This past weekend I was lucky enough to get my mitts on a bottle of OPI’s Black Shatter from the Katy Perry collection that’s currently out. I’ve heard Shatter was quite the seller, and even the sales associates where I was at were surprised that they even had any bottles left. They were even having a BOGO: 2nd bottle of OPI was 50% off… even on the new colors! Unheard of!
As you can imagine, the first thing I wanted to do was try my new polishes. I got Tease-y Does It several weeks ago, it was the only polish I really, really wanted from the Burlesque collection, but I hadn’t gotten around to using it. Herein lies my perfect mani opportunity.
I’ll admit I was somewhat skeptical about Black Shatter. I knew I had to try it, but wasn’t positive as to whether or not I would really like it all that much. Another reason I used Tease-y as my first Shatter manicure was because I wanted something dark so the contrast wouldn’t be crazy noticeable and I wouldn’t have to take it off immediately if I hated it. And so… I went to work!
Here she is by her lonesome. I did 2 coats of Tease-y to make sure I had enough color and shimmer for underneath my Shatter. Liz already blogged this one back in December, so I won’t give you the play-by-play. I will say that I did not have the application problems that she had, so if that scared you away from this polish you might want to give it a chance. The color is very plum and vampy and I love the red shimmer in the polish. However, she was not destined to be worn alone this time, so I’ll get to the big reveal…
Okay, maybe not THE big reveal, but a big reveal nonetheless. This is 2 coats of Tease-y Does It and 1 coat of Black Shatter. Black Shatter applied nicely for me. I was curious as to how it was going to feel during application, it was rather thick. I’m not sure what I expected, but it was thicker than I expected. It also looks rather matte by itself, which is why I wanted to show you this picture before the ones with the top coat. I wasn’t sure if Shatter counted as a finish and a top coat or not, but if you want it to turn out shiny and with higher contrast, you’re going to want a top coat. One thing I didn’t expect was for it to have such texture. When you feel the top of it you can definitely tell where the ridges are, and I didn’t really care for that. I wanted to minimize the unevenness in my polish, so that’s the main reason I chose to go ahead with the top coat.
There’s the finished product! I was really happy with out it turned out. The ridges created in the mani by putting Black Shatter over Tease-y didn’t disappear after top coat, but they were diminished. I’ve kind of grown to like the texture almost. I am thinking next time I might even try a matte or less shiny look with Shatter either using a matte top coat or not using top coat at all. This definitely isn’t a look I could wear everyday, but it’s a nice change and it’s fun to have something a little more creative to look at during the day. My coworker said today that it was like the pattern of wood grain and I really enjoyed that. Can’t wait for a Brown Shatter? Maybe then we can have total wood grain nails. This is wearing well so far, its been over 24 hours, no chips, a bit of tip wear. Definitely glad I got it so I hope you all can find and try Black Shatter too!
Where to Buy: Ulta / JC Penney / Salons / $8.50 (give or take)
Shattering Monday (haha),