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I Tried It… Sally Hansen Crackle Nail Polish


Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat Nail Polish Bottles
Product Info: Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat

While perusing the shelves of my local drugstore, I came across a new nail polish product, Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat. I remember the “crackle” style nail polishes from 10 years ago, but being a young girl at the time, I never had the chance to try them. However, nothing was going to stop me from trying the crackle polish trend this time around.

I’m sometimes wary of trying new products, but I feel that Sally Hansen creates quality products at reasonable prices. Plus, I’ve been using Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails for years with great results.

Choosing which shade to purchase was probably the most difficult part of the process. The line features eight colors: Ink Splatter, Distressed Denim, Vintage Violet, Cherry Smash, Fuchsia Shock, Antiqued Gold, Fractured Foil, and Snow Blast. I chose Snow Blast because the white shade would have a strong contrast with most nail polishes I already own.

The Application Process:

Sally Hansen provides a video full of tips about application, so after reviewing that and the package instructions, I was ready to begin.

Step 1: Applying a Base Coat

First, I painted a base coat on my nails. Since it’s summer, I went with a bright fuchsia shade on all nails, except for a teal shade on my ring finger nails. I used Sinful Colors Professional nail polish in Dream On and Rise and Shine.

Sally Hansen Crackle Nail Polish: Base Layer

The Sally Hansen tutorial suggests applying two coats and allowing nails to dry completely before applying the Crackle Overcoat, so that’s what I did.

Steps 2 + 3: Crackle Overcoat & Top Coat

After allowing ample time for my base coat layers to dry, I applied a thick layer of the Crackle Overcoat in Snow Blast… and I did not care for the results. The nail polish appeared clumpy and very few “cracks” appeared. I was disappointed, but decided to give it another try.

After using nail polish remover to clean most of the polish off, I quickly reapplied the base coats where necessary and allowed my nails to dry once again. Then I went ahead and applied a much thinner and lighter coat of the Crackle Overcoat. As the polish dried, many more cracks began to appear, allowing the base coat colors to peek through. I was a million times more pleased with this look:

Sally Hansen Crackle Nail Polish: Finished product

Cute, right? After allowing the Crackle Overcoat to dry, I applied the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails as a top coat. The top coat added extra shine to my nails and made the contrast between the white and bright colors pop that much more.

Final Advice & Review:

From my experience, I recommend applying a thin layer of the Crackle Overcoat for best results – don’t lay this stuff on thick; it just won’t work if you do. Also, don’t forget to apply a clear top coat. Those two steps combined really make all the difference.

Due to its slightly tricky application, I rate the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat 4 stars out of 5.

The application was a bit difficult since the brush is rather small and the polish comes out thick, but after experimenting, I was pleased with my final look. I may try some other crackle polishes soon for comparison, but I did like the Sally Hansen product overall.

Your Thoughts?

Have you ever tried Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat? What were your results and do you have any application tips to share? Or have you tried any comparable crackle style nail polishes? I’m already thinking of new color combos to try, like a glittery base coat under the Snow Blast. What would be your favorite Sally Hansen shade combinations? Let me know what you think!

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110 Responses to “I Tried It… Sally Hansen Crackle Nail Polish”

  1. 1
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Even though it is a little more expensive, I have found O.P.I to work much better.

  2. 2
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I honestly am not a huge fan of this trend. It kind of looks like you just painted your nails with white out and then dug around in the sand.

  3. 3
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Interesting, however I don’t think I would wear it… I think I like the close-up better than how it looks on the entire hand from far away.


  4. 4
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I have O.P.I. crackle nail polish in black and silver, and though I’ve only used the black so far, it appears that it worked much better than the Sally Hansen. I used it over a bright purple shade I bought from Delia’s last summer, and it looked amazing. It crackled better and left more gaps, but not so much that it just looked like shipped nail polish.

  5. 5
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I personally think crackle polish is hideous… No offense Casey! I just hate this trend

  6. 6
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    maybe it would be better in another color but the white is totally not my taste at all.

