Thursday, February 23, 2012

You Can't Always Get What You Want.... Butter London Black Knight Franken

but you try sometimes you might find, you get what you need!
Now that I've successfully got a Rolling Stone's song stuck in your head, we'll move right on to today's post...
Sometimes I can't get what I want- for example, a $14 bottle of Butter London Black Knight nail polish, but if I try, sometimes, I can get something close enough to satisfy that need- and for much cheaper!
I was recently on a forum where someone had posted their 'franken' of Black Knight, and seeing how close it was, I decided to give it a shot. For those unfamiliar with frankens or frankening, it is when you mix together different polishes to create a new one. I have tried it once before, in a frantic attempt to make a version of OPI's Mad As A Hatter, but came up with a loose interpretation at best. From all the feedback I received, it appears that this is a much more successful franken!
I used Sinful Black on Black, Sinful Secret Admirer, Sinful All About You, and Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink for this. I chose Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink as the glitter because the best description I found for Black Knight mentioned it having red and gold glitter in addition to the pink and aqua blue I could easily see. I used a bit of Secret Admirer since that same description mentioned there may be a hint of silver in the polish as well.

I had cleaned out an old nail polish bottle for this project, sure to keep the two silver balls to ensure what ever I used it for would be able to mix properly. In it I poured approximately 2/3-3/4 of the bottle with Rockstar Pink. To that I added a touch of All About You- I didn't use too much since Rockstar Pink already had gold in it, then 1/16-1/8 of the bottle of Secret Admirer and topped it off with Black on Black. Finally, it was time to shake and pray...
the results:

On the nail wheel, it's one coat over black on left, and two coats by itself on the right

One coat over black

My awesome friend Karianne who does have Black Knight is letting me her picture to compare. Please go check out her very cool blog at Neglelakkmani
The REAL Black Knight
and here is my frankened Black Knight

I'm very pleased with this, as it means one less polish on my wish list, and $14 in my wallet! Thanks for reading!!!


  1. Good job!
    It turned out very pretty!

    1. Thanks :-) I was quite pleased with it too! Now if only Butter London's Tart with a Heart was so easy to make'