Fierce Nerditude: China Glaze Crackle Polishes

Saturday, March 12, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Polishes

Now, for my long overdue review of the China Glaze Crackle Polishes!

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
 Black Mesh is black. This one has, in my opinion, the best consistency and it dries the flattest. What I mean by that is that some of the thicker ones are a bit more bumpy to the touch, but this one feels relatively smooth once the top coat is on.

Broken Hearted over Chanel's Kaleidoscope
Broken Hearted is bright fuchsia. This is slightly thicker than Black Mesh.
Cracked Concrete over Illamasqua's Baptiste
Cracked Concrete is a medium grey. This has a consistency similar to Black Mesh.
Crushed Candy over Illamasqua's Phallic
Crushed Candy is a pale blue. It was only slightly less thick than Lightning Bolt.
Fault Line over Sephora by OPI's Gleek Out
Fault Line is a very Barney shade of purple, which is why I decided to put it over lime green. It has a consistency similar to Black Mesh.
Lightning Bolt over Illamasqua's Rampage
Lightning Bolt is white. It's the thickest of the six and seems to crackle the least.

The Good:
  • These are a really cool, easy way to make your nail polish interesting.
The Bad:

The Neutral:
  • 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.
Overall, I think these are a really fun way to make your maincure a bit more interesting. If any of these are appealing to you, go for it!

These are $8.00 where China Glaze nail lacquers are sold. Some retailers have them for cheaper.
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