February 5, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Guess what I have today....the Crackle Collection from China Glaze yaaaay! I think out of any collection coming out so far this year I have most eagerly anticipated this one! I've pretty much been stalking my local independent beauty supply waiting for them to get it in, like I have literally called every single day for the past 2 weeks or so haha. Much to my surprise I called yesterday morning and they had just gotten it in! Needless to say I drove over there as quickly as I could after work yesterday to buy all the polishes...they hadn't even unpacked the boxes yet! Good thing they know me there so they don't think I'm a big weirdo when I geek out over things like this.

The Crackle Collection consists of 6 colors of crack polish, these are definitely more crack vs. the shatter OPI gave us. It seems like these also had more of a learning curve, at least for me. If you use a thick coat they don't crack very well IMO, which you can see in some of the pictures below.

First up, my personal favorite...Lightening Bolt which is a white crack polish. I have it layered over Finger Paints Chrysanthe-mum's The Word below. I used a semi-thick coat for this one.


Black Mesh is the black crack polish, I have it layered over China Glaze Lighthouse below. Out of all of the polishes this one was the easiest to work with!


Broken Hearted is one that I was really looking forward to, it's a bright pink crack polish. I was really disappointed with this one on the first go around over Zoya Pinta...it just didn't cover very well. Also this one does not like thick coats as you can also see. But good news, I tried it again over a light base color. The second picture I layered it over Finger Paints Aren't You Glad-iolous and used a very very thin coat of Broken Hearted and it looks 1000% better, I also like the way it cracked!

Broken Hearted over Zoya Pinta


Broken Hearted over Finger Paints Aren't You Glad-iolous


Cracked Concrete is a gray crack polish, I really love this one also. I used a semi thick coat of it over China Glaze Ahoy! for the picture below. I think it would work better with a thinner coat of Cracked Concrete.



Crushed Candy...oh how you have fooled me. In the promo pictures this looked very green and I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed when I got it and found out it's not green at all. It's blue, and nearly identical to For Audrey color wise. Once my disappointment faded I fell in love with this, it's my second favorite after Lightening Bolt. I can't wait to layer it over a million things. My only issue, there is a learning curve with this one...I couldn't get it to crack how I wanted. The picture below is my 3rd attempt...I still like it but I just wish it would have cracked a little better. Crushed Candy is layered over Zoya Caitlin in the picture below.


Last up, the thorn in my side of this collection...Fault Line which is a shimmery purple crack. I was surprised when I got this one home and saw the bit of shimmer it has. However this one was a pain in the you know what to use. I don't even know what attempt this is, 4 or 5. It did not crack how I wanted it to, thick coat= hardly any cracks at all, medium coat=pretty much the same, thin coat=better but still not looking how I would want it to. I don't know if maybe it's the shimmer in this that is making it difficult or what. It seemed like it only wanted to crack straight down 95% of the time, which you can see on the middle and ring finger in my picture below. I will need to keep playing with this one to figure out how to make it work how I'd like it to. Fault Line is layered over Finger Paints Did You Ast-her Out? below.


Overall, I love this collection...I love crack polish. But, I have to say I much prefer OPI Black Shatter it's easier to work with and I prefer the way it cracks. I love all the color combinations that China Glaze has given us though. I really look forward to playing with these more! These should be available on Transdesign.com later this month, they say the 2/15 on their website. These will also be available at Sally Beauty Supply...I'm not sure if it's exclusive to there or what. If you have independent beauty supplies around you that get the new collections in I would call and ask them if they are getting this, you might luck out like I did and they might already have it!

62 comments:

  1. OMG I hope I get these this week. You did a great job swatching. *love*

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  2. I like the black, grey and white crackle...

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  3. Love them! Can't wait to get my hands on some.

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  4. i have to get my hands on cracked concrete! love this post :)

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  5. i like the white best but maybe that's just cause you layered it over green

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  6. Oh man, so jealous! I just posted about these {with a video, lol} and here you have ALL of them already! Awesome! They look amazing! :)

    nataliesnails.blogspot.com

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  7. I'm so super jealous! I called my sallys yesterday and they didn't even know what I was talking about!!! I'm stopping in today to look and ask in person.
    I'm most looking forward to candy, for sure, but i'll pick them all up except that black one, since i got the OPI.
    UGH! Damn my beauty supply!

    thank you for the swatches!

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  8. wow !! i loveeeeee all the crackle nail polishes !!!!!

    i also love all the colors you paired them with.. i need to find these at my sallys !!

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  9. ahh! look at that purple :] they all look awesome but that one especially

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  10. I linked my post back to your blog, hope you don't mind...since you have the polishes and pictures already! :)

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  11. @BlushingNoir

    I know what you mean, I've called my local Sally's a couple times asking about Tronica and they never have any idea what I'm talking about. I wish they would better educate their employees about what is coming out.

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  12. You did an awesome job!!! I am jealous! :D

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  13. I really like the gray. I can't help but have it remind me, when it's layered over pink or even a red, that it's like the armadillo grooms cake from Steel Magnolias ~ that's a good thing though - I love it!

    After seeing the crack pattern of Fault Line, I'm thinking the name is pretty appropriate!

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  14. im excited for these to come out as well. i can enjoy these before i go fo the Tronica ones im most excited about.

