Much as I absolutely love the idea of Rock Coat, I just can’t make it work in reality. It’s supposed to give a smoky top coat that allows the under colour to show through. Well, it does that, but it just doesn’t seem to make any under shades look better – in fact, as you’ll see, it made yellow – where I thought it would work really well – look revolting. I think where it did look good was over red but the top coat didn’t make a shade that doesn’t already exist somewhere. You’d just never notice it was there or wasn’t just a dark red in the first place. Anyway, see for yourselves and if you can think of a better colour where it might bring something to the nail effect party, let me know and I’ll give it a go. 

First two nails are Deborah Lippman My Old Flame WITH Rock Coat, the last two are the colour without Rock Coat

Rimmel Lasting Finish in Lemon Drop and Revlon Beach before Rock Coat

And after….oops

OPI Shatter in Silver is slated to launch in May to co-incide with the launch of the Pirates of the Caribbean collection. I love the existing black Shatter – but hate it matte so always have to gloss it up with a top coat. The same applies for silver Shatter – I absolutely adore the effect it gives but find it dull without glossiness. Here it is over the cool pink shade, Sparrow Me The Drama. Gorgeous. 

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