“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Coat / Suitable for: Nails „
=Boots 17 Nail Xtras Crackle Top Coat
When I go into Boots, the first thing I do is head to the Advantage points machine and see if there are any special offers for me, and I struck gold, there was a voucher for a free bottle of Boots 17 Nail Crackle top Coat.
This normally retails at £3.99 a bottle, so I was impressed with this offer. The product is available in Boots stores from the no 17 make-up section or on-line.
This comes in a small glass bottle, similar to the other no 17 nail polishes, and the lid has the brush built into it.
The theory of the Crackle top coat, is that you use your normal nail polish and then when that is dry you paint a top coat of the crackle, and this then cracks to reveal a crackle pattern.
The first thing that I noticed when I undid the bottle of the crackle ( I brought a silver colour crackle -there was about 3 choices at the time), I had a purple nail polish on, that the crackle looked thin, but I put that down to you wouldn't it think in case it did not crackle.
When the polish goes on 1st it almost covers the whole base colour, it is runny and has a small brush, so instead of being able to paint a nail in 3 strokes, it just didn't want to play fair.
When it starts to dry that is when the crackle effect happens, it did crackle, but not as I would have expected or seen previously it looked like you had run out of nail polish remover and had tried to remove the polish and this was the effect that was left. it was just like someone had pressed a paper dolly on the nail and put icing sugar on it.
=Was it the dark base colour=
This came off, and I thought I would try with a pale colour, so I had a baby pink, the crackle did show slightly better with the pastel colour, but the effect was not brilliant, again it was flat, looked like you had dipped a cotton wool bud in nail polish remover and tried to create the effect yourself.
=Would I recommend=
I would not recommend, I am so glad that I did not pay for it, as it was not worth it.
I even tried it on my daughters nails, and the disaster effect happened to her as well.
It has to have 1 star as I can't give a zero.
As you can probably tell from my other reviews I love nail polish and when the crackle look was popular I wanted to try it but without the hefty price tag of Nails Inc etc and I was also put off the idea of a black crackle top coat so was pleased to find this 17 one in gold.
It comes in a standard nail polish bottle with a good sized handle. The brush itself is pretty thin and I did find that it was difficult to apply an even coat.
The idea is that you apply this top coat over a nail colour of your choice and it then cracks to reveal the colour underneath to make an interesting nail art effect. However, the polish itself is a little bit of a letdown.
The first thing you have to do is apply a base colour and with this polish I find pastels tend to work best. Once the base colour is dry you apply the top coat. The first thing I noticed about the polish is how runny it is so it is hard to get an even coat and stop the nail polish bleeding onto your fingers which isn't a great start. When you first apply it it goes on in a block and starts to crack as it dries. However, it never really cracks enough. The polish does crack a bit but in big solid chunks so the effect is very blocky and not subtle and not in the way I have seen other crackle top coats crack which usually leaves a more subtle finish. The finish of the polish also looks a bit cheap as it isn't flat and instead has a raised effect which could be fine if it didn't look like it had just gone wrong and the difference in texture between the top coat and base colour is glaringly obvious. The colour itself is also somewhere between shiny and matte which makes it look odd (it really needs to decide what finish it is going to be). All in all the effect is a bit too jarringly obvious for my tastes and my nails feel really scratchy and horrible (I am a strange person who generally likes the feel of nail polish on my nails).
In terms of longevity well I tend to get about 3days from my top coat (helped by the fact that chips don't really show up with the crackle) but because I don't like the effect that much I tend to remove it sooner.
At £3.99 from Boots I am not convinced about the effect so won't be buying it again.
~A top coat thats not all its cracked up to be!~
I received a bottle of No17's Crackle Topcoat as a freebie some ago in an in-store gift promotion. Sadly in use I found that my bottle of crackle topcoat didn't perform as well as I hoped, as it gave very lack lustre results which were rather disappointing. I hoped that my nails would have a lovely soft gold crackled effect after having applied the product, however I found that in reality the effect was very uneven and cheap looking. I have used a number of nail polish products from this range and found that some are far better than others. In my opinion this particular polish is not one of the better No17 nail-care products I have experience of.
