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Monday, 30 December 2013

Skittles with Butter London Wellies & Illamasqua Faux Pas

Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas
Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas


Here's a bit of bright jolly fun! Two of my favourite nail art techniques (dots and gradient) and one of my favourite colour combinations, lime and blurple!

The base is Butter London Wellies, a fabulous lime shade from their current autumn/winter collection. I remember seeing swatches of this back in the late summer, and thinking I absolutely must have the colour, then of course I've forgotten all about it. Months later, as is always the case in the UK (well maybe just outside of London, but certainly for me), it turned up in my local Boots............. and jumped straight off the shelf, into my basket and onto my nails the minute I got it home. Here it is - wonderful!!


Butter London Wellies


Butter London Wellies

Butter London Wellies
Butter London Wellies


I'm going to call the colour *lime* because I can't decide whether it's a greeny-yellow or a yellowy-green. I'm fairly sure it's unique in my collection - it is more yellow than OPI Who The Shrek Are You, which is the nearest  I have I think. The formula is also massively better than OPI WTSAY - Wellies is a richly pigmented creamy polish. I was surprised how good it was - I love yellows but I have no expectations that they will anything other than a streaky mess to apply, irrespective of brand.

Butter London Wellies

Butter London Wellies
Butter London Wellies


This is three coats with Seche Vite. I wore this for three days on its own before I added the nail art and it was still looking perfect.

So on to the skittles.............

Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas
Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas

I'm not sure if these really are skittles, or if the mani is a 'skittlette' - maybe someone can tell me. Every nail IS different - but my index and middle fingers are a mirrored pair...and all the nails have the same two colours. Semantics, lol!

My contrast colour is Ilamasqua Faux Pas; I choose this particular purple because of its rubber texture, to contrast with the gloss on some of my nails.


Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas
Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas


For the index and middle fingers, I added a vertical gradient with Illa Faux Pas, dotted over it with Wellies and added topcoat.  Ring finger is dotted with Faux Pas but no topcoat. Little finger is gradient of Faux Pas, no topcoat, then big dots of Faux Pas (no topcoat again). I really like the way the rubbery finish on the Illamasqua works with the sponge gradient!


Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas


Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas

Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas
Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas

The ring and little fingers are the ones I like best! My thumb is just a reverse of my little finger, I added the gradient at the cuticle end and dots in BL Wellies.

Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas



Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas
Butter London Wellies with Illamasqua Faux Pas

I purchased Butter London Wellies at Boots. Illamasqua Faux Pas was a gift some time ago but it's still available at Illamsaqua's website (currently on sale for £5 in fact!).

19 comments:

  1. What a fun and funky skittle! Love it :)

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  2. Very pretty mani, Love these colors together.

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  3. Love the color combination! Your nails are gorgeous!

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  4. Lovely, really great idea combining both dots and gradients! I like a skittlette, sounds better than a skittle.

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  5. I absolutely love this mani. I love the colors, the color combination and the design. Completely awesome!

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  6. Love the yellow and purple contrast! Nails are absolutely amazing!

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  7. That is so lovely.
    Your dots always make me sulk - I just can't do anything but irregular blotches:(
    HanSpan

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    1. Thank you! I find dots are usually easier with nice rich, creamy polishes, they don't work so well if the formula is thin and runny....... maybe try a different polish next time. The BarryM gelly ones are great for dots!

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  8. I love everything about this! I do sympathize with HanSpan, though. I can make lovely round dots on my left hand, but they're somehow always strangely ovoid on my right hand.

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    1. Thank you! My dots are never as good on my right hand either, but I can't take photos with my left hand so you never get to see my right hand, lol!

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  9. this is just.....the most amazing dotticure there ever was!

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