OPI: Black Shatter over Tease-y Does It

Tease-y Does It and Black Shatter

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!

Tease-y Does It (alone)

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…

 

With 1 coat Black Shatter

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.

After 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),

-Lauren

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