The light grey creme, Shadow Puppets, went on first. After three coats it was still more sheer than I prefer for a polish to be worn alone, but I wasn't going to wear it alone, so I proceeded to the next step—without stopping to take a picture, because I was very excited to see what was ahead. Next I applied one coat of the Cracked Finish, which seemed a tiny bit streaky but I didn't want to try and even it out lest I disturb the cracking action. At first nothing happened and I was worried, but then as the purple dried, the surface of my nails started looking distressed and by the time it was fully dry, I had some interesting crack patterns on them. I didn't use BYS top coat as recommended on the Cracked Finish box, as I did not have any, so I put my standby Sally Hansen Insta Dri on instead.
The purple has a blue-ish shimmer to it; it photographs more blue in the bottle than it looks on the nail. After a day and a half, the finish looked more distressed. Maybe a different top coat would have helped the crackle layer adhere better, but when a mani starts out with jagged lines across it, a few chips around the edges aren't really a big deal.
Like the Cover Girl Crackle Lacquer from back in the day, this BYS Cracked Finish was a lot of fun. I also got a black one in the same swap, and I'm looking forward to trying that one and experimenting with both colors over other brands of polish, too.