How To Apply Crackle Nail Polish

I recently read a post on this blog about Opi Shatter nail polish.

I had never heard of it before, but it's basically a nail polish that dries into a design on your finger nails.

It looked really cool, and I knew I wanted to try some. So I called my local beauty supply store.

I learned that Shatter nail polish sold out so fast that Opi ran completely out, and they're now waiting to see if they will make more (which they most likely will). But there were a couple other brands with similar products, so I thought I'd give one a try.

I ended up getting China Glaze Crackle nail polish in white.

Here's how it looks on my fingernails:

I think it looks pretty cool! It reminds me of snake skin. Or crocodile scales. Derek thinks I should copyright the Crocodile Scales name for this look, so if you see it used somewhere else, just know I came up with it first.

Here's the step-by-step:

When using Crackle nail polish, you need to apply a base color first. I used Jade Jump Sally Hansen nail polish for my base.

Next you sweep on the Crackle nail polish. It just looks like regular nail polish when you first put it on, but as it dries it "cracks", and the base color shows through. Make sure that the Crackle layer is a thin layer, or it won't crackle properly.

I would recommend applying a top coat of polish as well. The polish I used was clear with some glitter in it - it gave it some extra sparkle. I don't usually apply a top coat when painting my nails, but I felt like using a clear top coat helped to seal it and make the design last longer. It lasted until day four before it started chipping, which is really good for me! I tend to be hard on my nail polish.

And that's all there is to it! Have any of you used Shatter or Crackle nail polish?

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Lauren said...

So fun! I've never tried it, but may have to put that on my list for my next beauty run!

Amber said...

I haven't tried it yet, but I have heard of it and wanted to! The only problem is I'm not sure I could leave Eden long enough to paint them and let them dry! She likes to be held a lot. Maybe on a weekend when Corey can entertain her for a bit!

She Said... said...

I have never used crackle nail polish, but I have used Sally's Insta Dry nail polish and it is my absolute favorite! Especially with having a baby, I don't have 20 minutes to sit there a to let my nails dry. I seriously went out and bought 5 bottles when I first tried it! haha

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

The receptionist at my chiropractor had some of that polish on this week! Only hers was orange on the bottom and black crackled on top. I like your color-combo better! :)

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

hi! i saw michelle's interview mentioned on her blog and so i stopped by to read it. i really like you too, so i added you. just thought i would say hello!

the one and only time that i used crackle nail polish was in the 8th grade. it was white and ended up looking like white out. :-/

feel free to stop by sometime if you'd like. :)

Melanie said...

How cool!!!! I didnt know they made crackle polish for nails..only for furniture..LOL!! I'm going to have to look for this!

Ashley said...

This is good info to know!! I was wondering how the crackle nail polish worked, and how to do it.. so thanks! I think it looks really cool! Man, I can't believe they sold out of the OPI so quick! I'll have to get another brand like you did, soon!

Kayla Rae said...

It looks great! I will really have to try it now.

Felicia said...

I bought me some Silver Shatter a few weeks ago! Its soo much fun! The best thing is that the undercoat doesn't have to be the best job ever :P I used it with a dark purple underneath, so pretty! I'd love to get black and white, since those go with everything.

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