Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Butter London Lippy Launch: Teddy Girl and Trout Pout

Butter London has fast become one of my favorite high end brands.  To be honest, the branding initially hooked me: I'm completely enamored with its tongue in cheek naming for its accessible and user-friendly range of polishes.  With its British sentimentality and chic rectangular bottles, Butter London stole my heart early on.

Recently, Butter London launched a whole new product line to complement its successful polishes: coordinating lippies!  Here they are side by side.

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Let me first show you the polishes.

Teddy Girl, slang for the youth movement in Britain that exemplified fighting, drinking, and shagging, is a creamy and bright pastel pink.  According to the Butter Londoners, Teddy Girl is a "pale, retro, bubblegum pink."  While I would not personally classify this as bubblegum, the powdery quality does make me think of retro pale lips from the '60s.

The formula on this was okay, not too thick, not too watery but did require three coats to level out the streakiness.  It dried glossy but looked a bit chalky and had a whiteout feel to it.


Trout Pout, slang for the Big Ang types with overdone lips, is a really happy cantaloupe coral.  Much paler than I had anticipated, Trout Pout had an almost salmony tone to it that brightened up in artificial light, oddly enough.  The picture below is in natural light and is a teensy bit lighter than it is in real life.  Again, this is three coats.


But to the glosses!

Both are highly pigmented and apply thickly on the lips.  I've included lip swatches below but please keep in mind that I'm new to self-photography and couldn't capture the exact shades.  
 So for reference, I included the swipes of each on my forearm that are color accurate.



As you will see, the glosses bled a lot; Teddy Girl more than Trout Pout.  Both were fairly tacky and thick which makes that oh-so-attractive goop pooling in the middle of my lips very apparent.

Teddy Girl
Trout Pout
I highly recommend these polishes be layered over a lipstick to cut some of the bleeding.  I wore Teddy Girl over a moisturizing lipstick this weekend and the color just popped instead of making my lips look all veiny.  Trout Pout was disappointingly less pigmented, but I have yet to test it over a lipstick to see if it also has the same deep pigmentation as Teddy Girl when layered.


Importantly for me is the smell/taste of glosses.  I loved the fact that these lippies smelled like cotton candy and did not have that weird, lipstick taste other brands have.  I imagine that's because these lippies are free of many chemicals including parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates, and bismuth.

These lippies retail for $17 each and are currently available in five shades.


This product was provided for my honest, unbiased review.  Please see my PR Disclosure Policy for more information.

25 comments :

  1. These are so awesome! I totally agree with you, I love butterLONDON for everything they do, shape of the bottles and all! I was a little taken aback by the fact that the Lippy's were more expensive than the nail polishes, so I passed these up. Kind of regretting it now. I guess it's never too late! One last question.. do you happen to know what the name of the color is thats to the far right of the first picture. It looks kind of orange and I'm intrigued! Sorry to ask about one you didn't review! Also I think you did a great job with your photos!

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  2. Love the polish and the glosses look great on you! I am so picky about glosses, I don't like the tacky sticky ones so I would probably pass on these.

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  3. Awesome review. I've seen these popping up on blogs and I'm interested in trying them.

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  4. Yeah, I was also surprised that the lippies are more than the polish.  Guess that's how the market goes!  The one to the right is Primrose Hill, I believe.  The other bright pink in the collection is Snog, but that's a bit darker.  You may want to Google Image search swatches to confirm.

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  5. Tacky glosses are difficult to work with, but I must admit over a lipstick, it made a world of difference.

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  6. BL sort of 'forgot' how things were in the late 50's and early 60's in England I guess with their description here of what a Teddy Girl was. They were the 'ladies' of the Teddy's - the guys where the Teddys. There were 2 groups. The Beatles aligned along with being Teddy Boys while the Stones aligned with being aligned with the Rockers. The Teddy Boys eventually evolved fast into what was called the Mods (along with their Edwardian clothing). In the US when the Br. Invasion came - 'parents' equated Teddy Boys or Mods with the OK kids and the Rockers (Stones etc) with what in the 50's in the US were called Greasers and were the really tough kids. Actually in the UK - both the Teddys and the Rockers had tough branches.  Love this shade - Teddy Girl - but it's not terrible original is it?

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  7.  They sure NAILED the color of the Teddy Girl lip from 'back then' however. Love sometimes being this old and still major into nail polish!

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  8. I have Snog and love it. For me, since I am a lip smacker and gloss wears off quickly on me, the tackiness of these helps it stay on a long time. 

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  9. Thanks! Unfortunately, my pictures muted the colors slightly.

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  10. That's so interesting! I didn't know that about the Beatles vs. Stones fan. Fascinating!

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  11. See, I find the tackiness creates a messy hair situation. I hate that.

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  12. Soooo awesome! I love them and can't wait to add more to my collection. Trout pout is next on my list.

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  13. Soon you're gonna own the Butter London company!  

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  14. Both are really beautiful!! I'm especially in love with Teddy Girl though.

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  15. lovely shades

    specially pink one
    Teddy Girl

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  16. I loooove the Trout Pout Lippy, and I looooove the Teddy Girl polish.  My Mom is British and she was just telling me about 'Teddy Boys' from when she was a teenager in England in the 50's!

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  17. It's such a light color but carries an impact.  

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  18. That's very cool that you're mom is from England.  My family lives there now and it's literally my favorite place to visit.

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  19. I love the Teddy Girl polish!

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  20.  http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/205421_358836317521439_1113441974_n.jpg - this page on FB is using your photo and blocked out your watermark

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