Sick of the whole crackle nail polish trend? So am I. Or really, so was I. But Pure Ice has done something pretty damn cool and renewed my interest in crackle nail polish with their new line of Vinyl Remix crackle polishes.
Confused by my pictures? The magic that is Pure Ice’s Vinyl Remix polishes is a bit hard to comprehend at first, I must say. Basically, there are four different sets of Pure Ice Vinyl Remix polishes. Rave (orange), DJ Spinner (green), Emcee Me (yellow) and Vintage Remix (purple). Each set consists of one black polish (the crackle) and one white polish (the “Platinum Magic Base Coat” [which in reality is a bit deceiving because is actually the black crackle polishes that perform all the magic, not the white so-called "magic" base coat.]). All four sets look exactly the same besides the colored label on the black crackle polish bottle and the matching colored vinyl shaped nail file that comes along with. You have to wait to see differences in the polishes until you actually apply them on your nails. So how does this whole concept work, you ask? Well, first you apply the white Platinum Magic Base Coat. It doesn’t matter which one from which Vinyl set, all the white polishes are the same; it’s the black ones that differ. The instructions say to apply one coat but I did two. Wait for the polish to completely dry and then with the four different black crackle polishes, apply randomly in steaks. As the black polish starts to crackle over the Platinum Magic Base Coat, you will see the white polish turn either purple, green, yellow or orange depending on which black crackle you applied. The fun part in this is using multiple crackle polishes on each nail to create a multi-colored effect underneath the crackle.
Overall, I really love this concept. It still seems really far fetched and I have a hard time believing that Pure Ice, of all brands, came up with such an amazing and unique concept. It’s easy and fun and pretty hard to replicate any other way. Unless that is, you plan on creating a marbled mani base and then applying black crackle over top. And um, no thanks; that takes way too long in my opinion and I just don’t have the patience to endure such a task. The only downside to this whole Vinyl Remix concept I can think of is the messy-ness the application of applying multiple black crackle nail polishes in different directions, flooding cuticles leaves behind. But!!, if you are the proud owner of a round tipped paint brush used for clean up and a large bottle of 100% acetone, you my friend are in luck and will have no trouble at all cleaning up said mess. At this point I should try to convince you of how awesome this concept is and these polishes are but in all honesty, if the pictures alone haven’t made you shit your kickers, question your eye sight and/or run to the nearest Wal*Mart to get your grabby little hands on these, I don’t think anything else I say will help to convince you. Just saying. These polishes are awesome. And lucky you, the are already out on Wal*Mart shelves! Let’s celebrate!
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Hey guys! Happy Monday! Sorry I went all weekend without posting. My server has been acting up and having issues since Friday morning. Supposedly there was something wrong on the server’s back end… a bunch of mumbo jumbo I don’t understand. But anyways, I’m back now and I have brand new limited edition Nicole by OPI Texture polishes to share with you! I have swatched all these polishes over 4 different colors so you can’t see how they look over lighter vs. darker polishes as well as different finishes. Behold.
Amethyst Shatter. Over: China Glaze Millennium, Nicole by OPI That’s Totally Red-ical, Zoya Carly, Wet n Wild Black Creme. Amethyst Shatter is a fine light purple glitter in a clean base that is supposed to shatter. For some reason, this polish really didn’t shatter too much for me and I am unsure why. Possibly because it’s a glitter or because the glitter is not dense enough in the clear base.
Aquamarine Shatter. Over: China Glaze Millennium, China Glaze Sexy In The City, Color Club New Bohemian, Wet n Wild Black Creme. Amethyst Texture is the light blue version of Amethyst Texture. Again, I had problems with the polish actually shattering but even more so in the case. Aquamaine Texture barely shattered at all for me.
Quartz Texture. Over: Wet n Wild French White creme, Wet n Wild Black Creme, Color Club Shabby Drab, Color Club Rad Nomad. It’s a light silvery purple-quartz shimmer that shatters. I actually quite like this some because of the shimmer. In the sun you can see tiny rainbow sparkles that light up. The shatter effect of this polish is much better than the previous two polishes, as you can see.
