1. I'm so happy they're dupes! Because I have Teal We Meet Again. Yay! I neeeed Henley Regatta though. Holy gorgeous batman!

  2. I so want to try BL! Glad to know there is a cheaper dupe for this color.

  3. ooh love. very pretty. you're right, those two are made for each other for sure.

  4. So excited for this puppy to come home! :) Pleasure doin' business with ya!!!

  5. @Laura - YAY! Your wallet AND your nails can be happy! :-)

    @KayJay - As much as I love BL, I'd say the money's better spent on one of their other fantabulous shades. Victoriana was my first - you may wanna check that one out! :-)

    @Missy - Thank ya! The sparklies helped me get over my sadness of already owning a dupe. LOL

    @Jessie - Woo-hoo! You too (as always)! ;-)


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