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OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam France Swatches & Review

OPI is hitting us hard this May with THREE new launches; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Blue Shatters and Serena Glam Slam! France. While I was expecting to want to tear right into the Pirates polishes I was taken completely aback by the two Glam Slam! Duos.

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If you’ve read my previous shatter/crackle reviews you know I’m not all in on this look but the base colors in this collection really drew me in.  Unlike the Katy Perry collection that left me pretty indifferent, the polishes in this collection are Game.Set.Match. wins!

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365 of Untrieds – Sonia Kashuk Smoke and Mirrors with OPI Navy Shatter

sonia-kashuk-smoke-and-mirrors-nail-polish-bottle-365-untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

While at brunch on Sunday I had my first spotting of crackle polish in the wild.  Sure we’ve been talking about it for months but, since OPI Black Shatter launched last January, I have yet to see it on anyone in real life outside of the beauty/fashion blogosphere.

The waitress who seated us was wearing a black crackle polish over a metallic silver and I loved the look so much, I decided to replicate it.  I went searching for an untried silver foil and came up with Sonia Kashuk Smoke and Mirrors and with the OPI Blue Shatters set to launch next month, I thought OPI Navy Shatter would be the perfect complement.

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OPI Katy Perry Collection Swatches & Review

Katy Perry combines her love of music and nails to introduce a new line of lacquers with OPI, launching January 2011. Inspired by Katy’s cutting edge style and latest album, Teenage Dream, the Katy Perry Collection by OPI will include four fierce, irresistible colors for nails and toes.

Complementing Katy’s already daring nail trends on and off the red carpet, a revolutionary Black Shatter™ formula will accompany the collection to create a ground-breaking cracked pattern when applied over each dried bright lacquer.

Katy Perry has become a celebrity nail icon thanks to her eye catching nail designs so it only seems natural that a brand like OPI would want to partner with her.  Though to be honest, I am surprised that she hasn’t collaborated with a brand know for nail art, like Minx.

The Katy Perry Collection utilizes the new OPI Black Shatter polish to add some artistic flare to the colors which include a duo-chrome, sparkly red and two glitters.

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OPI Glam Slam with Serena Williams – Simply Smashing & Black Shatter Swatches & Review

OPI, the world’s leading professional nail care company, partners with tennis superstar, Serena Williams, to launch the Glam Slam collection. Timed in conjunction with the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, the Glam Slam collection will introduce two new Nail Lacquers at the start of each tournament.

Beginning with the Australian Open, the first shades to be released under the collaboration will include Simply Smashing, a glowing green Nail Lacquer, paired with a revolutionary new product, Black Shatter top coat. Once applied to the dried Nail Lacquer, the top coat begins to disappear, leaving behind a leopard print-style pattern on each nail.

I was in Junior High when Andre Agassi took the tennis world by storm. That hot piece of man candy ignited my love for the game and I soon found myself taking lessons with my friends, who also crushed hard on Andre. I even joined the tennis team in High School though I was a mediocre player, at best.

Regardless of my lack of tennis talent I’ve enjoyed watching the game ever since and I was really excited to see that Serena Williams, who is known for her stand-out nail styles, collaborated with OPI on a nail polish collection.

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OPI Katy Perry Collection Preview

OPI also revealed info on their Katy Perry collaboration today. Can I just say that I’m so happy to see OPI finally embracing social media and not pretending a collection doesn’t exist until the day it launches in stores? In this collection, the colors range from a confectionery pink to a bold blue that seemed to be pulled straight from Katy’s California Gurls video.

From left to right: Last Friday Night, Not Like the Movies, The One That Got Away, Teenage Dream and Black Shatter.

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It’s obvious that the glitter party is nowhere near over in nail world.  After all the Deborah Lippmann and China Glaze Holiday glitters plus the OPI Alice & Burlesque sparklers the train to Glitter Town won’t be reaching the end of the line anytime soon.

What are your thoughts on these?  Are they what you would expect from a collection involving Katy Perry?  Do you think that OPI including “Shatter” polishes in two collections means that we’re going to get inundated with crackle from the other major polish brands?  Will you give into the cracked polish effect?

UPDATE: Thanks to the readers who pointed out that OPI posted a video on YouTube showing the colors and shatter effect

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