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Showing posts with label Crackle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crackle. Show all posts

7/27/11

China Glaze Metal Crackle Glaze: Tarnished Gold and Oxidized Aqua

Good morning! Are you ready for more crackle?

I've posted many other crackles in the past, some from different brands, and others from China Glaze so you shouldn't be surprised to see this post if you've been reading my blog for a while.

I love crackles! End of story.

I'm incredibly impressed with this new batch of Crackle Glaze. The first collection was nice but I remember purchasing Lightning Bolt and Crushed Candy and was disappointed at how difficult it was for me to apply and how it was so hard for the white to crack.

The formula on these were much easier.


First up is my new favorite crackle, Tarnished Gold. This is layered over Zoya Dree. Bad color combination here, lol. Anyway, this had easy application and formula. I love that this finishes with a nice metallic finish! These pictures are without a topcoat, but once you add a topcoat, it glistens and is much more shiny and "glittery".


Next is the gorgeous China Glaze Oxidized Aqua. This is layered over Orly Royal Navy. When I saw the press release, I wasn't really excited for this one, but I think if you pair it with the right color, it can end up looking really good. Again, great formula and easy application. This one dried super fast, which means the cracking started quickly.

Like with most crackles, do not go back over a spot that has already started cracking. If you don't like the way a finger turned out, it's best to just start over completely.

What is your favorite crackle?

*Some products in this post were sent for review

6/18/11

All Over The Place

Today's manicure is inspired by many things. I did different designs on all ten nails. The pinky on my left hand (directly below) was inspired by this tutorial by Robin Moses. The ring finger on my left hand was inspired by this post by Dees Polish Endeavors. Many of these are from designs I have done in the past.

The rest I did randomly, just having fun as I went along.


Here is my right hand, this one is a little more messy:

For this manicure I used a total of 28 different nail polishes. So I'm definitely not about to list them all right here. But I will say, the crackle you see on the left hand is is OPI White Shatter. The rhinestones on my right hand are from the Born Pretty Store. If you're interested in any of the nail polishes I used in this post, just leave a comment and I'll let you know.

My favorites are the flames, leopard print, vertical stripes, and the green one with rhinestones. But I especially love the leopard print, mainly because I used Zoya Kelly!

6/6/11

Random Swatch Spam (Zoya, OPI, Catrice...)

I was really in the mood for swatching this past weekend and trying out different combinations and layering techniques as well as some of the colors I have bought but have not worn.

Let's start off with Ulta Deck the Halls, a silver, scattered, holographic glitter, layered over Essence What Do U Think?.


Here's what Deck the Halls looks like in the bottle:
(Blurred to show holo effect)
Next we have OPI Silver Shatter layered over CCUK Midnight Blue. I prefer Silver Shatter when it looks more metallic rather than glitzy and glittery so here it is with no topcoat:



Then it's the beautiful Zoya Gemma, a subtle olive green with blue/violet shimmer. I really love this color and suggest that everyone has something this unique in their collection! I've been wearing this alone since Saturday:



Next is the beautiful Catrice Big Spender Wanted! This is my second Catrice nail polish and I am very impressed with their formula. I especially love this one because of the pretty gold shimmer, not to mention that I've never had a frost-like polish with this good of a formula:


Last, we have Claire's Poison Apple. This is supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Bad Fairy but considering it's poor excuse for a duo-chrome, I'm guessing it isn't. Not only was it sheer, but the pretty copper and orange you see in the bottle is trapped there. It barely transfers to the nails.


But wait, is that a little duo-chrome I see?

I think my favorites from the bunch are Zoya Gemma and Catrice Big Spender Wanted. Which are your favorites?

5/24/11

Orly Ancient Jade + Silver Shatter and White Cap

I felt like being experimental so I played with China Glaze White Cap and OPI Silver Shatter!

Let's start off with the OPI Silver Shatter. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't like this combination at all. The colors just don't work well together. I love them on their own, just not together. But nonetheless, here's what Orly Ancient Jade looks like with Silver Shatter on top:


A little while later I removed this and layered China Glaze White Cap over Orly Ancient Jade. Now this is more like it! It's like these two were made for each other. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!


