Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat

Sally Hansen Crackle Colors:Pink, Red, Black, Blue, Gold, Silver, Purple, White

Hello Ladies! Are you tired of the shatter chatter yet? We didn't think we would purchase any more of these nail polishes. When we saw the Sally Hansen version at Walgreens, we had to give it a try. They have quite a selection of colors, and about half of them were in stock. We picked 02 Vintage Violet. It's a grape hued purple with a light blue / lavender iridescent overtone, which we used over a silver polish and base coat.

We like the 02 Vintage Grape color.
What we liked: The color breaks apart nicely and more quickly than some other shatter brands. The crackle marks are wider, which looks good. Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat sells for less than $7.00 Retail, which is cheaper than the other polishes we have reviewed. Plus, there is the added benefit of coupons and store discounts that are readily available. This polish dries faster than any crackle that we have tried.

What didn't work:
1. The brush is narrow. We can usually polish with three strokes, and this one took at least four. That wouldn't be an issue except that the overlapping of the strokes created a darker striping effect and uneven color distribution.

2. The polish dried out very fast. Glambo recommends covering any shatter polish bottle as much as possible, but the Sally Hansen brand actually started clumping in the bottle.     

3. By the time we had polished seven out of ten fingers, we had to put polish remover on a Q-Tip and scoop the clumps out of the neck of the bottle. We even had to wipe off the brush to complete our manicure.

Our Q-Tip full of remover and chunks of Crackle Overcoat.
The brush and applicator have dried polish in multiple places.
See the clumping on the top of
the bottle & on the brush?

We have reviewed several polishes of this type, and have not had an issue to this extent. By the time we applied laquer to the last few fingernails, it was like we were smearing on grape jelly with a toothpick.

Please Note: The Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat was used in a dry climate, and we are trying all of the other colors to give our readers a full assessment. Stay tuned for another Crackle Update! (Read Part Deux HERE.)

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