27 February 2011


Hello lacquered lovelies! For joint post Sunday, Nicole and I have some swatches for you. We got our greedy little hands on the China Glaze crackle collection! We were both super excited about this collection and I still think it's awesome, I just need a bit of tweaking to get the hang of it, I think. My third swatch turned out best, so I'll show you that one last. And yes, I did cut my nails. I was so sick of my stupid ring finger nubbin that I chose to start over. My nails aren't really "short" to most people but I think they are. :( I decided to go for it and start with the square shape too, so there are going to be a lot of "in transition" pictures coming up! Bah!

First up, is Broken Hearted, the pink crackle. I used Color Club Almost Famous as my base. I'm not keen on Almost Famous, it's streaky and... well, yellow. So yeah. I had some issues here, I got weird dragging. I think because it took three coats for AF to get the colour I wanted (I should've layered it over white) and it didn't play nicely with the topcoat that I chose.

That's the nail that crackled the way I wanted it to, anyway. Sadly, I swiftly forgot what I did to get that to happen, so... yeah.

I wanted to use a really contrasting colour again, so I chose China Glaze Bing Cherry, which is actually pretty nice. For a red, I quite like it.
Sadly, I couldn't get the hang of Crushed Candy either. It sort of worked the way I wanted it to on my pinky but I will sort this one out because I love it! I have to keep the little crackle tag on it, though, it looks exactly the same as For Audrey in the bottle!

Again, I think my pinky nail crackled the best. 

Here's the one that I liked most! I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac as the base, then Cracked Concrete over top.

Bah! I love this picture except for that stupid white hair! I hate those damn "lint free" wipes, they're never lint free at all. :( The hair was so tiny that I couldn't even see it on my camera screen but now I see it, so frustrating!

All of these pictures have the polishes as they are on the pointer and middle fingers and a topcoat on the ring and pinky. I'll keep you guys updated on how my quest to use these properly goes. I'm going to keep trying until it works the way I want it to!

My post on Monday will have a challenge for you all... I thought it would be a fun thing to ask people to do and a little way to brighten our days up a bit/give us some inspiration. It does involve unmentionables but psh, we're all grown ups here!

Nicole's turn!

I got to do the other three from the crackle collection. For all of my pictures I wore a topcoat on my index and ring fingers, and the polishes were left matte on the middle and pinkie.

First up is Fault Line, which is the purple shimmer. Here I have it layered over Color Club Pretty in Platinum, which I'd put on the night before in preparation for going to Kirsten's house (God forbid I ride the bus with bare nails!). Fault Line doesn't really give the wide cracks and random chunks that I love the most, but I'm willing to overlook that because it's a friggen purple shimmah shimmah! I applied a very thin coat, and you can see that some nails crackled better than others.

But most didn't crack much at all. Boo hiss boo.

Next is Black Mesh over China Glaze Adore. Please ignore the state of my ring finger. I have a wee little hangnail on that finger that didn't take too kindly to the acetone cleanup.

Anyway, Black Mesh is a lot like OPI Black Shatter. It goes on a lot more thinly than Black Shatter though, I found.

One thing that I really like about this versus Black Shatter is that it didn't get all gloopy and messy in the bottle and on the brush. Am I the only one that finds that after doing a full manicure with Black Shatter my bottle is a complete mess of polish? I can't be the only one with this problem.

Last up is Lightning Bolt, which I layered over China Glaze Awaken. Urgh. I dunno if it was just me, but I had serious issues with this polish. I waited until the polish underneath it was completely dry before I put it on, and it still barely crackled at all. I know other people have had much better luck with this one, so I probably just need to play around with it a little bit more.

Yeah. I'm not sure what else to say about this one. I need to practice with it. I have ideas for this one, but they won't work out if I can't get it to behave the way it's supposed to.

In the end, these polishes all have the potential to be really awesome, they're just going to take a bit of tweaking and a lot of trial and error.

Which one do you like best? Do you have any tips and tricks for any of the ones that we had problems with?


  1. I went to look for it at my local Sallys but found Tronica only so I got those. I'm still on the fence with crackle/shatter polishes. I like the ones offered by China Glaze cause there's a variety of color. I'm just not too interested in that effect but some color combos sure look nice.

  2. That's interesting the various ways the different crackles work. I wonder if it is just that particular crackle shade, is it a reaction to the polish underneath, does the user's application have anything to do with it, etc?

    Some seem so much better than others. And, even each nail with the same colors isn't the same.

    Heck, even the temperature could have something to do with it. Granted, each time is going to be very unique.

  3. excited for your challenge...

    and now im curious about the crackles..gotta go to sally's soon

  4. Ugh, so badly want them alllll! Wish they were more available in the UK :( xxx

  5. As much as the yellow gave you issues I think that is an awesome combo and I'll probably try it myself because it's so summer and florida it's not even funny! I also really love the soft lilac under Cracked Concrete. Great combo.

  6. yeah my black shatter polish / bottle is so gross and clumpy and ew.

  7. So humidity might be a factor for the end result? That's why the crack *haha* kinda shrunk in the summer for me. I wonder if applying it in a cool environment will control the shrinkage, hmm.

  8. I did a yellow + pink crackle post a while back. :D I love that combo!


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