I had to take a break from my UV gel manicures because there are two other nail trends in Manhattan. One is pattern nail polish and the other one is nail polish strips. Because of the lovely PR people at Sally Hansen, I had the opportunity to try both trends.
There are three brands that are the leaders in this pattern nail polishes category – OPI Shatter (creates a leopard pattern when applied over dry nail polish) , China Glaze Crackle Glaze and Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat. I tried the SH Antique Gold color over black nail polish because I knew that would produce the most dramatic effect. Here’s a pic of what my nails looked like when I applied two coats of the black nail polish (view the left). I had to let my nails dry completely before applying the crackle overcoat. The crackle design develops immediately as the polish is drying. The image on the right is the final result:
I thought I would see a more dramatic look. (I think China Glaze Crackle Glaze take the award for dramatics — based on what I’ve seen) I had to study each nail before I formed an opinion on whether I liked Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat or not. I didn’t think I liked the matte look, but once I applied a top coat it was fine. Then, I went to work and let the public decide. I couldn’t dial a phone, press an elevator button or purchase items without someone complimenting me on my nails. It was definitely cool conversations starters. I started to notice chips after three days of wear, but it hardly noticeable with the distressed look.
I don’t think I’m a fan. I want to try the other brands before I can rave about the crackle looks.