Butter London's All Hail McQueen seems to be the season's hottest neutral for nails. Raved about by Amy from Café Makeup, Gaia of The Non-Blonde and Soaper1 on Karla Sugar - this instantly caught my attention and I knew I had to try it. All three reviews give us a slightly different glimpse of this beautiful shade. I loved how it looked in each review and immediately ordered one for myself.
The color is a complex holographic beige with bits of reflective particles in various shades of gold, silver, beige, tan, yellow - very hard to describe. Unfortunately the holographic quality only really shows up when the light hits it directly. It's a beautiful shade, no doubt, but on my skintone, I feel it makes my hands look aged and tired. I actually prefer OPI's DS Classic shade which is similar, just less brownish/grey, warmer and slightly brighter.
The formula itself is very sheer. I had to ask the salon to apply three coats to get it to show up. Lasting power was decent - it lasted about 3 days without any wear, chipping or flaking and I didn't reapply any top coat after the initial application.
OPI DS Classic vs. Butter London All Hail McQueen
Overall pretty, just not really super flattering on my skintone unless the sun shines on my fingers directly. I personally prefer Butter London's Yummy Mummy (reviewed and compared here) and also Chanel Particuliere for a more contrasted shade of beige/grey. It's beautiful when the light hits, but just not really cup of tea. I will probably be sending this to a close friend who I know will go gaga over this shade and won't mind that I used it already.