Barry M's Instant Nail Effects was the first widely available crackle topcoat, and remains one of the cheapest ways to rock the cracked effect on your nails. I've worn the original black version over a wide variety of colours since I bought it and it continues to draw comment from everyone who sees it - to the extent that several of my male colleagues have expressed an interest in having their nails painted with it!
Three new varieties have just been released; baby blue, baby pink, and white. I spotted them at Superdrug and couldn't resist the pink and the blue - the white reminds me a little too much of painting my nails with Tippex (as I did as a teenager). Here they are over a few different colours from my polish collection.
Left to right: Topshop AWOL*, Illamasqua Snap, Orly Sapphire Silk*, Leighton Denny Graycious*
Left to right: Leighton Denny Graycious*, OPI Past Present and Fuschia*, Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze*, Leighton Denny Up in the Air
I'm not quite so convinced by these as I was by the original black variety. The black looks fantastic on top of bright colours as the contrast is so stark - the pink and blue, however, aren't quite so opaque, and over darker colours don't look quite so contrasting. Over the top of paler colours, though, they look really pretty - I'll definitely do a full manicure of the pink on top of Leighton Denny's Up in the Air. I also quite like the tonal colours - blue on Topshop AWOL, and pink on OPI Past Present and Fuschia - for a more subtle manicure. The finish is still matte - so these swatches have a hefty coat of Seche Vite applied to give a bit of gloss.
Available at Superdrug stores and online via Barry M's website, the new cackle colours still cost a mere £3.99 each. What do you think? Will you be rushing out to grab these?
* denotes PR samples