Saturday, February 19th, 2011


China Glaze Crackle Glaze: Crushed Candy, Fault Line, Broken Hearted

China Glaze Crackle Glaze: Part 2

China Glaze Crackle Collection ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) has three more shades, as featured here.  Together, they feature one of my favorite combos — gotta love aqua and bright pink!  All the shades dry to a matte finish, so if you want a shiny finish, just use a shiny top coat (I used Seche Vite for swatches).

  • Crushed Candy is a matte aqua teal. It looks very much like For Audrey, actually. For me, this was the toughest shade to work; I could get it to splinter, but it was just very thick. I did a thinner (which looks fairly streaky when you apply it) coat to the middle nail, and it has a lot of cracks running through it with smaller pieces of color. I did thicker coats on the index and ring fingers and found wider cracks and large chunks of color.
  • Fault Line is a matte, vibrant, royal purple with violet and fuchsia micro-shimmer. I thought this shade was so beautiful and surprisingly easy to work with. This one looked especially nice with a top coat on top.
  • Broken Hearted is a bright, dark candy pink with a matte finish. This has a thicker consistency than Black Mesh but nowhere near as thick as Crushed Candy. I did a thinner coat on the ring finger, which resulted in more cracks and smaller pieces, while I did thicker coats on the index and middle fingers, and they had larger cracks but fewer of them.

Half of the fun of these Crackles is finding good base colors to layer underneath one of the Crackle Glazes. I can’t compare the formula to any other brands, past or present, as I really don’t have any experience with them. I vaguely remember CoverGirl Crackles, but I don’t think I owned any (I wasn’t allowed to wear nail polish until I was in my late teens). I like these, and they were easy enough to work with–hey, the look itself is edgy and a little messy, so minor mistakes are easily forgiven. Lightning Bolt might take one or two attempts, but I think I just went too thick.

Tips

  • Do 2 coats maximum of your base color and let it dry completely.
  • Apply the Crackle Glaze in one coat and as quickly as possible as it dries down very fast!
  • Use a thicker coat of Crackle Glaze for more opaque color or thicker cracks (but less of them).
  • Use a thinner coat of Crackle Claze if you want a very crackled, piece-y look.

P.S. — I’ll be posting a video later today showing the polish as it crackles, because I found it pretty cool.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: dd

where to buy: Sally’s

See more photos & swatches!


China Glaze Crackle Glaze: Crushed Candy, Fault Line, Broken Hearted


China Glaze Crackle Glaze: Crushed Candy, Fault Line, Broken Hearted


China Glaze Crackle Glaze: Crushed Candy, Fault Line, Broken Hearted


China Glaze Crackle Glaze


China Glaze Crackle Glaze


China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm


China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm


China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm


China Glaze Crushed Candy Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm


China Glaze Fault Line Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle (No top coat)


China Glaze Fault Line Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle


China Glaze Fault Line Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle


China Glaze Fault Line Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle


China Glaze Fault Line Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle


China Glaze Broken Hearted Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie (No top coat)


China Glaze Broken Hearted Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie (No top coat)


China Glaze Broken Hearted Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie (No top coat)


China Glaze Broken Hearted Crackle Glaze over Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie (No top coat)

* Sorry, no top coat shots — I wanted to experiment with layering another crackle on top, which resulted in this…


China Glaze Crushed Candy over Broken Hearted over Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase them? How much are they?

Sally's, $6.49, though they're $4.99 with beauty card. There are also other etailers who carry them, but I didn't see them in stock there.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

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44 thoughts on “China Glaze Crackle Glaze Swatches, Review, Photos (Part 2)

  1. CrouchingStonerHiddenBong

    These suck.

  2. Pam

    Thanks for the review! I want Crushed Candy and Broken Hearted!

  3. Thank you so much for the more in depth reviews. A lot of the reviews so far have rated the collection as a whole, when obviously it’s only a couple that are pulling the team’s weight, lol. I think I will keep an eye for the black and purple.

  4. Carrie

    Though China Glaze has more colors than opi, I still think that opi come with a better finish.

  5. Saffy

    Oo, I really like the dark violet crackle over the lavender! These would be really fun for a party, though maybe not so much for everyday.

  6. Goodness, looking at these makes me want them so much more than I originally did!

  7. Lindsey

    I went to Sally’s today and they did not have these. :-(

  8. Andie

    Have you tried the OPI Black Shatter? I have it, and it seems like it “shatters” better than these.

  9. Erica

    I thought this idea was cool, but now that I see the polish up close, it doesn’t look as cool as I thought it would be. It just looks like streaky mess now. I wanted crushed candy, but since it’s the toughest to work with, I guess I won’t be getting that anymore.

  10. Kimmie

    Is Sally’s going to be the only place carrying these? Or will other places like Ulta sell them too?

  11. AnGeLwInGz

    OMG the Crushed Candy/ Dead Calm combo is gorgeous! The tricolor one is very creative, great idea Christine. Thanks so much for the swatches!

  12. I’m just a little older than you, Christine, and I also remember Cover Girl’s Crackle polishes! I never got them either, but it was because they just didn’t interest me enough. My mom would let me wear polish, despite being a little girl. :)

  13. Crushed Candy is a lovely colour!

  14. Pam

    If anyone lives in Toronto Canada, Phoenix Beauty Lounge has these (inside Pacific Mall). Only costs $6.50. Unfortunately they ran out of the black and pink nail polishes…

  15. marcela

    looks like you dipped your nails in cake icing! LOL. not liking the look too much. it doesn’t look “crackly” enough, deliberate enough, just messy.

  16. Amanda Blyskal

    i can’t decide if i like it

  17. Catherine

    Meh. I think this just makes your nails look like they were done by a year old. It doesn’t crackle the same way it does in the advertisements.

  18. I’m really not into this trend…

  19. Sasha

    That last nail combination is really nice. I don’t particularly like this style, as you said it isn’t for everyone. To me, it just looks like I was gnawing on my nails. But the last picture looks like graffiti to me, and I really like it.

  20. Maya C

    I got black mesh and crushed candy! Can’t wait to try them.
    Also, I was wondering about crushed candy. It is similar to For Audrey, or is it the exact same color in crackle form?

  21. Nora

    Still iffy about this look. I love that China Glaze is offering colors, though!

  22. Jenny

    The pink is kind of cute, but i’m actually more interested in that Scrangie nail polish. LOL

  23. thank you for the pics! i have the blue and purple… now i’m wishing i had bought the pink!

  24. amy

    Crush Candy is very pretty.

  25. Suzanne

    Ugh! This idea is just ghastly!

  26. Jenn

    I remember the CoverGirl crackles having fewer vertical cracks. The finish and lasting power probably weren’t as good as any China Glaze, but they LOOKED better.

  27. Have you tried the OPI crackle glazes from their teaming with Katy Perry? Curious how they compare.

  28. I purchased Lighting Bolt and was rather disappointed in the overall ” crackle effect ” but however I ❤ Mia’s Secret Crackle nail polish it does a much better job and the crackle effect / pattern looks better as well. Thanks for posting this review. :]

  29. Wow, these look too cool! I love the color combos you chose~

  30. joanne bell

    i love these ive tried one so far cant wait for more

  31. Chinaglaze

    Hey I loved your video and i ordered my nail crackle set from one of the sellers on amazon and i got the today I haven’t tried them yet but one thing i didn’t like about my set was that it didn’t come with the tag/instructions. Is that ok?