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  15. omg, i neeeed crushed candy. it's so pretty!

    x

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  16. crushed candy and fault line are my favorites! oh and lightening bolt too.

    can't wait to get my hands on these girls. thanks for the swatches :)

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  17. I love the blue gray and pink! How awesome! The white one is almost lacy too....I kind of like them all haha. I had no idea what colors they were going to have in this collection.

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  18. I looove the color combos you did! Lightning Bolt is my favorite!

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  19. love these...thank you for the swatches :0) I am going to get them all!

    I have to admit that I was really looking forward to the green crackle - in the CH promo picture it was really green...nothing like a For Audrey color.

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  20. I love the Broken Hearted pictures! These are so cool :)

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  21. the black one's my favourite <3

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  22. This collection looks awesome. I am really excited for it. Much better than OPI Shatter.

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  23. WOW Jen, those look great on your pictures! Shame the ones I want the most are the hardest to work with though.

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  24. Love all the colors indeed...though I think I`ll stick with OPi BS and my IsaDora ones for now :)

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  25. I'm gonna fall outta line, but this is a bit of disappointment for me. Strange patterns, the blueness of CC, shimmer in FL (why, it looks interesting, but I expected to see a flat-out purple), and if you need to fix the damned not-so-right design several times, this is a failure. We have a noce brand here in Russia that recently made a line of colorful -shatters- which are thinner, but the patterns are amazing! Pretty much like OPI, but even thinner
    Anyway, enough criticism, thank you for swatches! They changed my mind and it's good.

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  26. perhaps im biased because i adore ChG but these are so refreshing and fun! i will def be getting that pink one :D ty SO much for sharing!!

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  27. loving lightening bold && cracked concrete =D
    && the names are awesome lol

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  28. I can't decide which one I wanna get! Thanks for posting swatches :]

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  29. Oh man, Ive been stalking Sallys for them lol, now youve made me want them even more!

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  30. @GingerKittyD

    I can't wait to see what you make with these!

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  31. i love these crackle polishes! i mush get my hands on at least one of them

    Also, I've awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award!
    here: www.clarissa-nicole.blogspot.com

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  32. Holy Cow! I want all of them! Like NOW!

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  33. Ahhh!!! You're so lucky!! I can't wait to get these!! Great great swatches ^.^

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  34. Jen, you're super-awesome for posting such a great review!! Thanks for all the details! And you're right, I expected the mind one to be more teal too. I'm still sticking to the mint, violet and black one and you're making me buy white one, it looks so darn awesome!

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  35. I love this! I want them all! Crushed Candy is different than I thought it would be.... I was hoping for a teal, but that's okay, it's still so cool!

    Awesome pictures too :)

    - Kirsten

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  36. Jen, you did an excellent job choosing the base colors for these! i like your style!

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  37. OMG! i want this!!
    and i cant wait to have it!!!

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  38. Thank you for the first look at these! I think Fault Line looks great,despite the issues. I am biased when it comes to purple though. I too am disappointed with the color of Cracked Candy. They all look fun to play with. It's too bad OPI couldn't come up with some other color Shatter besides black.

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  39. hello, would you mind giving the name of the local beauty supply that you bought these from? Thanks a bunch!! :)

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  40. @tin

    sorry, not posting that kind of info. ;)

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  41. Jen, these look great on you!! I can't wait to play with my set :)

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  42. @Jen I ordered the whole collection from Victoria Nail Supply (thanks BlushingNoir
    for the tip off). I can't wait to create some jewelry with these polishes! All the color combos boggle the mind :0)

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  43. I have Crushed Candy and was disappointed with how different the color AND crackling was from the promo photo (which was what sold me on the color). Unlike the black, this one just cracked a few thin vertical lines, barely enough to see any underneath color. What did you do to help it crackle the way you wanted?

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  44. @Anonymous

    You just have to play with it alot, try using a thinner coat...maybe that is the trick! I'm still trying to figure out how to get it to crack like the promo photos also!

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  45. wow they are so nice!!...i was deciding whether to buy them online or not but after looking at these swatches I think I will splurge and get these pretties... ^_^

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  46. To anyone who is having problems finding these...Amazon.com and price is excellent for the set. Just go mine yesterday. I called Sally but they are not sure which stores will carry it or when so I gave up on that.

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  47. I bugged the mess out of the Ulta sales associates about the OPI Shatter, which took two weeks for me to finally get! Now I want to try these, especially the white one. Thanks for sharing!

    Be Blessed!

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  48. what i've found is you absolutely have to use very thin coats otherwise it doesn't crackle well, sort of like your pictures. try thin coats - it really is the secret! love your blog and all the swatches you do - it makes me want more polishes :D

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  49. Everywhere i look for these they are completely sold out! ahhhh...

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  50. hw to purchase? im frm malaysia

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  51. I just bought the white and the pink, and my sister has the opi black shatter. You are right I prefer the crackle of the black shatter better! My pink one works pretty well, but the white doesn't crackle really at all I was a bit dissappointed.

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  52. This is my favorite nail polish ever.

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  53. LOL I love that you called every day. That's what I used to do to toy stores about beanie babies in the 90s. What, it works!

    Great post, I just got lightning bolt.. on my second attempt with a thinner coat. Thanks for the reviews!

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  54. I purchased the Concrete, I am disapointed to say the least. It actually looks like concrete, very few cracks, dull. Note to self * concrete is not a good look for nails. I found Sally Hansens "Snow Blast" much easier to apply with a better (more refinded) crackle pattern.

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  55. Does the black one dry matte or shiny?

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