The real problem with these, the thing that can't really be fixed, is the formula. It is very thin, but also clumpy, like bad potato soup. Once I figured out how to apply them, it was okay, but with so many other crackle options, there is no need to have to try so hard.
I do like the jelly-like finish of Distressed Denim and Smashed Cherry, and neeeeded a gold crackle, so am glad to have Antiqued Gold, even if it is disappointing.
I was told that it was best to use a thick coat, so that's what I did in these first swatches. They are without topcoat, and over Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jumpin' Jade.
|Smashing Cherry and Distressed Denim|
|Vintage Violet and Antiqued Gold|
I really wanted Antiqued Gold to be an old gold color, but it is a bright, silvery gold. When I first tried this, it barely cracked, so I did a little experiment to find the best application method.
L to R: one thin coat, one thick coat, slopped on in different directions, two
thin coats in quick succession (all over China Glaze Little Drummer Boy)
I tried thin coats with the others, as well, and compared Vintage Violet to similarly applied China Glaze Crackle Glaze Fault Line.
|L to R: Fault Line, Vintage Violet, Smashed Cherry, Distressed Denim |
(all over China Glaze For Audrey)
Overall, these are a great drugstore option, but diehards will be disappointed. I am looking forward to picking up a gold crackle polish from the new China Glaze collection, or from Sephora by OPI. Until then, I will make do with my perfectly adequate Sally Hansen version.