Beauty Chemistry: Oil Slick Nails


Turn down the Sarah McLachlan—no ecosystems were harmed in the making of this manicure. This is Beauty Chemistry 101, where we test combinations of beauty products in all permutations and report back on the things that didn’t explode in our faces. Here we have our favorite off-black (a very deep, dark plum), OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, and the teal-to-neon-green-to-citrus-orange iridescent glitter bliss that is Uslu Airlines GIY. When combined, they make your nails shine like a scarab and sort of resemble a mesmerizing little drip of petrol on your driveway. Cool.

Photos by Mathea Millman. 

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  • CHIC

    Beautiful combination! Really craving for those polishes.

  • Behind the Mirror

    I love to mix together special concoctions of beauty products to find the perfect potion for me!!! I do it a lot and often post some tricks, check out my last Hermione masterpiece if you have time!

  • Sepideh

    That's fun! Reminds me of an Essie top coat that I have!

    • Maria@CrashingRed/SoNailicious

      Essie is amazing, isn't it?!

      • Sepideh

        YES! I have so many Essie colours because I love the product, the colours, the packaging, the brush! Perfection!

  • Chantel

    Nice manicure.

  • JasmineCara

    Gorgeous combination! Definitely brings up images of petrol!

  • Katy

    A teeny, tiny part of me dies every time I see beauty products wasted for the sake of editorials.

    • Peter

      RIght? Allure could probably lay all their sliced-off lipsticks around the equator.

  • Ona_in_Barcelona

    This makes me miss my Urban Decay Oilslick nail polish that I loved back in, like, '97 - almost black with an iridescent green-blue shine. Aaand, now I feel old.

  • Ana Leote

    Really this combination


  • Emma and Emily

    Gorgeous colour! I don't like the duo chrome style oil slick nail polishes, but this is beautiful!

  • jamonitmj

    definitely trying this!

  • Maria@CrashingRed/SoNailicious

    Essie came up first with type of top coat - check Essie Shine of the Times! Its freaking amazing! Also it looks AMAZING when matte top coat over it.

    Anyways, here's how Essie Shine of the Times looks like:

    • ITGMackenzie

      Thank you! It looks like Shine of the Times has more red in it than GIY, which, generally shines green. I will have to check it out!

      • Maria@CrashingRed/SoNailicious

        My pleasure ;) and if you really want to get into experiments with this kind of nail polish, try layering it over blue, dark cherry or even mint creme nail polishes. Simply irresistible! xx

    • Soma

      Essie was definitely not the first to come up with this type of top coat. They were very late in the game.

  • Denisse

    this is an awesome combination!

  • Julia

    I've been looking for that glitter polish forever!!!! So glad I clicked into this post, thanks! :)

  • Celina

    Such a beautiful combo! I will have to find the products to recreate it myself.
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  • Sulee

    Finger Paints came up with a similar line of flakie top coats a few years ago. They are called Motley, Flashy, Flecked, Twisted, and Asylum. As someone else mentioned, Essie had a Luxe Effects top coat that was also similiar. If you wanted to do this with just one polish, there's Cult Nails Unicorn Puke or Clairvoyant (vhtf but very cool). Picture Polish Splendor and Festival are also good options.

  • Bridget

    Mathea, these photos turned out great!

  • Helen

    Essence has one of these top coats (super cheap) and yep, it looks great over dark polishes!

  • Melissa Fowler

    Amazing, I do something similar with an OPI black and OPI When Monkeys Fly. Sadly I don't think I'd be able to buy it in the UK though! :(


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