So clearly, crackle nail polish is this year's big nail "thing". Last year I feel like it was the multi-dimensional shimmers that were all over the place (Zoya Sparkle, Orly Cosmic FX, Mac Venomous Villains etc).
OPI just released their Black Shatter polish with Katy Perry and Serena Williams' collaborative collections, and they sold out QUICK, so it was no surprise that there was a huge buzz around the China Glaze Crackle Collection.
OPI only released a black, where as China Glaze released 6 different colors - black, gray, white, pink, turquoise and a shimmery purple.
For those who missed the OPI Black Shatter (I really don't know how if you're following this blog or anything nail polish related...) the crackle polishes are a top coat to be used on completely dry polish. What happens is the color dries almost instantly and starts to crackle/shatter up as it's drying. Very much like crackle finish for wood.
The polish actually doesn't work on just bare nails or bare nail swatches, as seen in the photo below, on the left. On the right is the same color over a yellow nail polish. See?
I purchased my Crackles on Amazon, since I had an Amazon gift card. The user I bought it from was Pink Nails, but I don't know if they still have them in stock. All the etailers are sold out currently (I believe) but if you just search "China Glaze Crackle" on Amazon, you may be able to find something :)
As for swatches, they are after the jump. There are 3 swatches for each color, one over a yellow (Jackie Oh by Color Club), one over a sheer, almost transparent color (It's Totally Fort Worth It by OPI), and one over a gray (Stormy by Rescue Beauty Lounge).
Fault Line is the shimmery, royal purple. On its own it's actually a nice color. When it crackles, the polish does maintain its shimmeryness. A lot of people reported that Fault Line was the one that crackled the least for them. Honestly? Because the other colors can turn out sheer, especially on dark colors, you have to use a thick coat, and they shatter about the same. For me, Fault Line was the most pigmented on first coat and thus crackled appropriately for the amount of polish used. Again, a lot of people got really really large separations in their Fault Line crackles, where as mine weren't that bad.
Crushed Candy is almost the same color as For Audrey, which is another China Glaze color (probably one of my and everybody else's favorites). This is probably the most pigmented of the colors, making getting a good thin
shatter crackle with a good amount of color easy. But I still feel like the crackles are the same size as the Fault Line crackles. Oh well.
Lightning Bolt is a partially sheer white crackle. Because it's white, the color is going to be sheer over dark bases. If you look at the swatch over the gray, you can see the gray coming through. On the swatch over the yellow, I used more polish to get a good thick white color, which in turn makes the crackles way big.
I did swatch it over a black polish as well, to see the effect, which is the photo on the left. The photo on the right is Black Shatter by OPI over a white base.
Because Black Shatter is well... black... it's so much easier to choose what type of shatter you want. With thin or thick coats, the color will still be a good solid black, and not sheer. The white and pink, and sometimes the turquoise crackle polishes need to be applied slightly thick to get a good color payoff, and therefore will always crackle big.
This is a very spring like, bold pink. Reminds me of tulips :) This one was obviously sheer, especially over the gray. I used a thicker coat over the yellow. Very lovely though.