Turqs and Caicos, Casino Green Crackled
Crackle Polish is on the verge of a major comeback this year, and what better way to celebrate Saturday (cheers!) featuring Essie Turquoise & Caicos and Icing Casino Green with a funky black shattered look using Barry M Instant Effects.
What is Crackle Polish? It's a top coat used on wet or dry surfaces to create a "shattered or cracked" look in one easy step. Just like OPI's Black Shatter, the base color must be completely dry before applying Barry M Instant Effects. And since it dries to a matte finish, a top coat is required for that glossy shine.
Let's get crackling!
There's two ways to apply crackle polish - either thin or thick coats, but I don't recommend doubling up. All you need is one coat in general for a perfect shatter.
In the picture above you'll notice my index finger is marked A and my ring finger B. The differences being - thin coat (A) vs. thick coat (B) of Instant Effects. A thin layer delivers smaller, more of a linear crackle whereas a thicker layer produces chunkier results.
Which style do you prefer?
From Neon to Metallic, Crackle Polish looks great layered over any nail polish color - try it over holographics too!
Overall, Not a typical day-to-day look you can sport around the office, but it's a fun way to jazz up any nail polish color. If you own Black Shatter, I'd say you can probably skip this one. Both brands are very similar - OPI's shatter is a bit more linear (like in example A above). I'll have comparisons once we get closer to China Glaze's release.
How do you feel about crackle polish? Have a great evening!
Posted by Steph at 05:49:pm
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Joni said on Jan 25th, 2011 9:12 am
Ooh, I love this!! Thank you so much for all the different colors, now it gives me lots of ideas!! xoxo
Kellie said on Jan 25th, 2011 2:19 pm
eh, I'm not feeling the crackle look. I have a need to pick at my polish as soon as it starts to chip, until I can get home and TAKE IT OFF! So, this look isn't for me. LOL Your color wheel is pretty though. :)
Danielle said on Jan 26th, 2011 1:55 pm
I keep seeing crackle polish all over the blogs and it never really appealed to me. This morning on the way to work I saw someone wearing it on the bus and it actually does look a lot nicer in person. Still not sure if I should purchase it though.
T said on Feb 8th, 2011 12:52 pm
Question - any idea how this new generation of crackle polishes compares to CoverGirl's Crackle line from maybe 10-ish years ago? I loved those in theory, but in practice they weren't ideal.
Steph said on Feb 8th, 2011 2:11 pm
Yes, it's a total upgrade!!! I own quite a few of the CoverGirl Crackle's and to put it bluntly, they're crap! I could never get the darn things to work properly. OPI's Black Shatter and Barry M's Instant Effects are a dream to apply. You just have to make sure the base coat is completely dry instead of applying on a wet base like CG's.