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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – butter LONDON Lady Muck

butter-london-lady-muck-nail-polish-bottle-365-untrieds-1 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

The blogging community in Cleveland is pretty amazing. Even though the city is relatively large, the social media circle feels small and tight knit, in a good way, and I’ve met some great people through it. Tonight, for instance, I was invited to an event at a local restaurant with a bunch of my fellow bloggers.  We had attended a special media preview when Washington Place Bistro opened its doors last winter and tonight they celebrated the opening of their new patio with a pig roast.

Of course, being the lone beauty girl in this crowd, I have come to expect that my nail color will be noticed or asked about so I try to make sure I’m on point. With the event being sort of a kickoff to patio season I wanted to make sure my polish was springy yet unique.

I knew I was wearing a royal blue top so I started looking for an edgy neutral or light/dark blue in my untrieds bin and pulled this beauty out.  Being that I dragged butter LONDON through the mud over their No More Waity Katie shade a couple weeks ago I hoped Lady Muck would not let me down.

Formula & Application: butter LONDON is known for its 3-Free formula but it is actually 4-Free (no Formaldehyde Resin). The bottle has a smooth plastic outer cap that easily slides off (thanks to a bottle redesign) to reveal a ribbed, round inner cap used for polishing. The brush is thin and round with flexible bristles that easily fan out to cover the nail.

The first coat of Lady Muck went on and it didn’t appear that pigmented as it flowed easily on the nail. You never what you’re going to get when you first apply a polish and usually such a light color tends to be either semi-sheer and watery or opaque, thick and chalky. Lady Muck falls into neither category. It’s rich, pigmented and a breeze to apply requiring only two coats.  Utter perfection.

butter LONDON Lady Muck is a greyed, light cornflower blue packed with silvery shimmer.  While the base color reminds me of China Glaze Sea Spray, the finish is more on par with OPI I Vant To Be A-lone Star. In actuality it appears more shimmery than either one, think Funky Fingers Elephunk, due to how much deeper Lady Muck’s hue is than the other two.


Bottom Line: Between Sea Spray, which you know I adore, I Vant To Be A-lone Star and Lady Muck, Lady Muck is my hands down favorite of the three. I love the slightly dirty undertone, the standout shimmer and impeccable application. butter LONDON’s Nonie Creme hit it out of the park with this one.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: No doubt this one is getting STASHed and it may mean my bottle of I Vant To Be A-lone Star will be looking for a new home.

butter LONDON Lady Muck is available now as part of the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection and can be found at Nordstrom and ULTA stores nationwide. Online shoppers head to,,,, or to get your fix. butter LONDON nail polish retails for $14/ea for a .4oz bottle.

Thoughts on Lady Muck? Which of the three pale blues that I mentioned is your favorite? Did you pick up this color when it was released? If not, do you plan to now? What’s your favorite pale blue polish?

Disclosure: I purchased this nail polish. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Jaztee says:

    I adore pale blues. They are the perfect colour for my skin tone. Based on application and the gentle shimmer, Lady Muck is my favourite as Sea Spray is a bit hard to work with.

  2. Just got this in at the salon I work at – absolutely love it! It reminds me of really faded denim (ok, from the 90s!) with a shimmer. We’ll see if the clients like it – they’re never as adventurous as their manicurists!

  3. The different shimmer in this one shoots it way ahead of the other two similar polishes. I really need to head to Ulta and pick a few of these up.

  4. Laura says:

    It looks gorgeous :)

  5. TheCaptain says:

    This one has been on my WL for a while, and after seeing your pic, I know I need to get it right now! I’ve been loving this type of blue lately (ChG Sea Spray, Illamasqua Raindrops, Eyeko Rain) and I really like the BL formula and bottle. I really love 365 Untrieds, keep up the great work!

  6. beady says:

    Perfection! This one has got the it-factor that i have missed seeing in Sea spray and Eyeko Rain :-)

    I am still searching for a similar color on the purple/violet side; just as light, just as greyed out and tipping towards corn flower… RBL Insouciant is in the area, but I am afraid that that one gets too bright in some lightings…

  7. Rains says:

    Wow, I love it!

  8. Kira says:

    I wore Lady Muck for Easter and got many compliments on it. Even my mother-in-law, who does not approve of non-pink polish, conceded that it was pretty. This may even be backup-worthy.

  9. allison says:

    this is a beautiful color. it looks like the blue I painted my dressing room.

