Transparent/translucent/sheer polish has recently become somewhat of a thing. OPI launched their Sheer Tints line in early 2014 that consists of four transluscent polishes you can use to layer as jellies or use alone for a see-through look - All Lacquered Up has some good swatches and reviews.
Now OPI did not introduce a black, grey, or otherwise neutral-hued sheer polish. Nail bloggers have been using indie polishes like Loaded Lacquer's 'Toasted marshmallow' or mixing their own polish by adding 10-20 drops of black polish into a bottle of clear polish or topcoat (see Nailstorming's tutorial for example). I reckon OPI or another major nail polish brand will catch on soon and put out their own once they realize how big this is going to get.
The first time I saw the sheer black polish look was when Badgirl Nails on IG paired it with nude accents and some black dots. Then Just1nail on IG stripped off the nude and kept things black and glossy. Jamylyn Nails on IG used sheer black as a cityscape backdrop and it was very a-la-nighttime-in-NYC. Nailstorming on IG also revealed a simple matte black dotticure with a sheer black background. All these racy ladies, I just had to join in!
Now, to the good stuff (pic heavy, but hey, I just can't get enough of that lacy business):
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- Cult Nails 'Nevermore' (black used for stamping and triangle stripes)
- Quo by Orly 'Naked' (how appropriate)
- Fingr's mini clear top coat with ~8 drops of Nevermore for sheer black base (not pictured, but see here)
- Revlon matte topcoat (not pictured)
- Pueen Love Elements plate 27 (I know what you're thinking: my second time stamping and I used the exact same design as the first time I tried stamping... BORING but c'mon, how could I NOT use lace on this one?!)