~Using the product~
My topcoat came in a neat, simple, easy to handle clear glass bottle. The simple black twist off lid holds the brush applicator within it. In my experience the applicator brush is functional but not of a very good quality, as I found it very difficult to apply the polish in a way that gave me a nice light even layer of crackle-coat. This may have been as much due to the inferior applicator brush as it was to the poor consistency of the polish, as I found that the polish always looked streaky and uneven when it dried on my nails.
In use I applied my choice of brighter base colour carefully and evenly each time, allowed that to dry fully and then applied the crackle-coat. I found that no matter how much I tried I was always unhappy with the results I got from this product, as it never gave a good even finish once dried. I did find that the crackle effect worked each and every time I used the polish, but found that the look of the light gold coloured topcoat was very patchy and uneven. I found that the overall look of this polish once on my nails was very unattractive. Using the polish was a waste of time/ effort in my opinion, as no sooner had I finished applying it, than I wanted to remove it.
~Product rating/ price~
The idea of this polish is that it should give a nice crackled effect over a brighter base colour and in theory this was something that really appealed to me. Sadly in reality I found the product to be nowhere near as good as I hoped it would be, as it left my nails looking very unappealing and poorly painted time and time again. After having tried repeatedly to get good results, I returned my crackle-coat to the store and was kindly offered an alternative nail polish from the range of my choosing as a complimentary replacement. At £3.99 this polish would be a poor buy in my opinion, as it doesn't perform very well. I wouldn't recommend this product, as it gives uneven results.
Product rating: 1 star.
I own a few crackle polishes, I seem to go through phases of really liking them and wearing them a lot, to going months on end without so much as looking at them. One of those I have in my collection is the 17 Nail Xtras Crackle Top Coat.
This product comes in a limited range of colours. I have the gold, which I'd describe as quite a muted, soft gold colour than anything too bright or metallic. Also available are a deep purple and a black glitter.
The idea of the product is that you paint your nails in a colour of your choice before painting a layer of this golden polish over the top. As it dries the polish will begin to crack, revealing the colour underneath giving an unusual and unique crackle effect finish. At the time of purchase I felt that the gold shade would be quite versatile, however having now had a chance to experiment a bit, I think it only really works well against dark shades such as plum, navy or black. Pastel shades or even brighter neon type colours simply don't 'go' very well or the two shades don't stand out well against each other.
The top coat comes in a standard glass nail varnish bottle and has a white screw top lid. One slightly annoying niggle I've found with this product is that the polish seems to separate in the bottle, meaning it needs a good shake to mix it up before use. In the past I have only found this to happen with really old polishes, but I haven't had this one too long, so wouldn't have expected it to be separating just yet.
On brushing this onto painted nails, I find that the consistency is thicker than most of the other crackles I use (mainly Barry M). I find the gold colour to look quite streaky on application and the brush marks are clearly visible, which unfortunately is something I have found with the majority of metallic polishes I have tried. I try to add as thin a coat as possible, because I do not find this polish to crack very well. The cracks that do appear seem small and I think the overall look ends up being quite messy. In some ways I think this looks more like badly chipped nail polish than a crackle top coat!
The crackle dries to a matte gold finish, so I usually apply a clear polish or clear top coat over it to enhance the shine and make it last longer. I have found that it will last around three to four days without chipping, however the longevity can depend on the brand of polish you are wearing underneath. That said, due to the crackle effect I don't feel that it's too obvious when this polish chips.
A 10ml bottle of this polish costs £3.99 and as 17 is a Boots own brand, Boots is the only place you can buy it. I think the price is OK and is pretty much in line with other products of this nature.
On the whole I find this polish quite disappointing. It is not as good as the Barry M version which comes in at a similar price and the matte gold finish looks streaky and messy. I have only really used this three or four times at the most since purchase and I wouldn't be tempted to buy another bottle once this one is used up.
