I was finally able to get my hands on the Crackle Metals by China Glaze, so right now I'm only stalking my beauty supply stores for one collection - OPI Nice Stems and I have been calling every day this week checking to see if it's in (I'm sure they're sick of hearing from me, haha).
Although, by the time I get that collection, I'm sure there'll be others that I'll be looking for.
Anyways, today I have a full review and swatches of the China Glaze Crackle Metals Collection for you. I decided to swatch all of the shades over a plain black cream polish (China Glaze Liquid Leather) to best show off the colours of the crackles. However, if you're interested in seeing any of these shades over a different polish, let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to satisfy your requests.
Keep reading for the review and swatches!
China Glaze Crackle Metals: Cracked Medallion, Platinum Pieces, Haute Metal
China Glaze Crackle Metals: Oxidized Aqua, Tarnished Gold, Latticed Lilac
China Glaze Cracked Medallion (copper shimmer)
China Glaze Platinum Pieces (silver shimmer)
China Glaze Haute Metal (rosy shimmer)
China Glaze Oxidized Aqua (silver-toned aqua shimmer)
China Glaze Tarnished Gold (gold shimmer)
China Glaze Latticed Lilac (light lilac shimmer)
Cracked Medallion, Platinum Pieces, Haute Metal, Oxidized Aqua, Tarnished Gold, Latticed Lilac (all over China Glaze Liquid Leather)
Cracked Medallion, Platinum Pieces, Haute Metal (all over China Glaze Liquid Leather)
Oxidized Aqua, Tarnished Gold, Latticed Lilac (all over China Glaze Liquid Leather)
Latticed Lilac, Tarnished Gold, Oxidized Aqua, Haute Metal, Platinum Pieces, Cracked Medallion (all over China Glaze Liquid Leather)
Latticed Lilac, Tarnished Gold, Oxidized Aqua (all over China Glaze Liquid Leather)
Haute Metal, Platinum Pieces, Cracked Medallion (all over China Glaze Liquid Leather)
These crackle polishes didn't crackle quite as much as I would have liked, but the colours are super pretty and the formula is really nice - it doesn't feel really thick like some of the creamier crackles.
With the black polish underneath, both the colour of the crackle polish and the base colour are able to really stand out, but I think if you were to use a similarly coloured base coat, you might not be able to notice the crackle effect quite as easily, just because these don't crack as much as some of the other crackles. For comparison, check out my swatches of the original China Glaze Crackles and you'll see what I mean.
All of my swatches are without top coat so you can see just how shimmery these are on their own but a top coat will add to that even more.
Overall, I'm happy with this collection and I think China Glaze did a good job of sticking with the current trend but still adding a flair of innovativeness to it - I appreciate that.
I spoke a little about how I'm feeling about the crackle trend in my review/swatches of the OPI Blue-Hued Shatters but I'll mention it again here since it's completely relevant. Basically, I've gotten bored with this trend and I'm hoping to see it die out soon. However, when brands release new and unique shades of crackle polish (as most of these shades are), I'm happy with that. I'm just sick of seeing the same shades of crackle polish over and over again by different brands.
The China Glaze Crackle Metals Collection is available now at Sally Beauty Supply and professional salons nationwide. They retail for anywhere between $4-6, depending on where you live/where you get yours.
What do you guys think of the China Glaze Crackle Metals? Any layering combinations you'd like to see?