Test Drive: OPI Silver Shatter & China Glaze Crushed Candy

After my failed attempts at picking up a bottle of OPI Silver Shatter right after the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection came out, I finally got a bottle! Ulta had a shatter display with all the different colors of OPI shatter. Except they were sold out of turquoise shatter. I got a bottle of the silver, and, on a whim, got a bottle of China Glaze Crackle Glaze, too.

All the colors in the Pirates collection are pastels, so I decided to lay down a pastel base coat and cover it will silver shatter. I used Zoya’s Marley, a pale purple shade. I put the silver shatter over it, and it just read as silver. I couldn’t really see the purple underneath.

I wanted more contrast, so I started over again. I wanted a color that was vivid, but still summery. I decided to try again with Zoya Brooke, a deep pink duochrome shimmer.

I really liked the outcome. The silver was visible, and went well with the pink. The silver shatter was more glittery than I expected, judging on the black shatter, I thought it would be more matte. But I like it even better than the black! It is a fantastic effect.

Even though my polish was holding up, a couple days later I decided I wanted to try the China Glaze. I started with a base coat of MAC Formidable, which was a limited-edition polish in the MAC Venomous Villains collection last year. It is a deep plum with a turquoise glitter in it.

Then I added the China Glaze Crushed Candy topcoat, which is a light turquoise blue. I’m finding that the secret to crackle topcoat is just to go quick and not to worry about how messy it looks. It starts to dry almost right away, so if you take too much time, it reduces the crackle effect. If you want lots of crackle, go for a thin coat. If you want a little crackle, paint on a thick coat.

I went with a thick coat.

Excuse the fact that this is totally not cleaned up.

And, being fickle, I did not like it, removed it, and started over. It’s my way.

Second time I decided to go with Zoya’s Akyra, a metallic teal shimmer, and a thin coat of Crushed Candy.

And…I kind of liked it! Enough to stop breathing nail polish fumes for the day.

In conclusion: I like OPI Silver Shatter better than China Glaze Crushed Candy; the sparkle makes it look a little less lumpy. Also, thin coat over thick coat. I also tried out Orly’s Top 2 Bottom base and topcoat, which seems to work very well.

Tried any other shatters lately? Tell me about your test drives!

Wednesday GOTS! The Birthday Edition

Happy Birthday to me!

Today I went shopping to buy myself a couple of little presents. So instead of wanting, I’m getting!

You may wonder, out of all the stuff I love and recommend on this blog, how much do I actually own or buy? The answer, sadly is VERY LITTLE. I’m never going to be able to be one of those bloggers who take pictures of themselves in designer clothes on a city street in a hip neighborhood. I don’t have that kind of scratch, people. I’M A TEACHER. But this blog has been kind of dangerous; I’ve bought some things because I just fell in love with them.

I’ve already mentioned stuff I already love and use, like Capri Blue Soy Candles, Tokyo Milk, NYX Cosmetics, and Zoya nail polish. Due to this blog, I’ve bought MAC products from the Tartan line and the Jeanius collection. I got the Jonathan Beauty Water Filter and the ModCloth smart phone driving gloves for Christmas. And I actually bought the Who’s That Girl dress from my first One Dress, Four Ways post. And it didn’t fit, and I had to return it. Sadness.

Today for my birthday I put my money where my mouth is, and bought some stuff that I’ve been wanting. First up, I bought the Black Shatter polish from OPI. I tried it with the hot pink Lolly polish from Zoya, and it looks awesome. I also was a good blogger and informed the counter girls at ULTA about the coming of more shatter polishes. They didn’t know.

ULTA has Zoya! Only the Intimate Collection, but I wanted to encourage them to continue to stock the line, so I felt the need to be supportive. So I bought the very last Marley in the store. It actually didn’t have a label on it; I had to look it up online to know the name of the color.

I headed over to Sephora, more out of need than want. I was nearly out of foundation. I realized that I said I used Korres Watermelon Tinted Moisturizer, but I realized I actually use the Korres Ginger &Vitamins Foundation. It’s all good. (Although secretly I wish I liked the Rosewater Foundation formula better, because it smells beautiful.)

I often offer up Forever 21 as a good place for inexpensive accessories and up-to-the-moment styles. I did a little style scouting there, and came up with this bag that I LOVE.

