8/12/2011

{loved it. made it.} DIY crackle manicure...disaster.

Editors Note:  I was having a really hard time deciding between crackle nails and ombre nails.  I know, life's major decisions.  I was so inspired after seeing the Tea & Tips party over at Glitter Guide that I wanted to put on the kettle, bake some cookies, call over my girlfriends and paint my nails red...ombre.  But sadly the hustle and bustle of everyday life took over and I didn't have the time to host the party, plus I was super excited to try the crackle nail polish too.  I'm still loving ombre though...stay tuned, I have an exciting & unexpected ombre post coming up soon! 

What do you think of this new crackle nail polish trend?  I was a little hesistant at first, after all remember when it was popular in middle school?  But, I started seeing more and more of my favorite blogs post about the look and when I was in the US recently I noticed crackle nail polish everywhere from nail salons to Wal-Mart.  So I finally decided it was time to give myself a crackle manicure at home.  I was so excited to get started and then reality hit and I remembered I don't live in America anymore and my current host country is not exactly known for its trendsetting ways so I was a bit worried I wasn't going to find the polish.  But alas, after a few demonstrations, hand gestures and a good laugh, the sweet lady at my local Claires-meets-Beautyco type boutique handed me a bottle of the crackle polish!  Score!  And, it was a lovely shimmery ruby color.  I was set.  So, I came home and decided on a coral/pink color as the base.  



After that dried, I applied the crackle coat and anxiously waited.  It happened fast, the impending disaster that is.  I simply did not like the look.  And, my nails were so matte.  I added top coat and that improved the situation a little bit, but I just wasn't loving it.



Off it came, super fast.  And my beautifully rich, classic taupe color replaced it.  I'm a happy girl now!  I love at-home manicures, but crackle nails are not for me.  They look so good on others though!  Do you all like them?  What's your favorite go-to manicure color? 



Exciting news!  I'm linking up to a DIY manicure party over at Lifestyles of the Thrifty & Shameless today.  I'm so happy to participate...thanks for hosting Miss Rockwell!  It's all part of Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday over at Modly Chic.  What a wonderful group of bloggers! I'm really happy to be a part of it & a special welcome to everyone visiting from the party!

{ps:}  did you notice my new iPhone cover in the last pic? I finally found the Tory Burch sleeve!  It's sold out everywhere, but I managed to get one.  I absolutely love it! 

9 comments:

Charee Lenee' said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE that coral color. I never can get my crackle polish to turn out right either. I've decided to pass all my crackle polish to my teenage daughter... I guess its just not for me. LOL Love the end result though, i love nude colors. :)

Kimberlee said...

Love both base coat nail colors. I would try the black shatter polish with a bright coral color. It will show up better. Crackle can be difficult but I like it because 1) it dries super fast and 2) it can hide chipped nails :)

Fabienne Jach said...

This was my first time trying crackle, too. I know I can improve on it but I did like the end result of mine. Can't blame a girl for trying! Your basic color job does look fab!
:) f
The House in the Clouds

Aims said...

First off, that nude isnfabulous, what is it? Secondly, mybfirst experience with crackle was awful. I bought China Glaze and it was bad too. It doesn't mix entirely and just plain stunk.

On the other hand, I highly recommend Sally Hansen Crackle. It applies beautifully! I've got six of the 8 colors, and am highly in favor! (shameless plug for my blog, but I did post on it!)

Atthepinkofperfection.blogspot.com

Mae said...

thanks for your support in my crackle adventures, ladies! it was fun to try! and thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Aims, I didn't include info on the brand/color of the polishes because they're just cheap ones I got from little stores in the bazaar/markets here.

Soccer Mom Style said...

At least you have that crackle effect going on in your iphone color. Did I notice it? Of course. So beautiful Love your taupe color. Looks very classy.
I had not tried the crackle nails yet. I'm like you, I like it on others but not sure it's for me.
xx
maya

Mae said...

You're right Maya! I didn't notice until you mentioned it! I love the taupe color too. Thanks for stopping by! xx

MissRockwell said...

That coral color is great looking. And I totally know what you mean about that crackle look. I tried it once and I was on the fence about it. I guess I will give it another try soon seeing as how it has become so popular.

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love the taupe color!