Nothing helps transform a tired, monochromatic ensemble into something fresh faster than a striking set of newly polished nails. And as much as I love a simple, clean mani, I’m currently fascinated with statement-making textures to break up the colourless palette. I honed in on just the thing on a recent trip to Stockholm, Sweden. IsaDora, a Swedish cosmetics brand, had just launched an intriguing version of the resurrected nail art trend — crackle/shatter nails: 9 glorious top shades called Graffiti Wonder Nails. Yeah. Deliberately cracked nails. Check it out. Oh, the beauty of imperfection! After finding the polish completely sold out at the department stores, I finally got a hold of one at H&M (who’da thought? Some H&M stores in Europe sell their H&M house brand products alongside drugstore brands such as Nivea and Maybelline, too)! OPI soon came out with their version earlier last month, as you’ve most likely heard, and released a Black Shatter top coat for their Katy Perry & Serena Williams collab. We’re obsessed with its edgy texture!!
Here’s the OPI Black Shatter (far left) and IsaDora Graffiti Nails in White Art (far right). I’m a huge fan of the black and gold combo so that’s the gold in OPI’s Glitzerland, and since IsaDora recommends applying a frosted base colour to give the matte-based top coat more dimension, I picked up their 651 Silver Sparkles Wonder Nail to go under 802 White Art.
step 1: apply your base colour
step 2: wait for the base colour to dry completely
step 3: shake the crackle polish and simply paint the crackle polish on top of the base colour in just one stroke. Don’t mind the ridgy streaks from the brush and do not apply a double coat.
step 4: observe it separate right before your eyes!! Baby it’s maaagic.
step 5: (optional) if you want the top coat to stay matte, leave them be. To give your nails a glossy sheen and keep your cracked effect last much longer, apply a clear topcoat.
The possibilities are endless! Mix and match and make it your own. A bright, bold colour will pop underneath any top crackle coat.
Left: Edgy effect = bright fuchsia + OPI Black Shatter top coat
Right: Classy cool effect = IsaDora Silver Sparkles Wonder Nail + IsaDora White Art Graffiti Top Coat
Left: Leopard effect = OPI Glitzerland + OPI Black Shatter top coat
Right: Snake effect = pastel base + a thin layer of OPI Black Shatter top coat. We mixed a baby pink and dotted some pastel blue on top, all under Black Shatter. For a more realistic snake effect, try it with a grey, beige, or mauve base.
You can even try an alligator effect = olive green base + thin OPI Black Shatter top coat, and a lizard effect = a dark purple or green + thin OPI Black Shatter top coat!
Beautiful, chic and unbelievably easy.
Do you love it? Try it while it’s hot! Upon request, this OPI Black Shatter polish will be available for our next nail service client days at our Uptown Campus. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for the next client days dates and book your appointment fast – spaces fill up very quickly!