I recently got a black crack polish sent to me for review by Born Pretty, a nail art store based in China. I used one coat of it over two coats of Borghese Ipnotico Gold and this was the result:
Because I am impatient, I waited only a couple minutes for the Borghese to dry before I added the crack polish so it was still a little bit tacky; I think I should have waited a bit longer. I applied the crack polish thickly, so it took a while for it to dry and for the cracks to start forming, maybe 10 minutes or so, which seemed like forever when I was waiting to see if it would work. For these swatches I didn't put on any top coat, and the crack polish was plenty shiny on its own.
I am sadly monolingual (despite trying to learn Spanish, French, and Japanese at different times), so I don't know if these characters on the side of the bottle translate as "crack polish" or not.
I was curious how this polish compared to other black crackles in my possession, so I got out my BYS black crackle and Cover Girl Boo, both of which I got in swaps. BYS is an Australian brand, and Cover Girl hasn't made crackles in years (but they have been showing up at some Dollar Tree stores in the U.S. recently, though not at mine).
BYS was the quickest to crack, the Cover Girl took almost as long as the Kelier. None of these have the same sort of pattern as the photos I've seen of Black Shatter, but I'm okay with that.
I left the un-topcoated swatches on for a while, through grocery shopping and doing several loads of laundry, and got a lesson in why one should use top coat with crackles unless one likes and ever more "antiqued" look. Here are a couple examples the day after I applied them:
When it came time to remove them, I used the same foil method as I do for glitter and had no trouble.
As of right now, the Kelier polish is available at Born Pretty for US$4.52 and shipping to the U.S. is only $3 with tracking for one polish (I haven't actually ordered from their store before but I do plan to, as there are other crack colors and nail art things that look interesting). That's less than I'd pay for the OPI at retail, if I could find it. Born Pretty has kindly offered a discount code for my readers: if you use code KARENDK31 you will get 10% off from now through March 31, 2011. Note that they are currently on holiday for Chinese New Year until February 8th, so orders placed now will not be processed immediately. I do have a few other things from them to review, so I'm going to wait to do my order.
The Kelier polish in this entry was provided to me for free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider, and I get to keep the polish for my own use.