Make A Statement With Crackle Nails – My Review of the Top 3 Crackle Nail Polishes

Get The Perfect Crackle Effect

Looking a little like a cracked mirror, with glimpses of the undercoat glancing through the broken and shattered topcoat, crackle polish is increasingly popular. Created when the top coat of polish dries and tightens, causing cracks to appear across the nail bed. These cracks only disturb the surface coat, whilst the coat of color remains intact.  Have a play around with colors, and finishes, such as matte or metallic – every design will be unique. The crackle polish needs to be applied in a thin layer to achieve the perfect ‘crackle’. Alternatively, you can use nail pens to create a similar ‘cracked’ effect.

Crackle manicures are a three-step process, so set aside plenty of time.

1. Apply a regular nail polish and make sure you let it dry completely.
2. Apply a thin coat of the crackle glaze and let dry – the cracks should form in about 5 minutes.
3. Apply two top coats which adds shine and also keeps the crackle glaze from chipping off.

Top Tips for an Awesome Crackle Nail Finish

Be sure to choose contrasting colors. You won’t be able to see the cracked effect very well if the colors are too similar.

Make sure you let your base coat dry completely.

Apply a very thin layer of the crackle glaze to get the best crackle effect. If the layer is too thick, you won’t get as many cracks.

Be sure to apply a top coat since the crackle glaze chips easily.

Crackle manicures are a cool, fun way to achieve a unique look on your nails. They do take some practice to get the crackle effect just right, but they are well worth the effort.

Here’s my review of the best crackle polish for your nails.


1) UR Sugar Luminous Crackle Polish

What Makes It Great

My first pick is this stylish set of 6 x crackle polishes by UR Sugar. These pretty colors make this crackle polish suitable for day and night. Suitable for both natural nails and acrylics, this crackle polish sets and cures quickly under UV light – making application a breeze. Add in a good longevity lasting at least 2-weeks, these polishes are easy to recommend.

Where It Could Be Improved

The solvent smell is very strong, but it did fade away to nothing very quickly.

9.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you’re looking for an unusual, colorful look, this gorgeous crackle polish set will give you eye-catching, fashionable nails. It’s a must for manicure kits everywhere!

UR SUGAR 7.5ml Luminous Gel Nail Polish Set Crackle Nail Varnish Glow in The Dark Gel Nail Kit Soak Off...

Last update was on: April 5, 2020 9:05 pm
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2) Reddhoon 12 Colors Crackle Gel Nail Polish

What Makes It Great

Reddhoon are well known in the industry for creating top quality, professional standard polishes, and this crackle polish set is no different. Perfect for creating the crackle effect, these 12 x shades are stunning. The cracks started appearing quickly, and the polish dries rapidly, either by lamp or air-dry.

Where It Could Be Improved

Be careful, as it’s very easy to brush on far too much!

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This reasonably priced crackle polish from Reddhoon goes on smoothly, cracks perfectly and is very hard wearing. Definitely one for the gift list.

Reddhoon 12 Colors Crackle Gel Nail Polish Long-Lasting Crackle Gel by Air Dry No Need Lamp Cure Easy to Use...

Last update was on: April 5, 2020 9:05 pm
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3) BTArtbox Mixed Color Crackle Sheets

What Makes It Great

Giving the impression of a crackle/shattered surface, these sheets of stickers are great for a quick, hassle-free finish that looks a million dollars. I was really happy with the effect these created on my nails. Two coats of clear polish and they look stunning. I left them on for more than two weeks before they started to develop chips.

Where It Could Be Improved

The stickers can be a little fiddly until you get used to them.

9.1Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Budget friendly, simple to use, and looks awesome - every nail art fan should have a set of these stickers in their kit.

BTArtbox 10Packs Mixed Color Reflective Mirror Design Glass Piece Broken Nail Sheet

Last update was on: April 5, 2020 8:05 pm
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