They’reeeeee heeeerrrreeeee! I have been really excited about China Glaze Crackle ever since I first saw the promo pics. I love all the possibilities with these and the effect is just so cool.
They come in six colors, all being creme except for one which is shimmery.
- Lightning Bolt – White Crackle
- Black Mesh – Black Crackle
- Broken Hearted – Pink Crackle
- Cracked Concrete – Grey Crackle
- Fault Line – Purple Crackle
- Crushed Candy – Teal Crackle
There is no real trick to these but you do have to wait until your polish is dry before applying them. If you do a thin coat you get less cracks, and if you do a thicker coat you get more of a crack effect.
The polishes are a little thick, but not hard to work with. I found that not a lot gets on the brush initially, so it’s easy to get thinner layers, and harder to do thicker ones.
I decided to swatch all the Crackle’s over other China Glaze colors to keep everything consistent. 🙂
Cracked Concrete over Re-Fresh Mint
Cracked Concrete is a medium grey and might be one of my favorites here. Grey looks so cool cracked over so many colors. I particularly love it over greens, blues and pinks.
Broken Hearted over Ingrid
Broken Hearted is a bright medium pink and since I love the combination pink/brown I decided to do that. I kind of like the idea of a shimmery color peeking out of the cracks of a creme one.
Fault Line over Pelican Gray
Fault Line is a royal purple and the only shimmery one in the collection. I thought I was going to really love this, but discovered I prefer the cremes better. I just think the crackle effect looks better more matte than shiny. However I do like this combination of grey/purple a lot.
Lightning Bolt over Entourage
Lightning Bolt is a white polish, not super white like White-Out, but still obviously white. This was my least favorite maybe just because the color I chose to layer it with didn’t work out. I think it would have looked better if I had put it over a darker green creme rather than kind of light shimmery one.
Black Mesh over Twenty-Four-K
Black Mesh is a jet black color. This is another one that is very versatile since black pretty much goes with everything. I love the black/gold combo, so I layered it over a shimmery gold and think it looks pretty cool!
Crushed Candy over Ruby Deer
Crushed Candy is very similar to For Audrey, it’s a teal blue/green creme and very pretty. Because I LOVE teal and red together I decided to layer it over Ruby Deer, a bright red creme. I kind love and hate the way this turned out ,I cannot decide. I like the color, but not sure of the combination, maybe a deeper red would have worked better.
Super cool if you like this kind of thing. I think people either love or hate crackle, there isn’t much of a middle ground here. I just like it because of the options it gives me because I am not into nail art, and I don’t always want plain ‘ole polish on. This gives me a little “edge”.
Availability: Sally’s Beauty Supply and e-tailers
Ok let’s hear it, what do you think about Crackle?