  7. 7
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I bought the exact same brand and color as you and painted it over a bright blue polish, and I was honestly disappointed in the results. To me it looked completely sloppy and actually really ugly! I took it off right away and haven’t used it since. It came out better on your nails, although I must say I still don’t like the look very much, and regret buying the polish :(

  8. 8
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I just recently bought the white Sally Hansen Crackle nail polish as well! A thin coat definitely works better, you get more crackles and can see the color underneath. I really like the white, because my nails always chip basically the day after I paint them! Once they start chipping, I can put a coat of the crackle on top and they still look good! Plus when the white crackle starts to chip, it’s not very noticeable! I am a fan!!

  9. 9
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’ve used the gold and it looks much nicer and crackles better. I think the white looks weird, maybe because there’s no shimmer to it. Gold crackle over black polish looks amazing!

  10. 10
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Hmm, I don’t like it. I think it still ended up looking a little lumpy and weird. :)

  11. 11
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    You might want to try using less of the white next time. I can barely see the color underneath.

  12. 12
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I recently saw a comparison between all the different crackle polishes, and OPI’s work at LOT better. Even though it’s more expensive, I would suggest splurging for OPI if you really want a good crackle.

  13. 13
    August 9th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    After going to every store in town, I finally found the Violet color at Target. It’s much thinner and more opaque than the other Sally Hansen Crackles. The first time I applied too little of it and for the Violet you really need to lay it on thick. I was pretty happy with it, want to try the Pink, but it seems thicker like the White.

  14. 14
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I really dislike the white crackle – I think it just looks like a skin disease. However, I would agree that the OPI is definitely worth the money – I have black and silver shatter, and I’m thrilled every time I use them.

    My trick is to, yes, paint a thin coat (and only one!!), and then let it crackle over an hour or two before topcoating it. It’ll dry fast, but I’ve found that it tends to crackle a little bit more if you let it set.

    And as always, more expensive polishes are always worth the money. It’s shocking how big a difference it can make in quality.

  15. 15
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I have the silver Sally Hansen crackle and LOVE it!! A thin coat is really all that you need, and the silver works with almost every polish color. I like it better than the white, which kind of comes across as white out. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try the trend but not wanting to spend the extra $$ for OPI.

  16. 16
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    not with the whole crackle thing, why not just use polish you have already and use a toothpick to make it look cracked? or chip your polish because this is what it reminds me of.

  17. 17
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I personally don’t like the whole crackle trend.

  18. 18
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I got the black OPI just before this trend hit the UK, and although cheaper alternatives have sprung up all over since I did, I don’t really regret getting it. It’s definitely the best I’ve seen of all the shatters, and it works so easily. I’m fairly awful at doing my nails and it came out perfectly the first time I used it. You see a lot more of the base colour with the OPI than I notice with most other crackles – well worth it (and that’s from someone who generally balks at paying anything over about a fiver!) :)

  19. 19
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve tried OPI shatter (in black) and Sally Hansen crackle (in red and white) and the OPI is definitely worth it. In comparison, the Sally Hansen tends to just look tacky and cheap. Normally I would vie for the cheaper SH polish but this line of Sally Hansen is actualy about $7, only $1.50 cheaper than the OPI. Trust me, that $1.50 is worth the huge improvement in quality

  20. 20
    August 9th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I have tried both the Sally Hansen crackle and the OPI shatter, so I can definitely say, from personal experience, that the OPI shatter is so much better than the Sally Hansen. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Sally Hansen insta-dry polishes and hard as nails top coat, but the crackle is just sub-par to OPI.) In addition, I think the white is probably the worst crackle color available, regardless of brand. Like another poster said, it looks like you’ve painted with whiteout, or just did a really sloppy job of painting your walls. The Sally Hansen pink crackle looks really nice over both silver and gold, but over lighter shades of pink as well. My favorite shatter/crackle polish available is OPI’s turquoise shatter. The OPI consistency is just so much smoother, and less lumpy than Sally’s, PLUS, with OPI you get the pro-wide brush, which makes application smoother and faster. I highly recommend trying OPI’s over Sally Hansen’s.

