If you haven’t already heard of the crackle/shatter nail polish trend, then you’re missing out. Lacquer addicts stand up and take note because it’s just a matter of time before this nifty new product makes its way to a store near you.
This trend in nail art has reemerged in a big way ( I believe Cover Girl did it first ages ago, long before I was remotely interested in makeup) and bottles of this special paint have been flying off shelves. People are gearing up everywhere to flash their artfully shattered nails to curious onlookers this Spring.
I took my carefully crackled nails to the streets of Toronto today and literally everyone who I interacted with stopped to comment and exclaim over my flashy digits.
Crackle (or Shatter…it depends on the brand) polishes are a coat of nail paint you apply over a vivid base colour. In under a minute this special top coat starts to separate and pull apart resulting in the comic book like shattered effect you see above. It dries to a matte finish so if you like the shiny look I’m sporting you’ll need to follow up with a good top coat. (I used two coats of Seche Vite for this demonstration.)
Many brands are coming out with their own version of Crackle polish. OPI collaborated with Katy Perry and released a black shatter polish. China Glaze came out with a black version too plus a slew of bright colors and Barry M (UK brand) has what I’m showing you today. As far as I’m aware Barry M’s only crackle polish colour available is black.
My favorite black crackle product hands down is the Barry M version. I find it applies easier and shatters in a much more aesthetically pleasing manner. You get more chunky square like pieces (when you apply it thickly), while I find the other brands crack in vertical strips and don’t break apart as much, letting less of the base color show through.
Here is a super short video I made demonstrating how fast this product does its magic. (Please excuse my poor dry hands – they’ve been subjected to lots of nail polish remover today and look a little parched.)
I love how my nails look unique each time I apply this stuff. You can never be sure what you’re going to end up with and the unpredictability is half the fun. The end result is like having a mini modern art painting on your nails!
I purchased my Barry M products from a UK seller on Ebay. I believe you can also order it online from the company itself. Those in the UK should be able to waltz into their local pharmacy/drug store and pick it up for just a few dollars. (Lucky you.)
So what do you guys think? Do you love this trend or would you rather pass? It’s not a look for everyone. I was turned off by it at first until I discovered a polish that shattered in a way I thought looked amazing. I love Barry M Nail Effects!
Disclaimer: All these products were purchased with my own money.