(L to R) Black Shatter, Teenage Dream, Not Like The Movies
Lightning Bolt, Crushed Candy, Cracked Concrete (I had to look at the names, will prob always refer to them as white, teal and gray Crackle!)
I also had to pick up my first bottle of Seche Vite, even though I'd been resisting but everyone raves about it so much and my current top coat just wasn't cutting it for me anymore.
I realized at the time I didn't own any true black polishes (don't worry, I've remedied that since) so I tried OPI Not Like The Movies with CG Crushed Candy. (Sorry for the sloppy applications!)
NLTM is sheer but very pretty (I only used 2 coats, next time I'll try 3). I like the color variety of CG Crackle but...honestly it reminded me a bit of White-Out (the smell, the texture, and how it dries quickly and would clump if you don't apply it right the first time). It did, however, last for a long time without chipping.
About a week or so later, I switched to Teenage Dream.
3 coats to show off the pretty sparkles ;)
And a few days later, I applied Black Shatter.
I definitely prefer the OPI formula. The smell was not much more off putting than the usual OPI polish, the texture only slightly thicker, overall it wasn't extremely different than other OPI polishes (to me) and it shattered more easily and nicely (for me, of course. You may feel differently). It is nice though to be able to have a choice of colors and the Crackle lasted much, much longer without chipping, so both are worth their weight.
Happy President's Day!!