Butter London describes No More Waity, Katie as "a soft greige lacquer littered with lilac glitter," which immediately caught my interest. But a lot of reviews I read complained about the formula and application. And then there's the name- ugh! I'll be polite and just say that nail polish named for the royal wedding is... not something I'm interested in. At all. And I kept seeing swatches where it looked like purple glitter in a purple base, which is a little too girly/princessy for my taste. Greige, I'm all about. Purple?... meh.
But finally I read a review where someone complained that the base color wasn't purple enough and described the polish as "more punk than princess"... and that pushed the pendulum squarely back towards the "try it!" side. So I caved, and here it is.
Well, for starters- the color is most definitely a greyish base with light purple glitter. And it's awesome. The purple is one of those shades that's hard to get an accurate photo of because it looks warmer or cooler depending on the light. But I'd say that the bottle shots here are most accurate- the swatches look a little bluer than in real life.
I do think it's an edgy and unusual sort of color- the contrast between the girly/young vibe of the purple glitter and the more sophisticated muted grey base is unexpected and refreshing. I was not disappointed in that regard. The overall impression of the color (i.e. what other people will see when they don't have your nails two inches from their face) is of a sparkly purple- but one with depth and a little grit to it.
Everything I read about the formula, however, was true. Sheer, streaky, gloppy, patchy, gritty. Yeah.
The sheerness is the one aspect that doesn't bother me. These swatches are three coats (topped with a coat of Seche Vite), and I actually like that the grey shows up a little warmer and muddier due to the hint of the nail color showing through. I could do without the streakiness and patchiness, though. I don't mind nail color showing through the base color if it's even. But streaky is never a good look, and neither is patchy glitter that wants to kind of clump together and gets dragged around when trying to even out the polish.
That said, the color is really unique and ultimately I do feel it's worth the trouble. The easiest solution to the formula issues would be to put down a coat or two of an opaque grey or a purple first. I probably won't be doing that, because I like the way the grey looks when it's sheer. I think this color might benefit from thicker coats, though. I started out thin (I'm prone to flooding my cuticles otherwise) but by the last coat I was really glopping it on, and it did seem to spread out easier with thicker coats. Removal was a huge pain in the ass, as is typical for this sort of glitter polish. But that's pretty much unavoidable.
Bottom line: a unique color, but finicky. If you have a lavender glitter and a light grey jelly you could probably do a jelly sandwich version that's even better than the original (okay, now I want to do that...) But if you don't, and don't mind fussing with it, it's an awesome edgy take on a purple glitter.
Butter London No More Waity Katie, $14, available at butterlondon.com, Beauty,com, & Nordstrom.com