Showing posts with label OPI Silver Shatter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label OPI Silver Shatter. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Skittles Manicure with Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat Swatches and Review

Sally Hansen recently jumped on the crackle polish bandwagon with the release of Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats in about 8 colors. Here's a quickie photo I made from when I purchased them at Walgreens.


There was also a black that I passed on since I have OPI Black Shatter, and I think there might have been a white? At any rate, I got all the rest.

I thought using all the colors at the same time would be a fantastic way to get ready for the Zombie Apocolypse. I did a manicure of Mac Surf Baby Nail Lacquer in Hangin' Loose, which is a nude on me and I thought it would be a great way to show off the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats instead of them competing with an underlying color. It's an interesting effect because once crackled, it kind of looks like I crackled on bare nails. I found I really like the look of a crackle over a nude nail.

Here is the Mac Surf Baby Hangin' Loose by itself....followed by what I did with the Crackle Overcoats.


On the pointer fingers, I used Fuchsia Shock. It is a bright pink that is more to the red side of Fuchsia rather than the purple side. The middle fingers are Distressed Denim, a royal blue.

On my ring fingers is Cherry Smash, a bright true red. The pinky nails have Vintage Violet, a violet purple with blue microshimmer.

Oh, let's not forget the thumbs! Lefty wore the Antiqued gold, a shimmering gold.


And on my right thumb is Fractured Foil, the silver.



Fractured Foil was very much like OPI Silver Shatter, which I found to be a bit thinner in application than OPI Black Shatter. The other colors seemed very different to me than the OPI Shatters. They are thinner and the OPI seems thicker, but they worked the same. I don't know how they compare to the China Glaze crackles because I haven't used those ones yet.

My Distressed Denim was kind of thin and runny, and I felt I needed to shake it up and then reapply quickly. So I had two coats of the blue on my finger, but it still shattered just the same as the others.

I applied each of these in a simple vertical design and was pleased with the way they crackled. I like how they look. They've been on my nails four days with a top coat over them and I have no chipping yet of the Crackle Overcoats or the Mac Hangin' Loose underneath. Shatters and Crackles aren't for everyone, but I love them. It's a nifty way to shake up a mani and each time you do it, it's different.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Swatches! With OPI Silver Shatter!!

If you're on my Twitter feed, you know I've been dying to get my grubby little paws on the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection and in particular, the Silver Shatter. I have whined, whined, whined ad nauseum and now the lovelies are mine. They were worth the wait.

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I hurried to do swatch pictures for you, so they're not the prettiest, but give you a little bit of an idea of what the colors will look like. I also learned something about Silver Shatter and it's difference from Black Shatter and I think it's important to know this before you do a full manicure with it. Silver Shatter is best applied in a THICK coat, which shatters in larger particles, ESPECIALLY when applying over a light color. Otherwise, as you'll see in my pictures, it can look like a shimmering top coat with not enough differentiation between the silver and the light color. You want high contrast between the Silver Shatter and the light base in order to really be able to see the color underneath.

My preeeeeciousssssss....
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Here's some pictures in the bottles of the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection, left to right:

Steady As She Rose and Stranger Tides

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Mermaid's Tears and Skull & Glossbones

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Planks A Lot, Sparrow Me the Drama, Silver Shatter

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I swear as I anticipated this collection, it grew and grew in my mind and I thought there would be about 12 colors and it would be overwhelming. Happily, it's just six plus the Shatter. I can manage that. I can even swatch that many on just two hands!!

In the following pictures, I am wearing Sparrow Me The Drama on my index finger. It's a beautiful mid toned rose. The middle finger is Steady As She Rose, which is a light mauvey rose. The ring finger is Planks A Lot, a medium depth dusty purple. Each finger has two coats. Two coats achieved opacity.

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I applied the Silver Shatter over the fingers and just to see what it would do, I applied it over my pinky finger alone. On the pinky, it's just a nice silver finish.

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Extreme close-up. Boom!
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So now that you've seen my left hand, I'll show you the right. On the index finger and middle finger is Skull & Glossbones. Is there a cooler name anywhere? It is a light creamy grey. The ring finger boasts Stranger Tides, a light slightly dusty toned pea green. The pinky finger is covered in Mermaid's Tears, a medium dusty green.

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And then, enter OPI Silver Shatter!

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All six colors are colors I will wear. I haven't worn a green to this point, but I love the dustiness of these colors and how well they look together in a group. It makes me all the more excited for when the movie comes out in May. And, yes, I am wearing my hands like this for several days because as wierd as it may be to wear so many different colors, I'm kinda digging it. What shall I put on my thumbs?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sneak Peak at OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Silver Shatter

Beware the watch cat!! She guards those who venture to the sea in search of all things polish. Arrrrg, matey!

This is the lineup of the OPI Collection Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the accompanying Silver Shatter. Swatches and reviews are coming VERY soon! As soon as the pictures are chosen. Now doesn't that just float your boat?


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