I didn't want to write off shatter/crackle without at least trying it, and I figured somewhere down the line I would pick one up and give it an honest effort. Well I went to Harmon's on my lunch break and saw one bottle of it left and something inside me went off. I held it for a while, and walked around with it - debating SO hard. And obviously, I caved. Here is what I came up with!
|Two coats of Orly "Nail Armor" - Two coats of OPI DS "Divine"|
One coat of OPI "Black Shatter" - One coat of Sally Hansen
"Hidden Treasure" with a topcoat of SH Insta-Dri
Hidden Treasure doesn't look as nice here as it does in real life. It realistically adds an extra sparkle and shine that just wouldn't photograph for me. Since I don't know when the next time I'll be able to have free time during daylight, I had to use indoor flash.
|OPI DS "Divine" GORGEOUS. Almost didn't want to cover it!|
|A delightful bright magenta holo!|
|Before HT and the TC - a surprising leathery finish!|
The verdict? Well normally I know myself pretty well and know when I won't or will like something, but actually.. I DON'T HATE IT! It's actually alright! Black Shatter is a unique finish and I obviously don't have anything like it - so it's a nice addition to my collection.
I've seen the China Glaze crackles and the only one I would consider is the pink one. The rest are OK, except the white. I haven't seen anyone pull it off in anything that is even slightly aesthetically pleasing, IMO of course. People with hi-res photos, you can see how its not 100% opaque so the base color tends to poke through. I don't like wearing white polish except for accents anyways, so no real surprise that I don't care for it.
What is your final opinion on the crackle/shatter craze?