Thursday, February 10, 2011

OPI in Black Shatter vs. Barry M. in Nail Effects, and CVS Clearance Sale

The recent craze has been shattered/crackled looks including me. :D I thought it would be nice to compare the two shattered/crackled nail polish I own.
OPI in Black Shatter on the left and Barry M. in Nail Effects on the right. I bought the OPI but was blessed to have received the Barry M. Thank you Trinh!!! :) Can you see the covering of the top other than silver for the OPI and gold for Barry M.? The crack is pretty interesting and true to the cover in my opinion. I will go into it more later.

OPI in Black Shatter
Overall look:
I apply Black Shatter on top of the OPI in Not Like The Movies; another nail polish collection from the Katy Perry.

Barry M. in Nail Effects
Overall look:
I applied Barry M. on top of Zoya nail polish in Midori. Midori is such a gorgeous color!

Now you have an idea of what each nail polish is about. Not very different I might say! Now let's compare it side by side.
I did not apply base coat on these fake nails. I really don't think you need it for the shatter/crack look. I applied two coats of OPI in Pink Flamenco. Then you let it dry. That's really important! If you apply it wet, I believe the effect doesn't happen.
I apply one coat of the shatter/crack nail polish. When you take the brush out, PLEASE don't brush it on the side of the bottle. You need thick application of the nail polish for it to crack properly. I used Barry M. on the left fake nail and OPI on the right fake nail. The shatter/crack nail polish will instantly crack in front of your eyes with a matte finish. You can leave it that way or apply a top coat. It is up to you. :)
I personally like it shiny, therefore, I applied a top coat. Barry M. is still on the left and OPI is on the right. Can you see the difference? I know I can. :/ Barry M. cracks more, as well as, you can see the under base color (pink in this case). Whereas, OPI cracks less and you see less under base color.

In conclusion:
* If you want more under base color, I recommend Barry M.
* If you like more the black shatter and less under base color, I recommend OPI.

I personally recommend getting one shatter/crack nail polish. It's such a cool concept!... hehe~ :)

Couple of weeks ago, I posted my CVS clearance sale haul. After that sale, I would hardly find anything on clearance anymore. One particular CVS by my house put out more clearance sale items. I don't know why or how, but I am happy they did... lol~ :)
Here's what I got.
I've heard good things about the Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer and they had two left; beige or dark. I'm a little too light for dark, therefore, I decided to grab beige.
Here's a swatch of the concealer. It's a little too dark for my winter skin, but I think it would be fine for the summer. Unfortunately, I doubt I would review this concealer since it's discontinued. I don't know why when so many people like this concealer. :/
I also grabbed L'oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner in #803 Brown Kohl.
It's such an interesting concept. The brush looks like it is made for liquid eyeliner, but it's not. It's loose pigment. So far I have only tried this once and have mixed feelings. :/
Here's a swatch of the eyeliner. It's the perfect brown eyeliner I was looking for! I'm wondering if these are discontinued too, but I haven't heard. Do you guys know?

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money except for the Barry M. I got that as a gift. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.


Mona said...

i wish we had barry m here!

amynaree said...

I need to get my hands on some black crack? lol! It definitely looks gorgeous under Zoya Midori

♥ 珊珊 Kawaii Kuromi ♥ said...

thanks for reviewing the shatter nail polish.. i was wondering which was better. considering barry m is cheaper too.. i think i shall pick myself one up!! :D xx

Shop N' Chomp said...

<3 this post! I've actually been hoping someone would compare the OPI with the Barry M. so thank you =D

miRaCLe said...

really interesting polish! :D
i like the barry M more!! hehe.

Jennifer said...

thanks for the comparison! the Barry M shatter pattern looks cuter!

Shop N' Chomp said...

Depending on the lotion you use, it should either hydrate or brighten. :) The pigmentation on the blush could be better so I don't recommend it given the price. The lip gloss has nice pigmentation however the tube size is small so price-wise it may be viewed as a bit pricey. Hope this helps :)

DinaXYYan said...

Thanks for the comparison, I like OPI's more since I love more black shatters on it :D

Fabuless Beauty said...

Both nail polishes look very similar to eachother. But here's the question? What's the price difference?

Pop Champagne said...

cool post, I can totally see the difference between the cracks on the two types of nail polishes! I think we only have OPI here though aww too bad

Anonymous said...

i love your colour combo going there! I have crack laq too but yet to try it out hehe

InsideOut Elle said...

Thanks for this comparison review. I gave into hype and got the OPI black shatter already but I feel like BarryM and China Glaze's would've been just as good -_-

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