OK, so I’m late on writing about this trend. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.
Now that that’s out of the way, I can say what every style/product magazine has already said: Go buy Black Shatter. We’re in a period when nail art is chic rather than, well, not chic. Trends like newsprint nails, lace nails, matte polish and patterns I could never hope to replicate on my own have been popping up everywhere. Luckily for those of us who require an easier approach to arty nails, OPI is here.
It’s pretty simple to use: Paint your nails the desired base color. Let them dry completely. Coat with Black Shatter. Let dry. Apply top coat. Enjoy.
That said, it’s not quite as easy as using normal OPI polish. This collection dries (kind of beads up to achieve the “shattered” look) quickly, so covering the entire nail in a few swipes is ideal. Unlike normal polish, you can’t go in with a second coat to fix errors. The effect is streaky on nails that get too little polish — I made one look a lot like running mascara, which was actually rather cool — and a tad blotchy on ones that get too much. Don’t let this deter you, though. You’ll get a good feel for how this works within your first go at it. After you finish, it might look a little darker than you intended. Don’t worry, it seems as though the black slightly alters the base color, but a clear coat returns it to its original condition.
Color pairings depend on personality. My favorite so far is gold (I can’t resist the tiger-stripe look), and I plan to test white next. If black is too intense for you, fear not. Shatter also comes in turquoise, navy, silver, blue, red and white. I haven’t tried any of these, but silver or white might be in my future.
Ready for a Productista trick? Use this collection to extend the life of a manicure. When your polish begins to chip, coat it with this and put off repainting for a few extra days. You can thank me later.