Monday, March 28, 2011

Crushed Candy Swirl

Hey Ladies,

Today I have my first crackle mani to share with you! I received my polishes in the mail a couple days at a time, so I knew I had to use the first one once I got my hands on it, this was Crushed Candy.

I love the name and the shade, definitely a crackle version of For Audry, It's a light tiffany blue-green. I had it in my head that this would look great with a neutral grey underneath, to I pulled out my brand new China Glaze, Pelican Grey, applied 2 coats and waited...

Indoors, camera flash

My ring finger came out the best in my opinion :) This photo was taken right after application.

I was getting really inpatient so instead of waiting until the polish was completely dry, I applied the crackle on top. Now, the polish wasn't super wet or anything, mostly just a bit tacky but it did make a big difference. The crackle polish took a lot longer to crack and ultimately didn't crack as much as I would have hoped it to. I also saw minor pulling at the base polish, but it was hardly recognizable.

*Please click on all the photos to enlarge to see the detail of the crackle :)

Indoors, natural lighting

Indoors, natural lighting

I applied a coat of Seche Vite to seal everything up and was kind meh about the whole mani. Had I of used a deeper grey I think that Crushed Candy would have popped a bit more. Although this combo did grow on me over the next couple of days I wore it. For some reason the blue in Crushed Candy really brought out the purple tone in Pelican grey, it was very muted, but it was there.

Outdoors, natural light

Outdoors, natural light

Another thing I noticed about Crushed Candy over all was when it was compared to the other crackles I have, it took longer to crack and the cracks were much bigger and scattered. I'm thinking it may be due to a thicker formula. Does anyone know if thinner can be used on these polishes? If not next time I will be sure to mix the polish up a bit every few nails.

I can't wait to pair this crackle with some nice bright pinks and yellows! Ah spring... when will you come?


  1. Very cool! I haven't done a whole lot with the Crackles yet, but I want to!

  2. That is quite subtle, but I like it!

  3. Thanks ladies :) I promise some funky bright crackle manis in the near future!


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