This week’s new nail varnish is another present from my beloved – Barry M’s Croc Effect Nail Varnish retailing at £3.99.
Similar to the shatter/ crackle effect nail varnish, which lots of cosmetics companies now do a version of, this is another top coat which shrinks to reveal a nail colour underneath but the selling point of this nail varnish is that it will leave behind a croc print.
I was intrigued by this as I am fan of the shatter effect nail varnishes so wondered how this one would turn out.
I decided to use a nude shade by e.l.f as my base coat and thought it would give quite a reptilian effect when teamed with the black top coat.
The first difference I noticed between this nail varnish and the shatter effect one was how long it took to work! At first, I thought I had applied it incorrectly because where as the shatter effect is pretty instant and dries within a minute or so, this croc effect nail varnish took about 3 or 4 minutes to get going.
I found that the thinner the layer of croc effect nail varnish, the smaller the shapes were. I painted mine on in quite a thick layer and liked the bigger shapes it left behind.
I thought it would be interesting to look at the two Barry M products next to each other; the croc then the shatter effect, to compare the finishes.
The main differences I found were that the croc effect had a much more circular finish and was quite glossy when it had dried whereas the shatter effect nail varnish created a linear design and had a matte finish…but please don’t ask me about the science behind it!
I have to say that I was very pleased with the results and would be keen to experiment with different nail colours and designs. With this croc effect top coat, every nail is unique and some of them have dried in really interesting patterns…what do you think?