Behold, the Latest Beauty Gimmick.


With UV lights scaring a lot of the granola crunchy and ignorant consumer public, there’s been a demand to have the long lasting shine and durability of gel but in nail polish form. Honestly I like using LED lamps for multiple reasons anyway; no warmth from the light, 30 second times per hand per layer of gel versus 2 minutes in an UV lamp, as well as less bulky and lighter in weight than UV lamps. But I digress, this is a post about a base and top coat.

Ok so Butter London followed the trend of no light gel and made a long lasting base and top coat polish marketed as gel.

 In my cases of trial and error while writing this blog, I have learned a couple things about nail lacquers:

  1. If the company that makes it makes anything else non-nail related, chances are the nail lacquer will be made in China and not be vegan or cruelty free. I learned that the hard way last year.
  2. Most lacquers have nice colors, but the top coat dulls after three days.
  3. Companies that invest in about 300 colors with a 6 set of seasonal colors are usually pretty good to try out.
  4. Most brushes for nail lacquers are thin and square, which makes this hard to do  

So let’s get into this set of Butter Londons’ no light gel base and top coat to see how it performs. I’ve been on the lookout for a better base and top coat since Zoya has pretty crappy ones. I don’t want 5 bottles of stuff to lay on color nicely to a nail and then another three things to protect the color. I think clients and techs also want as few steps as possible to decorate their digits.

Clients, a summary of the Butter London company, as well as a detailed FAQ section about the no light gel base and top coat will be presented to you first so that whenever you go into a salon and see it, you will understand why it costs more than your typical discount salon,  and how it can help you achieve your nail goals.

Techs, after the summary I’ll have the details you want on Butter London no light base and top coat to help you determine if this product should be in your arsenal of products for your clients.

 Let’s pretend no one has heard of Butter London so I can provide you with some backstory.

Butter London nail lacquer is made by Butter London LLC.  Created by entrepreneur Sasha Muir with the help of Nonie Creme, a famous fashion manicurist in England. Despite the name, it’s actually an American Brand.

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Clients, Here are Some Questions About Butter London No Light Gel Base and Top Coat Asked on Your Behalf:

  1. Does Butter London No Light Gel Base and Top Coat contain nuts, or is processed in a place with nuts? No
  2. Is Butter London no Light Gel Base and Top Coat vegan, containing no animal products at all? NO
  3. Is Butter London no Light Gel Base and Top Coat cruelty free in manufacturing and testing? Yes
  4. Does Butter London no Light Gel Base and Top Coat have any fragrances? No
  5. Where is Butter London no Light Gel Base and Top Coat made? Seattle, Washington
  6. Does it Contain Dibutyl Phthalate? No
  7. Does it Contain Toluene? No
  8. Does it Contain Formaldehyde? No
  9. Does it Contain Formaldehyde Resin? No
  10. Does it Contain Camphor? No
  11. Does it Contain Parabens? No
  12. Does it Contain Xylene? No
  13. Does it taste like butter? NO. *lulz*
  14. What ingredients are there in this? Here


Nail Techs, Here are Your Questions Answered About Butter London No Light Gel Base and Top Coat:

  • Where is this Butter London Nail Lacquer  from that I used? I bought this product from Ulta. I actually snorted at the fact that it was so fancy looking, and that I was spending almost $20 on a single bottle.
  • How easy is this product to get, can I buy it anywhere? You can buy it pretty much anywhere in an Ulta, or online
  • Is there fragrance/fumes to consider? Typical solvent odor, faint, but no additional fragrance
  • Is the MSDS available? I was directed to the ingredient list on the website only, no MSDS was given.       
  • How would you compare this to other nail lacquers you’ve worked with? Really easy except for the dumb black exterior cap.
  • How much is it? $40 for the set
  • Why should I use this in my salon? Durable base and top coat, shine lasted a week.
  • What did you not like about this line? Expensive, the cap doesn’t unscrew so you have to pull it off and then unscrew it (which wastes time) 
  • Was it difficult to remove? No
  • How many applications are in a bottle? About 200



I liked the durability of this product, although for my vegan clients this would not be a product for them. Non-vegan base and top coats are a common theme in the industry, and so far the ones that are have not performed. If anyone has had any luck with a traditional lacquer base and top coat that IS vegan, I would like to know about it.

I don’t understand why they just don’t say what it actually is; a durable base and top coat. I guess if a company wants to look on trend and solving a ‘problem’ in the public eye, they’ll buy it. And it does last longer than a regular top coat, which typically poops out at the three day mark for most clients.

If you have any questions I didn’t cover about Butter London, please let me know in the comments below so we can all be better versed in this product!