The first set is the Patent Gel Base and Top Coat. Butter London claims that this set provides a gel like mani with no need for UV lamp and a long-lasting perfect finish. Butter London application instructions advice to let the Base Coat dry completely, then paint Butter London nail polish over it, let it dry completely, then add a layer of Patent-Gel Flawless Top Coat and again wait until it is completely dry.
So on to my first experience with this set. I strayed from the suggestions and choose one of KBShimmer new creams - a beautiful saturated purple, yes you are right, this would be Pansy Monium. Now the collection was introduced in the nail polish blog world left and right, so I keep my review sweet and short: if you love purple and if you love creams, this is FOR YOU!!! I can recommend it from any given aspect: Formula, consistency, application, quick dry time, high shine.
The Butter London Patent-Gel Flawless Base Coat is clear and appears more rubbery than a regular clear Base Coat like for example Maybelline Express Protecting Base Coat. Please excuse the view of my bare, discolored nails but this is what my nails looked like after applying the Butter London Base Coat. As it is totally clear, I have no idea how this would work for instance with a pastel jelly (note to self: remains to be tested).
The note to let the Base Coat dry completely kept me wary, if it would dry somewhat slower, but no, not at all, it dries very quickly. When I started to apply the first coat of KBShimmer Pansy Monium, there was another surprise - it is wonderfully ridge filling - as good as Seche Ridge Filling Base Coat!!!. The application of KBShimmer Pansy Monium was fantastic over this Base Coat. To me it seemed as if the Base Coat would act like an adhesive for it!!!
With Butter London Patent Gel Flawless Top Coat:
Fast forward to applying the Patent-Gel Flawless Top Coat. Well, it is FLAWLESS - perfect consistency in my opinion - not too thin though far from gluey - it spreads nice and quick on the nail and dries super super fast. I did not check clocks but once I sealed all nails with it, the first couple were already dry - if this makes sense.
No on to durability: Truth being told, I never did any Gel nails so I am the last person to be able to write proper comparison. This week I donated one of my precious weeks of vacation to Spring Clean - what better opportunity to test those Base and Top Coats? I honestly cannot say it behaves any different from any other average Base and Top Coat set out there - why? It didn't give me any chipping (this would have kicked it out of "average" class) but significant tip wear and dulling around the tips as well as sort of a milky finish over the whole nail - look:
After Day 1:
After Day 2
after one day
Final thoughts: I totally love the concept, the application of both the Base and Top Coat. I also love the finished look. It clearly fails on durability - but then I would not put a final stamp on this one as everyone's nail chemistry is different. As I never wear any polish longer than two days and my usual daily routine does not include spring cleaning action, I know, I will reach for this set a lot. However, it comes pricey but me being a big Butter London fan and loving the result - especially over creams - don't mind spending more on it.
I ordered Butter London Patent Gel Flawless Base and Top Coat with Pshiiit Boutique - ohhh they have given their site a make-over - it is beautiful!!!! I got both KBShimmer Pansy Monium and Liquid Sky Lacquer Black Opal from Harlow & Co.
Now I am really curious of your thoughts - was this review helpful? Thanks for leaving a comment and dropping by!!!