Nail effects, especially those of which you can do at home have become somewhat common practice at the moment and almost every brand has cottoned onto this and in such created their own range of crackle nail polish and similar. I have tried numerous different brands, but the latest one I tried was the 17 one, mainly due to the fact that they had an offer on, but also because the colour that they were offering I had not seen available in any other brands.
==~~What is it?~~==
Nail Xtras is a range in which the 17 nail varnishes have bought out that do a little extra than a normal nail varnish. Within this range there is a high gloss 'xtra' finish, a matte 'xtra' finish and also their crackle effect top coat. A crackle top coat is a nail varnish that is applied over the top of a previously applied block nail colour, once done so it is meant to create a shattered or crackle effect across the nail.
==~~Price and Availability~~==
These nail varnishes cost £3.99, which I think is very reasonable and seems to be the price charged by other similar brands. Due to it being a 17 product, this nail varnish is exclusive to Boots and their online store. I always find the shelves to be highly stocked with these particular nail varnishes and therefore had no difficulty in getting hold of it.
Although I found they did not have too many colour variations of their crackle effect top coat, I did find that they offered colours that other brands did not. There was a very soft pearly gold, a metallic purple, the usual black and the one that I chose was a black that also had gold glitter particles in it.
==~~Applying the nail varnish~~==
As stated, this is a nail varnish designed to be applied over the top of a block colour that has already been applied and dried. I followed the instructions and when first applied I found that the nail varnish went on very smoothly. The nail varnish was actually a lot thinner than I had expected as often I find these style nail varnishes to be a little thick and sometimes a little brittle to apply. The gold glitter particles did not affect the ease in which this nail varnish was applied and they did not make the nail varnish seem scratchy. Once I had applied the one coat the nail varnish had covered my whole nail with 3 simple strokes, due to the fact that the brush is quite thin I found that I did not overlap the nail varnish, which is especially important when applying this style of nail varnish. The brush seemed to be of high quality and neither did the brushes begin to splay out and neither did any of the brushes become loose and get lost in the nail varnish. I was a little worried about the intensity of the black nail varnish as it had not been as opaque as I had expected and I was a little dubious as to the overall effect this would give. I liked the fact that the glitter particles seemed to be quite spread out and therefore were not too obvious, yet due to the gold colour they did stand out against the black.
The scent of this nail varnish isn't strong at all and although the smell is noticable when applying it is nowhere near as overpowering as some can be. I have tried a few of the other nail varnishes within this 'xtra' range and have found them to smell much stronger than this one, so was pleasantly surprised at the fact that the smell was very subtle.
I found that within 10 or so seconds after applying the nail varnish, it began to crack and did so very quickly. As it was cracking, the nail varnish was also drying at the same time and I found that as the nail varnish was doing this the black colour seemed to becoming more intense and opaque. I found that this nail varnish dried very quickly, probably due to the fact that just one very thin coat was needed. It was touch dry almost as soon as the crackle design had appeared so the design was vey instant.I found that the nail varnish had dried quite matte on my nail, in particular the black which is not something I normally like on the nail, so I decided to add some top coat over the top of this.
I really liked the look of this nail varnish. The nail varnish had seemed to crackle in slightly jagged looking stripes across the nail, some of them thicker than others and some of them slightly shorter. It was definitely not a look for someone who likes really neat nails, as although it was not messy as such and it did look like it was designed to be that way, it did have a slightly edgy look to it. Once the top coat had been applied I was really pleased to see the intense colour of the black and did find that it was indeed very opaque. I liked the finish the top coat added to it as the black looked really glossy and well polished. I especially like the way in which the gold glitter particles stood out against the black and that they remained on just the black nail polish and did not transfer to any of my previously applied nail varnish. I found that the gold glitter particles added a little more depth to the nail varnish and also added a little sparkle to the normal black nail varnish and reflected the light really well.
