Recently, OPI released the phenom that is their Katy Perry Black Shatter nail polish. Now let me tell you, this has hands down, got to be OPI’s most buzz-worthy new products. They say – ” A revolutionary new color that creates a “shattered” effect when applied over dry lacquer.” I say – “Love it!”
Normally I do wear nail polish and try to keep my nails from looking like a cave man’s but that was about as far as I ever got into the whole nail polish craze. Honestly, this is the nail polish (nail treatment?) that changed all of that! I saw an adverstisement one time and immediately began searching high and low for a bottle for myself. After much searching I was finally able to figure out that it wasn’t even out yet (I would agree with you if you are thinking “Well, duh!” right now but everything surronding the release date of this product was very vague; I swear I’m not internet illiterate!). Plus, since OPI isn’t too much into advertising before a product comes out, I thought it would just be safe to assume it had already been released. After waiting and waiting I was able to snag a bottle a day before it came out (luckily, not too much begging was involved) and rushed home to try it.
Even though they say on the website (check it out here: http://www.OPI.com) to use with the Katy Perry colors, this isn’t a requirement, it works with any brand and color nail polish. I did, however, purchase the mini bottles of the Katy Perry colors just to give everyone an idea of what they look like on. Also, I would strongly recommend using their “Try it On” tool that you can find on the OPI website after clicking on the Katy Perry collection. This is an awesome, and what I think pretty accurate, way to try out base colors you might want to use without having to go through the trial and error process on your own nails.
Katy Perry nail polish color breakdown:
In my photos, this is the order beginning with my pinky finger, working over to my thumb.
Last Friday Night – This one is an awesome bright blue in the bottle but once applied, the color isn’t concentrated enough for it to carry on that same bright blue. It ended up looking blue-ish tinted and the pieces of glitter are much larger than the other glittery color in the collection. Definitely a bit disappointed in this one because I love the way the advertisements make it look on Katy Perry.
Not Like the Movies – Shimmery grey-ish/blue-ish/green-ish depending on which way you turned your nail.
The One That Got Away – Shimmery bright fuchsia/magenta color.
Teenage Dream – Sparkly light pink. I normally don’t go for sparkle but I really ended up liking this one because it’s a concentrated sparkle. There are sparkles of varying sizes so it doesn’t look like you have confetti stuck to your nails.
* All of the colors represented in my photos are after applying two coats. They are all the Katy Perry collection colors except for the one on my thumb which is by Zoya, color ZP443 from their Gossip Collection.
Application: Using this Shatter polish doesn’t differ much more than how you would normally paint your nails. Begin with a base coat, especially since if you do decide to use the Katy Perry shades, two of them contain glitter which can be even more of a pain to remove than normal without that protective base coat. Pick a base color coat and apply that. Make sure you allow your nails to dry thoroughly, I would say roughly ten minutes, before you ‘shatter’ them (or ‘crack’ them as my boyfriend calls it because the after effect does indeed look cracked. Oh, boys.) Once they are dry, now the fun begins! Apply the Black Shatter polish right over top of the base color coat. The shatter effect will vary depending on how much or how little you decide to apply as well as the direction of the brush stroke (I love brushing it on at a diagonal) and how hard you press on the brush during application. I recommend adding that clear top coat because that takes it from a matte black to a nice shiny black.
One tip: I found that the OPI Black Shatter polish sold out in places like Ulta in a matter of minutes and I know that a lot of my friends ended up on a waitlist for it on various websites but I would suggest thinking a bit outside the box and try looking in manicure places and even hair salons that also do nails. I know I stumbled upon a place in the mall here that mainly sells higher end hair products but I saw that they still had about a dozen or so bottles of the Black Shatter polish up at the counter.