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Crackle and shatter, what’s the difference?

Crackle and shatter, what’s the difference?
Is there any difference?

Well, yes, in a sense. I’m going to put this as it would come out of my mouth;
Crackle: Stays as a piece, but has cracks apart.
Shatter: Separates into individual pieces.

If that makes no sense, I will show you with photo’s :)


Here’s (from L to R) China Glaze: Lightning Bolt, Barry M: 316, MUA Nail Quake: Jailbreak, Barry M: 311, Beauty UK: Goth.

China Glaze: CRACKLE

Little Finger: CRACKLE, Ring Finger: SHATTER

Middle Finger: CRACKLE, Index Finger: SHATTER

Quality and Performance:
Lightning Bolt is really opaque and thin.
Barry M 316 (White) is also opaque but very gloopy. (I added thinner)

Beauty UK has a OPI like brush, but is even more gloopy than Barry M.
MUA has a thin brush, and gives a really even application, this shatter seems very shiny and jelly like.
Barry M 311 (Black) is opaque, but is the same as the white in consistency.

Hope this clears up the Shatter/Crackle issue.
ps. many thanks to my mum for letting me use her as a hand model!


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getting my jigsaw on.

this was influenced, by the boy’s little brother, who made me complete puzzles for him to smash up, then say to me today, that if i did it again he “promised he wouldn’t break them” – i wasn’t having none of it! ;)

this only took me like 5 minutes, which was suprising, when i thought of it i figured i’d be there for a long while…
i matted them before i added the puzzley bits, cos i thought it would look better.
i used,
thumb: elf: lilac (courtesy of the boy, as a big xmas haul for me!)
index: 17: sherbet lemons
middle: elf: mint
ring: barry m: blueberry ice cream
little: barry m: pink flamingo
and i used barry m black, and a fine brush to draw the puzzle shapes.
its a lot easier than it looks…you just draw a square, and add bits on, or take some away.
then 1 coat of seche vite, for chip resistance, and 2 coats of matte finisher from elf…
talking of that, what’s up with this brush?!
looks a lot worse in r/l, but it used okay, apart from the odd splodge on the cuticle.
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