Butter London’s Artful Dodger is a colour I may like more in the bottle than on me. It gets me plenty of compliments when I wear it — and I adore Butter London’s unusual and deeply pigmented range and chic bottles (though not their retail prices in NZ!) — but I still can’t decide whether I really like it on me. Possibly it’s not Artful Dodger’s fault, but that I wish I’d bought Blagger instead. I mean look at that colour!
But enough lustful coveting, poor Artful Dodger; it did catch my eye for a reason. From the company website: “This true teal is a show-stopper. High fashion and so unique, it’s the perfect way to wear this trend without over kill.” There’s a bit of grey and yellow in it. It’s slightly muted and dusty. Swatches I’ve seen in-store can come up a distinctly greyed blue, so I wonder whether there’s been a little shade variation.
I tried out my very first simple sellotape nail art, creating a deep V on each of my ring fingers using my mini bottle of OPI’s Rising Star from their 2010 Burlesque series. Rising Star is a beautiful rich coppery gold. What I’d call an old fashioned gold without being cold or tarnished like antique golds can be. And rarely for a metallic it isn’t streaky. It’s a bit full on though, so I prefer it as an accent rather than all over.
Orly Top 2 Bottom; 2 coats Artful Dodger; 1 coat Rising Star for the V; Orly Top 2 Bottom (I really love this all-in-one base and top coat, very glossy); cuticle oil. [Better photo acquired, taken in the shade]. My Artful Dodger is a bit gluggy though, it’s the only polish in my stash like this; application was a pain and there are still a few sheer patches. I didn’t want to go to three coats as it was already a slow dry. I’ve found this colour tends to wear well, despite me being rough on my nails.
Two final things. The first is that I confess I nipped my cuticles before oiling them. I’m usually a confirmed pusher and Melt Away user, but we went to Europe last month (yay!) and my hair and nails hated it. My cuticles went ratty, my nails flaked. So I couldn’t resist nipping to get all the debris off. I’ll be babying them until they recover. The second is that my bottle of Artful Dodger has a misspelled label. See?