Sunday, February 13, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Glaze Crushed Candy

This is my second try with the China Glaze Crackle Glaze polishes, and now I can safely say that I'm loving these! Yesterday I showed you Fault Line, the lone shimmer in the collection and I was disappointed that it didn't "crack" more. I had some dimpling or fish eye effect in the finish that was not what I wanted also. I played around with that shade over some other finishes and worked on my technique, and I think I've got it down now. Here's a look at Crushed Candy, and I'll talk more below about the formula on these.

Above & Below: Crushed Candy is a pale aqua creme that is very close to the same shade as China Glaze For Audrey. When I compared the bottles side by side, I found Crushed Candy to be just slightly lighter in color.


Below: My base color is such a lovely deep turquoise, that it deserves a little mention too! This is Ulta Dance Teal Dawn, a charcoal-based turquoise shimmer that has great coverage in two coats. It has a high gloss shine and the micro shimmer just glows. I don't have too many Ulta polishes, but I've been impressed with them enough that I'll definitely pick up more of these if I ever make it to an Ulta again!


After spending some quality time with my Crackle Glaze polishes, I'm quite happy with them. I thought that Fault Line (purple shimmer) was lacking in the formula department because I didn't get a nice finish or a very cracked effect. I do think that the base color you use underneath plays a part in the finished look. I had used a Milani One Coat Glitter originally, but after trying it on some standard drying polishes, I noticed a more uniform pattern in the cracking and a smoother finish on the Crackle Glaze.

These polishes are definitely on the thick side, so you have to use caution when applying them. I put quite a bit on the brush, and then if I notice an area that has a little too much polish on it, I don't go over it to smooth it out, as I normally would. Also, if an area looks like it doesn't have enough polish on it (see above, the left side of my middle finger), I just left it be. It cracked vertically instead of "opening up" and cracking, but it just adds to the pattern. Too much polish applied on top of the polish seems to diminish the cracking ability. When I tried to smooth out areas or add more to thin areas on my first try with Fault Line, I believe that too may have played a part in my finished look. Instead, I now just leave it "appear" to be too thick, and it levels itself out just fine, or if it's too thin--like a dry-brushed look--I just leave it alone. They do dry to a semi-matte finish, so I used a top coat in my photos.

14 comments:

  1. that is probably the hottest crackle polish ever. I love my black crackle, but I need some colour in my life! The turquoise is absolutely amazing. I hope Victoria nail supply ships to my country as well.

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  2. that crackle polish looks amazing!!! really love it! I wish we had China Glaze over here

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  3. I love it. :D The blue on blue is awesome.

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  4. LOVE that CG have more crackle shades than just black. I can't stop loving it!

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  5. I can't stand it!!! I need to get my hands on this Crackle!!!

    I got Dance Teal Dawn just today. It is gorgeous!!

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  6. love those colors


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  7. I agree, I love the crackle polishes. They are definitely not for everyday wear, but every once in a while its good to use them and spice up the manicure :):)

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  8. I'm not a crackle type of girl, but this pairing is niiice =]

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  9. I am getting more amazed by some of the looks I've been seeing with Crushed Candy. It truly looks pretty,especially over Dance Teal Dawn. I am glad I added it to my cart. Oh,and thank you so much for the tips on application. It gives me an idea of what I'll be working with. Hoping mine arrive this week!

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  10. Where did you get the polish? I am having a hard time finding them.

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  11. The teal is really a wonderful shade. Love the combination. I might not need that China Glaze since I have For Audrey.

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