(cracking up)nails + giveaway winner

Leave it to OPI to set (or rejuvenate) a trend. I remember first hearing about their "crackle" nail polish before the release of their Serena Williams & Katy Perry sets and although I found the effect pretty cool...the fact that the polish only came in black left me a little passive. Well now they've got a whole spectrum of colors to choose from. However, I've never been a fan of OPI. In fact, I don't currently own a single OPI polish. While they have some great and trend-setting colors, I find that their large sized brush is difficult to use on my more narrow nails.
Enter Sally Hansen's Crackle Overcoat:

What you see above is two coats of Butter's "All Hail the Queen" followed by one coat of Sally Hansen's Crackle Overcoat in "Antiqued Gold". Honestly, I am not overly thrilled by this polish. I don't know if this is because of the (neutral) color combo I chose or because I don't think that I like the way the crackle effect looks on my own nails. This is actually my first crackle nail polish ever so I don't have much to go on. At $6.99 a bottle, this Sally Hansen polish is only slightly less expensive than OPI's variety. I still feel a little passive about this polish. I don't dislike it, but I don't love it either. Your thoughts?
By the way, doesn't the photo look awesome? My friend at work took it with her digital SLR which is definitely a few steps up from my cell phone camera. Thanks Bethany!
And now the moment you have all been waiting for...
the winner of my first ever giveaway is lucky number 13/Amy!
Congrats Amy! And thank you to everybody who participated!


Krystal said...

you might be right about the opi brush for sure!! i do love their colors though...i do need to branch out i think :)

April said...

I'm a huge OPI fan, but I'm happy to see that other people are making the crackle nail polish, because OPI's was too expensive for me! haha

Mo Pie, Please said...

I have yet to try this trend - I think it might drive me crazy actually to see my nails that way. But I guess I can't knock it 'til I try it. I am more of an Essie fan than an OPI one - I usually pick their polishes in the salon. But I really love painting my nails with Sally Hansen's fast dry brushes because they're wide and thin (if that makes sense).

Rachael said...

I do love crackle and effect nail varnish like this. i haven't come across the OPI version over here yet but i'll keep my eyes for it - that gold colour would go with anything x

Mandy said...

I'm still not completely sold on crackle either. I have OPI's black and white shatters and while I think they're neat, I haven't found the right color combo or brushstroke pattern that makes me love-love it.