Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Adorned Nails: Crackle PUPA Nail Art Kit



So, I finally cracked crackled.


When I bought this kit in December, there were three kits available with different colour combinations where the crackle coats were dark shades. I believe PUPA has subsequently released four new sets where the crackle top coats are in colours more appropriate for spring/summer.

The kit consists of an Art Base (a metallic polish) and an Art Top (a crackle matte top coat). It says on the box to apply one coat of Art Base and wait four minutes. Then, apply the top coat.


The one I got has a golden base polish and a burgundy crackle matte top coat. I found my golden base polish to be a bit thick. It didn’t look even with one coat and although I could have left it at that, I did two. To be on the safe side, I waited ten minutes instead of the suggested four. It is known that the crackling would go awry if you applied the top coat before the base coat is fully dry.

As for the top coat, it dried so quickly! It started to dry and shrink before I could even finish my third stroke on a nail. Where the top coat is thickly applied, the shrivelled colour and corresponding cracks are big and few, and vice versa. You can see the contrast in the crackle effect in the image below. Lesson learnt: If possible, apply it in one thick and quick stroke.


I’ve been wearing it for three days. Other than just a bit of tip wear, the manicure is still looking good. I’ve seen varying prices for this PUPA Nail Art Kit, averaging at €12.00. I got mine for just under €10 as there was an offer at DA.



More of the biker jacket: Mustard Top And Blue Jeans.


More information:
My other PUPA kit (nail polish and lipstick): Perfect Match Kit
PUPA Milano website

22 comments:

Zara said...

I really like that combination! Burgundy and gold always look gorgeous together.

Nina said...

I like the colors!

BellasUnhaseCia said...

Ficou lindo o craquelado!
beijos

It was her beautiful crackle!
kisses

sugar sugar said...

ahhhhhhh sooo gorgeous! i want to try crackle polishes now too! =)

Michelle said...

LOOOOOVE the polish!!! I love the gold one on its own too! :)

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful. I love the gold/burgundy, good choice.

I like the shape of the bottles too. Take care, Nicole xx

BlackCherry said...

Perfect combo and awesome finish. I really like it!

lavender said...

The color combination is so nice. I love this!

Anonymous said...

This photo really stands out with your cool biker jacket! You got style. "KTee" xx

Your new website looks awesome!! LOVE it

Rakhshanda said...

Woww it looks awesome!!! Love your nails <3
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Hope you comment and follow too...I'm following :D

PolishSis said...

So you also jumped on the crackle-wagon. This color is great and ( I think ) unique in crackle-land. Love the look and it goes amazing with the leather jacket!

Witoxicity said...

@Zara
Oh, I agree with you, Zara, especially since burgundy is already one of my favourite colours. :)

@Nina
Thanks, Nina! :)

@BellasUnhaseCia
Obrigada! I'm glad you like the crackle. :)

@sugar sugar
You should try it. It's fun watching it crack as it dries. :)

@Michelle
Yeah, the gold does look good on its own, doesn't it? :)

@Nicole
Thank you, Nicole. I agree, the bottles are so small and cute! :)

@BlackCherry
Gracias! You should try a crackle yourself, if you haven't already. It's fun! :)

@lavender
Hey, Lavender! I'm pleased you like the combo. :)

@KTee
Oh, KTee, thank you so much for the huge vote of confidence! I'm still feeling my way around with the new site. Your kind words of encouragement really mean a lot to me. :)

@Rakhshanda
Thanks for dropping me a line and letting me know about your blog, Rakhshanda. I've just had a look, keep up the good work! :)

@PolishSis
Hello, my dear! Oh, I didn't know that this crackle colour could be unique. I'm not terribly crackle-informed, but I do see you as the crackle expert here. :) And hey, thanks, crackle nails in general do go well with the so-called biker chic look, don't they? Rugged and edgy. :D

Anni said...

Omg, awesome!! Reminds me of leopard print! Where do I find this kit?

Witoxicity said...

@Anni
Hello, Anni! Yeah, the look is a bit on the wild, rugged side, isn't it? Anyway, I got my kit from the DA parfumerie in Amsterdam. I think I may have seen it in Etos (but as usual, different stores have different product offering). You could try checking the website of Pupa (Nederland) www.pupa.nl. It has a section where you can find out where their verkooppunten are. I hope this helps. Have a great weekend, my dear! :)

Cynthia Z said...

Woooowwww!!! I have no words...too gorgeous! *.*

I still have no idea how these crackle nail polishes work btw, but now I MUST find out!

♥xx♥

Witoxicity said...

@Cynthia
Hey, Cynthia, I'm pleased you like this crackle effect. Well, all it does is just shrivel as it dries, resulting in the cracks. :)

Arie said...

Hi Witoxicity :)..omg, how elegant!!, I saw the promo for that duo!!,your nails are growing so pretty.

Witoxicity said...

@Arie
Thanks, Arie! Hey, it's been a while. I hope you're well and still having fun creating interesting manis. :)

Natalie Nguyen said...

So many companies now coming out with this cracked nailpolish idea! Looks great!

Witoxicity said...

@Natalie
Yes, it seems to be the craze at the moment. I'm glad you like this one, Natalie. :)

Lolipop said...

I've never tried any crackle nail art, probably because it's not my style :p but here, I really like the color combination!! It kinda makes me wanna try xD

Witoxicity said...

@Lolipop
You know, when I first saw crackle polishes, I thought it was interesting but not enough to make me rush out and buy one. In the end, I caved in due to curiousity and well, it's nice to have variety in one's nail polish collection. :D I think you should try it, my dear. Just one would be nice. :)