Not only do I come up with a blue and gold makeup look for the Cal vs. Stanford football game each year, I also like to do something school-spirited with my nails. I tried OPI’s “Black Shatter” crackle nail polish back in January 2011, and I really liked it. So when I saw this navy blue Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat at my local drugstore, I thought this would be a great way to combine my school colors! The picture on the right is how it turned out over a yellow nail polish. I love the unique design!
I painted my nails fairly quickly, as all the products I used were quick drying. I first applied a base coat called Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat. Once dry, I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in “250 Lightening” (pictured left). Then when that nail polish layer is done, it’s crackle time! Apply one thin or thick coat of Crackle Overcoat depending on the effect you want to achieve. Here I applied mainly thick coats of Crackle Overcoat in “05 Distressed Denim”, which results in bigger sections of navy blue (as you can see on my thumbnail in the picture on the right). Lastly, I applied my favorite Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Crackle Overcoat isn’t meant to be used on bare nails, so make sure you apply it on top of another nail color.
One of my main reasons for using crackle polish is that I don’t have to be as careful applying both the solid colored polish and the crackle polish — that means I can get a really cool design on my nails in no time! Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat comes in 8 different shades: Antique Gold, Snow Blast (white), Vintage Violet, Fuchsia Shock, Cherry Smash (red), Ink Splatter (black), Fractured Foil (metallic silver), and the Distressed Denim that I used in these pictures. Try these out if you want a truly unique design on each of your nails!