Friday, June 17, 2011

Color Club Fractured Crackle Topcoat Collection 2011 (part one) Swatches and Review

Guess what! More crackle! I know, I'm getting pretty crackled-out too, but each brand has to have one. I'd been hoping Color Club would do some crackles, and just my luck, they have! This is only part one of the collection. This half of Fractured features a black, white and silver- your basic crackle topcoat shades. Part two will be more colorful with a blue, purple and gold.

I layered them over my existing mani to test them, but I actually liked the color combination, so it stayed. I don't think I've done crackle over this type of color before, but I like it!


Clean Break (over MAC Earthly Harmony). Clean Break is your basic clean bright white crackle topcoat. It's very opaque and has an excellent formula. It crackles beautifully as you can see here, and while it is on the thick side, it's not so thick that it becomes chunky.


Smash Hit (over MAC Earthly Harmony). Smash Hit- again, your basic black crackle topcoat. It's thick and opaque, nice and dark and crackles well.


Broken Tokens (over Smash Hit, which is over MAC Earthly Harmony). I liked the way the colors looked together so much that I didn't want to take it off! Instead, I added a coat of Color Club's silver foil topcoat, Broken Tokens, on top. Looks pretty cool, doesn't it? Broken Tokens is thick as well, but that also makes it opaque. It's sparkly and foily but not as sparkly as OPI Silver Shatter. It's more dense than the OPI.


Smash Hit (over Clean Break, which is over MAC Earthly Harmony). This was just for fun but I love how it turned out. It's like graffiti. So cool.


The formula on these is great. They're thick and opaque so they cover very well. They may have a tendency to thicken in the bottle neck due to their inherent thickness, but I've only used them twice and have not yet experienced that. They crackle quickly and dry lightning fast. I have zero complaints about the formula, bottles or brushes. Speaking of the bottles, aren't they cute? They have a crackle pattern plastic shrink wrap over the handles to distinguish them from the normal Color Club polishes.


Overall, these are really nice crackle topcoats. No new colors here, but for the basic crackle colors, the formula is great and the price is right. Can't wait to see what the color crackle topcoats are like, but knowing Color Club, they're going to be great.

(These were sent to me for review.)

17 comments:

  1. Nice! I love how you layered 3 polishes to create that effect. I'll have to try it sometime.
    - Mary

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  2. I really like the layering. Crackle polishes make me want to look for pictures of old painted cabinets & barns & stuff that have layers & layers of old cracked paint on them & copy what I see.

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  3. I never thought about layering crackles over each other!! They look awesome!!

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  4. i love the last combo! i'm not usually into the grey/brown tones but they look great under all the crackles!

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  5. beautiful crackles. the white looks so much better than CG's

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  6. oooh! i cant wait!! i love Color Club polishes.

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  7. Love the layering with the silver! Gorgeous

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  8. Awesome! I love the look of the black and white crackle over Earthly Harmony! I never would've thought to do that, but it looks great!! :-)

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  9. Wow--the layered crackles look like dark camoflage! Love it. The bottle reminds me of the crackle line Sally Hansen just put out--you're right, everyone needs a crackle. :) China Glaze's metallic crackles look interesting to me, but beyond those, I feel done purchasing crackle polishes.

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  10. Does anyone know if these will be sold in sets at Ross? I've been looking but no such luck yet.

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  11. Great nails, great polish, great work, great ideas. Serious stuff.I love your blog, it feeds the polish addict in me! .

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  12. Love the combinations of polish and crackle. I don't care for white polish much. Ever since buying Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Snow Blast I'm liking white polish.

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  13. Woah! Never thought of layering multiple crackles. In between Color Club's Smash Hit, China Glaze's Black Crackle and OPI's Black Shatter, which do you prefer? I haven't seen a 3-way comparison so far....

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  14. When I layered crackles, it absolutely didn't work. It may have been the brand I used or that I crossed brands. Nice to know that if you have the right brand, you can do it. I'll have to order these from somewhere.

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