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Match Game

By Charlotte on May 14, 2012 6:16 AM

For Bob and me, Sunday nights mean pepperoni pizza, red wine and the latest episode of AMC's Mad Men. In the ad/pr game since the '80s, Bob says been there-done that to the multiple-martini lunches, late-night brainstorming and crazy client demands at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Me, I'm in it for the fashions.

Thanks to Mad Men, retro looks are all the rage today. Polka dots, ponytails and fit-and-flare dresses were among the first to see a comeback. Now, it's time to think coordinating nail and lip colors. Ooh-la-la!

 

That's why I couldn't wait to try butter LONDON's new Lippy gloss (out in March) and matching 3 Free nail lacquer. Available in five, of-the-moment colors, the pair puts a modern spin on this classic, elegant look.

 

 

What the Experts Say

Backstage at the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion shows, butter LONDON spotted a big trend towards matchy-matchy finger, toe and lip colors. So the fashion-forward nail polish line launched Lippy, a new gloss collection containing five sassy shades that correspond to their top nail lacquer colors.

 

 

What I Tested

I tried 3 Free nail lacquer and new Lippy gloss in happy, hot pink Snog and fun, fuschia pink Primrose Hill Picnic. Check out the full collection at the end of this post.

 

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butter LONDON's new Lippy gloss and two coats of the matching 3 Free nail lacquer in happy, hot pink Snog

 

 

What I like

Both the shades I tried are knockout pinks. The only problem is choosing a favorite.

 

When worn together, the coordinating mani, pedi and lip colors offer a playful, pop that works whether you're accessorizing a neutral outfit or making a color-block statement. These cutting-edge hues WOW with white and other lights (I'm talkin' safari shades) as well as with neon orange, yellow and lime.

 

The glosses perk up my smile with rich, highly pigmented color and pretty, shine that lasts for hours. Besides keeping my lips moist, they stay put so there's no fear of accenting fine lines. A real bonus for us Boomers!

 

The nail polish goes on gorgeous, doesn't chip easily and, better yet, contains no harmful ingredients. According to butter LONDON President and CEO Leslie Freytag, 3 Free really means no Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP. That's a big relief, especially with all the recent talk about some nail polishes blurring the line between "toxic" and "nontoxic" in their formulas.  

 

This commitment to safety carries over to the glosses, which don't include parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates or bismuth.

 

butter LONDON has been a backstage fixture at Fashion Week since the beginning. The brand's fashionable friends include designers like Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Betsey Johnson and Calvin Klein.

 

 

On the Shelf

Available at butterLONDON.com, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flagship store, fashion boutiques, specialty retailers and beauty apothecaries around the globe. 

 

Out-of-Pocket

Lippy glosses: $17/each; 3 Free nail lacquers: $14/each

 

 

The Collection

 

Bright, happy, hot pink Snog

Snog 650.jpgFun fuschia pink Primrose Hill Picnic

PrimroseHillPicnic 650.jpgPale, bubblegum pink Teddy Girl

TeddyGirlMatchup.jpgSoft, cantaloupe Trout Pout

TroutPout 650.jpgMedium beige Yummy Mummy, a best-seller said to be simply stunning on EVERY skin color

 

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"Thank You" to butter LONDON for providing samples for review and testing.

 

 

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