I took the first two photos outside in shallow sunlight. The polish's green lean is strongest outdoors, while purple reigns supreme indoors.
And while the purple is the main base shade, the silver metallic shots throughout the polish add to the tarnished effect. Knackered is a watery polish, but the color does build up easily and is a cinch to apply. The first coat is grey with a hint of purple, incredibly sheer. After the second coat, the silvery shade begins to develop a multi-dimensional purple gleam with shots of green glitter. The third layer coats the nails with an even layer of glitter bits, and the green duochrome comes to life!
*The green duochrome at its finest! It melds seamlessly with the purple.
I adore Knackered, I do. But the green, red, and silver glitter flecks are not smoothly integrated into the polish, possibly because of its ultra thin, watery formula, and that irks me. I much prefer my polish to look completely flat and smooth after using a top coat, but as evidenced above, the finished effect is still rather bumpy even when topped with two layers of Butter London's Hardware topcoat. The bumpiness is only noticeable upon close inspection, however, so most people are most likely not to notice or even care.
*When the nails are angle downward in sunlight, they look silver!
*How Knackered looks most of the time.. mostly purple with a touch of green at the edges!
Bottom Line: I purchased my Knackered polish at Nordstrom for $14. A steal, considering you get three colors (purple, silver, green) in one bottle! And best of all, I think it flatters most skin tones. It may not be the prettiest polish, but it is unique and worth the splurge!