Hello! This post is kind of a continuation of my last one in that I want to focus on and review a particular item that I purchased; namely the butter London Backstage Basics kit I got from Ulta!
As I said in my previous post, one of the reasons why I decided to purchase this kit was that I had a $5 off coupon that, even though it technically didn't apply to butter London products because they're considered to be "prestige", the nice ladies at Ulta let me use anyways. I have been interested in getting this kit for a while now, but I always had a hard time justifying the price; $40 including a nail polish. Now that I am more interested in nail polish, spending $40 for a top coat, a base coat, a bottle of remover, a nail polish, and a bonus nail file doesn't seem that extreme (I actually paid around $36 including tax after my coupon). Another reason why I finally got this kit was that my Ulta got the color Knackered back in stock. When I was first exploring nail polish colors and brands, I was immediately drawn to Knackered. It was such a unique color and it looked so beautiful in the bottle, but it always felt too expensive at $15.
This is what the front of the kit looks like. It shows everything you get in it and has a space where you can put in your chosen color of polish. I'm not sure if you can buy this on it's own without picking a color of polish, though I think it's more expensive if you do. The way they break down the pricing is that you pay the full $15 for the polish and then $24 for the kit, which is a pretty good deal considering that, individually sold, the base coat and top coat are $19 each. Averaging the price out, it's $10 an item (I count the nail file as a freebie), so still a good deal (even though you "pay" $2 "more" for the remover if you break it down that way) which isn't bad at all. I didn't actually put my color in the little space provided since it would have to be removed at check-out anyways. From what I saw, all the kits already have their spaces popped open, but since it's a separate space (you can't get into the box through it), everything inside stays safe.
I'll go through each product included in the box individually, starting with the Nail Foundation base coat.
Next is the P. D. Quick top coat.
Also included in this kit is the Powder Room acetone-free nail polish remover.
Finally, you get a complimentary nail file!
Here's the color I got with my set, Knackered, the color that sparked my interest in purchasing butter London products.
Here it is swatched. I also swatched the base coat since it does impart a color to your nails, but since it's so sheer and light, I'm not sure if you'll be able to see it that well.
Another nice feature of butter London polishes is that, to use them, you remove the square outer caps, revealing a more traditional (and easier to hold), circular cap. They even have a sticker instructing you to do so, which I thought was amusing.
Overall, I am VERY pleased with this set and, if you're interested in trying butter London or even just looking to try a higher end nail polish, I HIGHLY recommend looking into purchasing this set. For $40, you get a lot of nice product, especially considering that the base coat and top coat alone retail for $19 each. I noticed a big difference between the quality of these products versus even my more high-mid tier polishes like OPI. In fact, the quality of these products makes me seriously consider editing down my polish collection and getting rid of anything that's mid to lower tier like my China Glaze and my Orly. I would love to get more butter London colors, and I currently have my eye on the new "Royals Collection" they released to celebrate Prince William and Kate's new baby. It includes three purple polishes; "Pitter Patter", a limited edition polish (only available in the U.S., I believe) that's an opaque, aubergine shimmer, "No More Waity, Katie" which is a semi-sheer greige lilac jelly glitter (not sure what a "jelly glitter" is, but I am interested to find out!), and "Lillibet's Jubilee which is an opaque silver lavender foil metallic (it's suuuuper pretty and I'm not sure if you can find it on it's own anymore...).
I hope you found this informative and if you're on the fence about taking the plunge and purchasing this kit, I say do it!
Thanks for reading! <3!