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My baby is almost six months so today I decided that it was about time that I started to look slightly less like a rundown, exhausted mummy and more like a yummy mummy. Well after trying Rimmel's Crack Your Colour I have lost my enthusiasm. The varnish was £3.99 in Superdrug. I did look in Boots as well but it was the same price. The bottle contains 8ml of varnish and the stripy lid design certainly made it eye catching on the shelf. There were a number of choices including red and blue. I opted for black as I felt it would create the best effect. The bottle has basic instructions which are just not detailed enough. . .Apply one coat on top of any Rimmel nail polish. Is that a dry coat of nail varnish? Thick layer of varnish? Do you apply a top coat? There are lots of tips online and people demonstrating how to use the varnish on youtube. With both my kiddies being fast asleep I decided it would be a great time for creating stunning nails. I filled my nails and then applied a base coat. I then chose a bright pink colour thought this would look great with the black Rimmel Crack varnish. After waiting for the pink to dry I applied the Crack varnish. It was such a mess! The bottle has quite a wide brush which aids with applying the varnish but I found that you had to really quickly brush it over the nail or else it looked awful. When the cracks appeared they were very thin and not many. It looked like I had just scrapped my nails it certainly did not look like I had spent ages doing my nails. After painting the crack varnish on three nails I am afraid I gave up. I would not buy this again, it gave nowhere near the results I expected.
Having done many different designs with nail varnish over the years, I am always open to new nail varnishes and effects. £2.99 is a little steep for a nail varnish, especially as I didn't know if it was going to work or not. I have used mosaic nail colour from Avon which was ok but not everything it was advertised to be, I have also used crackle varnish which is a little better. I bought the black graffiti polish and looking at the bottle noticed an animal print effect on the brush stick, I guess this is how the nail varnish is meant to look. This in itself is an exciting concept. I painted my nails in a bright pink nail varnish; once this was dry I coated my nails in this and waited for the animal print to appear. One thing to mention is it does give you instructions how to apply, you are warned not to over coat the nails in the varnish, one coat with the brush then leave. If you put more than one coat on, it turns into a lumpy mess and you have to remove both layers and start again. When the top coat starts to dry little cracks appear in the varnish showing the bright pink underneath. If the cracks were bigger it may not have looked too bad but being small little hairline cracks it seemed a bit too much hassle than it was worth. If you looked at it from a distance it looked ok ish, but close up it looked horrible. I guess you could try no coating the whole nail but then it becomes pointless because you are trying to make the nail varnish do something it is clearly not capable of doing. I wasn't happy with the other products that I have bought to get this effect, but I would rather buy them than get this again. It doesn't achieve what it claims to do and for this I would not buy it again or recommend anyone else does either.
These crack nail polishes have become very common in recent months and this is Rimmel's offering for the craze. These polishes are painted onto the nail and then as they dry they seem to shrink and crack leaving a pattern on the nail. You need to paint a colour underneath. This polish is black so it is best to use a bright colour to ensure the pattern shows up. The dull finish of the crackle polish also means you need to make sure you use a top coat to seal the polish Advantages: -This is a cheap way to get nails that are slightly different. The polish only costs around £3 and comes in a few colours along with this black one. - Really simple to use. Simply paint it onto your nail and wait for a few minutes for it to dry. Disadvantages -The pattern doesn't really show up very well and I don't think this cracks as well as other polishes. I took it off immediately because I thought it really didn't look very nice. - When I applied a top coat, it seemed to smudge slightly (although you may stop this if you leave it to dry for a while longer) The idea of these crackle polishes is great but other brands make polishes with a better effect for the same sort of price
I recently decided that I wanted to purchase one of those nail varnishes that 'cracks up' and had a look in Tesco whilst I was there doing the shopping. I didn't know which brand I wanted but I knew I didn't want to spend too much as I'm really trying to save the pennies again, but a girl needs to treat herself every so often. That's when I noticed on the Rimmel stand their range of nail polishes called Crack Your Colour. They only one they had was called Black Graffiti which, as you've guessed, is black. The price for this was £2.99 which I thought was very good for a Rimmel nail polish. The lid on the bottle, as you can see from the photo, shows a kind of animal print effect. To get the best effect from this varnish you first paint your nails in a contrasting colour and then once dried paint on the Crack Your Colour. I decided to paint my nails in a bright purple colour as I knew this would look excellent against the black. The brush on this is smaller then others I have used but is wider so was very easy to apply. Before applying I'd read online that you only apply one coat and have to make sure that each stoke of colour doesnt' overlap. I cannot stress this point as I did overlap slightly and it just left a blobbly black mess on my nail so I had to remove this and start again. There was no magic transformation in front of my eyes but within a few minutes of having applied the polish I noticed that my nails looked as if someone had dragged a pin over them and removed some of the colour, achieving what I can only described as a scratchy effect. It looked nothing at all like the animal print on the bottle top. I know things don't always look exact, but this was too different. I wasn't pleased with the overall effect but I thought it was different and decided to keep it on for my night out. When I showed off my nails to a friend they just said they were OK, not really the response I was hoping for. All the articles I'd seen online raved about the Nail Effects Paint by Barry M so I decided to purchase one of these to see if it really was any better and I'm pleased that I did. The difference between the two products is amazing and really shows the Rimmel Crack Your Colour to be a inferior copy. In my mind this just showed that sometimes quality does come with a price and I fell that I have wasted £2.99. If you want dazzling nail effects with very little effect, then don't purchase this. For £1 extra you can purchase the wonderful Barry M Nail Effects Paint and be very proud of your nails. (Check out my review of Barry M Nail Effects Paint)