With it being the New Year and all I thought I’d be a bit daring and paint my nails red. It’s something I am always a little fearful of. Red nails can either make your hands look really feminine and elegant or make you look like you have man hands or even worse fall into the category of pig trotters.
So on New Year’s Eve Eve I painted my nails using Barry M’s Bright Red 262, braved it and was quite pleased with the results. It’s a lovely, proper red that goes on really well but you do need three coats for real opacity. And I was surprised how well it lasted. It was only until yesterday that I noticed little chips on the tips of my nails meaning it lasted longer than my last two applications (essie and Models Own). As I had a bit of a busy day yesterday I decided to hide the chips with Barry M’s White Crackle Instant Effect Polish and this is what happened.
If you read my blog you’ll know that I’ve reviewed the gold and purple Barry M crackles before with very different results. You’ll also know that I have a love, hate relationship with them – my brain loves it, my eyes… not so much. But I am happy to report that the white crackle is an absolute success.
Like all crackles you paint a single coat onto the nail (after applying a base colour) and watch the effect form. Unlike some crackles this did a really good job.
If you have used them before you’ll know that a thick layers will (or should) produce big, chunky shapes and will reveal more of the base colour. If you paint thin layers you’ll get very fine cracks making the crackle colour the more dominant by a long shot.
The white crackle formula is great. It’s really easy to apply, it doesn’t dry on the brush too quickly and it shrinks away from your cuticles nicely. It cracks really quickly but even when I missed a spot on my nail and quickly painted it, overlapping the original coat, it didn’t affect it.
One thing I really love about this polish that you don’t get with the darker crackles is that if you do paint some thinner layers you will get almost a gradient of colour where the white doesn’t have full opacity over the base colour. On that note though, a downside of the white is that you do get drag from the base colour. I don’t know if it’s because I used it without putting a topcoat on the red or if it would happen on higher end polishes but it definitely happened this time.
I usually don’t like the mat finish crackle tops have and add a topcoat to get a sheen but for some reason the mat white on the glossy red really works. Another issues I usually find with crackle tops is that if you don’t put a topcoat on they start to wear off on the corners. I’ve had this on for 24 hours so far and there’s been no sign of wear whatsoever.
In all, I’m really impressed. It’s a really quick and simple way of getting wow nails and the great this with the white is that it hides chips really well. It’s not as aggressive or as run-of-the-mill as the black crackles and it really made the red pop.
I will definitely be using this again and for £3.99 it’s a bit of a bargain.