  21. 21
    August 9th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve tried the OPI Shatter in white over black on my toes and it looks similar to zebra stripes with much less effort. I found that a thin coat is best with the crackle and shatter polishes and the clear top coat is necessary. I haven’t had any polish chips so far and it’s been over two weeks! I definitely recommend the OPI brand.

  22. 22
    August 9th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I’m guessing you could get the same effect by messily applying white-out to your nails. Not so sure I’m crazy about this, at least in white.

  23. 23
    August 9th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try these, although I don’t like this particular color (I agree with what someone else said about it looking like white out!) – I do think it can look cute with the right color combinations.

  24. 24
    August 9th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I honestly don’t like the look because I feel like it just looks chipped and unpolished. That’s just my personal taste though.

  25. 25
    August 9th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I have the OPI silver and black crackle. I used the black crackle over some gold nail polish and it created a cheetah print look without having to do any small detailed work!

  26. 26
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I like that you did a review, but I’m just not into the crackle trend

  27. 27
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    After reading everyone’s comments I am definitely going to try the OPI Crackle Nail Polish. I can understand the comparisons of the white shade to just using white-out, but I chose the white since I thought it would contrast best with other colors; therefore show up better in the pictures I posted for you all.

    I really like reading everyone’s comments, but for some reason I continued to like the crackle nail polish more and more when I was wearing it over the weekend. I like unexpected details and find this funky (though not loved by everyone) nail style really interesting.

    Maybe one first glance it’s not for everyone, but I would still recommend trying it (maybe not in white) to see if you like it.

  28. 28
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    @Paula – Thank you! Are there any other products out there you would like to see reviewed?

    Anyone else feel free to chime in with what products you would like to see reviewed here at College Fashion!

    I’m thinking of testing out the Garnier Fructis Blow-Dry Perfector product..

  29. 29
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Testing Garnier Fructis Blow would be a great idea ..go for it!

  30. 30
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    i’m not a big fan of the sally hansen crackle. i like the pure ice brand — i don’t recommend their normal polishes, since they’re usually really thin, but for the crackle, that works to their advantage. they dry suuuper fast & it’s easy to put on the perfect coat. they come in about twenty-ish colors, i think, and are only $1.99 at walgreens. (:

  31. 31
    August 9th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve tried the Sally Hansen Black crackle, and absolutely loved it every time! I’ve got it on over silver now, but the black will look good over almost any color. Here’s how it turned out over blue:

  32. 32
    August 9th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve also heard that for better results you want to use the same brand of nail polish for the base and crackle.

  33. 33
    August 9th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I love this polish. I thinks its unique! The black is my fav!

  34. 34
    August 9th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I like the crackle, but this doesn’t look as good as OPI’s shattered… I have it in black and I love it.

  35. 35
    August 10th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I bought the Sally Hansen Crackle in black and found better results if I wasn’t as neat with my application. Moving the brush in different directions created cracks in different directions (not just vertical ones). Just try not to go over the same area twice with the brush as it decreases the effect.

  36. 36
    August 10th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Ohhh I love it. I’ve never seen anyone use the white before- looks better than black would for the summer!

  37. 37
    August 10th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    OMG I just bought some yesterday from CVS!!!

  38. 38
    August 10th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Just as a warning Casey, you would probably like to read the myriad of negative reviews online for the Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector before you experiment. Its full of harsh chemicals and has apparently damaged the majority of its users’ hair. The only people who I have read good reviews from have seemingly just been fortunate that their hair wasn’t destroyed.

  39. 39
    August 10th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I find that using one single layer of this polish looks best. I have it in Antiqued Gold, and I’m happy with the results — I only use one thicker coat, then it crackles and looks great!

  40. 40
    August 10th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I tried the opi one and loved it, but I’ve really wanted to try the china glaze ones and havent gotten around to it yet, since I am a big china glaze fan I’m sure they’ll be better than the sally hansen. Has anyone else tried the CG ones yet?

  41. 41
    August 10th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    China Glaze’s work pretty well.
    They’re a little thinner than OPIs but of the ones I’ve tried (and I have a rather large nail polish collection) OPI and CG are the top two.

    Also random observation but with your base colors because both are a neon they work a lot better if you do a coat of white and then the color.

