Tuesday, June 7, 2011

OPI and Serena Williams Glam Slam! France Part 1

   The OPI and Serena Williams Glam Slam! France collection consists of 2 2-packs.  Each contains a "base" color and a shatter color.  The first of these sets brings you Spark de Triomphe and White Shatter.

   Spark de Triomphe is a multi size silver glitter in a clear base.  But instead of the standard bright shiny silver, SdT looks slightly tarnished.  Like a silver necklace you haven't worn in a while.  And that's a good thing.  It brings a unique twist to this color that I enjoy.

   Because of the clear base Spark de Triomphe would take quite a few coats to be completely opaque on the nail.  I used 3 coats over a base of Beauty Secrets base coat and a top coat of Seche Vite.  Application was easy, not too much clean up needed.  Personally, I find heavy glitters in general easier to apply.  Maybe the thicker consistency of the formula makes it easier for me to keep the polish where I want it.  Removal on the other hand does take longer.  

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   At three coats you can still see your nail through the polish, but I actually really liked the look that way.  It's almost like my nails are encrusted with jewels.  This would also be a great layering polish.
   SdT is packaged with White Shatter.  

   I'm going to be upfront with you.  The only reason I used these together is because they were packaged that way.  This is not a combination I would have picked normally.  There's not enough contrast for my personal taste.  
   White Shatter applies very nicely.  A few tips on application.  First, work quickly.  Shatters dry very fast.  Second, make sure you are applying it to a dry base polish.  A good quick dry top coat cuts down on the wait time if you are applying Shatter over a fresh mani and not sprucing up an older one.  Third, because of the formula and speed of drying, Shatters will thicken in the bottle MUCH sooner than a normal polish.  So if you are noticing your Shatter has gotten a little gloopy, add a few drops of polish thinner and give it a good shake.  This should get things back to normal.  ALWAYS use actual thinnerNEVER use acetone or polish remover in your polish.  This will cause the polish to start breaking down, ruining your polish. 
   I did not put a top coat over White Shatter in these pictures.  If you leave Shatter as is, it has a matte finish.  If you prefer a shinier finish add a layer of your favorite top coat once the shattering process has finished.

Direct Sun

   Look closely at my thumb in this picture.  You'll notice that I applied the White Shatter at an angle instead of in the same direction as my nail.  This gives a much different look to the polish that I really liked.  Even David said he liked that look better.  So don't be afraid to experiment a little with application to get different types of looks.


   Glitter polishes really pop underneath Shatters.  Especially if you leave the Shatter's matte finish as is.  Maybe that's my love of contrasting textures coming through.  While I was not a big fan of the White Shatter in this combination, I do like it a lot over darker colors.  Spark de Triomphe I absolutely LOVED.  If you like the shatter look I recommend the White Shatter.  I am going to call Spark de Triomphe a must get.  Yes it's a silver glitter, but the multiple sizes of glitter combined with the slightly tarnished look really make it something unique for me.

Disclaimer: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for consideration.


  1. For some reason, white crackles just don't appeal to me much. They all sort of look like white out to me. I do like this gold glitter though.

  2. Thanks for the review...nice to know about the new products in the market and how they are doing genuinely.


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