Butter London Knackered

3.7

16 reviews

56% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS



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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

From Butter London's Spring 2012 collection, Knackered is a super-sheer purple/teal duochrome with silvery microglitter. It can be worn alone or layered over other polishes.

BL also released a similar and much-improved version of this duochrome a couple of years later called Petrol. I love Petrol. I can't stand Knackered.

No mater how many times I tried I just could not get this polish to work for me. The end results were always an unflattering grayish mess. It just wasn't pretty or fun to wear.

I love Butter London, they are probably my favorite nail polish brand. But I wouldn't buy this one again.



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Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This is an expensive polish and I could imagine the disappointment if you bought it full price thinking that it was an opaque colour. It is extremely sheer and should really be worn as a topcoat, and I wish Butter London had labelled it as such.

Applied over two layers of a good black polish, you get pretty much what you see in the bottle. It is a duochrome with a deep lavender/grey-green shift and tiny, evenly distributed holographic micro glitter. The grey-green is wonderfully subtle and reminds me of the sheen of fish scales or as a previous reviewer described it, the inside of a shell. It definitely has a deep sea vibe to it. I have only worn this so far over black polish as I love it so much that way, but could see it layering beautifully over cool blues, purples and greys, even over a pearlescent white maybe. It is quite unique.

As a topcoat it lasts well. It isn't glossy but I don't mind that. It dries quickly. I like the packaging and the brush too, and I'd say it is a quality product. I probably won't purchase again as it comes in a large bottle and I only use one layer per application so it will last me forever - but this is no reflection on my opinion of the product.

Look out for this in sales, buy it for what it is (a sheer topcoat) and enjoy the uniqueness of the colour.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I call this color my rainbow fish nail polish. Because that is 100% what it looks like.
It takes 2+ layers for it to stand alone as a foily, sparkly nail polish. It's kinda grey green and shines purple in light. As a translucent top coat, I've layered it over both grey and green/teal nail polishes: it looks super cool! It gives the base color more dimension. It's definitely the kind of color you stare at when you're wearing it! It's not as good of quality as OPI, but it's such a unique hue.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Knackered is a very pretty pearlescent dark grey that shifts lavender with holographic microglitter - it reminds me a bit both of tahitian pearls and the aurora borealis. The polish however is very sheer and is best used on top of another color to get a dramatic effect, I've found that Deborah Lippmann's Wicked Game topped off with this really enhances the silver/purple shift both colors have. You can layer about 3 to 4 coats of Knackered to get a semi-opaque look as well, but I find it doesn't wear all that well and chips quicker this way. It applies easily and is waterier than other Butter London shade formulas. Overall, I feel it's a "nice to have" color in that it's very unique, but is a bit expensive for how it performs.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

My very first Butter London! Knackered is such a unique color, it's a borderline frosty shade of dusty turquoise with a bright purple shift, and on top of that, there's tiny holographic glitter scattered throughout! It includes three of my favorite things- turquoise, purple, and rainbows! Absolutely stunning! The one con I have is due to the somewhat frosty base, the glitter may appear as bumpy at some angles.

This is very sheer, I'm not a fan of it on its own. You could layer it over any color basically, black is best for the duochrome effect to stand out but if you want it to look close to the bottle color, try layering 2 coats of this over a creamy dusty turquoise such as Zoya Wednesday. I swear, these two polishes were made for each other haha! Excellent combination!

Butter London is expensive at $15 a bottle but look out for sales at Ulta. Sometimes Ulta has buy one get one free offers so stock up on Butter London then!

This polish to me was worth the price because of its uniqueness and its ability to transform any polish. Recommended!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Knackered is a color that I use very frequently, and one of my favorites. It's a dusty grey/blue/purple with holographic glitter specs distributed sparsely throughout the polish. It reminds me of the inside of an oyster shell. I think the best way to use this polish is over a base color. I've normally use knackered over several different grays, blues, purples, and even a teal, and it always turns out great.

My only issue with knackered is that because it's such a thin polish, used alone it takes about three coats.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Magic in a bottle.


Very pretty. I don't use this by itself, it's one of my "transforming" polishes, including Lippmann's "Diamonds and Pearls," and BL's "Hen Party." (There are others, these are the ones that come to mind.)


This is in that class of polish that is too sheer to wear simply by itself; it's meant to make an average polish great, or take an amazing color to the "I can't take my eyes off my fingertips" level.


This is actually more like 4.5 on my meter. Diamonds and Pearls and Hen Party are my top transforming glazes. If my manicure needs some umph, if I need sparkle, want something different, these are usually my first choices; but Knackered always delights me, and I ask myself why I don't use it more often.


My guess is simply because the color is less flexible .....


but it's beautiful, fun, and magic on the fingertips, especially when your modern nude, plum, dusty blue, or black polish needs to have a little life breathed into them.


Think top coat magic instead of polish. JMO

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Knackered is my first Butter London polish and it's a sheer lilac-turquoise duochrome packed with fine holographic sparkles. This isn't something I'd wear by itself since it's so sheer, but it's fun to layer over different polishes, like black, a dark purple, or definitely OPI's Jade is the New Black (as another reviewer kindly suggested). A darker base also serves to better bring out the duochrome effect. If you like playing around with polish, this would be a good choice. Overall, it seems unique and it is pretty/dreamy, but I was ultimately a little bit underwhelmed with the color on myself, so it isn't something I'd probably wear too often.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I tested this out at Nordstrom today and though it looked lovely in the store lighting, as soon as I stepped outside it appeared dusty lavender (frosty in a bad 90s way). Something about indoor fluorescent lighting really brings out the duochrome in this and something about natural lighting seems to diminish it. Duochromes are so last year anyway, Butter should be releasing the truly holographic polishes that are all the rage right now.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

A very sheer duochrome. It is absolutely beautiful. I know that it's a little sheer, but that's okay with me. there's also the option of layering it, which worked perfectly. I layered it over an army green polish, and it looked perfect.




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