  42. 42
    August 10th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Do you think you could try a few glitter polishes? I’ve heard a lot of good things about Deborah Lippmann but I’ve never tried them myself.

  43. 43
    August 10th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I tried the Sally Hansen Antique Gold over Sally Hansen’s NY at Midnight (black), I loved it! Got tons of compliments.

    Although I am a sucker for OPI, I highly recommend any Sally Hansen product. Love!

  44. 44
    August 10th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    When applying over neons like you did, you should add a topcoat before putting on crackle. That should get the best results.

    I second the recommendation to get creative with applying. I like to slap it only partially on the nail, and in all directions.

  45. 45
    August 10th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    And I really like the metallic crackles, OPI Silver Shatter and China Glaze Tarnished Gold. I would probably never get a white crackle, but it looks pretty good in your manicure.

  46. 46
    August 10th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    “And as always, more expensive polishes are always worth the money. It’s shocking how big a difference it can make in quality.”

    So not true! Not that OPI fits that anyway; it’s mid-range.

  47. 47
    August 10th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I tried Mia crackle first and then tried the Sally Hansen. I hated the Sally Hansen! It looks a mess! total waste of money :(

  48. 48
    August 10th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    My sister & I LOVE to paint our nails together, so when OPI’s Shatter came out, we had to give it a try. We got silver, and it works great! The polish has the perfect consistency to make it go on without a hitch. Having tried Crackle (in purple) also, I’m going to have to give the edge to OPI. It just looked cleaner to me! Casey, have you thought about testing the new dry shampoos from TRESemmé? They could be a great thing to have in our beauty arsenal, and I’d love to hear your take!

  49. 49
    August 10th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I got my first crackle nail polish last year in mid-December. I found it at a mexican market and I got for 2 dollars, not kidding. I´m not sure how much does these Sally Hansen cost, but I want to say the quality isn´t the same. I´ll give them a review 2/5 compared to the first nail polish I got.

  50. 50
    August 10th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I actually tried this nail polish, but I had it done at my nail salon. I still used the Sally Hansen one. Mine was a black base with silver crackle and mine turned out amazing! My boss used the same kind and the same color and hers was not as great looking as mine was. My advice would be to just barely put on a thin coat. Immediately mine looked so good! If that doesn’t work, then I would just suggest doing it in a nail salon. Overall, I was really pleased with my nails and I am going to try other colors as well! :)

  51. 51
    August 12th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    This is fantastic. I paint my nails the same way you do (painting the ring finger a different color), and I currently have 8 rusty orange nails and 2 nearly-identical-to-your seagreen nails. On top of that, I just bought this same exact color and brand of crackle nail polish this weekend. Great minds, huh?

  52. 52
    August 13th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    @Rachel – I think there is actually a review for some dry shampoos on CF already. Though I can definitely check out the new brands.

    @Stephanie- Such a crazy coincidence. Rusty orange nails sound really cute. Thanks for your comment!

  53. 53
    August 13th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    @ Julie, Katy, Samantha, and Shelby-
    Thanks for the tips! Even though I’m in the minority I’m definitely into the crackle nail style and will test out your advice next time I use the Crackle nail polish.

  54. 54
    August 14th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    The Sally Hansen lines are nowhere near as good of a quality as the OPI (or the China Glaze) from what I have seen, though this one looks nice — maybe an even thinner coat (and a better top-coat — Seche usually looks really nice with the crackles/shatters) might reduce any of the “white-out” effect.

    I’m surprised by how many people don’t like the shatters here! It’s definitely the top of the trends for nail polish.

  55. 55
    August 20th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I don’t care for the white.. but I love the silver. I used “Rich in Heart” ironically, by Sinful. It’s black w/ red shimmer.. and then put the silver crackle on top. It came out really nice. I also have black crackle which I haven’t tried yet. Gold was ok. White, again, I didn’t care for.. just because it reminds me of white out.

  56. 56
    August 21st, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    i recently bought and tried the black crackle nail polish from sally hansen. i applied it over sally hansen Xtreme wear celeb city (its a sparkly silver). i think it looks pretty cool. i think this is a neat trend, but like other people have said, it’s risky because you have to find color combos that work well.

