Review & Swatches: OPI’s New Shatter Polishes

OPI Shatter Polishes: Blue Shatter, Turquoise Shatter, Silver Shatter, Navy Shatter

This is a review for OPI’s 3 new blue Shatter polishes. It also covers the Silver Shatter polish released with the Pirates of the Caribbean collection.

Company’s Description

OPI expands its Shatter line with the addition of three new trendsetting shades: Blue, Navy and Turquoise. With nautical hues of cobalt, indigo and sapphire, these blues provide the perfect look for summer nails in one simple step. Inspired by graffiti art, Shatter leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.

“Black Shatter was received with great fanfare, showing that women are looking for new ways to express themselves and are excited to try different textures on their nails,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “By adding a variety of colors to the line, there are more options for every woman, whether she is looking for a funky aquamarine or elegant deep blue. Unlike traditional nail art which can be complicated and difficult to replicate, Shatter is easy to use and allows everyone to experiment with this new trend.”

Packaging: 9.25/10

These polishes come in classic OPI bottles. The handles, distinct from regular bottles, have a crackle design on them. The brushes and handles are both of medium length, which makes application easy. The brush is flat, which also helps with application.

Quality: 8/10

Blue Shatter is a bright, shimmery blue; Turquoise Shatter is more aqua than turquoise; Silver shatter is a shimmery silver; Navy Shatter is a dark, purple-based blue with no shimmers.

Of the 3 blue shatters, Navy applies the best (measured by “crackling” effect). Even better than the blue shatters is Silver Shatter. Blue and Turquoise Shatter didn’t “crackle” evenly, and I had to re-apply the polish on some of my nails to get a good finish.

The colors are all pigmented and opaque. You’ll need to apply a topcoat, otherwise the polish will flake off. Even with a topcoat, expect the crackle polish to last a day or 2 less compared to normal polishes. The raised ridges cause by the “crackling” makes it more likely the polish will peel off.

Ease of Use: 8.25/10

You have to be more particular when applying Shatter polishes. First, make sure the polish underneath is absolutely, completely dry. You should also use a “dry” polish formula as your first layer. Some polishes (usually cheaper brands) are “soft” polishes that take a long time to dry and don’t have a tough finish even when they do dry. Those polishes make it really difficult to put Shatter polishes on top of, so avoid using them.

Second, use a thin layer of the Shatter polish and don’t layer it. It seems like you’d get a stronger “crackling” effect if you put a on a thicker layer, but what ends up happening is that the polish doesn’t separate well and you actually end up with a weak or uneven “crackling” effect.

Third, put on a clear topcoat.

Price: 8.75/10

You get 15 ml of product for $8.50 each. This price is comparable to the cost of other high-end nail polishes from companies like China Glaze and Essie.


Toss if: you need polishes appropriate for work
Buy if: you’re a fan of the crackling polishes and want a blue or silver to add to your collection

Shatter Polish Names

Blue Shatter Applied

Turquoise Shatter Applied

Silver Shatter Applied

Navy Shatter Applied

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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: OPI’s New Shatter Polishes

  1. maša says:

    hm, Navy Shatter is interesting – a bit different than the usual ones. i would like to see more variations of shatter polishes.

  2. Sarah Q says:

    I think I’ll pass on these shatter nail polishes. I’m not really a fan of any of these colours :/ I’d be better off getting the China Glaze!

    Thanks for reviewing these!

  3. Tina Lane says:

    Wow, they actually are cracked/shatter. I never used OPI, but everyone seriously uses it. Maybe I will try it because it looks AMAZING!!!

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