So many brands have already put out their own line of crackle polishes. The end of this fad is nowhere in sight. And I’m glad because it’s fun playing around with different color combinations and having unique cracks on each nail.
When the OPI Silver Shatter polish came out with the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection not long ago, I tried to find it at every beauty store and salon in my local mall.
To my disappointment, the staff told me that they sold out of OPI Silver Shatter in mere hours after putting it on display!
And although I did see it at one salon, I didn’t get it because they had marked up the price to $14.95 CAD when the going price is $9.95 CAD and the polish hasn’t even been discontinued yet!
A short time after this fruitless venture, I received a surprise e-mail from Nail-Anon blogger, Mellinail. She found it and picked up an extra bottle for me! This really made my day, especially because I’ve been very stressed out lately. It was so nice and generous of her! (Thank you, Mellinail!)
OPI Silver Shatter Pictures
OPI Silver Shatter Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- 2 coats of NARS Zulu
- 1 coat of OPI Silver Shatter
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Creates a shattered effect on top of dry polish
- Name: OPI Silver Shatter
- Collection: OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection 2011
- Colors Available in OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection: Stranger Tides, Skull & Glossbones, Mermaid’s Tears, Steady As She Rose, Sparrow Me the Drama, Planks a Lot & Silver Shatter
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (Mellinail from Nail-Anon gave this to me as a surprise gift!)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select salons
- Other Crackle Polishes I Swatched & Reviewed: OPI Black Shatter, OPI Red Shatter, OPI White Shatter & China Glaze Broken Hearted
OPI Silver Shatter Review
Silver Shatter by OPI is a super-sparkly silver that catches the light. It really ‘wakes up’ your nails, and it’s a fun way to change up a manicure that you’re already wearing or not impressed with.
While you can layer this crackle nail polish over any shade that tickles your fancy, because it’s a light silver, I suggest putting it over a darker polish so the contrast is more dramatic. (I paired it with NARS Zulu, a near-black green jelly polish that I felt could use some cheering up.)
When you wear Silver Shatter out in the sun, it sparkles so brilliantly! Even when indoors with natural light coming in through the windows, it looks so lively. Love this so much!
Application & Formula
Like with OPI Black Shatter, to avoid goof-ups, you must wait for your nail polish to fully dry before applying Silver Shatter. If you don’t, the cracks won’t be as nice or it may not even crack at all.
Because of the goopey consistency of Silver Shatter, try to apply a single thin coat on each of your nails. If you go over the same area more than once, it messes up the way the cracks will turn out.
Some bloggers suggest using thicker coats, but when I tried that, there were too few cracks and it looked clumpy. With thinner coats, it created more cracks and it let the base color peek through, which is what I prefer. You have to experiment a bit to see what you prefer.
I found that Silver Shatter cracked and dried quickly when I used a thin coat. And, of course, I used my trusty Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to seal it all. Plus a good top coat will also make Silver Shatter sparkle even more! (You can, however, wear it by itself, but it’ll be more prone to chipping and the shimmer isn’t as vivid as with a top coat.)
Also, it seemed like while OPI Black Shatter created more linear cracks, OPI Silver Shatter gave me a variety of both linear and giraffe patterns. I applied them the same, so I’m attributing this to the formula. (Has anyone else noticed this, too?)
And if you apply the polish in circles, on a diagonal, or just not traditionally cuticle-straight-to-tip, you’ll get a different crackle pattern just like I mentioned in my OPI Black Shatter post.
It has the popular ProWide Brush, which is wider than your typical nail-polish brush. This is especially great for crackle polish because it allows you to do one swipe on each nail without re-dipping.
Silver Shatter doesn’t contain any Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, or Formaldehyde resin.
Final Verdict: 9/10
Crackle polish gets pure love from me! And I love how silver shatter offers us a shimmery finish that catches the light and can be used to brighten up darker polishes.
Thanks again, Mellinail for thinking of me and snagging me a bottle of this precious potion!
Have you tried any of the OPI shatter polishes? Which color combinations would you like to see with Silver Shatter? Are there any other crackle polishes not by OPI that you’ve tried and would recommend?
Other Crackle Polishes I’ve Reviewed & Swatched: