I’m a big fan of Butter London – they are pretty much my favorite brand for polish! When I saw the Invite Only set at my local Ulta, I was immediately in love with the selection of colors and finishes. This review is brought to you by the enabling of my husband, who talked me into getting it!
The Invite Only set is part of the Butter London 2015 Holiday Collection and comes with six fashion-sized bottles (6.0mL / 0.2 fl oz) in a sturdy, Butter London emblazoned box. The assortment of colors and finishes in this set are really lovely.
The box this collection comes in is really quite nice and heavy duty – but the size makes it a bit cumbersome for a nail polish collector with limited Helmer space – but it is beautiful packaging! These polishes are “mini” sized, so that may be a turn off – especially because these colors are all limited edition, so this is likely the only way to get them. That being said, Butter London minis are on the large side with enough polish to get you a number of manis!
Glad Rags is a shimmery iridescent polish topper. Swatched above at 4 very thin coats, this is obviously meant to be a topper, but I really like the effect on its’ own as well. This could easily be used over any opaque color for a beautiful finish, but I suspect that over dark colors like the navy creme in this collection is where this polish will really shine.
Vapour is a light gray creme with just a little bit of a blue lean to it. This one went on a bit streakier than I would like, but nothing a little top-coat couldn’t fix. Shown above at two coats, topped with Seche Vite.
Peep Hole is a lovely, metallic duo-chrome polish that ranges from a light blue to a darker blue teal. As with other similar polishes, this is a bit brush stroke-y, so I would recommend sponging on your top layer if that bothers you. I didn’t think it was enough to detract from the polish all that much. This is a sheer polish, so you will either want to layer it over something opaque or be prepared to apply 3 coats. Shown above at 3 coats with Seche Vite.
Lock In is a gorgeous navy blue creme with a truly lovely formula! This one was almost a one-coater, but I used two coats for full opacity. This is a lovely Fall and Winter color! Shown above at 2 coats and Seche Vite.
Pash is an absolutely stunning, metallic magenta. This has an amazing formula with hardly any visible brush-strokes. This isn’t a super-unique color, but it is done really well! Shown above at 2 easy coats with Seche Vite. You can see the brush strokes in the macro shot, but rest assured, they are very hard to see without so much magnification!
O.T.T (Over the Top) is the star of this show, hands down and my pictures do not do this polish justice – it’s Dorthy’s ruby slippers made real. This is a red crelly loaded with red metallic micro-glitter and small red hex glitters. It goes on velvety and is opaque in two coats. This is definitely the most traditional color of the bunch, but it is done with such flair that it becomes the runaway star. Shown above and 2 coats with Seche Vite.
The set retails for $39 at Ulta or on the ButterLondon website.
Overall, I am pretty adoring of this entire set. I love the combination of colors and the variety of finishes. Most of them had above-average formulas (the exception being Vapour) which went on smooth and perfect. This set could certainly wear well from Fall and through Winter! I really like all of the polishes but O.T.T and Peep Hole are my overall favorites!
Are you a fan of Butter London? Let me know which of these polishes you like the best down below!