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When I spotted this post I thought I was going to have to order some special supplies off the internet but I realised that my little gem stones must count as 3D and that I also had an untried polish which might work too. BarryM Croc Effects is something that I really wanted for a long time but only got around to buying recently. I have read mixed reviews for it but I just wanted to give it a go myself. The instructions on the side of the bottle were pretty simple: 1 coat of a base colour, apply thin coat of Croc Effects while still wait, allow time for the pattern to develop. I started with my little finger (as it’s the smallest it would mean the least polish wasted if I screwed up. I used a base of Rimmel Grey Matter as I wanted this manicure to really focus on the black so keeping the undercoat plain seemed like a good idea. The other plus off Grey Matter is that it is pretty much a one-coater so making an easier base to work with. I applied the croc effects and waited… and waited… I thought it wasn’t going to work. Then suddenly little cracks started going, it does take time for the polish to finish working its magic so I waited an hour before applying a top coat (not pictured). As you can see there is some variance to the results with Croc Effects which reflects the thickness of application and I think may also be effected by how dry the base is.
Croc Effects applies like a dream – it is glossy and spreads very cleanly which is good as it is applied over a tacky base that would be easily marked. It is not thick like many crackle coats can be. I am really happy with the outcome and I am looking forward to using this polish again. I have actually got this manicure on both hands and one thing I found is that this works better on warm hands; the temperature dropped in my room and my fingers were freezing when I applied to my right hand and the cracks were tiny and didn’t really want to crack. I warmed up my hands, reapplied and the results were much better. There is a slight texture to the end result but it is not as extreme as some crackle coats can be in terms of deep trenches, this polish also dries glossy rather than matte which I thought was really nice. I applied the BarryM 3in1 deciding to give it another chance as crackle polishes don’t have the same staying power (in my experience) as a normal full coverage polish. I have managed to get ahead with my posts so I get to wear this manicure a little bit longer than normal – I shall let you know how it wears.
So for the 3D part of this manicure I painted a base of W7 Black which if you use a thick application could be a one coater, I used two thin coats just to avoid bubbling. I added little black gems while the second coat was still tacky; I decided on black as I wanted to give this dimension but stay monochromatic. 9 per finger is a new record for me (although I managed to ping one off earlier trying to open something, all the others are going strong and feel secure) I think this is quite an edgey look in keeping with the rocky trend of studs and leather finish polishes. It’s actually really nice to have one colour nails without them just being a plain coat of a polish. What do you think? I know I am a bit late to the party with Croc Effects but that is the way I roll and hey, better late than never. Georgie gave Seventeen Rock Hard a go at the weekend, should I give in and try textures too?
Update: I managed to wear this polish on my right hand for 3 days and it only showed a little tip wear so that is pretty good staying power. Yes, this does mean I walked around with hands that didn’t match for a couple of days… they match again now though.