It can be hard to tell exactly where various neutrals fall on a spectrum so I thought a comparison might be useful. Left to right we have Essie “Case Study”, then Ulta3 Earl Grey and Butter London yummy mummy. I have reviewed the last two before, and found Ulta3 Earl Grey was a great creme neutral that leans on the grey/mushroom end of the scale. It has a very thick formula but levels nicely under a poshe top coat. Butter London yummy mummy is sheerer with a light shimmer. It sits somewhere quite close to a standard department store mannequin skin tone. Essie Case study is also a thicker creme with no shimmer. Its a nice formula to use but slightly sheer for my liking, with visible nail line after two coats. It sits on the browner end of neutral, somewhere around the shade of a latte.
Ok, so as a little contrast from the crud that was the Sportsgirl Nail Polish I showed you in the last nail polih post I thought it might be nice to do an Ulta3 review. This is Ulta3 in Earl Grey which is a bit of a cult polish. Mine is a ‘made in the PRC’ polish where the polish mavens do tend to say that you need to find a ‘made in Australia’ but this polish is great. It apply easily and smoothly and 3 days later has next to no chip wear. It’s also $2 for a 13ml bottle.
It’s a classy mushroom beige. This is so glossy – this photo is 2 coats with no top coat… and you could see your face in the reflections. This is a case of doing what you do – but doing it well, as Ulta3 is a specialist in these gorgeous cremes. There has to be a downside of course, and it’s the 3s…. ie this is not 3 free. It’s probably choc-a-bloc of 3s. But I don’t wear Ulta3 all the time and I am comfortable with occasional exposure.
This is my take on the neutral/mannequin hands trend. It’s supposed to make the fingers look longer by not breaking the colour line. No doubt would look much better if my cuticles weren’t as gross 😦
Butter London “Yummy Mummy” is a funny colour, pinky-grey-beige with a light pearl shimmer. It is surprisingly flattering for a colour that doesn’t sound great on paper. I have seen it described as mushroomy, but it really does bring to mind “nude” stockings from the 1980’s or department store mannequins with that slight shimmer in the colour. I do like it a lot though.