We’re about to see black shattered nail polish layered over everything on everyone’s nails. You’ll see it at the grocery store, the mall and likely on some of the ladies in your local PTA. Why? Mainly because of OPI’s new Black Shatter nail polish. While shatter nail polish is nothing new (you’ve been able to hunt it down pretty easily on-line for years), OPI has dramatically improved how it is done and they’re releasing Black Shatter with 2 different mini-collections this winter (their collaborations with Katy Perry and Serena Williams).
Read on to learn more about Black Shatter
The idea is that the chemicals in Black Shatter are not compatible, so as the polish dries it takes on this crackled finish. Other companies that have done this in the past have had inconsistent results with shatters that didn’t shatter, inconsistent or prolong drying times or wear times that ranked in the hours (rather than days).
Here you can see Black Shatter drying. I did quick, thin coats (over already dried polish) starting with my pinky finger and moving to the right. A thin coat will have small shatters, thicker will be bigger shatters. You can see that it does dry very quickly as it is already “shattered” in the minute or so this took me to complete and snap a quick pic. The polish itself dries matte and you will need a top coat over this, the shatters seem to be pretty fragile in my experience. You could go without, but the shatters are a bit powdery and will fall apart after a few hours.