{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! 


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!
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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!)


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.

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.


Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love the taupe color!