Butter London Wallis Swatches & Review

Butter London Wallis Swatches & ReviewI’ve been showing a lot of Butter London nail polishes lately, haven’t I? 🙂 I’m on a ‘buttered’ roll! *Groans* (Sorry, but I had to make that cheesy joke…It was way too difficult to resist.)

Today, I bring you the final one I own – Butter London Wallis! (Yes, I only own 3 Butter London nail polishes, believe it or not!)

It’s actually the very first Butter London nail polish I owned. From the moment I saw swatches of it crop up online, I knew that it had to be mine, and it certainly didn’t disappoint me when I wore it. 😀

P.S. Every time I wear Wallis, I think about this one guy, Walid, who I used to work with at my part-time job when I was in high school. My co-workers gave him the nickname ‘Wally’, but, since I wanted to be different, I called him ‘Walrus’. Haha, he didn’t have a snaggle tooth, but I thought it was funny and cute. Don’t worry – he didn’t have any objections, and later he confessed that he warmed up to ‘Walrus’ and considered it endearing. 🙂

Butter London Wallis Pictures

Butter London Wallis Swatch, Review & Pictures


Butter London Wallis Swatches & Review


Butter London Wallis Swatches & Review

Natural Light

Butter London Wallis Pics, Swatches & Review

When you remove the rectangular cover, it reveals a cylindrical cap with a grip.

Wallis Butter London Swatches & Review

Butter London Wallis Pictures, Swatches & Review

On the top of every Butter London nail-polish cap, there's a picture of a bird wearing a crown.

Wallis Butter London Swatch & Review

Butter London Wallis Swatch & Review


Butter London Wallis Swatch & Review

Natural Light

Butter London Wallis Ingredients

Butter London Wallis Ingredients

Butter London Wallis Swatches

All swatches have:

Sunlight Photos

Butter London Wallis Swatches & Review

Butter London Wallis Review, Swatch & Pics

Butter London Wallis Review & Swatch

Butter London Wallis Review & Swatches

Butter London Wallis Swatch & Review

Wallis by Butter London Swatches & Review

Natural Light Photos

Butter London Wallis Review & Swatches

Butter London Wallis Review, Swatches & Pics

Butter London Wallis Swatch, Review & Pics

Wallis by Butter London Review & Swatch

Butter London Wallis Review & Swatch


Tarnished, metallic gold

Key Notes

  • Name: Butter London Wallis
  • Collection: Butter London Fall/Winter 2011 Collection
  • Colours Available in the Butter London Fall/Winter 2011 Collection: Wallis, Bluey, Knees Up, Toff & No More Waity, Katie
  • Amount: 11 mL (0.4 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $17 CAD
  • Where to Buy: Butter London CA website, Butter London US website, NailPolishCanda.com & Holt Renfrew stores

Butter London Wallis Review


“Tarnished, metallic gold” is a great description that Butter London gives this polish. It definitely has an antiqued look about it, which is very distinguished, classy, and regal.

When I wore Butter London Wallis, I thought it was a very sophisticated, rich colour that really made my fingertips look mature and a bit edgy.


Wallis by Butter London is a metallic polish, but it isn’t your typical garden variety that shows brushstrokes galore. It’s very shimmery, which is a great finish for concealing any nail-surface imperfections.

You probably wouldn’t know unless I told you, but my natural nails have slight ridges. I used to buff my nails, but I rarely do it these days.

Certain nail polishes conceal the ridges better than others. This kind of finish conceals ridges very well because there’s a lot going on, and the colour reflects the light. Thought I would point this out in case there’s someone else out there who also has some ridges and is curious.

(You probably haven’t seen my nail ridges on the blog because a good base coat and top coat really do wonders! However, if you ever see me without a base coat and wearing a chrome-metallic polish, it’ll be very evident that I have ridges. I’m not ashamed of having ridges – I think a lot of people have them…but I just prefer a smooth nail surface because it looks cleaner.)

