After the launch of the Black Shatter nail polish in Katy Perry and Serena Williams’ Collections in January 2011, OPI has decided to release six new Shatter colours – silver, red, white, turquoise, blue, and navy. The shatter, crackle, or “earthquake effect” (as I’ve once heard someone call it) is easily on the list of this year’s most popular nail trends. Priced at approximately 10 dollars per bottle in most retail stores (and about 5 to 6 dollars online), OPI’s Shatter collection is definitely one of the more expensive polishes.
One quick application of the OPI Shatter results in geometric patterns of crackled polish that – when layered on top of a different coloured base coat – make your nails look like some sort of colourful giraffe/zebra/lizard. So, for the ladies (and men, if you’re into that) who aren’t willing to shell out for a manicure every week, a bottle of the OPI Shatter will keep your nails looking like an expensive, professional job.
Intrigued by all the hype of OPI’s Shatter collection, I rushed out to purchase a bottle of the Shatter as soon as I heard that it had been released in stores throughout Canada. As a novice, I found that applying the Shatter is actually quite tricky, although manicurists make it look easy in demonstration videos on Youtube. I also discovered that the polish on the brush does dry fairly quickly, forcing you into a mad rush to scrape off the excess polish and paint it neatly on your nails. However, after a couple attempts, you will get the hang of the Shatter, and once you do, it will look awesome.
How to apply the OPI Shatter:
- Start with clean nails. Swipe them with nail polish remover to get rid of dirt and oiliness.
- Apply your base colour as usual. It doesn’t have to be neat, but make sure it’s applied evenly.
- Allow your nails to completely dry. This is very important! If your base coat isn’t dry, the Shatter will look chunky (like you just clumsily applied black nail polish in a hurry).
- Apply a medium coat of the OPI Shatter. You can re-dip your brush back into the bottle, but make sure you don’t go over the same section of your nail more than once.
- Applying a top coat once the Shatter has dried will give your nails a high gloss finish and also prevent it from chipping. However, if you used the OPI Black Shatter with a black matte finish, you may choose to leave it as it is.