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 http://www.sephora.com/, 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! :-)