Opal Texture. My favorite of the bunch. Over: China Glaze Senorita Bonita, Nicole by OPI Great Minds Pink Alike, Wet n Wild Black Creme, China Glaze Peachy Keen. It’s a sheer polish filled with iridescent flecks that change from light purple to pink to gold to orange. This polish really is stunning ion the bottle and on the nail too, if worn over the right base layer. Obviously out of the four polishes I layered Opal Texture over it looks best layered over black (well at least in my opinion) because it shows up the best. It barely shows up at all over Senorita Bonita, most likely because the iridescent shimmer in Opal Texture matches the iridescent shimmer in the base polish so it sort of just blend in. I’ll have to try layering Opal Texture over more dark polishes to find other pretty layering combos.
These polishes are available for a limited time only and are currently on shelves.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Another pure Ice Crackle Duo!
This is two coats of Pure Ice Golden Ticket. For some reason, none of the base polishes in these Crackle Duo sets are named with real names (only numbers as names) yet the crackles polishes are. Odd. Anyways, another quick Google search solved my problem and turns out the name-name for the number name of 582CP is really Golden Ticket. Appropriately named. I actually really love this polish and amazed that it’s by Pure Ice. Not that there’s anything wrong with Pure Ice. It’s just, it looks more expensive than a polish that retails for less than two bucks at Wal*Mart. It’s a clear base densely packed with gold, silver, and copper glitter. It’s super sparkly and the outcome of the three colors of glitter combined makes for the perfect shade of gold. I think this is going to be one of favorite golds to wear now. It’s just perfect.
Strobe Light crackle polish over Golden Ticket. I really, really love Golden Ticket on it’s own and I’m pretty much completely over the whole crackle trend but I really like this combo together a lot. Like, a lot a lot. It makes me want to reconsider this whole dislike for the crackle trend that, in my opinion, has long over stayed it’s welcome in the fashion world.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Thought the crackle trend was dead and gone? Not quite yet. Pure Ice has been releasing more Duo Crackle sets that come with one regular polish, one crackle polish, and one matching mini nail file. Behold, Pure Ice Crackle Duo in Strike A Pose:
Beware. A clear base filled with small light silver glitter. This was three coats. The label on the bottle itself doesn’t have the name “Beware” listed… it simply states “537CP” as the name but with a quick Google search, I found that 537CP is the same as Beware that is in the Pure Ice core collection.
(These products were provided to me for review.)
Self explanatory. The colors I used were: OPI Kiss Me With Your Tulips topped with China Glaze Lightening Bolt, EssieJelly Apple topped with China Glaze Black Mesh, Wet n Wild French White Creme topped with China Glaze Broken Hearted, and Orly Cotton Candy topped with Pure Ice Show Stopper. For the heart designs I folded a piece of tape in half, cut out half a heart, opened up the piece of tape so that there was a full heart design, centered the heart on each nail, painted over the heart cutout with crackle nail polish, removed the tape, added top coat, and voila!
And the inspiration for the mani:
Just recently Pure Ice Started releasing these duo packs that come with two coordinating polishes and a mini nail file. I’m not sure if this Duo was released specifically for Chinese New Year or if it’s just being marketed that way even though it’s a core Duo. Regardless, tomorrow is Chinese New Year and this Showstopper Duo is perfect for the occasion. Uh.. This one has no name. Which is kind of odd. And confusing. It’s a bright sparkly yellow antique gold. I really like the color or this. My only issue was this it was a bit sheer so it took three coats to look opaque.
Showstopper crackle polish on top of the no name gold. Showstopper itself is a jelly-creme burgundy-red. Since it’s on the sheer side, the gold underneath sparkles through and makes the crackle appear sparkly as well which I quite like. I’m not sure if I’d ever wear these two polishes together again just because the gold and red is a bit too obnoxious and out there for my tastes, but for Chinese New Year I think it’s perfect and looks nice.
(these products were sent to me for review.)
With Halloween right on our heels, I’ve been seeing quite a lot of muggles lately walking around rocking the black shatter/crackle on top of orange polish look. I figure since Halloween is tomorrow and all, it’s high time I dip my toes (or fingers in this case) in the orange&black crack waters. This look is OPI Pumped-Up Pumpkin topped with OPI Black Shatter. It’s quite fun and quite spooky. Plus, I’m proud of the muggles for coming up with such an awesome yet easy (why didn’t I think of it myself??) Halloween mani that I could steal from them.
Have any of you worn a similar look yet for Halloween?