Halloween Nail Practice: Dior Aloha and OPI Black Shatter

Dior Aloha, Black Shatter
Dior Aloha, Black Shatter

Just in case anyone is still looking for the Dior Electric Tropics Duos, they’re back up on the Dior website-they were Dior’s summer polishes, a bright orange and a neon pink jelly.  These come in really nice packaging, and with their own full-size bottle of top coat, even though they cost just a bit more than a normal Dior polish.  So it’s sort of like a good deal.

The packaging says that these are fluorescent and need to be kept from light, and the colors really are vibrant in person.  It’s hard to capture how bright they are.  I decided to check out Aloha on my nails one more time this summer-it’s an orange that leans a tiny bit red.  It goes on nicely and I only used two coats for the swatch below.  It’s so nice and summery.

The bottle comes in a large box with a full-size bottle of topcoat that is thin and glossy, similar to the normal Dior topcoat.  My theory for why the Electric Tropics come packaged with their own topcoat is that it’s to keep them from “contaminating” your other other topcoats-the topcoat brush seems to brush orange and pink pigment back into the topcoat no matter how long I let the polish dry first.  I’m thinking it has something to do with the pigment being fluorescent and kind of delicate; I would guess that makes it “set” less well, and be more prone to dragging off with the solvents in the topcoat.  My bottle of the topcoat that comes in the set looks ever so slightly orange now.

 

Dior Aloha
Dior Aloha

 

So to get in some Halloween nail practice, I tried OPI Black Shatter on top of Dior Aloha.  This was so great!  I’m definitely pulling this out again in October.  It’s a perfect look for Halloween, because it’s so obvious and the Black Shatter feels kind of Halloween-y, too-the jagged, ragged random black fits in well.  I like how Aloha is still vibrant while peeking out between the Black Shatter, but it isn’t too summery looking, either.  It’s a pretty but basic orange once it’s hidden under the Shatter.

 

Dior Aloha, Black Shatter
Dior Aloha, Black Shatter

 

I was also relieved to see that the Black Shatter still seems fully functional, despite being my oldest bottle of crackle polish.  The Dior Electric Tropics are limited edition and probably won’t be up on the Dior website for long, so you should pick them up now if you’re thinking about it.

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