When Katy Perry’s new nail-color collection with OPI arrived on our desk this week, we knew to expect lots of bright pink and chunks of glitter. But the bottle that caught our eye isn’t technically a shade at all. Called Black Shatter, the matte black lacquer is actually a texturizing topcoat (for those with good memories, it’s reminiscent of CoverGirl’s Crackle Lacquer that came out for a brief moment in early 2000). Paint it on top of any color, and as it dries, it begins to break apart until it looks like it’s been shattered to pieces. The thinner the coat, the more it cracks, so you end up creating an almost leopard-print pattern. Brush on a heavier layer, and the effect is completely different—the polish that’s underneath will peak out from behind larger chunks of black.
We tried a thin coat of Black Shatter (which is available in January) on top of a glittery gold, and we gotta say, we’re pretty obsessed with the final results—all week people have been asking us where we got our nails done (see below). But it also looks cool layered on top of non-sparkly colors—it gives any bright shade a punk-y vibe. Check out this OPI video to see how it looks mixed with the rest of the polishes from the Katy Perry line.