I finally managed to make swatches of China Glaze Crackle Glaze collection.

Let’s take a look at all 6 crackle beauties in this collection:

China Glaze - Crackle Glaze collection

I’ve been playing around with Crackle Glaze polishes for 2 days, so I managed to prepare “a few” suggestions for you. :D

For the beginning I applied China Glaze Crackle Glaze shades over Anchors Away polishes. Application was easy and all the polishes cracked nicely.

China Glaze: Crackle Glaze over Anchors Away by Parokeets
China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Anchors Away: Fault Line over White Cap, Broken Hearted over Sea Spray, Crushed Candy over Starboard, Black Mesh over Ahoy!, Cracked Concrete over First Mate.

I conveniently already had Essence I Love Berlin TE polishes on nail wheel so I applied China Glaze Crackle Glaze polishes over them too. I love combo with Lightning Bolt.

China Glaze - Crackle Glaze over Essence - I Love Berlin by Parokeets
China Glaze Crackle Glaze over Essence – I Love Berlin: Cracked Concrete over Love This City, Lightning Bolt over I’m A Berliner, Fault Line over Green Grass, Crushed Candy over Buddy Bear, Broken Hearted over Berlin Story

Then came the hardest part – which polishes should I use as base for individual swatches. Trust me – bigger collection can sometimes present even bigger obstacle than smaller ones. I had a few “ups” moments (I do not recommend you use Crackle Glaze polishes over suede base), made over half of the swatches before figuring out the crackle polishes crack best over dry (my mistake, should have read the instructions more thoroughly) polish with top coat … …

Lightning Bolt was the only one I was hesitating about. I mean – snowy white crackle polish … sounds kind of boring. Well – in the end I fell in love with it.  :D Since I loved it over I’m A Berliner I decided to make another fresh combo. This time I used Orange Marmalade + Lightning Bolt. Since you can not see the pretty sparkle of Orange Marmalade, I added detail that shows the real beauty of this combination.

China Glaze: Crackle Glaze - Lightning Bolt over Orange Marmalade by Parokeets
China Glaze: Crackle Glaze – Lightning Bolt over Orange Marmalade

Next polish I used as a base was Nfu-Oh 66. Crushed Candy didn’t crack nicely over this shade, so I did quick test and applied top coat over the holographic shade and then added crackle polish. The result looked much better (detail). Color? Crushed Candy is interesting mix of pastel green shade with strong blue undertone.

China Glaze: Crackle Glaze - Crushed Candy over Nfu-Oh 66 by Parokeets
China Glaze Crackle Glaze – Crushed Candy over Nfu-Oh 66

Fault Line was applied over Bipa Nail Quickie Petrol shade. This is one of my favorite combinations.

China Glaze: Crackle Glaze - Fault Line over Bipa Nail Quickie - Petrol by Parokeets
China Glaze Crackle Glaze – Fault Line over Bipa Nail Quickie – Petrol

Alessandro Cheeky Devil had a smaller accident before I added layer of Broken Hearted, so the manicure has slightly “wrinkled” look. One thing that bothered me with Broken Hearted polish, was that it can discolor slightly into violet shade (combination with Berlin Story).

China Glaze: Crackle Glaze - Broken Hearted over Alessandro Cheeky Devil by Parokeets
China Glaze Crackle Glaze – Broken Hearted over Alessandro Cheeky Devil

Cracked Concrete‘s companion is p2 Being In Heaven.

China Glaze: Crackle Glaze - Cracked Concrete over p2 - Being In Heaven by Parokeets
China Glaze Crackle Glaze – Cracked Concrete over p2 – Being In Heaven

Black Mesh was the one shade I was the least excited about, since I already have Alessandro Crash Coat. Base: Magnetic Radiant Red holographic polish.

China Glaze: Crackle Glaze - Black Mesh over Magnetic - Radiant Red by Parokeets
China Glaze: Crackle Glaze – Black Mesh over Magnetic – Radiant Red

One thing bothered me with all the Crackle Glaze polishes – I had to use really, really thin layer to achieve nice cracks. And if I messed up and used too thick layer – that was it, nothing more to be done. I admit I’m little bit spoiled by Alessando Crash Coat  – if I use to thin layer (you’ll have a hard time applying thick one with this polish), I add another one and voila -larger cracks are here.

Can you imagine that I thought at the beginning that nail wheels will be the problematic ones… loooong nails etc. But polish was completely dry on nail wheels + I used top coat so the cracks turned out great.

Price for 14ml/.5 Fl Oz. polish is 8 EUR/11 USD in Slovenia.

Do you like any of the combinations I prepared for you?

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20 COMMENTS

  1. ja bi ljubicasti i rozi najradije :wub: a dobro i crni je klasika, najbolja kombinacija mi je broken hearted preko cheeky devila :happy:

  2. j’ai testé chez Pupa mais le choix des couleurs est très limité et 12€ ……
    là c’est de la boulette le choix !!!!

  3. belo-zelena kombinacija mi je najljubša :wub: :wub: ali pa sea spray+roza :stars:
    krasni swatchi,res…

  4. Fajn prispevek! In lepo, da si nam postregla s toliko različnimi kombinacijami. Čudovita mi je predzadnja kombinacija. Takoj za njo mi je živa belo-zelena kombinacija. Prav tako mi je zelo všeč pink-siva kombinacija (oba načina). Še najmanj mi je všeč belo-rdeče/oranžna kombinacija. In tudi tvoja najljubša mi ni preveč posrečena. :blush: Vidim (in že vem), da imava zelo različne okuse. Hvala, da si mi olajšala, katere kombinacije ne izbrati. :biggrin:

  5. Gledam in ne morem verjeti svojim očem… :stars: :drop:
    Must have! :wub:
    Niti enega ne morem favorizirati, ker so mi čisto vsi po vrsti in vsak po svoje prelepi! Gejba, hvala za super predstavitev, ki mi bo sicer otežila odločitev o nakupu, a vseeno… :biggrin:

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