I found that the use of the crackle effect nail varnish over the top of my other nail varnish seemed to prolong the wear of my nail varnish in that it lasted longer than I would have normally expected it to. I found that it lasted along 6 days on my nails before beginning to look tired and starting to chip, which for me is especially long due to the fact I normally find nail varnish chips within 3 days, even with the use of a top coat.
My only slight problem with this nail varnish is due to the gold and black in the nail varnish, I did find it a little difficult to pick a colour to wear underneath it as I found that the colours either clashed or just did not work well together. Had it been a normal black crackle effect I would have opted for lighter colours, though I found that this just didn't work with the gold glitter particles in the nail varnish so did have to try many different colours in order to make it work and still struggle to find suitable colours to wear this nail varnish over. The only colours that I have yet found it works over is that of white or pink and after a while I have found it has got a little tedious using the same colour underneath it all the time.
Overall I really like this nail varnish, I love the fact it has something a little different from all the other crackle effect nail varnishes with the gold glitter particles in it. Despite this, I have found this to be both the thing I really like about this nail varnish, but also the thing that is perhaps my biggest gripe due to the difficulty in trying to find a nail varnish to wear underneath it. I love the quality of this nail varnish and the fact that due to the size of the nail varnish brush there is no need to overlap the nail varnish. I also like the fact that despite the fact I have used this nail varnish on numerous occasions as of yet the brush has not shed any hairs in the nail varnish and neither have any of the brushes started to split.
In conclusion I really like this nail varnish and would definitely recommend it, especially due to the length of time in which it lasts on the nails without chipping!
After trying the Barry M instant nail effects I was told by a friend that Boots No 17 also did a nail effect, so decided to give it a try, which was a little harder than I first thought, as it had sold out in 2 Boots and luckily I managed to get the last one on the shelf in the 3rd Boots I tried and went off home rather pleased with myself to try it out.
No 17 Nail Xtras Crackle Top Coat is made by Boots as part of their No 17 range. The Bottle is 10 ml and the usual clear glass to show the colour of the polish inside and it has a white lid with medium wide brush attached. It costs £3.99 and currently is included in the 3 for 2 promotion (April 2011).
To use the crackle top coat first apply a normal coloured nail polish to your nails, allow to dry then apply one coat of the No 17 Crackle Top coat. The Top coat somehow reacts with the coloured nail varnish and creates a crackled nail effect over the top of the coloured base coat.
The colour of the crackle top coat is a pearly gold/silver colour with the Polish itself being the same consistency as a normal polish not too thick or thin and really does not smell much at all.
The Directions on the back advise that when dry to apply a clear top coat for prolonged wear.
I had used the Barry M Instant nail effects several times and like the effect it gives but did want something a bit lighter so was really looking forward to trying this out.
The colour really is lovely, its a cross between gold and silver I really can't decide which it is more of though. The first thing which surprised me about the No 17 crackle was the consistency. The Barry M can be a bit gloopy to apply and seems to dry on the brush but this is fantastic, It glides on like a nail polish, then its wait and see to find out what it will look like. It doesn't smell strong either which I like as It doesn't take much for me to get a nail polish headache from the fumes. It does take a few minutes to finish cracking and this product is more like a crackle than the huge great chunks which disappear with the Barry M. The main colour you are left with is defiantly this gold/silver top coat and not the polish underneath. I quite like that though, it is definitely more subtle than the other brand. So far I have used it over a red and a dark steel and it looked better over the darker colour in my opinion.
I would advise to put a top coat over the top as I really don't think it would last very well without (my toe nails only lasted a week without a top coat, compared to the near two weeks I can normally get out of them before they look shocking). I did get a good few days out of this with a top coat before the little chips started appearing.
The price is not too bad at £3.99, yes it is the same price as the Barry M, but I can honestly say that I prefer this as it goes on so much easier and nicer. I am really impressed with this product, whilst it is not as dramatic as the effect from the Barry M Instant effects it really does look great.
I would defiantly recommend this to a friend as I really think it gives a unique look to your nails and is really easy to apply and not too expensive.