And for only $18! The only drawback is that the zippers on each side actually have no pockets underneath them. They’re purely decoration; you couldn’t even fit a pencil in there. I’d kind of like a pocket, but oh, well. The only problem with shopping in Forever XXI is that there’s a distinct possibility that I’ll run into one of my students there. Which I did. But when she saw the bag in my hand, she said “You have such great style, Ms. M!”

And isn’t admiration one of the greatest birthday presents of all?

Shattered

Remember when OPI and Katy Perry got together and made nail polish? And everybody over 12 was like, “ummmm…no thanks! I will take a pass on a nail polish called ‘Teenage Dream’, but thanks!” And then they saw this:

Black SHATTER polish. Oh, Katy, you wiley devil. You piqued interest with that shatter polish. Doesn’t matter that the black shatter was also part of the Serena Williams collection, it is all Katy.

Well, if you like the black shatter, May is going to be your month. OPI is coming out with SIX new shatter polishes! First, in honor of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, there will be silver shatter!

Serena Williams is determined to make the shatter her own, with a new red and a new white shatter. It’s part of her Glam Slam! France! collection, and they come in pairs. The white shatter comes with a silver glitter, and the name of the duo is Spark de Triomphe. The red shatter comes with a pink shimmer, and the duo is called Rally Pretty Pink.

Finally, they’re adding three more shatters to their collection: a navy, a blue, and a turquoise shatter.

I think that I’ll definitely be checking out at least one of the new shatter polishes–maybe the navy blue? How about you?

And the Color of the Year Is…

I have the feeling that the folks at Pantone are my people. In a perfect melding of the left side and the right side of the brain, they have taken all the colors and named and numbered them. And they guarantee tonal consistency. So those people who work in design can have exactly the right shade of blue every time.

They also, apparently, do color forecasting. Today they announced the color of the year for 2011: honeysuckle.

The folks at Pantone say that honeysuckle is good for “verve and vigor” and is a bold, energizing color for a depressed world. If it truly will do everything Pantone thinks it will do, it’s a magical color. To me, honeysuckle will be the perfect clear, rosy color for Spring 2011. In that spirit, I’ve picked some of my favorite honeysuckle (or honeysuckle-adjacent) products for spring.

A honeysuckle bag would go perfectly with spring’s pastels. Or pick a neutral like sand or grey, and use this bright pink to add a bit of flair to an outfit. I love this felt bag by Rootote. The unusual fabric sets it apart. Hint: avoid patent leather unless you want to do a Paris Hilton impression.

Not to coordinate with the bag too much, but the laser cutouts in this pair of shoes by Pour La Victoire charmed me. So cute for spring! They’re rather high, but with a flippy spring dress where you show some leg they would be freaking fantastic. And you’d get a nice calf workout.

For chillier spring days, a casual pink jacket is a necessity. This one by Ecko is casual, but with enough standout details to set you apart from the run-of-the-mill fleece jacket. I love the collar style and the high breast pocket. Plus the drawstring gives you a waist.

Growing up in the Northwest, I still carry an umbrella around in the back of my car. It is totally unnecessary in the desert, but in a way, it gives me a sense of self-identity. The mixture of black and honeysuckle pink on this umbrella by Marimekko would make me want to open it up even if there were only a few sprinkles coming down.

Pantone says that wearing honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow in both men and women. I went to OPI for a great honeysuckle-esque nail polish, and MAC for a lipstick, because they’re my favorite brands for those items. OPI has several pinks that are close to the Pantone pick, but I like Don’t Know…Beets Me. My MAC pick is Speak Louder. It may be a bit bolder than the Pantone color; if it’s too bright, you might want to try MAC Viva Glam Gaga.

As I looked through a plethora of pink products, a couple of thoughts–call them words of advice if you must–went through my head. First, if in doubt, err toward raspberry, rather than Pepto-Bismol pink. Nothing that reminds you of Barbie should be worn in large amounts. This would be a great color for a cardigan, or a print skirt. Keep it vibrant and clear–no muddy honeysuckles.

Is Pantone right? Can you imagine yourself in Honeysuckle makeup or clothes? Or using it in your house? Or do you prefer 2010′s Turquoise?