Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Butter London "Knackered"

So I went to Ulta to look for a bottle of Butter London's "British Racing Green". Not there :(... But, they had one bottle of "Knackered", so I grabbed it. This is a funky, strange color.. in the bottle it looked to me like a green, with a duochrome purple effect, and a bunch of tiny holographic sparks. It's actually very sheer - with three coats on my pinky, I can still see the nail line. The duochrome green/purple is there, like mother of pearl... and the holo sparkles are amazing over OPI Ink. The funny thing - over OI, the base purple shifts to almost black, but from some angles it's replaced by a lighter purple from the effect, from other angles it shifts to green.

Honestly, the OPI Ink is probably wasted here - any basic black would work as well in my opinion... The pinky is 3 coats of Knackered.. ring is one coat Knackered over two of OPI Ink, index and middle are two coats OPI Ink, no Knackered.

One thing that makes holo effects pop - and hard to photograph - is that we see them with two eyes. Each eye sees a different set of sparkles, which gives a kind of depth effect. (This is also why fresh snow is so dazzling in sunlight - some flakes reflect to one eye, others reflect to the other eye). Also, our pupils are wider than the pinhole that most digital cameras use, so we catch more of the flashes than the camera can.

Anyway, I also tried one coat of Knackered over the OPI "Fly" on my big toes. Here, the Knackered green dichro is close to the base color. Knackered darkened Fly just a little. Lit from one incandescent "Reveal" bulb, there's a primary reflection with a purple dichro halo around it, and an explosion of rainbow sparkles over the rest of the nail. This is the best photo I could get of it...

I think that next I'll try this over matte black...


  1. For you being a guy you have really pretty feet way better than mine :/ great pic thx for sharing!

  2. Hi Crystal! Thank you... but I have to emphatically disagree with "way better"... I'm sure yours are spectacular, and mine are "lipstick on a pig" in comparison! The only way I can accept "way better" is if you were involved in a horrible disfiguring lawnmower accident... so you have my condolences for that!

  3. You have such pretty toesies! I just bought 'Fly' and can't wait to use it. ^_^

  4. I'm a new follower and I'm jealous, your toes look way better than mine! JK, not jealous but your feet do rock.

  5. Ok, dude, you paint your toes better than I paint mine! Mine look like my 3 yr old niece does them. LOL

    1. Thank you, Minnie! You're really too kind. I suppose we could trade... I paint yours, you paint mine... ;)