Thursday, 14 April 2011

Review: Cracking Nail Varnishes

We all noticed that there is a new ‘boom’ for cracking nail varnishes. With my curiosity and passion for nail varnishes, I could not say 'no' to this new trend. It sounds interesting to me and it is perfect for having a little bit of fun with your nails at home. I decided to try Barry M Instant Nail Effects in Blue Print (Boots, £3.99) and Nails Inc Special Effects in Hoxton (Fenwicks, £11). To see the effect, you have to paint your nails with any colour and let them dry first, then apply a single coat of cracking nail varnish and you will see the effect within few seconds ;-) And the result look like this:

I painted my nails with Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Mega Fuchsia first (limited edition, available from selected stores) and applied a single coat of Barry M Instant Nail Effects. I think it looks great, although the gaps that ‘cracked’ seem to be quite wide. It is quite thick and dries up quickly. It has a matt finish.

I used 17 Super Shine Nail Polish in Wave (£3.99, Boots) and Nail Inc Special Effects in Hoxton (sparkling purple). The cracks are much thinner and you have to remember that painting in different directions will affect how your design will look. It has a shiny finish. Overall, I would definitely recommend both - I love them both – it is a great fun!...

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