No unicorns were harmed in the making of this manicure
I was thrilled to choose this for review from Born Pretty Store. I’m calling it Opal Unicorn Skin, but it’s also known as glass paper, since you can make a cool shattered glass effect nail art with it.
I am still on a quest to create the perfect opal nails and I have tried opal nails once or twice before. I’ll probably have another go too!
Polishes and tools
Chanel Attraction and Paradisio
OPI Pen and Pink
Lilypad Lacquer Fire in the sky
Essie Shine of the Times
Born Pretty Store Opal Unicorn Skin / Glass Paper option #4
I started with two coats of Attraction and then focused Paradisio in the centre of each nail. I’m not sure it’s given the illusion of depth I wanted because it’s quite sheer. A coat of flakies from Shine of the Times was next.
Next I dry brushed with three colours: Pen and Pink, Fire In The Sky, and Vintage. I topped it off with Seche Vite. Next I added the unicorn skin.
I had chopped off tiny little shards in advance (given the chance I will ruin a mani before I’m even done with it) which adhered easily to the slightly tacky surface.
Next I added a coat of Paradisio (it is sheer enough to blend it all together) and finally another coat of flakies. Because there’s always room for more flakies.
Ooh. Another topcoat too. Aaaaand relax!
Opal Unicorn Skin
This is my best attempt yet at opal nails. I don’t mind the little bubbles you can see in the macro because it felt so perfectly smooth, it just looks like a design feature.
The glass paper doesn’t look like much when you first see it but it has such a big impact once it is in place.
Review: Opal Unicorn Skin
Great value and easy to use. As the film is very thin and light, it’s easy to lay flat on the nail, so you won’t have any corners or edges peeking up. However this also means it’s easy to lose or drop a piece as you are trimming them to size. It doesn’t look a lot in the packet, but you get a double layer compared to what you see, and it goes a long way.