Product Type: Boots makeup
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17 Nail Xtras Crackle Top Coat
Member Name: pink_glitter
17 Nail Xtras Crackle Top Coat
Advantages: easy to use, reasonable price
Disadvantages: streaky, cracks are small, finished result looks messy
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.
Summary: I'm sticking to Barry M