The folks at Nicole by OPI (a.k.a. NOPI) are doing their very best to win me over. You already know they sent the Wel-Kim to My World polishes, which I ended up liking some of so much that I bought my own bottles after I sent the review bottles to Lucy, who'd done all the work to get them. They also sent many bottles of Texture Coat, also known as crack, and you know I love me some crack. I don't care if this trend is waning, I remain addicted.
Left to right below: Opal Texture, Turquoise Texture, Amethyst Texture, Aquamarine Texture, and Quartz Texture. All of these are new releases for Spring 2012 except Turquoise.
The first one I grabbed to try was Quartz Texture. I put one thick coat over NOPI Others Pale by Kim-parison. I didn't add topcoat in order to better show off the texture. You can probably see in the photo below that this can leave some sparkly bits on the skin during cleanup, but it's nothing that wouldn't come off easily if I were just a bit less distractable when faced with so many polishes to play with.
I really like the color of this one; it's not something I've seen a lot of in crack polishes and the purple-y undertone is flattering to my skin. Here's Quartz next to Silver Texture so you can see the difference.
Opal Texture intrigued me, but I think the NOPI Up & Kim-ing Pink I used it on was the wrong base color for it, as there wasn't enough contrast and the combination just ended up looking like a really lumpily applied pink from many angles. I did get glimpses of how pretty it could be, though.
Glitter and crack seems like it would the perfect combination for me, but when put on NOPI Lights Kim-era Action and then topped it with Aquamarine Texture and an accent nail of Turquoise Texture, I was underwhelmed. Again, I think maybe a different base color would have been better, and possibly a thicker coat of the texture.
I tried something different with the other glittery crack, Amethyst Texture. I started with a base of Up and Kim-ing Pink, then added White Texture, then put Amethyst Texture on top. It was interesting to see how the glitter mostly followed the lead of the white.
As long as you come back, go look at what Lucy did with these four new Texture Coat polishes. She got much more drama (in a good way) out of Opal and the glitters than I did.
At this point, you may be saying to yourself, "hey, she showed us silver and white crack; those weren't in the bottle pics". That is correct; they are in the next bottle photo, because NOPI sent more crack than I could fit into one photo. Left to right below: White Texture, Silver Texture, Gold Texture, Red Texture, and Black Texture.
I tried the Gold Texture over Here Kim's the Sun; the sparkles peeking out through the cracks pleased me.
I alternated the Red Texture and Black Texture over Kim Konfidential.
For the last one, Silver Texture, I applied it diagonally over Nothing Kim-pares to Blue. I really liked how this turned out.
I think crackle will always have a place in my stash because it's nice to have options.
The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider.