Product Review: Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat

July 19, 2011

The crackle nail polish look has been all the buzz for the past few months. I am now finally familiarizing myself with this crackle nail polish craze. On my most recent trip to Target, I saw a Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat ($6.29) nail polish display, and I couldn't help but pick one up to try out and take home with me. There was a generous selection of colors and finishes-pink, silver, white, purple, and gold. I ended up choosing the creamy, black shade-Ink Splatter. Now that I think of it, I should have picked up the white one as well.

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Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat-Ink Splatter

I love the packaging. The bottle is pretty cute, especially with the crackle-embossed top, brush handle. When it comes to the application, don't add a second coat, and remember that semi-thin coats are the way to go. When I tried applying a thicker coat, I did not get the crackle effect. I ended up getting messy-looking, thin and thick streaks of black polish on my nails, instead. 

I do wish that the nail brush would have been a bit wider, though. The nail brush is skinny and long in length, and because of that, it won't allow me to cover the whole nail in one swipe. I usually have to dip the brush into the polish a second time, in order to cover the other half of the nail bed. Once applied, the polish literally starts to crackle before your eyes in seconds. It's a really cool process to observe. 


No Flash, Direct Sunlight

In the swatch pictures above, I applied Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Ink Splatter over Essie Lapiz Of Luxury nail polish (3 coats). No clear topcoat added, by the way. It dries fairly quick, to a semi-shiny finish. I really appreciate that the crackle color does not appear dull once dried. The black color is still rich in pigment. I don't know why but, I thought that the color was going to have a matte finish.

Here is another nail swatch of Ink Splatter Crackle Overcoat, over Color Club Nail Polish in Lazer Pink (2 coats, no clear topcoat). I just love how pink and black nails look, when both colors are paired together!

Other than the tricky application, I think this crackle nail polish by Sally Hansen was a nice intro to the coolness that is crackle nail polishes. You may want to check out Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat if you are looking to add some fun to your nail look.

What do you all think of Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat? Have you tried them?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned above. I purchased this product, for my personal use.


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