  57. 57
    August 22nd, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    i got opi and sally hansen and personaly thought the sally hansen was better than opi.

  58. 58
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:13 am

    No I’m not..looks like you blindly applied white-out to your nails.

  59. 59
    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:55 am

    i LOVE the sally hansen crackle nail polish! It works WAY better than the O.P.I crackle nail polish. The O.P.I. Nail polish comes out thick and hard to spread, the sally hansen crackle comes out MUCH easier! I rate it 10 stars out of 5 stars:D

  60. 60
    August 23rd, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I have just put the black over gold polish (not Sally Hanson) and it looks AMAZING!

  61. 61
    September 13th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    they are so nice i did myn pin and black they are pretty

  62. 62
    September 13th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    so nice

  63. 63
    September 18th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Okay I tried this but i put clear polish on the top and it kinda took it away ! So i’m not sure if i am suppose to use a top coat. Can someone tell if i should?

  64. 64
    September 18th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    @Tiana I use top coats on everything, including the crackles and it didn’t alter them a bit. Are you letting the crackle dry before adding it? IF so, I don’t know. Maybe the top coat and crackle don’t like each other. Lol

  65. 65
    September 20th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    i am a nail polish FREAK. when i saw this…crackle nail polish i said OMG I HAVE TO HAVE IT!!!! i got the white one and put a dark blue under and put a reg. layer on and i watched it and i was amazed (i get amazied by everything) i love it i plan on getting every color and hope there is more krazy nail polish coming soon!!!!!!!!!!

  66. 66
    September 20th, 2011 at 6:10 pm


  67. 67
    October 22nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I hate this brand of nail polish…
    Try Avon for the crackle stuff.
    It honestly works really well and as soon as you put it on!
    And its about $3, so you are getting it a lot cheaper :)

  68. 68
    October 26th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I THINK IT WORKS PERFECTLY ……..The #1tip Is To NEVER Put A Think Mess ON IT…..Just Go Slow && Wow will You See The Differents ….. SIt Down And Do A Solid Coat I PROMIES Youll See A Different -GOOD LUCK

  69. 69
    October 31st, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I bought the Sally Hansen Crackle in Ink Splatter and LOVED it! I wore it over a Sally Hansen ultraviolet-y purple polish for my Halloween costume and it looked amazing – lots of cracks and gaps, so the color underneath really popped and shone through. I even tried it with dirt cheap sparkle polish on my toes and it worked wonders. Thin coats definitely work best. I want to try the silver or gold around Christmas time. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting something a little edgier!

  70. 70
    November 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 am

    So I’ve been wanting to give the whole crackle polish a try and decided on buying the Sally Hansen Vintage Violet last night. My first attempt was terrible. It got gloppy and gross. So I took it all off, let my double base coat of bright pink dry once again and took the time to research HOW to apply the crackle polish. Working from one side to the other, quickly and lightly produced much better results. I’m not 100% happy though, so I am going to give it another try. I have a feeling its all about technique with this stuff, so practice will make perfect right? And I agree, the top coat really does make it pop!

  71. 71
    November 11th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I got the red crackle (“cherry smash”) I put it over yellow nail polish.. It looks awesome! I’m kind of dissapointed you can’t use it over black though.. It just does not show up.

  72. 72
    November 22nd, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I tried this polish. The bottle says to use Sally Hansen brand undercoat, but I’ve found that the crackle effect is much better when you do not use Sally’s brand. I used the Antique Gold over Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry Mochachino polish and on my ring finger I used an off brand white. The Crackle on the white polish is much better looking than the mochachino. I like the gold over mochachino look better, but the crackle effect showed up more over the white. Overall, I’d say I’m pleased. Can’t expect more.

  73. 73
    December 15th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Sally Hansen Crackle Nail Polish is one of the best nail polish set… with 8 beautiful colors.. we can get wonderful experience… painting all over nails just like a blank canvas…. we should use this

  74. 74
    December 21st, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I have the Sally Hansen Crackle coat in antique gold. The great thing about crackle is that you can get a bunch of different effects. I like to apply my crackle diagonally across my nail. I’ve even applied it side to side and sponged it on my nail, all giving different effects.

