Thursday, July 25, 2013

LONDONTOWN Thames from the Eye

I am so pleased to be able to share my discovery of LONDONTOWN polish with you all!  As many of you already know, my family lives in London and in fact, England is absolutely my favorite place in the world to visit.  

LONDONTOWN's creator, Natasha, has roots in Radlett, a town a few miles away from where my family resides in Elstree.  The fact that Natasha's family is from England is not just important sentimentally, but also because the formula for LONDONTOWN polish is infused with the handpicked botanical and flower oils from her grandmother's English garden that served as a healing remedy for sore hands when Natasha was a child.

LONDONTOWN markets two treatment lines: kur and lakur.  The kur system works to heal and strengthen nail and cuticle, and is comprised of a:

- nail hardener and protective top coat to thicken the layers of keratin in the nail
- nourishing cuticle oil to hydrate the cuticle and nail root
- restorative nail cream to replenish and fortify damaged, weak, and peeling nails, and
- acetone-free strengthening lacquer remover that cleanses the nail plate without drying or damaging the nail

lakur, as I'm sure you've gathered already, is the LONDONTOWN color treatment, i.e., polish, again infused with Radlett remedy and given names reminiscent of all things London.

My swatch is a combination of both the kur nail hardener and protective top coat and lakur in Thames from the Eye.   Let's start with the color: Thames from the Eye (since you can see the River Thames from the London Eye...get it?  Visuals represented below.)

As you can see, the River Thames has a murky quality to it, and the view from the London Eye (that giant ferris wheel to the right) has your eyeline awash with the blue-green waterway.  LONDONTOWN Thames from the Eye is exactly that, a dusty aqua creme, not quite blue, not quite green, with just the right amount of grey.  Chic and understated, this color is perfection.

And the formula!  Like buttahhh (my family may be in London, but I'm still from Noo Yawk).  The two coats I used basically applied themselves.  No streaks, no dragging, no balding.  Obsessed with the finished product.

Please note that my mani is topped with the kur nail hardening top coat, which unlike most top coats I've used, applies just as buttery as the polish itself, creating a really secure barrier over the nail color.  I was at first skeptical that such a thick topper would dry quickly, but within ten minutes my nails were dry to the touch!  Color me impressed.

I realize that while I'm partial to anything English inspired, the LONDONTOWN nail treatment system and enhanced color (or "colour," I suppose) has really blown me away; while I'm a sucker for a good creme, the top coat was really what won me over.  Plus, I love the little extra detail of LONDONTOWN written in small letters on the bottle cap.  Ah, the small things.

If you're interested in purchasing Thames from the Eye or any other LONDONTOWN kur or lakur product, I highly recommend you stop by the website which you can do by clicking here.  lakur retails for $22 USD a bottle and kur products range from $18-$35 USD.  LONDONTOWN is free of gluten, 5-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.


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


  1. I like the colour but it seems like a lot of faff :/ Plus it's really expensive!

  2. I'll agree it's pricey, but it's excellent formulation and the kur line seems really effective.

  3. I love this color, it is so pretty!

  4. Lovely color :) The top coat sounds great!

  5. It was really, really great!

  6. I don't like the price, but the color is gorgeous!

  7. Steep yes, but if your nails need replenishing, at least this is a colorful way of doing it!