For someone who says she doesn’t wear black polish, I sure have been swatching it and talking about it a lot lately!
I’ve been wanting The Black Knight from Butter London because it just looks so freakin’ awesome, and was going to order it this past weekend in the great 30% sale that Butter London is having, but I got to thinking about Christmas shopping and some other obligations and realized I needed to rein back my polish purchases for a while. I don’t mean I’m dressed in rags and selling matches on a snowy corner, just that I need to watch my budget for a while.
Fear not, I have plenty of polishes left to swatch! And I wanted to try my hand at making a dupe of The Black Knight, just to see if I could. Homemade polish blends are often called frankenpolishes or just frankens, and I first tried it months ago with a so-so result.
For a Black Knight dupe I got some online tips, added an idea of my own, and used these polishes which I already had on hand:
For a base, I used my go-to thrifty basic black, Black Crème from Wet n Wild. It’s only 99 cents (on sale this week at Walgreens for 69 cents!) and is a patent-leather-shiny black that covers well and doesn’t stain. I also used the pink, blue, red, and silver microglitter from Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear called Rockstar Pink, plus Fairy Dust from China Glaze, which is a micro silver and holo glitter in a clear base that I keep around as a good top coat.
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes have an SRP of $2.99 but are on sale this week at CVS Pharmacy for $2.00 each, and China Glaze is usually $4-$5 at various beauty supply stores.
First I poured out about half of the black. Always dispose of polish safely — I pour it onto paper towels or old newspaper and let it air dry, then throw it away. Then I added enough Rockstar Pink glitter to make the bottle a little over 3/4 full. Then added just a little Fairy Dust. Be sure to leave enough room/air in the bottle to put the brush back in and shake it up.
I love it! Two coats of my mix gave good coverage and I think it sparkles just enough but still looks edgy. I also think it would look fine without the China Glaze Fairy Dust. Here’s my mix with no top coat under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash
I thought the glitter made it feel a little gritty, so I added a top coat. Actually, I tried two different top coats. I put a clear one on my little and ring fingers and put the sheer magenta jelly called Paloma from Zoya on my middle finger. Both made the polish look smoother and shinier. Paloma did give it a slightly pinker look. With the flash:
And a closeup with the clear top coat:
If you got Black Crème and Rockstar Pink on sale, you could have a close dupe for under $3. I’m happy with my results but I think if I was going to do it over, I’d use even less black and more glitter. A top coat is IMHO a must to make it shiny and smooth, and clear is fine, although I do like how Paloma looks.
I’m not saying go out and buy four or five polishes to recreate this look — you might as well just buy the original Black Knight if that’s the case. Experiment with what you have on hand! I think it’d also be gorgeous with a dark blue or purple base instead of the black.