Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crackle Gradient- Everbella Shatter Crackle

Hello everyone!

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
The crackle polish kit comes with a base color which varies, a crackle polish, and a small bottle of topcoat. The base color I received is a nice shimmery apple green and the crackle I was sent is BH14- Dark Green.
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!
 Each of these crackle come in a kit (with base polish and topcoat) for only $4.99 which is a really good deal. Of course, you're probably wondering about the quality of the polish for that price right?
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:


I created it using 4 different crackle polishes and made 2 different gradients :)
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.




X&D in BH14 is dark green and dries to a matte finish. If you add topcoat, a subtle green shimmer emerges! the swatch on the nail wheel has no topcoat while my fingers above do so that you can see the difference :) This one took the longest to crack but had the nicest effect and formula overall. It did stain when I applied it over white polish but had no issues with it over Brisk Blue. This one does not need to be applied over polish to crackle!






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*





3 comments :

Bunny Nails said...

The nail polish crackles nicely!

KimsKie Nails said...

Wow... what a double cool effect! :)

Samantha said...

I know right? I was really surprised by how great it is!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crackle Gradient- Everbella Shatter Crackle

Hello everyone!

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
The crackle polish kit comes with a base color which varies, a crackle polish, and a small bottle of topcoat. The base color I received is a nice shimmery apple green and the crackle I was sent is BH14- Dark Green.
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!
 Each of these crackle come in a kit (with base polish and topcoat) for only $4.99 which is a really good deal. Of course, you're probably wondering about the quality of the polish for that price right?
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:


I created it using 4 different crackle polishes and made 2 different gradients :)
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.




X&D in BH14 is dark green and dries to a matte finish. If you add topcoat, a subtle green shimmer emerges! the swatch on the nail wheel has no topcoat while my fingers above do so that you can see the difference :) This one took the longest to crack but had the nicest effect and formula overall. It did stain when I applied it over white polish but had no issues with it over Brisk Blue. This one does not need to be applied over polish to crackle!






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*





3 comments :

Bunny Nails said...

The nail polish crackles nicely!

KimsKie Nails said...

Wow... what a double cool effect! :)

Samantha said...

I know right? I was really surprised by how great it is!