Before Valentine’s Day, I just wanted my nails to look pretty neat and painted. Where to have a manicure done without the need to splurge and go far? I walked into Beauty and Butter in SM Mall of Asia during lunch break without an appointment and inquired about their services and prices.
I was most intrigued to try the Ruby Wing nail polish which they say is a solution to the ultimate polish conundrum. It’s a color changing nail polish! 🙂 There are plenty of colors to choose from. Beauty and Butter also sells Ruby Wing for PhP 500/bottle.
Review of Beauty and Butter (SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City)
Usually, Beauty and Butter is packed with customers. But since it was a weekday and probably everyone else was having lunch at the peak of lunch hour, there were only two active customers besides myself. The nail salon’s walls are wrapped with colorful graffiti-like artwork.
Seats are comfortable and have a good amount of leg room. The lady to my right actually fell a sleep while she was having a pedicure. A wall-mounted TV is available for entertainment. The private waxing room is clean and sanitary with a relaxing atmosphere.
Awesome nail polish colors from different brands such as Orly, Zoya, and Ruby Wing are displayed on shelves by the counter. These polishes can make a variety of cool nail art designs as well that will suit one’s mood and personality.
The welcoming staff was friendly and explained about their products and services being offered in good detail. Time estimated to complete a manicure was said to be around 40 minutes. I appreciated the excellent approximation, especially when I had to return back to work in proper timing.
The nail technician was courteous, respectful, and sweet. She took time to clean my nails first, cut my cuticles, and made sure that all my previous polish was removed. She used the mini file to smooth the tips down a bit, massaged my hands, and then applied Rodeo from the Wicked West collection.
The Buttercup/nail technician did two coats and the color turned opaque quickly. The drying process though, even with the help of the nail dryer and the quick-dry nail lacquer, took a long time.
The Ruby Wing nail polish I chose: Perfect for summer, Rodeo is a bright mint green polish with a cream finish that’s supposed to shift to light orange or nude peach in the sun. The fact that it appeared almost pastel indoors made me look at my nails more often. 😛 I found the formula to be a bit on the thick side yet manageable and very pigmented.
To check the color-changing effect without having the sun’s UV rays hit my nails, the nail technician asked me to place my fingernails in the UV lamp machine. In seconds, we saw how the color changed to orange. It was absolutely incredible! Sadly, it stayed put for less than five minutes and went back to mint green.
The real test: When I stepped out in the sun and walked back to the office, the resulting orange did not become very well distributed in the nail. Rather, it left a gradient effect with some green spots still visible. I guess that the Ruby Wing nail polish works best only when exposed to the sun longer or when there is more direct and constant sunlight.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
I availed of Beauty and Butter’s Love Thy Hands Manicure (PhP 230) and the add-on, Color Changing Polish (PhP 40). Prices may be a little bit steeper than those of an average nail spa or beauty salon, but for the great ambiance and experience, Beauty and Butter in MOA is not to be missed.
Upon checkout, I received the “Awesome Threesome” card which is like a loyalty card stating: “Collect two (2) stamps on your AWESOME THREESOME Card when the same service is availed and get the same service for FREE on your next visit! Card and services are non-transferable and not convertible to cash. Card is only valid at the branch it was purchased from. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Using Complimentary Gift Certificates is not valid. Promo valid for 2 months only.” I look forward to my return visits. 🙂
If you want to be pamper in a beautiful, clean, and calming environment, do yourself a favor and come visit Beauty and Butter in any of their branches:
- 5F Megamall Bridgeway – 02 470 4239 or 0917 592 5230
- LGF SM San Lazaro – 02 353 7576 or 0917 592 5228
- 2F SM Cebu – 032 236 9113 or 0917 592 5331
- Basement Level, Bldg. B, SM Taytay – 02 650 2041 or 0917 880 4832
- Ground Floor, SM Jazz Mall – 02 556 7059 or 0917 717 8516
- 3F, Ayala Fairview Terraces Mall – 02 361 1093 or 0917 823 9681
- 3F, SM Bacolod – 034 431 1531 or 0916 648 9840
- 2F, Eastwood Cyber and Fashion Mall – 02 650 6122 or 0906 306 9673