For 4th of July weekend I wanted to do something kinda seasonal with my nails without getting all obvious about it. Over the weekend I picked up a couple of new shatter nail polishes at my favorite 99¢ bodega (shocking, I know) and I was eager to try them out. Patriotically, I had picked out red and blue shades, so here’s what I’m working with for Independence Day:
The two different crackle lacquers reacted differently — the Cherimoya 2012 is great and works pretty much like the OPI shatter polishes. It starts cracking immediately and has a pretty uniform vertically-aligned pattern to it. The Kleancolor is weirder; it cracks inward verrrrrrry slowly and is more subtle, as you can see in the photos. Over some polishes the Kleancolor just dries and flakes off immediately, but it seems to work best over metallics and shimmers. Ultimately I think I would recommend the Cherimoya 2012 Crack overall — it’s super cheap and comes in 24 awesome colors. I’m going to grab some more bright shades next time I hit up the bodega for sure.
Speaking of bright shades, my friend Allison just sent me this New York Times article about wild nail polish going mainstream. The comments are interesting; lots of readers seem to maintain that all nail polish is completely tacky. What do you think?