Pros: Fun look, something different.
Cons: Can look like rubber. Can't predict how it look when it's dry.
My daughter came home from the nail spa one day with black finger nails topped with a white shatter. It looked really awesome so I set out for the same materials so we could recreate the same look at home.
There are many colors to choose from for the under coat and just a few colors to choose for the shatter. After deliberating in the aisle for about an hour, we decided to get the white shatter. This white is as white-white as white can be. There is nothing neutral about this color. I can’t help but think the liquid paper that I used as a kit to cover up mistakes made in ink. It’s so bright that it’s not going to work with just any color but we thought it was a perfect complement to OPI Onyx Black lacquer.
I think OPI did a pretty good job indicating what this does and how to use it in their advertising and display. It’s not a lacquer that can be used alone; a base coat must be put on first. The OPI White Shatter bottle looks like all the other ones in a .5 fl ounce bottle except the lid has a silver wrapper with a crackle effect to it. The bottom says White Shatter. It’s usually placed on display separate from the other lacquers as well. The cost is the same as the other colors, around $7. If you want white nail polish, a separate bottle will need to be purchased because this will shrink up on the nails even if no base coat is used. The fumes are equivalent to other nail polishes. The liquid was extremely watery out of the bottle but dries quick and thick on the nail.
A color coat of nail polish should be painted on the nail first. Obviously OPI would recommend their brand but any brand could be used. We had colors at home that my kids wanted to use and let me just say it was a disaster. OPI brand, or a quality polish, is the best way to go otherwise the under color will dissolve or somehow fade away when the white shatter is applied.
The first coat of other polish should be completely dried before the shatter is applied. It’s hard to wait, but necessary for a decent look. The base color should also be bright enough to contrast with the white. We’ve tried black, red, dark blue and dark purple or glitter colors. For the most part, we looked like we were ready for Halloween. This doesn’t look shattered to me. It looks like chucks of rubber exploded on my nails. The OPI website has a try this color tab so you can see the effect without wasting your money on colors that aren’t going to match up as well.
After the colored base coat is dry, a coat of OPI White Shatter can be painted on. After shaking the bottle well, paint a coat on top. It will look like normal polish when it goes on and the bottom coat will not be visible for a minute. Almost immediately the white shatter starts to shrink up and the color below can be seen again. Once the White Shatter is dry, OPI Clear Top Coat can be applied to ensure a long wear.
There’s no way to know the finger is going to turn out until it dries. Sometimes it looks awesome, sometimes it looks awful. About 100% of the time one nail looks so bad we have to start over. More times than night, the shatter is a disaster. I have one chance to get it on the nail before it starts drying. If it starts to dry and I’m still messing with the nail it will ruin the effect. I’ve had the best luck by going as fast as I can with the shatter focused on the middle of the finger nail and avoiding painting the sides.
I for one can’t pull this polish off but I’ve seen many adults that have. It has a casual playful look to it. It looks best with short nails, I think. I got this for my girls but they don’t use this very much. My youngest doesn’t care for the look at all; it’s simply not her style. My oldest loves the look but doesn’t like the effort of letting the layers dry nor the effort to take the multi layers of polish off.