NOTD : Crackles Crackle with OPI

Despite being kind of over the crackle trend I, along with many others, got quite excited to receive a full size OPI crackle polish in my December Jolie Box. The nail polish is a gorgeous gold shimmer which would look lovely without the crackle. Imagine my excitement this morning when I read on Fee's post that if applied on a bare nail the crackle effect won't take place. I had to try it immediately.

I decided to use the crackle on my accent nail over MUA Shade 2 and paint OPI Gold Shatter directly onto my other nails, finished with Sally Hansen Diamond Shine top coat.

If you are using this as a crackle be warmed not to apply it too thickly. I first applied it as I would my Barry M crackle polishes but it didn't crackle very well at all.

I removed this and applied a very thin coat of the crackle, this achieved the desired effect.


The Gold Shatter polish dries quite matte, this looked too dull for my liking.

I applied one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Shine over the top which instantly brightened my nails up and transformed Gold Shatter into a gorgeous all over nail colour.

The only downside to using crackle polishes as a block colour is that it tends to peel off quite easily so may not last as long as your usual nail polish.

Massive thanks to Fee for this tip!

Have you tried OPI Gold Shatter yet? Do you prefer it as a block colour or as its intended?


  1. They do look lovely! I love the gold polish!


  2. I just recently heard about shatter nail polish, can you specify the differences between shatter and the crackle nail polish?

  3. Thanks :) I'm not usually a lover of gold polish but love this one, its just such a shame that it peels off so easily x

  4. I'm not really sure to be honest, as far as I'm aware they're the same thing just called different things - but I could be completely wrong! Sorry I'm not much help! x


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