Ever wondered about that whole crackle nail polish trend? Yea, me too. I think we may be on the tail-end of this trend, however, I do see new crackle color shades coming out (e.g., OPI’s limited edition Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness Month), so maybe the crackle nail polish trend still has some legs.
I bought the Sephora by OPI Blasted Nail Colour in Blasted Gold. I figured that the gold would work well with my warm skin tone. According to Sephora’s website, the polish gives a “blasted effect [of] opaque gold with fine iridescent glitter”. The way these products work is that you apply it as a top coat to your already applied and dried polish. I’ve tried wearing this blasted gold with other colors and in this post, I pair it with OPI’s Tease-y Does It, a deep purple with glittery flecks.
After polishing my nails with the solid color, I then applied the Blasted Gold top coat. The top coat must be applied to dry nails, or it won’t work properly. You apply the blasted coat just like a regular polish. As the blasted coat dries, it shrinks into the crackle effect. It’s pretty cool to watch. Finally, I recommend finishing with a clear top coat so that you get maximum shine.
The Good: You can see from the photo that the parts of your nail that stay gold have pretty opaque coverage. The glittery effect is very pretty and highly-reflective of light. And since the “blasted” effect is meant to be random, you don’t need to be so exact when applying it.
The Questionable: The Blasted Gold covered up most of my nails, and I wish that the top coat would shrink more. In the end, you don’t see much of my purple polish underneath. Also, the formula is very thick, so I don’t anticipate this bottle lasting very long.
The Verdict: It’s a novel effect, but I think the crackle trend is best suited for nighttime looks. The Blasted Gold really sparkles and looks fun in the evening, but it’s not a very professional look. During the summer, I wore the Blasted Gold on top of a light grayish-blue polish, which was a little more subtle. And I’ve never tried the Blasted on my toes, because I think that would just look weird.
Images: author’s own