Review: Barry M Croc Nail Effects

May 31, 2012

Today I received my first Barry M polishes: I ordered the Croc Nail Effects and Indigo (I have plans for a great mani with this one).
I got it for $4 at + free worldwide shipping (for a limited time).
I have to admit that for a long time I didn't like the crackle nail polish at all and I thought I will never have one in my collection, but then I spotted this unique crackle / shatter polish by Barry M Croc Nail Effects, and I felt like I had to try this.

The formula was surprisingly thin and kind of watery. I assumed that it's going to be creamy and thick, but it wasn't. Since it's my only shatter polish at the moment I don't have anything to compare it to. It was really hard making one thick coat.
I was really surprised to see that it takes few minutes to start forming the shatters - much longer than I expected. I saw some reviews of crackles that started forming slightly after applying it on the nails.
After waiting so long, I made a little experiment and tried using a hairdryer, hoping to speed up the process. Well it formed much quicker but the shatters were really tiny - as you can see that in the first image, on the left. Since I wanted larger shatters I decided that using the hairdryer is not a good idea for me.
The one in the middle is quite thick, therefore the shatters are bigger and wider. The one on the right is my favorite - it's actually one quick normal stroke. The shatters are not as big but I like the way it looks. 
In the second image you can see these same "normal" strokes with other colors. I don't recall using a bigger amount of shatter polish on the pink one but it seems that I did, because the shatters are quite large. 

These are the instructions on the bottle:
1. Apply a thin coat of your chosen nail varnish.
2. Wait for 1 to 2 minutes until nail are touch dry. Do not apply on dry polish.
3. Apply a thin coat of Croc Nail Effects.
4. After 3 minutes the effect will start to appear.

Overall I'm pretty happy with it, it's fun and interesting, but the cons are the thin formula and the long time it takes for the shatters to form. 
What if your favorite color combination? I really like it with gold and pink.
If you have any crackle nail polish please share with me your impressions.

Barry M Croc Nail Effects

Barry M Croc Nail Effects

Barry M Croc Nail Effects

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  1. These are so great! I love the effect :)

    1. Thanks. I was surprised that I loved crackles at all! :)

  2. השחור פה מאוד מוצלח, מתפוצץ דק עם הרבה פיתולים, נהנית לראות על אחרות, לא עלי. את שלי כבר מסרתי הלאה

  3. I love that you tried different ways to get different croc effects! Really good to know! Thanks for sharing this! :)

    I just picked up a bottle of Barry M croc effect and I think I've tried it with gold and silver underneath. Next I think I'll try it with a bright green under!

    1. Barry M cror effect is really awesome :) I like how it always turns out different :)

  4. Those of you having problems, try changing the base Nail polish you use.
    I've noticed it reacts differently with different brands of polish!

  5. The colors look pretty interesting; I’d like to try these too!
    ~Pauline @Kallony