First, here are Cammi's photos, over the same colors she swatched from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection.
Cammi loved this crackle lots and lots, and threatens to try it out in many more different combinations. We welcome this!
Yours truly decided to try it out over the entire collection on wheel before anything else, and this is what it looks like.
Yawn. Not for me. So I decided to pass painting the Silver Shatter over my Pirates swatches and try it out over a couple colors that are more me.
First, over a darker grey creme, in this case Nubar's Stronghold.
Do you see that?!
Some more, just because I can:
This manicure rocks. (Please note intended pun!) Possibly the most metal manicure ever. I tried applying the crackle in various ways, like I've seen some of you creative gals do, and I love the randomness that gives. Standard straight cuticle to edge application on index, horizontal on middle, supposedly all random on the ring, and on the pinky nail I tried a swirling motion.
Next, over blue. This is over Pure Ice French Kiss.
I didn't like this combination as much as the previous, but I did manage some nice patterns with the brush. I'm especially pleased with the ring finger nail, which was done in a sort of braid pattern, as seen on someone else's blog - I don't remember from where, so if you know you did this, please take credit in the comments section. On the pinky I did a zigzag motion. Also pretty nice.
When trying to figure out what combinations to do, I actually consulted my spreadsheet of untried polishes, and even though I have about 400 registered, I couldn't think of many cominations I believed in. I didn't feel like trying it over a shimmer, nor a warm shade. Ridiculous, I know, but even though I really like the polish itself (just look at it!), I'm sensitive to chaotic combinations. What I do want to try it out over next, is a decent glitter. But putting this over a holo would feel like a waste - of both polishes. I'm just not that into competition.
Formula and application is great, and approved by both me and Cammi. Cammi especially pointed out that it doesn't seem to thicken up in the bottle neck as fast as some other crackle polishes do. Personally I experienced that it was a bit thicker after a few uses, and I had to close the bottle and shake in the middle of the manicure. However, I don't see this as a problem. I too love this one, over the right shade it's just spectacular!
Also, here's an alternate take on the bottle shot:
Swedish word of the day:
sten -noun rock
Finally possible to receate as a manicure!