  10. Karen says:

    I ADORE Sea Spray too, but I may have to pick this one up because of the pretty sparkles and the fact that Sea Spray looks sort of like blue-tinged gray while this one is more washed out blue.

  11. Maribeth says:

    I am slowly falling in love with this color after seeing it on a few people. It looks fab on you :)

  12. nicole says:

    beautiful! I couldn’t decide between this and Victorian the other day!

  13. Sara says:

    LOVE IT. now if i could only afford the color…

  14. Adria says:

    Wow, you have me lemming this. Hope I can find it in one of my local Ulta shops come Friday. The color kind of reminds me of Chanel Riva, but I think Riva might have a touch more green.

  15. melli says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I haven’t commented in a while, but I love the 365 days of untrieds features!

    I am heading out shopping right now, and will swing by my Butter London counter of choice to see if they have this in yet. I have Sea Spray, but the shimmer makes this one special.

    Thanks for the lovely swatches, as always!

  16. Lauren says:

    Why did I not know about this beauty?! Running, not walking to get this. Love! And in my opinion, it blows the other two away.

  17. Mandy says:

    Just saying that I’m really loving your 365 of untrieds series! Reviews and swatches of new color collections are nice, to be sure, but it’s been a lot of fun to see some reviews and opinions of colors I didn’t even know were out there…!

  18. Lizb says:

    I picked up Lady Muck a few weeks ago and I love it! It is the first butter LONDON polish I’ve tried and I think the formula is great.

    I also have I vant to be a lone star and I definitely think Lady muck is the winner between those two.

  19. Chris says:

    I love the way this looks on you, but I think I will stick to my deeper blues. :)

  20. Cat says:

    I have A-Lone Star and Sea Spray… and I still want this. I love the 365 of Untrieds!

  21. Jac says:

    Lovely shade of blue! I’ve never seen this brand before.. are they actually from London!?

  22. Benita says:

    I wanted this color ever since I saw the collection come out! I mentioned it off-hand one day and my boyfriend surprised me with a bottle after a particularly hard week at school a couple months ago. It’s one of my fave colors. =D

  23. Amanda says:

    Funny – I hadn’t checked your blog today and came across this post on Google while searching for a review for this color. I am wearing this on my nails right now. 2nd time trying this color. Painted them on Sunday. Then again on Tuesday because even by Monday night they wear showing significant signs of wear. I’m using a 3 free top and base coat but no luck! Any tricks to get this color to wear better? As of right now I’m feeling like I wasted $14!

  24. vivshmack says:

    Lovely! I wonder how this compares to Illamasqua’s Raindrops. I’ve been lemming that one like crazy!

  25. Iris says:

    this is gorgeous! again, i’m so glad you reviewed it because i was afraid it would be too sheer. and i just bought my first bottle of butter London, british racing green, and am not impressed at all, so i was going to just give up, but maybe i should just return it and get lady muck instead.

  26. Carrie says:

    I have Sea Spray on right now, and I still want to go out and nab this. I just love these shades of blue, it’s a pastel I can pull off!

  27. Lunachat says:

    Oh.My. I think my heart just skipped a beat. I’m currently having a secret love affair with Butter London right now. This is definitely coming to my home very soon. Thanks for the swatch!

  28. meme says:

    LOVE! No – beyond LOVE! I really wish I had a residence that was closer to an ULTA store or someplace that sells Butter of London so I could see (and play with samples) for myself – though your swatches and write ups really inspire me or help me to make up my mind that’s not a shade I need. I am picky on my blues and this one works for me big time! I have been a fan of IVTBALS from the OPI TX collection. It was the first one from that group I got. I agree with you, this is WAY far from being even in the dup range between the 2. I need to re-do my budget so I make a new line item in my budget for London Butters and more Chanels. I love the formula and many of the shades from both lines.

  29. Tams says:

    Oh I had to get this one and ummmm, a lot of other light blues I seem to have a recent obsession with them! But this one I had to wear right away I love it! I should have a week of untried light blues actually lol.

  30. GwenSA says:

    I ordered this polish & a few others on the 10th through’s friends & family 20% off event which goes through Friday. Glad I did now that I see this. Thanks for the informative review.

  31. KayDiKat says:

    So glad you posted this! I knew there was a reason I didn’t get Sea Spray or A-Lone Star yet… Because I’ve been waiting for Lady Muck! Thanks so much for the gorgeous swatches :)