  75. 75
    December 31st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    O.P.I is so much better!

  76. 76
    January 12th, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I found that the only way I can get the top color to show up is if the crackle coat is the darker color. which meant my Idea for christmas crackle was a complete fail. I wanted to do a green base with the red crackle overcoat. other than that, I was impressed, and the black looks great on top of neon colors. for a party I did a neon yellow base, put a glow in the dark clear coat over it, then put the black crackle on top. everyone loved it. the exposed portion of the color glowed brightly under the black light, which also allowed the nails to glow brightly in the dark as well.

  77. 77
    January 15th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve tried the gold and silver crackle from Sally Hansen and like them pretty well. I think the white in any brand looks like correction fluid, and black crackle isn’t flattering to my older hands.

  78. 78
    January 17th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    its an ok product i needed 2 known how 2 use it cause first time i screwed up badly

  79. 79
    February 22nd, 2012 at 8:27 pm


  80. 80
    March 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I actually liked the darker crackle color over silver. I used the blue over silver, with a thin blue Crackle layer, and it came out really cute. Probably wouldn’t do the silver top with dark bottom, though. I think it looks edgier with a dark top.

  81. 81
    March 6th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve always liked the crackle look, but I was too cheap to buy it for the longest time. But I recently decided to search for some, and after discovering that my local Walmart was all out of black, I reluctantly bought some white Sally Hansen crackle and I love it! The first time I tried it, I also made the mistake of putting it on too thick and it looked awful. After a few days, I built up to courage to try again, and I put a thin layer on my thumb and ring finger over bright red nail polish and it looks awesome! Just make sure you let your first color dry COMPLETELY, or it will bleed in with the crackle.

  82. 82
    March 7th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I love this stuff. I put black on my toenails, and then a metallic red over that, and then white Crackle, and it looks so cool. It almost reminds me of zombies.

  83. 83
    March 11th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I got the Fractured Foil color and painted it over a dull pink (Essie “Lady Like”). I love it! I was so amazed watching the crackle overcoat crack apart to create the pattern. When I use it again I think I’ll use a brighter base color.

  84. 84
    March 26th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I’m usually an avid Sally fan as well, but i too was disappointed in their brand of Crackle. I spent a little bit more and tried ChinaGlaze. It worked MUCH BETTER and it not lumpy.
    As for a base coat, I used the Sally Hansen Instra-Dry polishes because they are super bright with just one even coat, and they dry very quickly. It seems that the ChinaGlaze Crackle really likes it as a base coat.
    Mine always come out great!

  85. 85
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Using a thin black crackle overcoat with the gold base has a look similar to cheetah print. LOVE IT. For my Easter look, I used a bright color on each nail, then used a thin coat of white crackle, and they look kinda like Easter eggs :)

  86. 86
    April 4th, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Personally, I think the LA Girls brand “Cracked” works the best. I used silver over blue and it turned out amazing. They sell it a Hot Topic and it’s cheaper than the other brands I have seen.

  87. 87
    April 12th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I found that if you shake it really good between every other nail it works better

  88. 88
    April 15th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I found that the KLEANCOLOR Crack nail polish from a local dollar store works better

  89. 89
    May 2nd, 2012 at 4:28 am


  90. 90
    May 30th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    OMG- I love Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat polish!!!!! I don’t know why yours came out clumpy, because my friend and I both have almost all the colors and not one was clumpy. I’m wearing Fuchsia Shock right now, and I applied a thick coat, and there are a bunch of cracks!

  91. 91
    May 31st, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever seen opi. I did the crackle years ago when it first came out but my bottle dried up after a couple of uses. (my friends still recall my “carrot nails” when I painted green over orange) I love the Sally Hansen ink splatter. I used it over Sally Hansen’s hard as nails ivy league which is a pretty green colour and I love the effect! I also picked up the “white on” as an undercoat and I can’t wait to try it too! I’m not a fan of the white either but I can’t wait to try the other colors!

