Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Nicole by OPI Texture Coat - Swatches and Review

  I am started to get a bit crackled out, I must admit.  However these are just different enough that they renewed my interest in the crackle effect. All swatches shown with a top coat.

Opal Texture

Outdoors, natural light
 I just had to start out with my favorite.  This is a gorgeous opalescent crackle polish with a gorgeous duochrome and I pretty much love it.  It works best over fairly dark colors (shown here over black).  It has an amazing pink/purple/golden duochrome to it - while I had a tough time catching the gold flash on camera, here is a bit of the pinkish-purple shift up close.

Amethyst Texture

Outdoors, natural light
 This is a medium purple glitter crackle, which goes on rather spare-looking and them groups together to a denser finish.  However, it is best worn over dark or highly contrasting colors or you lose a lot of the effect.

Aquamarine Texture

Outdoors, natural light
 This is the bright blue version of Amethyst texture - similar sparse glitter crackle.  Once again, best over dark or highly contrasting colors.

Quartz Texture

Outdoors, natural light
This is the only shade to be truly dense and opaque enough to go over just about any base color (here shown over Nicole by OPI Great Minds Pink Alike).  It has a bit more purple in it than a standard silver crackle, making it a unique shade.

Overall Review

Once again, several of these crackles were unique enough to pique my curiosity after previously losing a bit of interest in the trend.  I am totally in love with Opal texture (especially over black) and the glitters are fun and unique as well.  Quartz is nice enough but I am not entirely sure it is necessary with so many silver crackles already available.  Opal is the clear must have out of these in my opinion.  All applied nicely for crackle polish and formed decent texture patterns.  A fun new addition to spice up this crackle trend - for now.  :)

 DISCLOSURE: The polishes featured in this post  were provided to Polishology by OPI for review purposes.  This is an honest and independent review and was in no way influenced by the company.


  1. They're all pretty, but a bit too sheer for my tastes :)

  2. I'm a bit crackled out as well but I acually really like how sheer these are! The opal one is unique, I love it!

  3. These look very cool and pretty!