A while ago Leebeesa went overseas and she brought me some polishes back. She brought me a magnetic polish (which I haven’t tried yet) and a cracking polish. Although strictly speaking the cracking polish was from Johannesburg whereas she got the magnetic in Ireland. The cracking polish is an electric blue. A stunning colour, really and it cracks very well. I’ve looked at crack polishes before and never purchased them. Leebeesa commented that she hadn’t seen me wearing it yet the other day so I decided it was time to whip it out and give it a test run.
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I could have put various polishes underneath the crack, but settled on a silver foil polish. This silver is one of the L.A. Girl mini polishes I won from Ordinary Misfit‘s blog quite a while ago. This silver is a one coater. You can add a second coat, but because I knew that I would be painting over it with something else I didn’t bother. Since the crack is a startling effect on its own, I decided not to accent it at all. I just painted one coat of the silver on all my nails and then a coat of the cracking polish over all my nails. The cracking polish literally dries while you are still busy painting it on. I was painting carefully as I was quickly doing it at work and I didn’t have anything to clean up. By the time I got to my third stroke the first two were already drying and cracking. The final look:
Cracking polish was very trendy a while back. Most brands ranging from essence to China Glaze have some variation of cracking polish. You get them in a wide variety of colours from black to glitter. Some crack on their own, others require a sort of top coat to make them crack. To me, crack looks very untidy. Almost like chipped polish. Sometimes there are big pieces of polish that are left with no cracks. It is so very unpredictable and nothing you can control. That being said I received one or two compliments on the effect. Another person said if they didn’t know it was intended to crack they would of thought the mani had been neglected. For me, not a good look.
So while some people may like cracking polish, I don’t think it is for me. If you do like it, it is an easy way to look like you’ve put effort into creating your mani with virtually no effort at all. What do you think? Do you like cracking polish?