Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review & Swatches - China Glaze Crackle Collection

Hey guys!

How is everyone doing? I'm actually not feeling the best, I've got a bit of a cold so I haven't been doing much besides sleeping these last couple of days. I did however manage to get swatches of my new babies - the China Glaze Crackles - so I have those to share with you today.

I decided that to keep everything consistent that I would do all my swatches over other China Glaze polishes.

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Keep reading to see swatches and read the review!


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Fault Line, Cracked Concrete, Black Mesh, Crushed Candy, Broken Hearted, Lightening Bolt

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Fault Line (the only non-creme of the bunch, this is a shimmery royal purple)

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Cracked Concrete (medium grey creme, this is basically China Glaze Receycle but in crackle formula)

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Black Mesh (black creme)

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Crushed Candy (medium aqua blue creme, this is very similar to China Glaze For Audrey but in crackle formula)

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Broken Hearted (bright medium pink creme)

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Lightening Bolt (white creme)

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Fault Line (over Silver Lining), Cracked Concrete (over Something Sweet), Black Mesh (over Turned Up Turquoise), Crushed Candy (over Grape Juice), Broken Hearted (over Lemon Fizz), Lightening Bolt (over Frostbite)

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Fault Line (over Silver Lining), Cracked Concrete (over Something Sweet), Black Mesh (over Turned Up Turquoise)

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Fault Line (over Silver Lining), Cracked Concrete (over Something Sweet), Black Mesh (over Turned Up Turquoise)

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Crushed Candy (over Grape Juice), Broken Hearted (over Lemon Fizz), Lightening Bolt (over Frostbite)

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Crushed Candy (over Grape Juice), Broken Hearted (over Lemon Fizz), Lightening Bolt (over Frostbite)


When I did my review of the OPI Black Shatter with the Katy Perry Collection, I posted some tips for using Black Shatter and those same tips apply to the China Glaze ones.
So, to reiterate:

- Make sure your polish is dry before applying it. If it's not dry, these polishes won't crackle as much and you'll be left with only a little of your base colour peeking through.
- Apply it quickly with as few amount of brush strokes as possible. The crackles effect is very fast acting so you don't want to play around with it, just brush it on quickly and let it do it's thing.
- The crackle pieces may flake off so for a longer lasting mani, add a top coat. But, if you like the matte finish look, skip the top coat. I used a coat of Seche Vite on top of all of my swatches above.
- A thin coat of the crackle polish will crack more and thus provide smaller crackle pieces on the nail. If you prefer larger chunks, use a thicker coat of polish.

A few of the colours were on the thicker side (namely Crushed Candy and Broken Hearted) but I didn't find them difficult to work with at all. The easiest colours to work with were Black Mesh and Fault Line.

I know some may be wondering which is better: OPI Black Shatter or China Glaze Black Mesh? Well, I can't really tell you that! They're extremely similar and offer basically the same result so the only real difference is the brush size between the two polishes. So, I guess it just would depend on which brush size you prefer! Also, the China Glaze Crackles are cheaper in price so that might be a reason to sway some people.

Overall, I'm very happy with this collection and it definitely lived up to it's hype. I love the crackle finish and I think that a lot of the fun is picking out base colours. I didn't particularly like the combo I chose for Crushed Candy because the purple base kind of makes Crushed Candy look a little dirty and muddy. However, like I said, that's the fun part - playing with base colours and seeing what combos really work. I really like the other combinations I chose but I think my favourite is Broken Hearted over Lemon Fizz because the contrast is so great! I also liked Fault Line over Silver Lining because I liked seeing the glitter show through the cracks.

What do you guys think? Did you get any of the China Glaze Crackles? Do you have any suggestions for base colours that I should use/swatch for you?

2 comments:

  1. I'm waiting for them!!
    Can't wait for it!
    You did such great combos, I'm gonna try these (pink and purple crackles)

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  2. I just got China Glaze Black Mesh on sale and have it over Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac and love the way it looks!

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