Showing posts with label Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat Nail Polish. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Color Club Fractured Nail Collection Pictures and Swatches

Another jaunt thru Fred Meyer...I know, right? Sometimes they just have everything!!!! For the second time ever, I found a Color Club nail collection there. This one was, as you can see by the title, the Fractured Collection. Fractured = Shattered = Crackle = Cracked = you get the idea. This is a picture of the display, each piece retailing for $4.99 in my area:

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I purchased three; Tattered in Gold, Splitting Image, and Kiss And Break Up, or as you see in the picture, gold, royal blue, and fuchsia pink. I thought these were the most interesting and different from the other shatter/crackle top coats that I already have.

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Since I was already wearing my Breast Cancer Angel China Glaze Go Go Pink, it seemed like it would be a good idea to apply Kiss and Break Up over it...love, love, love!! Another manicure that matches my phone case!! (Thanks, Kelsy!) I then did some comparison swatches. I found this brand to begin to fragment immediately, which I was a little unprepared for as you can see by my index finger. I had to be much more careful applying the other fingers and used a three stroke pattern. I can't wait to try the other two colors and see if they apply the same, which I imagine they will.

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Kiss and Break Up is the most different from any of the other pinks or purple shatters and crackles that are out and that shows easily in comparison swatches. In the following photo, directly on top of the Color Club is China Glaze, a darker purple. To the far right is LA Splash, a dusty matte purple.

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In the next photo, on the top is LA Girl Cracked in Fractured, a darker purple which is still different and lighter than the China Glaze. They're all different purple colors. Ah, crackle/shatter/fracture can be so fun!

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In the above photo, you can see the blue, (Splitting Image), compared with Sally Hansen Distressed Denim Crackle Overcoat on the upper left and LA Girl Rupture Cracked on top. The Sally Hansen is darker blue and the LA Girl Cracked is more of an aqua color.

The next shot might be a little confusing. Some of the blues look similar, but in person, they are all visibly different. The Color Club looks so similar to OPI Turqouise Shatter in the pictures but it's really not in person. The turquoise is much more teal while Splitting Image is a true shimmering blue. On the top from left to right are OPI Blue Shatter, OPI Turquoise Shatter, OPI Navy Shatter, and Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat. Each of these breaks differently into patterns, and have different viscosities but they are all very different colors of blue in person. And I have to say that the Color Club is my favorite of the blues.

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The following is the best picture I have of the gold. It kind of got neglected in my over analysis of the other colors. I can't help it, I just love color and the varying nuances of each hue are interesting to me. Truly, the shades differences in life give me great enjoyment. Look at a sunset and see how many shades of blue, purple, orange, red and gold there are and how they morph from one to another. One of my greatest joys is also one of my biggest downfalls...how many blue crackle/shatter/fractures does one person really need? LOL

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So for those of you who aren't sick of shatter, or even if you are, which of these are your favorite of the colors? No kidding, I'm dying to know. Do you find the small changes of tint as interesting as I do?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How To Layer Shatter And Crackle Nail Polishes

I got this great idea so I had to try it. I did a manicure with a fuchsia base and a LaRosa white Crackle Shatter over the top. I thought wouldn't this be great to layer Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Fuchsia Shock reviewed here.

The only problem was that it didn't work. It didn't really crackle. So I tried OPI Turquoise Shatter over that. It didn't shatter. I put OPI White Shatter on top thinking maybe the two brands being the same would do something. Nada. All I got was a mess.


I removed these lovely accent nails and repainted them in the original fuchsia, with the conclusion that you can't crackle/shatter over crackle/shatter. I haven't given up...I feel confident someone will have a way to do this eventually. After all, who wouldn't want a crackle sandwich?

Here's my lovely manicure now, zzzzzzz:


You never know till you try, right?

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Skittles Manicure with Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat Swatches and Review

Sally Hansen recently jumped on the crackle polish bandwagon with the release of Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats in about 8 colors. Here's a quickie photo I made from when I purchased them at Walgreens.


There was also a black that I passed on since I have OPI Black Shatter, and I think there might have been a white? At any rate, I got all the rest.

I thought using all the colors at the same time would be a fantastic way to get ready for the Zombie Apocolypse. I did a manicure of Mac Surf Baby Nail Lacquer in Hangin' Loose, which is a nude on me and I thought it would be a great way to show off the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats instead of them competing with an underlying color. It's an interesting effect because once crackled, it kind of looks like I crackled on bare nails. I found I really like the look of a crackle over a nude nail.

Here is the Mac Surf Baby Hangin' Loose by itself....followed by what I did with the Crackle Overcoats.


On the pointer fingers, I used Fuchsia Shock. It is a bright pink that is more to the red side of Fuchsia rather than the purple side. The middle fingers are Distressed Denim, a royal blue.

On my ring fingers is Cherry Smash, a bright true red. The pinky nails have Vintage Violet, a violet purple with blue microshimmer.

Oh, let's not forget the thumbs! Lefty wore the Antiqued gold, a shimmering gold.


And on my right thumb is Fractured Foil, the silver.



Fractured Foil was very much like OPI Silver Shatter, which I found to be a bit thinner in application than OPI Black Shatter. The other colors seemed very different to me than the OPI Shatters. They are thinner and the OPI seems thicker, but they worked the same. I don't know how they compare to the China Glaze crackles because I haven't used those ones yet.

My Distressed Denim was kind of thin and runny, and I felt I needed to shake it up and then reapply quickly. So I had two coats of the blue on my finger, but it still shattered just the same as the others.

I applied each of these in a simple vertical design and was pleased with the way they crackled. I like how they look. They've been on my nails four days with a top coat over them and I have no chipping yet of the Crackle Overcoats or the Mac Hangin' Loose underneath. Shatters and Crackles aren't for everyone, but I love them. It's a nifty way to shake up a mani and each time you do it, it's different.

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