Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kelier Nail Crack Polish in "Red"

I received this as part of my review package from Born Pretty, which made me super excited - I was in love with crackle polishes from the first swatch I saw, so I was thrilled to get to review some for free (I also got the blue, which I'll be showing at some point). You should know that this color is listed as red on the website, but it's pink. I don't mind, though, because I really like this color of pink. In interest of full disclosure, you should also know that it took me a few tries to figure out how best to apply this particular crackle polish. Here's what ended up working:

1) Apply base coat, then your base color if you want one. I used one coat of white polish. In case you're extending a current manicure, here's a tip: don't put the crackle on top of quick-dry top coat, even if the top coat is long dry. It will make it peel up and flake off like nobody's business. You can, however, put a coat of clear polish on top of the previous top coat and then apply the crackle on top of that. See, look what happened when I applied the crackle over AA Butter, which I'd used quick-dry top coat on. This was without me touching my nail or bumping it on anything:

2) While the base color is still slightly tacky, apply one fairly thin coat of the crackle top coat. Let it dry.
3) Apply one coat of regular top coat, NOT quick dry. The quick-dry (and believe me, I tried every quick-dry top coat I own - Rush, SH Insta-Dri, and Orly In a Snap) won't keep it from falling off, which is what it will also do if you don't apply top coat at all.
4) NOW you can apply quick-dry top coat if you want. Once there's a layer between the crackle and the quick-dry, it doesn't make it flake.

Whew! I hope my instructions are clear and not too boring...I just wanted to make sure that any of you who might buy this don't have to go through all the experimentation I did. However, I will say that my trials were totally worth it! I love this look.

indoors, artificial light

It is a little streaky, but that's partly my fault, and I actually don't mind. I think it makes it look more I crazy? Don't answer that. :) All in all, I would definitely recommend trying the crackle top coats out. I like the pattern these make much better than the pictures I've seen of the Barry M and OPI crackle top coats. The lines in this are thinner and look more parched desert-y to me, which I really like, and I also like that they come in colors other than just black. They're cheap at $3.67 a bottle, and they have free shipping to most countries, which is a ginormous plus for me. I'm planning on getting the rest of the crackle colors (they have black, blue, pink which they call red, green, purple, watermelon, and yellow) soon.

Also, if you're still reading, I decided to keep using my bottle of Nutra Nail Strengthener until I run out, so I can give a full report after the bottle's empty. I'll start using the Ulta base coat after that.

*This product was provided to me for an honest review.


  1. Nice!Crackles in a more "delicate" way than others!Lovely color!

  2. Smoochiefrog- Thanks!

    Ria- Thanks! I think so, too. :)

  3. crack polish is quite awesome. I have bys crack polish and it refuses to crack!!!! argh!!! I guess trial and error eh?

    the removal of this was easy?

  4. shortwidenails- Yeah, I think trial and error is probably the best thing. And yes, the removal was very easy! Just like a normal creme polish.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing. I wished I'd seen your post before trying this crackle because it sue flaked on me. I will try it again :)

  6. Hey, I just bought two of these nail polishes, the purple and the red. They are awful! My red is a completely different colour to yours and it will not work on dry nails, old nail polish or new polish that's still tacky.
    I'm thinking of emailing their customer services and telling them what a disappointment it is!

  7. I bought last month and it also faded at the corners within minutes and then flaked after I washed my hands. just horrid...but I do love the way it cracks, so different from OPI and China GLAZE.  Could you tell me what base coat, white base color, and top coat you used to stop the flaking?  I have the Seche Vite top coat, which says dry fast in small print, so maybe that's why?! 

    Jessica their customer service was not responsive to my inquiry, glad i googled and found your post.  Thank you for sharing because I should try again with a differnt top coat, and apply kelier while base color is not totally dry to see if i will have any luck.

  8. I don't remember what base coat I used, but I used Wet n Wild White Creme,
    Wet n Wild Clear, and Seche Vite on top of the WnW Clear. I hope that helps!

  9. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience! I would definitely contact their customer service - the woman I've worked with was very helpful. If I might ask, what happened when you applied the polish? Did it just not crack?

  10. You're welcome! I hope what worked for me works for you.

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