Greetings from the starting point of every good adventure, my fellow rogues!
Yes, we’re back in the saddle for another adventure into the classics and staples of every rogue’s kitbag – this time, however, we’re veering away from the rolling hills of lipsticks and forging a path across the flat plains of nails. Don’t think too hard about that metaphor, I certainly didn’t!
I find, in general, that red nail polish is a little more divisive than red lipstick. Red lipstick is pretty much always glamorous, but I’ve been told many times (admittedly, usually by people from a different, much older generation) that red nail polish makes you look ‘fast’ (??I’m a rogue – I have to move quickly to dodge my enemies, don’t I?). Well, regardless of what that would-be sage in the corner of the tavern tells you, I think red nail polish is a fantastic, fun pick-me-up, and I’m here to tell you about my favourite: Butter London Come to Bed Red.
(Given the comments about being ‘fast’, the name of this polish makes me smile every time I see it. Names like this are so much nicer than naming red makeup ‘Lolita’, I find – you still get to suggest sex, but you don’t have the Nabokov-y implications!)
Butter London is a favourite brand of mine, but I find their formulae to be rather variable. Their glitters are amazing in colour, but tend to run rather on the gloopy side for me. This rich red creme, on the other hand, basically applies itself. If you remember to give it a good shake before application, it’ll cover in one coat, too! I usually do two just to be on the safe side, but it’s hard to overstate how easily this applies – no pooling, no streaking, no goopiness. Just gorgeous blood red goodness.
What you see in the picture above is two coats of Come to Bed Red, without topcoat (except for my Etude House #147 accent nail – the one that I COULDN’T RESIST over such a bright, pretty polish). That’s right, all the glossy shine you see is part of the red polish itself. I usually add a coat of my favourite Sally Hansen topcoat anyway, just for longevity, but I wanted you to see the polish in its full, unadulterated glory first.
This polish lasts for about two to three days on me, before it chips off from the tips. It’s worth nothing that not only is this an excellent wear time for me, but that when my polish comes off, it’s usually the whole sheet in one – chipping is definitely an improvement! This polish will see you all the way through 3-4 medium-sized dungeons (depending on inter-dungeon travel time and number of gelatinous cubes inadvertently punched), and brighten your day the whole time.
The clean, classic red colour of this polish also lends itself to decoration and use in nail art – black-and-white-confetti polishes look great over it, as you can see, or you could use it as an alternative base for Ooly’s toadstool manicure! Its versatility, quality and excellent wear time make it an ideal candidate for the kitbag of every rogue, whether they want to add fun, glamour, or both.
The Verdict: If you’re looking for a classic red nail polish that is sexy, beautiful, and cute all at the same time, Butter London’s Come to Bed Red has your back. The fact that it applies like a dream, has a shiny finish and wears well only serves to sweeten the deal! A perfect red for every rogue’s toolkit.
The Practicalities: Butter London Come to Bed Red costs NZ 30.00/ USD 15.00 / GBP 12.00, is permanent, and is available from department stores and www.butterlondon.co.uk or your local variant of that URL.
Until next time, my rogues, don’t forget to check for traps!
I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!