Shortly after OPI’s release of Black Shatter Crackle Nail Polish, China Glaze released their Crackles collection. It is the same idea as the OPI polish, though made by China Glaze and currently available in a wider array of colors. (OPI will be releasing more crackle polishes with upcoming collections, including an entire range of shatters in May.)
You can see from this image that the effect is exactly the same. China Glaze also released a black, making this an excellent alternative buy for those that still can’t find OPI’s Black Shatter. I love the different types of effects that I can achieve with the China Glaze shatters. These three shades are all over the same metallic (Dolce & Gabbana Platinum), but the feeling changes quite a bit depending on the shatter.
While the effect is the same as OPI’s Black Shatter, in my opinion the two are not quite equal. China Glaze’s version is a bit more watery and prone to separation, so shake very well before application. It is a bit easier to create different crackle effects with the OPI by varying the direction of application, something that I had a really hard time achieving with the China Glaze. OPI also dries and crackles more quickly, which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. However, I did find that China Glaze was more durable, lasting a day or two longer than the OPI which was a 48 hour manicure on me.
I bought these colors, and then China Glaze sent me a sample a few weeks later. Which means I have some very happy friends. 😀