Application & Formula

Application was a dream with Butter London Wallis! 🙂 It glided onto my nails effortlessly, and it only took 2 coats to achieve complete opacity. (That’s good, considering how pricey Butter London nail polishes are!)


  • Brilliant antiqued-metallic gold looks regal
  • Pigmented & easy-to-use formula glides on effortlessly

  • Pricey

Final Verdict: 9/10

I really enjoyed wearing this manicure, and I was pretty sad when I had to remove it after a few days. (It could’ve easily lasted longer, but, since I have so many untried nail polishes in my stash, I wanted to give another lacquer a chance to see the light of day.) 😉

Do you own Butter London Wallis? What is your top pick for a metallic polish? Do you go for antique metallic lacquers or chrome metallic lacquers more often?


10 thoughts on “Butter London Wallis Swatches & Review

  1. Kelly

    I don’t own any Butters yet, jsut too pricey for my budget! But I love this! May have to be my first one too 🙂

    I posted my very first blog post last night! A tutorial on how to do my “Lucky Leprechaun” nails. Thanks again for inspiring me to get out there and make my own blog. You’re the best Mary!

    <3 Kelly
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      Wallis is definitely worth the splurge, in my opinion. 😀 You won’t have buyer’s remorse.

      How exciting! I’m going to check out your post right now!

  2. Jessica

    I’ve enjoyed seeing your Butter London posts so far! This is an interesting color–would you call this a duochrome? It looks like shimmery olive green in your sunlight photos and a dirty, antique gold in your natural light photos. I’m impressed that it’s metallic without being all brush-stroke-ish. I usually don’t like metallics for that reason–I really don’t care for formulas that show brushstrokes.
    Also, I’m really glad you showed how that big square cap comes off–as I’ve seen more Butter London polishes I’ve been wondering how someone could hold that square cap to paint their nails, hahaha. Good to know it comes off to reveal a cap you can actually use.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Glad that you’re enjoying my Butter London posts. 🙂 I wasn’t sure if people would feel like it was overkill. Then again, I tend to blog more about OPI and China Glaze. Thought I’d share some Butter London love…even though I only have 3 bottles.

      No, I woudln’t call this polish a duochrome. But you are right – in natural light, it does look a bit different than in the sunlight. (I would only call it a duochrome if the colour shifts in the same lighting.)

      Haha, yeah, if I had to use the rectangular handle, I think my results would’ve been really messy. I really like how they have the big cover for show, but then the practical one underneath. It’s like the best of both worlds, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. Jacqui

    This is definitely one of my favorite Butter Londons, and it looks fantastic on you. And by the way, have I ever told you how much I love your nail shape? I tried to do something similar before and it just didn’t look right one me. Yours are amazing.
    Jacqui recently posted: St. Patty’s Day Glitter Layering

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jacqui!

      Thank you so much! I have never seen Wallis look bad on anyone. He’s a looker, that’s fo’ sho!

      Aww…thank you for saying that about my nail shape. You know, I really envy those with square and squoval nails, but when I tried reshaping mine, it looked really off. So I had to stick with my natural oval shape. But I’m fine with it. As long as I can drool over pictures of others, I’m okay with sporting oval nails on myself. 🙂

  4. Marta

    I’ve been enjoying your butter-roll 😉 (though I haven’t been commenting).
    I wouldn’t brave wearing this shade… but I can see why it HAD to be a part of your collection and I think you wear it to PERFECTION!

    When I think of the name, I instantly think “Wall-eeeeeee” from the Disney movie Wall-E… lol 😀
    Marta recently posted: Stamped Crackle?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      I’m hungry! 😉

      Aww…really? I can picture on your nails, and it would look lovely. No, not just lovely, but BRILLIANT! And just think of all the nail-stamping possibilities you could do over this regal shade? *Tempts* Hehehe…well, I tried my best.

      I LOVED Wall-E! Saw it in the theater when it first came out and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was hilarious, I fell in love with several of the characters, and I loved the important message of caring for the planet and helping others. Now I need to watch it again!


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