Wednesday, April 27, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Collection - Skittles!!!

After swatching Orly Pure Porecelain and Here Comes Trouble I decided to bring out my China Glaze Crackle Glazes and pop them on top of each to see that would look like! I have these crackles for over a month but have just *barely* played with them... pathetic, I know! :( Although I only did skittle swatches of the four China Glaze Crackle Glazes I own (I don't have Lightning Bolt [white] or Black Mesh [black]) they turned out kinda FUN, so thought I'd share them!!! On to the pictures - Review at the end! :)

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China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Orly Pure Porecelain (L to R: China Glaze Cracked Concrete, Crushed Candy Broken Hearted, Fault Line)

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China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Orly Pure Porecelain (L to R: China Glaze Cracked Concrete, Crushed Candy Broken Hearted, Fault Line)

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China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Orly Here Comes Trouble (T to B: China Glaze Cracked Concrete, Crushed Candy Broken Hearted, Fault Line)

So, I DEFINITELY liked the crackles over Pure Porecelain MORE than Here Comes Trouble, which was a bit of a surprise! I've seen a lot of swatches of the China Glaze Crackles over glitters and foils that look amazing! Maybe it was the depth and pigmentation of this particular glitter?? Possibly they would look better over a lighter colored glitter? Not sure, but it was a fun experiment anyway!

The formula was fine - crackle polishes are a different animal so we can't expect them to behave like regular nail polish or to have the same formula.

I've noticed that the China Glaze crackles polishes (and other brands of crackle polish, too), are quite prone to developing "boogers". I'm not sure why this happens, but it doesn't seem to matter how much you shake the polish before use or anything else I've been able to determine. If you get a crackle "booger" (a thick, gummy glop of crackle polish coating the brush and sometimes the stem as well), the best thing I've found to do is to wipe the brush off with a tissue from stem to tip. That has solved the problem for me. Otherwise, boogers can be difficult to wipe off against the bottle neck and if left on the brush can really mess with your mojo while you're trying to create your crackle art! Not cool!

I came across a couple polish "boogers" that weren't a major deal, but otherwise I felt the formula was easy to apply and consistent, with the exception of Fault Line (purple). Fault Line was a little thicker and did not crackle as well. It is also the only color of the four shades I own that contains a little shimmer, so maybe that has something to do with it. But, when all is said and done, it still crackles enough for me and isn't really difficult to apply, it just takes a bit more care than the others. All of them dry very quickly and semi-matte. They will also flake off without top coat, so top coat is a must with crackles. That's no big deal in my book, plus, it gets rid of the ridgy texture you'll otherwise feel from all those crazy cracks!

Last but not least, have to say that I'm really loving Orly Pure Porecelain as a base for crackle! It's so creeeaaammmmy! I wanted to look at it alll day!

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Your crackle came out fabulously cool...the best application I've seen.

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