So today I stopped by my local Walgreens and saw a new brand that I had never heard of out with a crackle nail polish in many colors, roughly 10. So of course I was interested because at $3.99 could there actually be a cheaper crackle than Sally Hansen and OPI? I went ahead and got four colors: Flash (white), Hot Couture (bright pink), Strike A Pose (aqua with blue-green shimmer) and finally All Shooked Up (purple with purple-pink shimmer).
I tried using them all the exact same way as I did with my Black OPI Shatter, and tested them out with a thick coat and a thin coat. They all dry shiny, not matte-esque as my Black OPI does, and they are extremely fast drying. Almost, I feel too fast, which leads to my next point: it's ability to crackle.
What I noticed with all shatters, be they OPI, Sally Hansen and now Pure Ice...the shimmery or glittery shades don't crackle as well as the solid colors do. I really don't know why but the Strike a Pose and All Shooked Up crackled so little that it looks like I painted my nails this solid color and streaked it when I was painting them. Both applications (thick and thin) had no difference.
For the White and Pink shades, they shattered alright. I definitely saw a better shatter with a thicker coat, but it still wasn't as impressive as my OPI. I have to hand it to OPI, that black shatter is still my favorite one.
SO the final say? Pass on the shimmer shades and go with the solid colors. Good try, but if you must check out Walgreens for Sally Hansen crackle at 6.99 which is the lowest I have seen in 4 mainstream drugstores.
Has anyone else tried these products? How have they turned out for you?
Have fun shopping!