I try not to get the Lemming Monster get to me too bad, but sometimes something so good comes out I just can't help but give in. I really thought after my big Ulta Buy 1 Get 1 haul in September that I was pretty set on Butter Londons for a while. Famous last words, right? Just a couple weeks later the lovely Mary from Body and Soul posted the promo images for Butter London's Holiday collection, and I was sucked in. Now, Butter London (as much as I adore them) have just as bad a habit as OPI of using these strange "artist rendering" images instead of real bottle photos, but even then I just knew that I had to have The Black Knight! I feverishly stalked my local Ulta, but impatience got the best of me, so I just ordered it from the Butter London website.
The Black Knight is a mixture of pink, blue, and golden glitter suspended in a black base. Butter London says that third color of glitter is silver, but I swear it looks more gold to me. Shrugs. The base is a little on the sheer side, so you'll definitely need two coats (which is what I'm showing you here), unless you choose to layer it over black. The application is less than ideal, and that's sugar-coating it. It's SO jam-packed with glitter that's it's thick as molasses and doesn't spread very well. I thinned the crap out of it twice and still fought with it to get a smooth application. And then of course it dries super gritty, so it took one thick coat of Gelous, followed by one thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out, and then a coat of my OPI Designer Series top coat the next day for good measure. The redeeming quality? It looks like THIS:
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Hubba HUBBA! That is worth the struggle. I love it! Sparkly and mysterious all in one! Heinous application aside, this polish is pretty darn fabulous. And can we talk about the name? Hubby loves it because it reminds him of this:
I love it because it reminds me of this:
So, at $14 a pop, do you need The Black Knight? I'd say if you're not a fan of glitter or if you've got semi-decent frankening skillz (see recipe here at Chalkboard Nails), you can pass on this one. Otherwise, grab your bottle of polish thinner and grab this sucker while you can! :-D
The Black Knight always triumphs!