Butter London Clockwork Heart (part of Steampunk Ball Gilded Gears Set £24.00 for 4x6ml)
I love my dark red nail varnish shades meaning that I find it incredibly easy to pick up another that is just a slightly different shade to another I already own. I picked this up as part of the Butter London Steampunk Ball Gilded Gears Collection a few months back but have only recently used it.
Clockwork Heart is a very dark red with a shade towards brown. It is really a gorgeous, dark but practical shade. Now I've used Butter London nail varnish before, including the miniatures but I did struggle to get an even coat here. Part of me feels that for a dark shade you really need a better, bigger brush for an even coat. I tend to avoid using a heavily saturated brush to avoid it dripping either side but I think this would have been of benefit here. I found that I needed three coats for a closer to even coat which I still found to be a little patchy. It did dry relatively quickly, 20 minutes before I could use my hands again, for three coats once applied.
The colour itself is gorgeous but to benefit a top coat is need to add to the longevity as wearing three coats made it easier to chip, I found that after 3 days it was time to remove it.
Now although I've found this a little disappointing, apart from the shade, I'm still looking forward to using the rest of the set, and I'm certainly not put off the brand as darker colours can always be a little tricky unless you have someone else to apply it for you!