Monday, March 28, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Polish - I get to play with Broken Hearted, Cracked Concrete and Fault Line!

Back when OPI came out with Black Shatter and I heard about China Glaze's Colored Crackles I got really interested. Now I know you've probably seen these already (unless you're living under a rock) but I finally got around to trying them out. I have to say I quite love them!

Fault Line 

 Fault Line is a deep purple crackle that has pink micro shimmer. It's the only shimmer out of the ones that I tried. I was vaguely reminded of Flying Dragon, but I just sold that in my blog sale so I couldn't try it over Flying Dragon. Color-wise, this is easily my favorite of the bunch.

Broken Hearted

Barbie Pink cream. I never liked the way this looked in pics I've seen on other blogs but I was surprised at how much this stood out on my tips. I ended up liking this color in the end, in a funky '80s sort of way.

Cracked Concrete

Dark gray cream. If you're looking to add some interest to a flat black mani than this is the color for you! It's understated in a way that is edgy and elegant at the same time. If you're interested in crackle but a bit conservative, this might be the one for you.

I used these crackle polishes on a mani that had begun to chip. The base was Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator, two coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Iconoclast, one coat of Seche Vite. Since China Glaze Crackle polishes have to be applied over dry lacquer I found no reason not to just slap them on top of my decaying Iconoclast. I finished by applying a layer of Seche Vite over them after they cracked as much as I thought they were going to.

For as thick as my application was, I got several great days out of these crackles. I am pleased.

Bottom Line
If you wanted to try colored crackle I recommend these, though the way it cracks doesn't allow as much of the base to show through as I would like. I think they are probably a great way to rescue a botched mani or cover up a mani when you don't want to remove polishes.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by PR not only for my use but for review. Other than the products mentioned above I will not be compensated in any other way by China Glaze and will provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell China Glaze products, nor am I affiliated with China Glaze in any way.