These two polishes from OPI’s Glam Slam collection have been out for a bit now, but they’re so pretty that they definitely deserve a look if you haven’t checked them out yet. Swatches coming up!
These are an installment of the Serena Williams polishes, but honestly, I’m not sure which tennis thing they relate to and I don’t feel like researching it. I’m not really a tennis fan, but as a nail polish fan, I can also say that I don’t really care-these are just pretty polishes! I felt very skeptical about pink and red being paired together when I first heard about this set, but it’s really nice.
Rally Pretty Pink is a heavy, metallic-flecked base of pink/purple/brown. The metallic flakes are flashy and gold, and really stand out even in indirect light. This polish has been said to be a dupe for Zoya’s Faye (which I also couldn’t turn down), but I couldn’t take the chance-Rally Pretty Pink looked so pretty in the bottle that I felt like I should buy it and ask questions later. Even if those two are really exactly the same, they’re so pretty that there’s no harm in having two bottles. And often, the longer or more often you wear something the more subtle differences come out, so I’m just not convinced yet.
This polish is slightly sheer and took three coats for the picture below. It applied well and didn’t goop up with more coats, and seemed to dry quicker than average. Just look at how sparkly and delicate this is:
I almost didn’t want to put Red Shatter on top of this, but I gave it a try. And, I found out that I like Red Shatter better than any other crackle polish I’ve tried! It’s a jelly, slightly sheer polish that crackles really easily, way better than the China Glaze crackles or anything with shimmer. The red looks bright and jarring in the bottle, but because it’s kind of sheer it takes on a bit of the color of whatever it’s put over. Over Rally Pretty Pink it comes off sort of burgundy or off-red or something-it just looks rich and textured, not weird. After putting this on, I’m not even sure what I was afraid of, but I do know that I like it much better than I thought I would. The heavy gold flashes through the shatter and the pink tone adds a wispy, fleeting contrast when the light hits it.
This set has renewed my faith in crackle polishes after a few recent disappointments (Turquoise Shatter, you know what I mean.) I like the way that the Red Shatter is a bit sheer-it can be slightly burgundy or slightly raspberry, depending on the color it’s with. And this is the best shatter action ever-if you’ve struggled with other crackles, it’s worth trying this one just to see what it can do. I’ve often ended up wishing I had applied a crackle lighter, or thicker, because the effect wasn’t ideal, but this one seems to do its thing very well. This set should still be around where you find OPIs-the Red Shatter is also now sold as open stock with the other OPI shatter colors, but I think that Rally Pretty Pink is exclusive to this set.