Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Crack Fail

I had intended to do a festive Christmas look with some new crack I'd gotten from the Color Club display, but things didn't quite work out. The idea was fine: gold with dark red and dark green crackle on alternate nails. I chose Revlon Gold Coin for my base and applied two coats topped with OPI RapiDry to give the crackle a nice slick base to shatter on. Color Club Burgandy Blaze (yep, -gandy, not -gundy) and The Great Divide came next. The problem was that what looked dark green to me in the bottle (okay, teal-leaning, but still green enough) turned out to look blue on my nail. Last I checked, blue was not one of the top two Christmas colors.



As soon as I did my index finger I could see this was not going to be what I wanted, so I just played with the crack instead of doing a whole manicure. I used thin coats of crack on my index and middle fingers and thicker ones on my ring and pinky. You can see the differences in the patterns that result. I did add topcoat even though I didn't think I'd wear this out because crack needs topcoat to look its best.



Can you see why I thought The Great Divide would be green? Maybe it would be more green on a different base color, but I wanted gold for this look so didn't experiment.



If I hadn't had my heart set on green, I would have liked this just fine.



Here's Gold Coin on its own; looks like there's a fair bit of silver in there which means it gets along with my skintone better than most golds.



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The winners of the Season's Greetings Giveway have been chosen and notified by e-mail. I'll announce them all when I've heard from everybody.

24 comments:

  1. I love the combos you chose!!
    looks perfect for the season!

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  2. Is there a top coat on this? Top coats make all the difference with Crack!

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  3. rock-or-not, thanks! I like the combo, just was hoping for more green. :)

    thenailaholic, yes, there is topcoat over the crack. I forgot to mention that--I'll go edit now; thanks for thinking of that!

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  4. I loved the colors! Even though I don't like shatters so much, I think the combination gold/blue that came out of Great Divide and Gold Coin gorgeous!

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  5. I like it!
    Base color is fantastic!

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  6. Even if The Great Divide didn't come out as green as you had hoped, I still like it! You chose a really great base color. It's an awesome crackle manicure!

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  7. Wow it does look diff in the bottle .... Sorry your idea didn't come thru but this mani still cute :)

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  8. Oh wow. It looks totally green in the bottle.... Can you save the mani by painting those two nails green?

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  9. I love the colour in the bottle of Great Divide-- would love that as a regular nail polish, not the crackle!

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  10. The Great Divide looks like a dupe to Funky Fingers Teal Scales. They need to come out with an emerald green shatter!

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  11. It bugs me to no end when a polish doesn't look the same on the nail as it does in the bottle! Still a good combo though!

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  12. While it looks great, it would be disappointing if you were expecting green...and the bottle is definately more on the green (teal) side than blue so you never would have expected that!

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  13. Whoa. Now I want to try this. I've got the OPI red crackle and a hopefully green one that I've never tried. And if it doesn't work, I can blame it on you bwahaha! Though I'd have to do it before I nubbinize for finals week. Bah.

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  14. Well, if we can have Christmas in July, then why not Independence Day in December?
    Looks great!

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  15. You can break it out again for Independence Day! :D

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  16. There really is a difference, but it looks great with blue crackle too :)

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  17. Even though it's bluer than you thought, the result is still pretty, especially on the middle finger.

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  18. i still love it, no fail here :-D

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  19. that crack did look green in the bottle, how disappointing :( Otherwise though, it think the mani is pretty :)

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  20. I like the revlon gold coin with the crakle. Barry m now has a new crakle effect the name is croc. The design is a bit different from the crakle. I email you already. Thank you

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  21. UMMMM-I haven't received my email yet-maybe you lost my winning number???? How many times do I have to tell you that crack is whack????

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  22. While not super Christmas-y, it is still pretty! :-)

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  23. I like how they cracked.They are great!

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