Friday, July 6, 2012

OPI Black Spotted

As teased on my Google+ page, I've managed to get a bottle of OPI Black Spotted. This is a special effect topper similar to crackle but instead of cracks it makes spots. I wanted it from the first pictures I came across on the web; I'd never seen anything like it. The difficult thing: it was apparently a France exclusive, something they got with the Spider-Man collection instead of Green Shatter. I don't live in France, and Sephora France doesn't ship to the U.S., so things were not looking good, especially since I read that there were patent or ingredient issues that would keep this from being released to the U.S. so waiting wasn't necessarily going to help. Then a very kind friend of mine and her sister offered to add a bottle for me to their order and amazingly soon it arrived considering it had to make its way from France to sister to friend to me.



I was so curious to try it that the minute I was able to, I put it on over my existing mani (the Nabi magnetics in Red and Natural from yesterday's post). This works just like crack; you put a coat on over already dry nail polish and the effect appears as the Spotted dries.



Photos above and directly below are without topcoat.



And here it is with OPI Top Coat added:



I just had to see what it looked like over something else, so I put on two coats of Butter London Slapper (bright teal creme), added one coat of Butter London Henley Regatta, then one of OPI RapiDry Top Coat to give the Spotted a smooth surface to slide over. I waited a bit for that all to dry since I'd read that putting Spotted over not quite dry polish could lead to cracks between the spots. Then came Spotted and more RapiDry top coat.





While playing with this, I learned that a thin coat seems to lead to more spotting and the sooner you do clean up the better because this stuff is tenacious when it gets on skin.

I like this effect a lot. That it's labelled "Black Spotted" and not just "Spotted" makes me wonder if other colors are in the works, like happened with OPI's Shatter polishes. I also wonder if other brands will do something similar. I hope so.



35 comments:

  1. This effect is just stunning, Karen! It's so sad it's France exclusive for now... But you managed to get your hands on it real quick indeed! ^^ Fast lady! Great swatch, came out better the second time!

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  2. This is really cool! Can't wait to get my bottle.

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  3. That's so cool that you got a bottle! I really hope this gets a release over here. I'm amazed at how different and unique it is.

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  4. I think when I saw the release that they did have different colors, blue, purple, red? But Black Spotted is the one that I really want. Darned EPA, protecting us from our lovely nail products!

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  5. I'm from France so I have it too, but there wasn't any other color, and I haven't heard about it yet ^^'

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  6. All though it's a fun effect, I'm amazed that some of the first were sold on ebay for $65. I'm pretty sure Black Spotted is the right name, and that there are only one!

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    1. I just read that it's available here in Denmark too by Sephora - OPI really understands how to hype a polish LOL

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  7. Very cool polish - I'm just worried about whether or not it's not been released in the US because of regulations regarding one of the ingredients. Working at a pharma company, I know that can definitely keep products out of the US. I really hope that's not the case though. I'll have to investigate their ingredients list. o.O If I can find one, that is.

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  8. Ermahgerd, this is aammaaazzzzzing!!!

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  9. I love how this looks! So much better than Shatter/Crackle. Hope it's available in the US soon.

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  10. This is so amazing! I totally want it and am upset it is only sold in France :(

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  11. omg I'm so envious you were able to get your hands on this! It looks so awesome! I really like the effect it gives :D

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  12. I'm still not sure whether I like this effect or not...I think it's better than crackle and think it rocks over the teal layering you did, but I think I'll wait for a more affordable knock off to try it on my nails!

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  13. This is really fascinating! Lucky France

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  14. I like how it looks, a lot actually. I seriously don't understand why OPI would only release it in France.

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  15. I love it in the second combo the most :)

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  16. I have to admit I wasn't ready to like this because crack is whack. I did not like your first mani with this, but am kind of warming to the second mani you have here. It kind of reminds me of an oil slick. I think I'll wait and see what happens. I'm not clambering for this right now. But other colors instead of black may very well sway me.

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  17. I loooove this! WOW! Karen that is awesome that you got your hands on this (or got this on your hands.. haha!) I looked high and low its very hard to get here!

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  18. drooling with jealousy! I love this! Can't wait until we can get this over here in the US!

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  19. You're so lucky! It looks awesome over teal!

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  20. omg, im soooo jealous! look amazing!

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  21. It looks fantastic! Love it over HR....I do hope they come out with more colours...but its not this hard to get! Hopefully some other company will dupe it soon!

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  22. I like it over the teal combo...kinda looks like mold, lol...but pretty!

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  23. I am so jealous! It looks great! I hope they figure out a way to get it into the US so we can enjoy it!

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  24. That's a really cool effect! Hope they release it in the US! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  25. Jealous! This stuff is so neat!! I feel like I would use it once, though, and then, like my crackle, stick it in a drawer.

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  26. That looks so cool! I wish I could get my hands on a bottle :/

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  27. I love this polish! Thanks for the swatches! I'd love to know the full story on what's up with this... and if we'll ever see it in North America!

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  28. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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  29. I sent an email to OPI and they couldn't get the patent needed to release it in the US. I really want this but the prices on EBay are ridiculous.

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