Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hot or Not: Shattered/Crackled Nails

There's a nail trend that I've been seeing for months: the shattered look.  When I was flipping through the latest batch of beauty mags, there they were, right in my face and completely unavoidable: shattered nails in the current OPI Pirates of the Caribbean line. 

Let's take a look at the line.  It features six new shades inspired by this summer's version of the Pirates franchise: Skull & Glossbones, Steady as She Rose, Sparrow Me the Drama, Planks a Lot, Stranger Tides, and Mermaid's Tears (see below; the color on the left end is the Silver Shatter...keep reading!).
You can wear the lacquers alone, or you can do what OPI suggests and go one step further: break out a bottle of OPI's Silver Shatter and apply one coat of it over your dry, freshly painted nails. The results?  Multi-dimensional nails; cracks of color that show underneath a shattered silver layer.

Like I said, this trend has been picking up steam over the months. Different salons and nail companies offer various techniques and products to get this look, but you get the idea from OPI's latest offerings.

Here's my question for you: what's your take on the crackled look?  Is it a hit or a miss?

Here are my two cents on the matter:
  • For me, I personally don't like this look.  I prefer a neater, more polished look.  It's interesting, yes, but nothing I'd want to wear.
  • This nail technique reminds me so much of faux finishes used on furniture in old home improvement/decorating TV shows from the 90s.  Somewhere Christopher Lowell is loving this nail trend.  (Don't know who I'm talking about?  Click here!)
  • I am not loving the new Pirates of the Caribbean nail line from OPI.  There wasn't a single color I was excited about, but maybe I'm just jaded.  I'm not a huge Pirates fan (I find the movies stupid and--worse--boring!), so a beauty tie-in doesn't ring my chimes.
Would you wear crackled/shattered nails?  Leave me a comment!


phairhead said...

Meh, not a fan...though it is popular w/ the younger kids....man I feel old

WitchHazel said...

Oh, god.. I used to LOVE me some Christopher Lowell lol.

I like the look but there are a few cons for me. The first is the un-uniformity. I know it's supposed to look shattered and random, but sometimes my nail will shatter in big chunks and sometimes it'll shatter linearly. It makes my manicure look really confusing when this happens. The other is the texture - it leaves your nails SO rough and bumpy. Even after 3 top coats I still couldn't get it to smooth out. I'm still on the fence about this one, but I do own one bottle in black...

Lydia said...

I don't like the idea of rough/bumpy nails. That would drive me crazy!

Renee and Andrew said...

The crackled look is not for me. I agree with the 90s furniture reference. I think it looks downright ugly. As far as the colors in the line go, Mermaids Tears and Sparrow Me The Drama are very pretty pastel colors when painted if you enjoy that color palette.

Katie said...

As part of a Halloween costume? Yes. Or for an 80s theme party (I just get an inexplicable 80s vibe off of them). But outside those two rare instances, no.

Nadia said...

i had a friend that had recently bought the product. its kinda creepy on her nail..and if u applied to much its going to get clumpy and chunky. what a horror..