Monday, March 25, 2013

Manicure Monday: Sprog

I took advantage of ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty to purchase my first Butter London nail polishes. They had them on sale for $9 (reg. $15 for 4 fl. oz.) for one day only. That was a deal I had to take them up on since I think $15 is a bit too pricey for me when it comes to nail polish. I chose two polishes and one of them is Sprog - a brilliant periwinkle blue that's absolutely perfect for Spring.

First things first, I love the square packaging. It's feels sturdy and substantial and it remains well balanced on a table top while you're doing your nails -- no need to fear accidentally toppling the bottle over.

Here's where it gets a tiny bit weird. You can't just twist off the top like you do with any other polish. No, this one is a two-step process. First you have to lift the square top off and then it reveals a round top that you can twist off and is attached to the brush. While this isn't a deal breaker, it seems silly to me. Perhaps it's laziness, but I don't see the need for a two-step process to open the bottle. Plus, I think that will make it really easy for me to lose the square top. I imagine there must be a reason for the design, I just haven't quite figured it out yet. 

Once you open the polish, you'll find a regular nail polish brush that's actually a little on the thin side. It certainly felt thinner than brush heads from brands like Zoya, OPI, and China Glaze. But, I have to say, I like it. I find thinner brushes give me better control over polish application and keep me from painting my fingers along with my nails. So the thin brush design doesn't bother me one bit. If you tend to favor the thick, one-swipe brushes you find in some Sally Hansen polishes, you might not like this as much seeing as the Butter London brushes cover is less surface area than a normal-sized polish brush. You can see the brush size in the picture above. 

Butter London Sprog with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat

I'm completely in love with this color. As you can see it's a beautiful periwinkle creme. It also applies quite nicely. The first coat is a bit thin and slightly transparent. But don't worry, that first coat is just laying the groundwork. Once you get the second coat on it's completely opaque, smooth, creamy, and shiny. The formula isn't too runny nor overly thick and gives a phenomenal color pay off. It looks pretty much just like t does in the bottle.

What do you think of Sprog? Do you have any polishes in your collection in a similar shade of periwinkle? Comment below and tell me your thoughts.

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