Friday, February 25, 2011

Shatter vs. Crackle: Bring it on!

The hype surrounding these nail polishes has been so tremendous that I can almost hear the theme from ‘'Rocky” playing. The contenders: OPI’s Katy Perry Black Shatter vs. China Glaze’s Crackle.

We’ve tried them both, and here is all the info you need to know about the two competitors:

OPI’s Black Shatter is still nearly impossible to get. It’s the first one of it’s kind to hit the market and it’s been extremely popular. (See Glambo post: “Black Shatter, Where are you?”) China Glaze’s crackle -in color! - was just released this week. If you polish your nails with either of these products, people will stop you to look. It’s a very cool effect and is definitely a conversation starter.

One thing we noted is that the OPI version grabs more heavily onto glitter polishes and gives more black coverage. To us, it seemed like more of a leather look than the leopard style spots the ad photos show. My first reaction after putting it over the light and pretty “Teenage Dream” was, “I didn’t want a Goth look.” But the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. The glitter sparkles through in the sun and I just couldn’t stop looking at my nails! Polishes with less glitter allow the Black Shatter to separate more, changing the effect and letting more of the base color show through.

We were curious about the China Glaze version because their polishes tend to be thinner than OPI’s. The China Glaze colors are very appealing as you can see in the video below. They come with packaged with a black nail polish and top coat. The colors crackle over the black base to give the effect.

The China Glaze black base polish was thinner, and I did one set of nails with one coat and one with two. The colored China Glaze Crackle polish went over the black, and it looked great. The Crackle glaze was thinner, which we liked. Using only one coat of black base didn’t seem to make much of a difference, so if you are in a hurry, you can skip that second coat. We like the idea of crackle colors over other colored nail polish. Our advice is that if you want a Black Shatter look, then use the black crackle or shatter over your favorite color - vs. painting your nails black first like China Glaze suggests. Both the OPI Black Shatter and China Glaze Crackle are a matte finish, so a top coat is essential for sheen and longevity.

We wondered, “How will they hold up?” I followed through by taking on the biggest opponent to any manicure: I spent a few hours filing paperwork. My nail polish did eventually chip, and it came off in large, thick chunks along the crackle lines. However, due to the nature of the imperfect shatter look, I was able to put just a little more Black Shatter on the tips, and follow up with another clear coat. It looked great again.

A few other things we noted:

The China Glaze colors appeared to be separating in our brand new bottles. Glambo suggests that you roll the bottle to mix it up well before polishing. Also, make sure that you wipe the top of the bottle after polishing and before you replace the lid. The shatter/crackle effect is drying and it makes the polish build up on the bottle edges. This will lead to a tough time twisting the bottle open later if the bottle isn’t cleaned properly.

We also like that the OPI version has a crackle lid, and the China Glaze clearly says, ‘crackle’ on the bottle. (I could just see myself grabbing a bottle from my polish stash a few months from now, not realizing that it was a crackle effect until it was too late.)

As of today, OPI’s Black Shatter is difficult to find. (Beware of E-Bay sellers that have ‘estimated’ shipment dates as they do not even have the product in stock.) The China Glaze colors are in demand, but seemed a little easier for us to get than the OPI version.

There are subtle differences, and we loved them both! The result: OPI’s Katy Perry Black Shatter and China Glaze’s Crackle each get Glambo’s Kiss of Approval.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Evolution of Smooth (eos)

Okay, ladies, Spring is upon us, and if you are the type to let your legs get all Sasquatch hairy during the winter, it's time to get smooth! Even if you're not that type, I have a product I think you will love.

At first, I was drawn to eos for this reason alone: I love to use shave cream when I shave in the shower. The result is smoother, softer, moisturized skin. However, I DEPLORE this: The nasty RUST RING left in the shower by most shave cream containers.

When I saw eos (evolution of smooth) shave cream, and it's (duh) brilliant, all plastic, recyclable bottle, I was smitten. Even better, it has a PUMP , so I don't have to fiddle with taking off the top, and using 2 hands to dispense the product. This way, I can pump it out in one hand, while wielding my trusty razor in the other!
Love at first sight, and we haven't even tried the product. Well, I really like it. It's thick and creamy (not a foam), the vanilla bliss is fragrant, but not obnoxiously so, and since it's chock full of aloe and shea butter, oat and antioxidants, it leaves my skin super soft. The product is also touted as a cream you can shave with wet or DRY (have yet to try). There are quite a few fragrances to choose from: pomegranate raspberry, lavender jasmine, island blue, cucumber melon, vanilla bliss, and fragrance-free. It's easy to find at your local grocery or drug store, and, at less than $5 a bottle, this is a no brainer. This definitely gets Glambo's KISS OF APPROVAL! Be sure to try it soon, and go from Sasquatch to Baywatch!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Accessory Binge

The other day, I popped into Old Navy for a pair of jeans for my son, and I was pleasantly caught off-guard by the accessory section of the store. It's grown quite large, and has rings, earring, and necklaces with all kinds of faux-gem color options, in silver and gold finishes. On this particular day, the jade-like pieces were calling out to my inner bohemian princess, and I had to give in. Above is a peek at my fun finds. The best part is that they were all between $5 and $10, so I was able to binge without guilt.

We all know that new accessories can breathe fresh life into a wardrobe, and since it's Spring, why not check out Old Navy for a quick and painless accessory infusion!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Black Shatter, Where Are You???

The hottest new product you can't get!

We've seen OPI's Katy Perry Black Shatter polish advertised in magazines for months. Deliveries were scheduled for January, but pros and consumers alike can't seem to get the product. Glambo's advice: If you see Black Shatter anywhere, buy it!

The 'shatter' effect is what makes it so popular. OPI's Black Shatter goes over any nail polish color. As it dries, the black breaks apart and creates a leopard effect. Thicker coats allow for more black coverage, whereas thinner coats allow more of the base color to show through. It has a matte finish, so top coat is essential to add some shine and ensure your manicure will last longer. The Katy Perry colors seem to be very hot as well. The pink, Teenage Dream, which OPI describes as, "A dreamy pink glitter that you’re sure to crush on!" also seems to be selling out right away.
Pre-Teens to cougar-aged ladies agree that the Black Shatter effect is amazing. This is why the polish is impossible to find. It seems that stores have completely underestimated the demand for this product, and ordered limited quanties. Snow storms on the East Coat have grounded airplanes and delayed shipments. Professional beauty supply stores tell us that when they finally receive their stock, the entire inventory sells immediately. Manicurists are hard pressed to even get a bottle to try the effect on their clients. Retail stores are also having difficulty obtaining enough of OPI's Black Shatter to meet the demand. Local Ulta stores tell Glambo that they sold thirty bottles within hours at each of their locations. Waiting lists are popular, and one thing is certain: The Katy Perry Black Shatter by OPI may be HOT, but you are going to have to wait to try it.

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