For the few of you not in the know, China Glaze's Crackle Polishes are polishes you paint over a base nail color for a shattered effect. I think one thing that's interesting about these that I didn't hear in other reviews is that they aren't all the same consistency. Lightning Bolt and Crushed Candy, for example, are slightly thicker while Broken Hearted is a more medium sort of thickness. The easiest to manage is, in my opinion Black Mesh.
Additionally, they don't seem to work equally well on all polishes. I tried putting a few of these over a black elf nail polish and it didn't wind up working out. For some reason, no matter how thin I painted it wouldn't crackle the way it did on the other polishes I tried.
The instructions on the tags that come on all of these say:
1. Apply a base nail lacquer color and let completely dry.
2. Apply a coat of Crackle Glaze. Let dry 3-5 minutes.
3. Seal the design with a top coat.
For clarity, the Crackle Glaze doesn't really take 3 to 5 minutes to dry. It crackles within a minute, but it will continue for another couple of minutes.
If you use a thick coat of crackle glaze, the cracks will be bigger, but fewer in number. If you use thin coats you'll get lots of little cracks.
On to the colors:
|Black Mesh over Hello Kitty's Blueberry|
|Broken Hearted over Chanel's Kaleidoscope|
|Cracked Concrete over Illamasqua's Baptiste|
|Crushed Candy over Illamasqua's Phallic|
|Fault Line over Sephora by OPI's Gleek Out|
|Lightning Bolt over Illamasqua's Rampage|
- These are a really cool, easy way to make your nail polish interesting.
- These aren't all quite the same. The thickness and the amount of crackling vary a bit. Experiment.
- These don't work the same on all nail polishes. Try some different things out.
These are $8.00 where China Glaze nail lacquers are sold. Some retailers have them for cheaper.