Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cracking Up

In keeping with my goal of trying to do a fun mani on the weekend, this past one I pulled out a couple things I'd gotten in a swap with a lovely Australian gal on MakeupAlley.

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BYS Shadow Puppets and Cracked Finish Purple.


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.

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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.

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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.

13 comments:

  1. I'm not altogether persuaded by crackle finishes but I rather like this.

    I hope your parcel arrives soon. Susie got hers after a month. It had been opened for examination and one of the polishes had been opened and leaked!

    I hope this doesn't happen to you.

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  2. I love the "cracked polish" look.And the color is pretty. I just wish there was cracked polish here in the US. You seem to have good dealings with your friends on MUA,though.

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  3. So fun! I love these I think I have a couple on their way to me too.

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  4. I like the cracked effect, and purple is always good!

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  5. i love the crackle effect and am itching to swap some of these pretties....

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  6. the great thing about the crackled look is that when it wears a bit on the edges it totally looks like it was supposed to do that. ;-)

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  7. ooooo Yours is cool! I love the colour! Did you just paint it straight on or with 'movement'? I like the chunky cracks!

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  8. I've never seen a crackle finish before.

    What fun!

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  9. Go to the Nail Art Colors and Stickers section on Transdesign.com and they have crackle polishes. (Called Krackpolish) I haven't tried them myself but I heard about them on youtube.

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  10. jaljen, it may be taking the scenic route, but I'm sure it'll get here eventually.

    Starlight, yes, I've met a lot of very sweet ladies on the MUA nail board.

    Jessica, cool; I look forward to seeing them on your blog!

    Shiny, purple is always good. :)

    amusedPolish, hope you manage to get some; the cracks are a fun change of pace.

    AggiePigeon, exactly!

    Green Fairy, I just painted straight, like normal. I hadn't read your entry about the swirling yet, so I'll try that next time. Or maybe I'll try some straight, some swirled, and some side to side. :)

    Mae, glad I could show you; it is fun!

    Serena, thanks for the info.; I didn't realize TD had some.

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  11. Crack polishes are so pretty to me but hard to get in the US. I can't wait to try these out!

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  12. I think crack polishes are so fun!

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  13. This looks awesome! I love cracked finishes, but they're hard to find in the U.S.

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