OPI just released two celebrity collaboration collections, one with Katy Perry and one with Serena Williams.
Although Katy's was probably much more anticipated than Serena's, both came with the much talked about Black Shatter top coat which was a new take on the old "Crackle" nail polishes that many nail bloggers recently started reminiscing about.
Katy's extremely anticipated collection came with 4 polishes (2 glitters, a multichrome and a shimmer, much like the OPI Burlesque and Zoya Sparkle collections) along with the Black Shatter. Serena's currently has one, a shimmer like Burlesque and Sparkle, although there plan to be 4, all coinciding with the major tennis tournaments during the year (Australian, which ends this Sunday, French, US and Wimbledon).
I LOVED all 6 of the polishes that just came out. Since they were so highly anticipated, I expected them to be out of stock extremely quickly. That being said, Trans Design had run out of them within the hour of hitting the site. Because of that, I went searching through local stores, and none of them had gotten them in stock yet. So, I googled, and found lookfantastic.com which is a UK based makeup/hair/perfume website. Yes, you have to pay for everything in £ because it's based in the UK, but if you're desperate and need to have them and are obsessed like I am it's really kind of worth it. I can tell you that shipping is fantastic - I ordered from LookFantastic and Trans Design on the same day and received both of my packages on the same day, which is impressive considering it's being shipped from another country. Shipping was also only $12, again fantastic considering it's coming from the UK and that some sites have standard shipping within the US that's up to $12.
Oil spill in a bottle. On a rainy day, when you're walking in a parking lot and you see the oil blotches on the dark pavement? It looks like that. It's a lot more sheer than I'd thought it would be and it's definitely primarily green based. I put it on my silver/black wheel because that's where I put Zoya's Ki, and I thought I would put them next to each other as a basis of comparison. It looks out of place there though because of it's green undertones. Zoya's Ki is much more thick and gray based. They have the same sort of reflective properties, in terms of which colors shine at different angles, but that's about it. Not Like The Movies also has some small glitter particles in it which would have been invisible in a thicker formula like Ki. This one is therefore between a 3 and 4 coat nail polish.
Not Like The Movies/Ki
Last Friday Night
Very sheer, jelly blue with rainbow glitter. You know that shiny, reflective plastic stuff that kids use in craft projects, particularly when they do ocean projects? That is what the glitter in this reminded me of. It is definitely sheer though. It takes about 4 coats to get a good blue out of this and it won't ever be opaque. That's fine for me though because that's what it's supposed to be. I can see myself going through more of this polish than the others because of that reason, which is a bummer. Very pretty though. Probably my favorite of the bunch.
Super pretty petal pink with holographic glitters in it and then smaller silver glitters. Reminds me a lot of the Pa nail polish I have:
It has the same sort of translucent pink base with glitter in it. Obviously they look totally different, but I feel like if you want polishes that are like this, go look at the Japanese/Asian polishes. They have much more variety in texture. Teenage Dream is opaque in 3.
Reddish raspberry color. Which means it made it to my red wheel. I know in the video I said pink, but upon further review, I feel like it's a red. It's packed with shimmer, the tiny Zoya Sparkle, OPI Burlesque type of shimmer. In the second bottle photo you can kind of see a rainbow going in the bottom right corner of the bottle. It's faint but it's there. That doesn't quite show up on the nail, it looks more like just glass flecks. Pretty though. 3 coats for this one.
The highly anticipated crackle nail polish. It's amazing. It goes on like a black polish then dries and mattifies into a black crackle.
What I've noticed is that the amount of polish you use and the texture of the polish underneath makes a HUGE difference. Thin coats make for a more streaky crackle, thick coats make for a more boxy crackle.
Below are Last Friday Night, Not Like The Movies, Teenage Dream, The One That Got Away and Simply Smashing all with the Black Shatter on top. These all have a coat of Seche Vite on top as well. The Seche Vite on top didn't drag away any of the crackle, so that's good to know.
Below are just some random colors that I put Black Shatter on top of, all different brands and formulas to see if it would react differently.
Zoya Blair, Essie Lilacism, Essie Turquoise & Caicos
Orly Space Cadet, OPI Who The Shrek Are You?, China Glaze GR8
Nubar Arencia, China Glaze Pool Party, Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie
Zoya Charla, Nubar Star Sparkle, OPI Simply Smashing
As you can see, with Nubar's Star Sparkle, the Black Shatter settled into the grittiness of the polish and crackled following that texture. I think it makes for a very interesting design. If you don't like it, put a top coat on first and you'll get a smoother crackle.
OPI I Want To Be A-Lone Star, OPI It's Totally Fort Worth It, OPI The One That Got Away
OPI Teenage Dream, OPI Not Like The Movies, OPI Last Friday Night
Dirty tennis ball green shimmer. Glass flecky like Zoya Sparkle and OPI Burlesque. Quite sheer which was weird but I guess should have been expected because it's a yellow green. The sheerness makes it easy to work with though. Just needs a good 3 or 4 coats to really get the color to show.
When I read the description of this, I thought it was going to be similar to The Color To Watch from OPI's Swiss collection. Nope, totally different. It's got a much creamier base and is more of a dusty gray lilac. It has a red shimmer. When I saw it I thought "Well it's the nail polish form of Pincurl Eyeshadow by Mac from Love Lace". And it actually is. They're pretty much the same color with the same properties. I love it. It's unique. Opaque in 3 coats.