Did Katy Perry Nail It with her new OPI Black Shatter Nail Polish?

22 Jan

Given Katy Perry’s wild nail style (remember her Russel Brand manicure ?) it makes sense that OPI would ask her to collaborate on a new nail polish line.

The highlight of the limited-edition collection is the Black Shatter top coat that’s generating buzz as the next nail trend. Once applied to the dried base coat of any nail polish, the black top coat begins to disappear, leaving behind a crackled, sort of leopard print pattern on each nail and transforming your manicure into nail art, Katy Perry style.

Here's what each color is supposed to look like with the Black Shatter top coat. From L-R the colors are: Last Friday Night, Not Like the Movies, The One that Got Away, and Teenage Dream.

How does it work? Two incompatible solvents in the black shatter top coat cause uneven drying, so as the top coat sets it results in the crackled pattern.

After test-driving the new shatter coat, here are some of our tips:

  • This may seem obvious, but be sure to only apply the Black Shatter top coat over completely dry nail polish–otherwise, there are gloopy consequences.
  • Because the shattering effect is almost instantaneous, you need to apply the top coat fairly quickly–as in, a once over. If you double back for a second coat then you’ll get black shatters on top of black shatters.
  • A thinner coat of Black Shatter will result in a look with smaller shards, while a thicker coat will make the crackled look more chunky.
  • The shatter top coat dries matte–really matte–with the look of old, dried-out asphalt. So, for a more “polished” look, add a top coat for a glossy finish that will make the black look more liquid.

Black Shatter top coat over Not Like the Movies, a silvery metallic shade, with a clear top coat.

What do you think?

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7 Responses to “Did Katy Perry Nail It with her new OPI Black Shatter Nail Polish?”

  1. cennapede January 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Great post! Do you find the Shatter to be REALLY thick and kind of gloopy in the bottle? I’m wondering if that is normal or if I purchased a defective bottle? It’s a bit frustrating to apply. Thank you!

    • goodtaste January 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! Oh no–I’m worried you might have gotten a defective bottle! I was pleasantly surprised by how “normal” mine was–it was actually sort of on the thinner side (well, compared to the sparkly nail polish base coat). The only goopy-ness I ran into was a result of putting the shatter coat on before my base coat had dried. Hope this helps!

      • Lisa Mendelsohn February 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

        We retail opi products and have been having a horrible time ordering the black shatter. Our rep just sent me a message that there has been a manufacturing defect, something is missing in the ingredients. Not sure if this could be the reason, the black shatter we had in stock beforehand didnt have any issues.

      • goodtaste February 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

        Lisa, thanks so much for sharing this info!

  2. Alicia February 19, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Hi girls! My black shatter was thin at first and then got extremely goopy…..very bad. Thought it was something we were doing or just how it was….interesting to hear it could be a problem with the bottle we purchased. Hope we can get a better one next time:)

    • Alexandria September 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

      Try shaking it after every nail. It seems to thin it out again and make the polish less goopy. That way you can still use a defective bottle.

      • goodtaste September 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

        Thanks, Alexandria–what a great tip!

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