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China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes Swatches, Photos, Review


China Glaze Oxidized Aqua Metal Crackle Glaze over Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes

For summer, China Glaze has six new Crackle Glazes–this time in metallic finishes. The six shades include: Cracked Medallion (Bold bronze), Haute Metal (pale pink), Latticed Lilac (soft lavender), Oxidized Aqua (deep aquamarine blue), Platinum Pieces (shimmering silver), and Tarnished Gold (warm, honeyed hue). These will be available in late June/early July.

China Glaze recommends using a lighter coat of polish for a “fine crackle” while a thicker coat will give a “deep shatter effect.” I found the formula on these to be thicker rather than thinner, and it was far easier to do one thicker coat than doing a thin coat. I tried a few times, and the best part about the crackle trend is well, they’re not clean. Messy is totally okay. Normally, if you did a thin coat and it was a little wonky and uneven, you’d have issues, but with these, it won’t be noticeable once it crackles!

These will dry mostly matte, so you’ll want to use a shiny top coat (I used Nubar’s Diamont for all swatches, except Cracked Medallion). I prefer using a thicker top coat, too, just to give a smoother feel on the actual nail. I tried to use different finishes for the base colors, from cream to jelly to shimmer to glitter. It seemed like the Metal Crackle Glaze worked about the same across the finishes. It is best to wait until your base color has dried before applying the crackle coat, though, because it may pull at the base color and give it a sheerer look (I didn’t quite wait long enough before applying Latticed Lilac, for example).

  • Cracked Medallion is a burnished, copper-flecked gold. I wore it over Becca’s Tangerine Dream, which is a coral-orange.
  • Haute Metal is a mauve-tinted pink with silver and pink metallic shimmer. I wore it over Butter London’s Branwen’s Feather, which is a deep, dark plum purple.
  • Latticed Lilac is a silvered lilac splashed with violet and silver shimmer. I wore it over Deborah Lippmann’s I Know What Boys Like, which is a medium-dark indigo blue jelly.
  • Oxidized Aqua is a silver shimmered aquamarine. I wore it over Deborah Lippmann’s Lady Sings the Blues, which is an inky blackened blue with hexagonal glitter.
  • Platinum Pieces is a medium-dark silver with silver shimmer. I wore it over Butter London Thames, which is a medium-dark green-leaning teal with metallic shimmer.
  • Tarnished Gold is a medium-dark yellow gold. I wore it over Butter London’s British Racing Green, a rich, deep dark hunter green.

I’ve only been testing the wear for a day and half or so, as these just arrived. Based on my experience with China Glaze’s polishes, including their original Crackle Glaze polishes, I’m expecting normal wear (seven days with minor tip wear). If wear falls below that, I will revise the review to reflect that.

China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes Swatches, Photos, Review

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid violet,” which is an accurate depiction of this shade.  It has a cream finish, applies opaque in two coats, and has a slightly jelly-like quality to me.  In some lighting, it seems like a red-based purple, but then in other lighting, it seems more blue-based.  Purple Haze’s formula was impeccable–even flow, not too thick or thin, and no bubbling.  I typically get a full week of wear with RBL’s formula.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Purple Haze
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer

Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer
Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer

Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer

Butter London Artful Dodger Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “true teal.”  It reads more blue than teal on me; at best, it is a bluish teal.  At some angles, I can kind of go with teal being the dominant color, but then in most lighting, it looks like a slightly dusty blue with a touch of teal.  What do you think? It seems like teal is a rather subjective color.  My initial reaction to this is to say blue, and I’m a gal who likes her teals!  I feel like it’s similar to ORLY Bailamos but Artful Dodger is bluer.  I’m taking off a point for pigmentation, because I don’t think this matches the description as well as it should.

It’s a beautiful cream finished polish that’s opaque in two coats (one is almost enough).   Butter London’s formula on this one has a really even flow, smooth application, and drying time wasn’t long at all.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

Butter London Nail Lacquer Artful Dodger
10
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “watery pale blue.”  It’s really a soft, pale blue with a smidgen of green that looks squishy on.  From everything I’ve read on this polish, it is a sheer shade, so it’s not expected to be opaque nor designed to be worn that way.  I wore two coats in the swatches, and I think it works best with two.  It’s not streaky like some pastels, but it will start to look uneven if you don’t let each coat dry before the next and go to three or four coats.  I think a ridge filler would be helpful here, too, to really get a flawless, sheer look.

I didn’t find this formula to be as flawless as Rescue Beauty Lounge’s other shades; it’s just not as easy to apply.  I felt like you do need to work with it and be patient, because the way it overlaps can make the color look uneven or patchy if you are not careful.  I also had some color pull up from the base, because the first coat had not dried enough.  The drying time was a little long.  I typically get a full week of wear with RBL’s formula.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Bikini Bottom
A-

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
90%
Total

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blue jelly polish with ice blue and emerald green glitter inspired by the phosphorescent sea-water.” It’s a really blackened blue color base (more black than blue, even with flash) with pale blue, emerald green, and teal micro-glitter.

If you prefer a smooth finish, be sure to use a thicker top coat like Seche Vite (I took all the natural light photos without a top coat so you could see the natural finish) so you won’t feel the slight texture of the micro-glitter. I needed two coats to get opaque color, and the formula dries quickly but almost needs to set before going for a second coat.

For me, it dries to a semi-matte finish on the first coat, but the second coat held more shine (without a top coat), though I’d still recommend a shiny top coat for best results.  I did a wear test with this shade, since I haven’t tested enough of the brand’s shades to make any generalizations, and it wore for a week with minimal tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — They’re actually have a buy three, get one free sale through Tuesday, just use code NEVERFORGET! 🙂

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Living Water
A-

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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