OPI Silver Shatter + Essie Turquoise & Caicos Tutorial with Swatches a la POTC4

I want to be a mermaid.

No, seriously, that was my set of thoughts after I saw the Disney film, out earlier this year, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.

At the time, OPI came out with a collection of nail lacquers, most of which I found boring. Not  because they weren’t pretty, but because when I  thought of pirates and specifically Jack Sparrow (who I loveee), I thought gold, deep reds, silver, ocean blues and turquoises, as well as, perhaps a nice golden black or hibiscus pink!

Either way, the one colour that stood out to me the most in that collection was called Mermaid Tears… the only problem was it was identical, or at least too similar enough worth purchasing to Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos.

So that’s when I had an idea!

… which I only enacted recently.

more turquoise! more turquoise!

So besides for OPI Silver Shatter and Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos, I also strongly suggest that you invest in OPI’s Nail Envy in the original formula and Drip Dry as well as a top coat.

This is how my nails came out — I call it “Mermaid Tears” based on the name of the original colour from OPI as well as the importance of the real tears of mermaids in the film:

How to get this look?


  • Step 1

On clean finger nails apply 1 coat of OPI Nail Envy or any other ‘base’ coast.

  • Step 2

Once your nails are dry apply 1 coat of Turquoise and Caicos/Mermaid Tears or any other turquoise nail lacquer.

You might need to wait until the first coat is completely dry — and then apply a second coat.

I applied 2 coats of Turquoise & Caicos on my nails.

Wait until your nails are COMPLETELY DRY before moving on to Step 3.

  • Step 3

Once your nails are completely dry (or at least three-quarters dry), shake your bottle of OPI Silver Shatter very well.

Shatter from OPI separates on the nail differently depending on how thick or how thin you apply your coat of polish.

If you apply a thicker coat, the Shatter separates into larger chunks with deeper gaps onto the nail.

If you apply a thinner coat, the Shatter separates into smaller more fine gaps onto the nail.

For this application, I made sure that after I shook the bottle properly, I applied relatively thicker strokes to my finger nails.

*NOTE: Shatter WILL NOT work properly on wet nails.

  • Step 4

Once I was sure they were finished separating, I applied my top coat.

For this application, I used another OPI polish called “Start to Finish.”

  • Step 5

Approximately 10-seconds after applying my top coat, I then dropped 2-3 drops of OPI Drip Dry on my nails in order to speed dry them.


Mermaid Tears!

Finished 🙂


Sasha H. Muradali runs the Little Pink Blog (formerly Little Pink Book PR). She holds a B.S. Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. International Administration with a concentration in Communication from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter (@SashaHalima), Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and find us on Facebook.

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