China Glaze Metal Crackle Glaze Polish: Swatches, Review

Late 2010-2011 in nail polish land can be summed up in one word- crackle! I don’t think I have ever seen a trend in polishes become so incredibly prominent through almost every major brand, it’s crazy!

China Glaze has brought something a little different to the table- Metal crackle polishes! Mainly we have seen black, white, silver, and a few colors here and there for this type of polish, but this is the first group of all different colored ones that have a shimmery finish.



cgcrackleLatticed Lilac

cgcrackleLatticed Lilac over Zoya Kieko


cgcrackleOxidized Aqua

cgcrackleOxidized Aqua over OPI Grape..Set..Match


cgcrackleHaute Metal

cgcrackleHaute Metal over ORLY Galaxy Girl


cgcracklePlatinum Pieces

cgcracklePlatinum Pieces over OPI DS Magic

cgcrackleTarnished Gold

cgcrackleTarnished Gold over China Glaze Grape Juice

cgcrackleCracked Medallion

cgcrackleCracked Medallion over China Glaze Little Drummer Boy

It’s important to mention that with these shades, your base color is key to how well the crackle will show up, unlike previous ones like white and black where you could make the crackle design show up fairly well without thinking about it. There were at least 3 times where I thought a color combo would look good, and had to take it off and start over because you couldn’t see the crackle polish well (example- lighter colors don’t work well with these!) Darker polish is definitely the way to go, and texture is important also. I noticed that creams worked well (made the metal from the crackle stick out more) but super shimmery polishes like Zoya makes made the crackle less prominent- especially when a top coat was factored in.

Another thing to be aware of is that just like the shimmery shatters from OPI, you need to wait until the crackle polish is completely dry before adding a top coat, or the polish will start to sort of shrivel up and get bumpy looking.

Out of the six, I think the pink, Haute Metal, had the least crackle ability, though I’m sure you could make it work better if you applied the polish super thin and in different directions (these were all applied traditionally) My favorites are Oxidized Aqua, Cracked Medallion, and Latticed Lilac.

These will be available from China Glaze Retailers this Summer!


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  1. Vijaya says

    Okay, now I know I’m gonna need all of these. <3

  2. Jen says

    Medallion over Drummer Boy looks really nice!

  3. Izabella says

    i looove the platinum pieces and tarnished gold!!! NEEED THOSE!!!

  4. Liz says

    How does Platinum Pieces compare to the sliver OPI one from the Pirates collection?

  5. Kristina says

    These are quite nice, I tried another drug store brand last night that was 3.99 each Pure Ice in Strike a Pose (teal) and Lighting Strikes (silver)… when applied they did not cracle at all, for both colors they were simply thinner in other areas and looked as though I did not know what I was doing with painting my nails. I think with this trend you will have to choose your favs from OPI and China Glaze, there is no cheaper knock off that delivers anywhere near the same.

  6. Nora says

    OMGAASH that last one!!!!!! instant love!

  7. Shaina says

    Your swatches are the best I have seen of this collection! Great job, these look amazing!

  8. Rosie says

    I don’t dig these.

  9. Megs says

    This is a new trend? I had crackle polishes when I was little in the 90’s haha
    Well cool to see it’s in again, I loved crackle as a kid

  10. Louise says

    I love those colours! They are so awesome!

  11. Emmi says

    Omg they are so awesome!
    I love how they crack!
    And the colours that you used to go with it works perfect!!
    I should really get some as lol I only have 1 and I use most of my sisters.
    Thanks for the review! :)

  12. Sara says

    I’m definitely gonna buy the Aqua one, the Sallys near mr said they would get them in July.
    Have you tried the Pure Ice brand ? I saw they had quite a few colors of Crackle nail polishs for 3.99 at Wal-greens but I haven’t seen anyone do reviews on it yet.

  13. Brie says

    The tarnished gold looked so good. I think that colour, with the crackle effect, made it look antique. <3
    I want to buy one right now, accept that I don't think they're for sale around me yet.
    I'll be waiting. :)

  14. Jessica says

    I really like Cracked Medallion, I didn’t think I would but I’m loving it over the Little Drummer Boy polish.

  15. nola says

    I have a brite white version of that! it is really a good idea! !!!!!!!!!!!!! i absolutly love it! i use it all the time!!!!

  16. Cassy says

    Where do i buy these online at?

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