Thursday, May 19, 2011

Versus; Crackle nail polish!

In conjunction with the previous post, I wanted to do a comparison of other brands' crackle polish.

First up: black crackle polishes.

OPI Black Shatter; Retails $8.50 at Ulta & select nail salons.

China Glaze Black Mesh; Retails $6.49 at Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply & select nail salons.

Sally Hansen Ink Splatter; Retails $6.99 at Ulta, Walgreens & other drug stores.

Mia Secret Black; Retails $3.50-$7 on eBay & possibly in salons.

I swatched these all over OPI Alpine Snow nail polish. I accidentally hit the China Glaze crackle while it was wet & couldn't fix it, so that blob is my mistake :P

The Sally Hansen is my least favourite. It has the smallest brush & that can make it a pain to apply the product quickly & before it starts to crack.  I'm not sure I could pick a winner on this one, because as you can see, there really isn't a HUGE difference within any of those. The OPI & Mia Secret had the biggest brush, so I guess it's a tie between those two, simply for convenience with application.

OPI Silver Shatter; Retails $8.50 at Ulta & select salons.

Sally Hansen Fractured Foil; Retails $6.99 at Ulta, Walgreens & other drug stores.

OPI Silver Shatter is the definite winner here. I felt the Sally Hansen crackle had a weak opacity & just didn't like it in general. Again, the brush on the polish also stinks as it is simply too small & too narrow.

Here are all the crackles together with a clear top coat;

I hope this was helpful & I hope the crackle phase never ends. I would love to see more unique colours!


Libby said...

I love the cool. I only have black shatter as things take forever to get into shops in Australia. OPI over here is $19.95 - such a rip-off but I get mine online from the US, so much cheaper.
I really want a hologram crackle...that would be cool.

femputer said...

Majorly helpful, thanks for the comparison!

Alishia said...

have you ever used the mia one's on your real nails? i looked them up on amazon and they said that they won't crackle on real nails, only acrylic. I'd like to know before i purchase them, so i'd really appreciate an answer!

Arezu said...

I'm not sure about the whole "crackle nails" trend - but I did however purchase a Kleancolor crackle polish the other day it didn't really work very well at all :/

PurrceptiveVixxen said...

I do like the Sally Hansen crackle! I bought the pink one!

There is also one from Claire's. They have black crackle.
I bought it for $5.00. Haven't tried it yet

Dani said...

tried the blue sally hansen crackle today and the brush was so cheap and thin!