Today I have something that I have been wanting to try for a while! A gradient using crackle polish!
Gradient manis can be tricky so I didn't know how well crackle polishes would blend to create a gradient effect.
This idea started when the lovely Florence over at Everbella sent me a nifty crackle polish kit for review.
|The kit came safely packaged in a corrugated box which was shipped in a bubble mailer|
|Base color, Crackle polish, and Top coat|
Everbella has more than 30 shades of crackle polish! a crackle for every occasion :D
|From everbella.com Click to enlarge and see each in detail!|
Well I'm going to show you swatches of the crackle further down, but the base polish was surprisingly good. The formula was a little thick but it applied nicely and the whole thing was opaque in 1 coat! The only real downside of this polish is the strange smell it has. I remember someone remarking that is smelled just like silly string, and truly it does. It's a mild chemically smell that goes away once the polish dries.
Now the crackle!!
Here is the final look of the mani:
|Funky Fingers Teal Scales, X&D BH14, China Glaze Oxidized Aqua, Funky Fingers Silver Scales. The base color I used is Sally Hansen Brisk Blue|
Funky Fingers in Teal Scales is dark green with load of glitter. It crackled decently well but it wasn't the best of the bunch! It must be applied over polish for the crackle effect to appear.
China Glaze in Oxidized Aqua is light green metallic with small blue glitter. The formula for this one was very runny and didn't crackle as well as the others. I must be applied over polish to crackle.
Funky Fingers in Silver scale is a shimmery metallic silver. The formula on this one was pretty runny as well. It also tended to crackle in larger chunks. It must be applied over polish for the crackle effect to appear.
To create your own crackle gradient, all you need is a least 2 colors (preferably in the same color family) of crackle polish and a base color!
Take one of your first crackle and apply it from the cuticle side until half way down the nail. Then quickly take your second color and apply it a little bit above where the first color finished and drag it down to the tip. This should slightly blend the 2 polishes together. The crackling effect will take care of the rest!
Here is a nail wheel where I fooled around with some color combinations
As you can see, even though these are all different brands of crackle polish, they all seemed to blend together nicely!
I picked my 2 favorites from the wheel: Silver Scales to Oxidize Aqua to BH14 and BH14 to Teal Scales to create my gradient look
This is a really easy way to get gradient nails since the crackle polish breaks the whole thing up. It make the lines between the colors disappear! if you want to try this for yourself, you can pick up some great crackle polish at Everbella's online store: Everbella.com. Don't forget to use the code on the sidebar to get 10% off any item!
What do you think of the crackle gradient?
Until next time ^_^
*This item was sent to me for review, however, I provided my honest opinion of the product*