By George, I Think She's Got It!

Hello gentle readers. How is everyone this fine, hot, late Spring day? I hope that those of you in the heatwave states are staying cool and safe. Funny enough, it is warm here, but not hothothot like some parts of this great nation. Which is freaky, considering the fact that this is Arizona. The armpit of the depths of hell and usually too hot to handle.

Not that I am complaining. I am sure that the heat will come crashing in on us, soon enough.

So, I decided it was time to try crackle, again. Yeah, yeah. I know... I am a glutton for punishment. I had to try it, again. But, unlike my earlier experiences, I think it worked pretty well, this time. I didn't over think it, this time. I just slopped it on. I didn't worry about thin or thick coats, getting it so neat or stress over whether or not it would work. I just went for it.

And as it went on, it started really cracking and stringing and doing it's thing. And I think that I like what I see, this time. I applied this right over yesterday's Color Club Yum Gum and let it crack on. Then I topped it all with a nice coat of Poshe`.

Maybe the curse has been lifted?

Maybe. But I am not getting ahead of myself. I still have other crackles to master.

Okay. Howz about some pictures? I have one of my left hand, as usual and one of my right hand, too. They are clickable if you would like to see them big, as always.

 Left hand. 

Right hand. Sorry about the fonky angle. I blow green ones at photographing my right hand. But I wanted to show just how different all of my nails look and how this stuff cracked different, depending on how thick or thin the coats, if they were applied quickly or stroked over. 

Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Ink Splatter is a thin formula. It applies easily, is slightly streaky, which doesn't matter, since it cracks apart, anyway. The brush sucks. It is a skinny, round pain in the ass. (Why does that sound wrong? :P) I would have liked the typical Sally Hansen wide brush much better. Oh well. This polish starts cracking almost immediately and it dries quickly. Cleanup is easy. Happily. Since I goobered up a few spots as I painted this stuff on. 

I like this black crackle polish a lot better than that horrid Klier stuff I received from Born Pretty Store. I never was able to get that stuff to work, no matter how many times I tried. I know that other gals have had success with it. I never did. And I think it is time to lob it. I'll stick with the Sally Hansen. Maybe I'll even get a bottle of OPI Black Shatter, now. :D

Want to hear something funny? It is the next day and I have applied crackle and more topcoat and I can still smell bubblegum on my nails. That is some highly scented polish. lol

All righty, then. Time for me to run along. Thank you all so much for popping in. Have a great day, stay cool and may your polish never bubble.


  1. Bubblegum scented? Gag! LOL It's not too hot here in Albuquerque...yet. I think you got it down this time. I like the OPI Shatter, but it's pretty gloppy. Well, mine is...maybe it's a fluke.

  2. It took a little getting used to, I admit. I am not accustomed to bubblegum scented nails. But I don't mind it. lol I haven't tried OPI Black Shatter, yet. I may or may not. :)

  3. I love this combination :) I have the most luck with the OPI shatters, except for turquoise. I can't get that one to work!

  4. Very pretty . The shatter in it stay connected unlike OPI's .

  5. mm i'm convinced i need that bubble gum polish... lol
    i haven't tried crackle yet. mmm. but i like this combo. not sure based on your review, if the sally one is worth 5 dollars though.. haha might try opi/china glaze

  6. Looks great, Erika. I'm glad it finally worked out for you. I love the crackles. Haven't tried the Sally Hansen ones though. I have the OPI Black Shatter and a whole set of China Glaze Crackle.

  7. Simply darling, as usual! :D

    It's hot in Florida, but that's nothing new. What is new is that we have had no rain. Thus, the humidity isn't killing me.

  8. We cooled off quite a bit where I'm at - but the last few days were extra hot. :P blah.

    I'm not a fan of Sally Ho at all (as you probably know cuz I NEVER published a mani with her on my past blog) but I like how you made this work. I'd been hearing people give mixed opinions of the sally ho crackles.

  9. I wasn't so much into the crackles until I realized that it cracks in the direction you apply it. So instead of brushing down the nail like I usually do with polish, I brushed across it, from side to side, and I loved the way it turned out. I was using the China Glaze Black Mesh when I did it.

    It's hot hot hot here in St. Louis, we're breaking heat records left and right, I would very much like for it to stop already lol.

  10. Yay! I'm glad you had success with a crackle! I love that color combination.

  11. Oooh, you did great! I don't like the brushes they put with the crackles either, very thin and hard to get a decent amount on, which you want with a crackle. I couldn't ever get the BP stuff to work for me either - it just flaked right off. Impossible. But the SHs are working for me, even if I don't like the brush! You did great.
    I'm MELTING here in NC, the humidity is slaying me.

  12. Heh heh, LW. Sally Ho. ^^

    Thank you everyone. I really appreciate your input about this. I am always amazed at how different products work for different people. It's cuhrazee.

    Ugh! Nicole, I hate humidity! I don't much mind the heat here, (A/C riles!) but when it gets humid, I get a little hard to live with. Make that a lot hard to live with... *evil grin*

  13. Love the combo. The crackle looks great.


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