Sunday, 15 May 2011

Essie 'Silken Cord' with OPI Black Shatter and Tape Design!! Step by Step

Hi All,

Welcome to my lovely new followers! I hope that you have all had a good weekend.  I am currently on strict bed rest recovering from a ruptured ovarian cyst! Thank goodness it was not my appendix and I will be all better in a week or so - There will hopefully be some more detailed post as I will have some time on my hands!!

I have decided to try out my Essies 'Silken Cord' from their 2010 Fall collection, which has been sitting in my case, for about 6 months unused!! I used tape and shatter top over it just to see if it made a difference.  I quite like the effect using the tape with the shatter and can't wait to try it with the other colours when they come to the UK!

This is what I did:

I prepped my nails, removing cuticles and applying base coat - I have used Lumos base coat

I applied 1 coat of 'Silken Cord' by Essie

I then applied a second coat of lacquer

 To use tape, I use Scotch tape and cut it to different sizes and laid them out on a plastic lid

Once my lacquer was dry I put the tape on the nail pressing lightly into place

When the tape was on all the nails I applied shatter top coat quite thick (you can use it thinner, but you get smaller Shattered bits)

When dry, carefully peel away the tape

 I like a shiny finish to my nails and shatter I applied Lumos top coat which dries really quickly!

What do you think?! Have you used your Shatter in any different ways?
Claire xxx


  1. I'm planning a funky french with shatter tips soon, I hope it turns out as good as this!x

  2. Thanks! It is a great red colour - not too dark - great summery colour despite being the Fall collection!
    Nail Newbie - let us know how you get on with the shatter tips!
    Claire xxx

  3. OMG i hope you feel better soon!
    Love this funky shatter design !