Butter London – MacBeth

I just realized that it’s been a long time since I posted a nail polish review. BeautyBrands started to carry Butter London a while back and since I heard really good things about this brand. I also had a coupon so I decided to pick up one of their nail polishes. Out of the limited selection that was available in the store, MacBeth was the color that spoke to me the most. While coral may seem more like a spring or summer color I still find it versatile enough to be worn year round.

This nail polish was pretty easy to work with. It was a bit unusual to me that you pull off the square cap to reveal a small round handle. I like the larger handle of the OPI bottles better because I can get a better grip on it which makes it easier to navigate. It’s certainly a personal preference.

The coverage wasn’t all that great. I prefer opaque creme colors to jelly colors and this one definitely falls into the second category. The picture below shows three coats and you can still clearly see the white of my nail tips.

The wear time was pretty average about 4-5 days. This picture was taken after four days and you can clearly see some tip wear. I also had some chipping on other fingers as well.

Butter London - MacBeth

Now, some of you may be wondering where you have seen this color before. MacBeth is basically a pretty good dupe for OPI’s My Chihuahua Bites! Once I got home and compared the two next to each other I realized how similar the two colors actually are. It explains why I was drawn to this polish but is still a bummer.

You can see in the picture below how much those colors look alike. I applied My Chihuahua Bites! to my index and middle finger while my ring finger and pinky show MacBeth. My Chihuahua Bites! is just a tad more orange while MacBeth is more pink. Moreover, My Chihuahua Bites! has better coverage.

Butter London - MacBeth - Comparison to OPI My Chihuahua Bites!

Ultimately, I couldn’t justify owning two nail polishes that are that much alike. While I liked the color of MacBeth just a bit better I prefer OPI’s coverage. Moreover, OPI is quite a bit more affordable at $9 for 0.5 fl oz while Butter London is $15 for only 0.4 fl oz. Overall, I’m not convinced that Butter London nail polishes are worth the high price tag. Had I not had a coupon I’m not sure I would’ve made this purchase to begin with. That’s why I decided to return MacBeth.

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  1. Wow, the difference between the two brands is quite substantial. I have never tried butter because i am satisfied with my OPI but I see this brand around and have considered trying it. Great review x

    1. Yeah, the coverage is the big difference at least with these two particular colors. The price tag is what really makes up my mind. I don’t see why I should spend $15 if I can get a great OPI color for $9. Maybe if I see a color that I just have to have…

  2. Personally i dont think it is a fair review just because it looks like my chihuahua bites was put over the macbeth so it would look better than the fingers with four day old polish on them. i could be wrong but i think to fairly assess both colors it would be one or two coats of each respective polish on different fingers to really compare. But please correct me if im wrong, thats just what it looks like to me

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I appreciate your input. To clarify, I did remove MacBeth from my index and middle finger before applying My Chihuahua Bites!

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