And what would this post be if I didn't include a picture of Ancient Jade on it's own?
Orly Ancient Jade is a beautiful medium, jade green with a bit of a mint tone to it. Orly's formula impressed me as this is a definite one-coater. It also dried super fast and shiny. The picture above is with no topcoat.

5/19/11

OPI Silver Shatter Review/Swatches

I've been talking about this a lot on Facebook and Twitter because I am IN LOVE with Silver Shatter! I've been seeing many swatches and pictures online but wasn't really convinced until I got to the store and saw how amazing it looked in the bottle. As soon as I came home I gave myself a pedicure with Silver Shatter and it looked so amazing!

AH! I'm so happy I snatched this baby up before it was gone. By the way, these pictures are better viewed when they are large. So click on them to see!

Base color: Essence What Do U Think?
OPI Silver Shatter is a metallic, shimmery silver polish that cracks, or "shatters", as it dries. All you have to do is apply it to completely dry nail polish and it's instant nail art! The formula on this is so amazing. One coat and it starts cracking instantly. You have a decent 2-3 seconds to finish applying it (to one nail) before it cracks--but there's little room for mistakes. As soon as it is done cracking, it is dry. Which is great if you're in a rush but still want to add a little extra to an old manicure.

I found it was easier to work with this when I added a topcoat over my base color and then apply shatter. For me, it cracked better and easier and the overall effect was nicer. Another thing I found was that adding a topcoat after Silver Shatter has been applied makes the shatter turn more glitzy, shiny, and glittery. I honestly prefer it without a topcoat where it looks more metallic and smooth. I wore it like this and had no chipping or flaking at all.

Overall, I am really, really, REALLY loving Silver Shatter! Way easier to work with than my other crackles (China Glaze Crackle Glaze). I definitely recommend you buying shatter if you can find it. It's sooo worth it!

3/27/11

Gradient-Crackle Nails

I know many of you are sick of crackle or don't care for it, and then some of you love it--like me!

Here's a fun manicure I created in just a matter of minutes. I started off with gradient nails of turquoise into lime green into yellow. I wanted to make sure it was interesting so every color is a different finish.





I painted all the colors on like normal (no sponging) since I knew the crackle would conceal obvious transition to the next color.

For this manicure I used...
Rimmel London Green With Envy- A turquoise shimmer. I used this as the color closest to my cuticles.
Nicole by OPI Make Mine Lime- A glittery lime green foil. I used this as the color in the middle of the gradient.
Zoya Kelly Creamy- A bright yellow cream. I used this on the tips of my nails.
China Glaze Lightning Bolt- This was layered over the gradient to have this cool crackle effect. It was a little more watery than Crushed Candy, but it did crack much better.

These colors could not have worked better together. I think gradients might be my favorite way to wear crackle.

3/6/11

China Glaze Crushed Candy: Swatches and Review

Edit: This post has been changed since it's original post date. I have updated the pictures and added a few extra tips and thoughts. My opinion still remains the same.

I've been in a bad mood lately and was in desperate need of something to cheer me up. So what better way to do that than to play with crackle?


China Glaze Crushed Candy is part of their new Crackle Glaze Collection, which is currently quite limited in supply. Here I applied it over China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint once it was completely dry.

Crushed Candy is a unique matte aqua teal polish that cracks as it dries.

Application is the tricky part. If you apply too much, it will not crack. One thin coat gave me a nice crackle effect. The formula was thick, but still worked perfectly fine. 

I was afraid that the cracks would look funny on my nails since my nails are not long, but after applying it, I realized I was wrong.

My favorite thing about applying Crushed Candy is that it quickly started to crack, after about 5 seconds, I could literally watch it as it cracked.

Tips and Tricks:

When applying this polish, I found that waiting for your base color to dry completely gave me the best crackle effect. It also helps to wait for the crackle to completely dry, then add your top coat.

Apply a topcoat with this polish, do not skip this step!

Work quick! This polish starts to dry quicker than you can blink.

To show how important it is it wear a topcoat, here's Crushed Candy with no topcoat--bumpy, chalky, and rough looking:


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