I was in ULTA the other day, buying 2 for $4 ULTA brand nail polishes and some acetone, when a bottle of OPI Black Shatter hopped off its display and into my hands.  I really can't explain it.
I actually wasn't sold on Black Shatter when I first saw it on blogs.  Most of the time, the shatter broke into long stringy pieces and I really couldn't understand the appeal.  Of course, since the bottle of polish insisted on coming home with me, I had to try to make it work.  When I got home, I dumped out my nail polish bin on the living room floor and asked my friend (recovering very well from his hospital stay, and enjoying arranging colorful things as a sort of brain exercise) to pick out some color combinations for me.

  • Sinful Colors Basecoat
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rapid Red
  • Revlon Valentine
  • OPI Black Shatter (so fun!)
  • Seche Vite topcoat

  • Start with clean, dry nails & a well-ventilated space.  Apply basecoat to all nails.
  • To get a deeper red without sacrificing drying time, I painted one coat of Rapid Red and one coat of Valentine on all my nails.  This needs to dry completely before moving on to the shatter step.
  • Now, the fun part!  Paint each nail quickly with a thin coat of Black Shatter.  Don't worry if it is patchy or uneven, the crackle effect will hide any imperfections.  To get smaller, blockier chunks of shatter, I applied the polish diagonally, starting the brush at the outside edge of the nail and sweeping in and towards the tip.  I included a picture in the corner of the materials shot showing the direction of the brush strokes.
  • Watch the shatter polish do its magic (it looks so cool!) and wait until everything is dry.
  • Slick on a layer of Seche Vite and enjoy your pretty new nails.