More black shatter! (Excuse the chip on the thumb and the dry cuticles... I was visiting my parents and didn't have my usual arsenal of hand creams...)  Since I liked the red so much, I decided to try a higher-contrast shatter design with a bright lime green base.  And, well.... eh.  It's OK, and I like how the shatter shows up, but it just looks kind of alien and weird.

From a distance, it almost looks like lime green leopard print!  I don't know, though, somehow it's just too much.  It looks much more awesome in the pictures than I felt like it looked in real life.  I'll be giving the shatter a break for a few days now, though, and finding some other colors and designs to play with.  I've asked my expert color-picker for suggestions, and he says, "Purple."

  • Sinful Colors basecoat
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lickety-Split Lime
  • OPI Black Shatter
  • Seche Vite topcoat

  • Start with clean, dry nails and a well ventilated space.  Let dry.
  • Paint all nails with basecoat.
  • Paint all nails with Lickety-Split Lime.  I think I used two very thin coats.  The Insta-Dri polishes are, for the most part, very pigmented and cooperative.  Let dry completely.
  • With Black Shatter, paint a thin coat of polish over the green.  I did my brush strokes diagonally from the edges to the middle again (see diagram in the materials shot) to get a finer crackle pattern.
  • Watch the shatter polish dry. (SO MUCH FUN.)
  • Top with a layer of Seche Vite.  Tada!  Funky and fast nails are yours.

What do you think of Black Shatter?  Are there other color combinations you would like to see?  Other crackle patterns?  Your wish is my command.  Probably.