  92. 92
    June 4th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    So I got the Sally Hansen Crackle Nailpolish in distressed denim… And it won’t work! I tried using a thick coat on Revlon Nailpolish… Didn’t work. I tried using a thin coat on Revlon Nailpolish… Still didn’t work. Tried a thick coat on Sally Hansen nail polish, didn’t work. Tried a thin coat on Sally Hansen, still no!

  93. 93
    July 3rd, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Great! I love crackle nails!


  94. 94
    July 15th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I also used the Sally Hansen crackel nailpolish Snow blast, and ironically I also used sinful colors as my base coat too! (i hadn’t seen this review) I also have had a hard time applying it thin, because it comes out thick. I used the silver glitter crackel by Sally Hansen and i seemed to have better results, but I’m still trying to experiment with the snow blast

  95. 95
    July 20th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I just bought this in “ink blot” black. I used a Sally Hansen diamond collection red underneath and had amazing cracks!! I did the same thing you did, applying a thick coat before having to start all over but the black is more opaque than most!

  96. 96
    August 8th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve been using Avon mosaic effects which is basicly the same thing. Have it in white, silver and plum and use them over various contrasting colors. I love the effect and have gotten many positve comments from friends and strangers

  97. 97
    August 21st, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Haha, before I read this, I already had both the Sally Hansen Snow Blast crackle overcoat AND the Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Top Coat. XD funny right?

  98. 98
    August 30th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I first brought the crackle polish last year after hearing people talk about it. Not knowing ehat brand to get i brought some inexpensive crackle and lets just say i got my money worth. It was clumpy and looked horrible!
    I never brought any more polish after that until a few months later. This time I was in sephora saw the polish and brought it. I used it once like it but wasn’t in love with it because i was too pressed for time to make it perfect. Now recently for my friends wedding I went back to try it again. I started with my toes. I painted them all Red and used black blasted opi for the top coat and I loved it ! What I recommend is just as stated in the post use a light coat of the blasted polish and use popular brands such as Sally Hasen, Opi and a top coat since it does look very dry once it’s on your nail. And of course practice makes perfect.

  99. 99
    October 13th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I really liked the way the packaging made it look, so I bought some today and I was very disappointed.
    It looks like I forgot to wait for my nails to dry and rubbed them against things.
    Not an attractive look at all.

  100. 100
    November 2nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I recently bought Sally Hansen’s Crackle Overcoat in Star Burst (black with silver sparkles). I put it over a fast dry orange polish. It looks amazing. I used a thick layer and got much more cracking effect than in your photos. I’m not sure why my results were so different but I love it and would highly recommend to anyone going for a funky look.

  101. 101
    December 6th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    DO NOT USE THE SALLY HANSEN crackle it does not work well i just wasted my time doing these nails now i have to re do them its ugly.

  102. 102
    December 17th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Sally Hansen has always been the best in nail colors,but i find that the last few years the brushes are getting to thick.Is it possible for the factory to make the brushes thinner like they used to be..

  103. 103
    January 20th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I picked up the blue crackle and the coral crackle last week, mostly because my 9 year old loved the look. We tried it over white polish (me – blue, her – coral). Got the same results with a thick coat, but a thin coat looks nice. I admit I wasn’t really a fan when I did it, but it’s growing on me. For those days when I don’t have hours to spend on a custom mani, this is a great alternative. I have had it on for 3 days now, no chipping yet. I am curious what it will look like in a week.

  104. 104
    August 11th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    How do you get the Crackle off? It Takes Months.

  105. 105
    November 2nd, 2014 at 1:57 am

    As for the sally hansen crackle, I have tried the blue, the pink, and the black. The black seems to work much better than either of the others. Although I have later gotten some decent results with pink, the black is definitely the best one. Oh by the way, I use nail polish to paint metal boxes (see website) more than my nails.
    I have also found that you don’t really have to wait until the base coat is fully dry for it to work, and the effect you get varies depending on how you apply it. A thin coat will make many finer cracks, a thick coat will make fewer, but bigger cracks. Also if you paint in a single direction the cracks will sort of follow your brush strokes (like how it looks on the cap) whereas if you stab the brush, or sort of swirl it a bit, you’ll get a different, more chaotic network of cracks.

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