Shatter manicure: Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323

Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323
Yellow is a colour I can never pull off, be it on my nails, eyes, lips or outfit. Possibly because my skin has yellow undertones - using the shade always makes me look ill.
The only way I can pull off yellow on my nails is if I cover it up almost completely, so that very little of the shade peeps through - and that is why shatter polish is the best solution. The only yellow polish I own is the Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine in 39 Jaune Trendy.
I picked up Barry M. Croc Effect from Boots Dubai - they have a nice collection of Barry M polishes, lipsticks and other makeup. They had two shades in this range - 323, which is black, and 343, which is red.

More photos and thoughts on the Barry M Croc Effect polish in 323 below.

Croc Effects is thicker and shinier than any other shatter polish I have seen so far. It also takes longer to begin to crackle up, and a thicker coat will make no difference to how it shatters, whereas other shatter polishes have larger "islands" if you apply a thicker coat. It has a very vinyl look to it before it crackles, as you can see below. You can also see tiny lines beginning to form at the bed.
Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323
I actually wished the crackle would stop at this stage - this looks like the cilia on microorganisms, doesn't it?
Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323

Finally, it shatters out into... um spider-webs? Now had I done this in white and yellow and painted a spider on the accent nail, this would have been a Hallowe'en mani!
Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323
Unless you wear a top coat, this happens. Once the Barry M polish dries, you can just scrape off the shatter with a nail, without any effort.
Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323
But if you use topcoat, the manicure stays on for four days - that is my limit and I change my nail polish after four days tops. I love the Croc Effects Nail Paints and wish Barry M would come out with more colours!
Yellow and black shatter manicure with Barry M Croc Effect Nails 323
This is my submission to the "Yellow" edition of the Blogger Bragger  Autumn Nail Art Challenge. You can check out the other entries here. Next week's entry has been ruined by horrible finger damage from an eyebrow  razor, but I did manage to get pictures of pre-nail art swatches, which I will share then, along with details of the carnage.
  1. Norah SalazarOctober 16, 2014

    I am a huge fan of Barry M! I, too, sometimes can't pull yellow but this shattered looks pretty!

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  2. While I've used many crackle polishes, I've never tried one quite like this! And sorry to hear about your eyebrow razor incident...I hope you're healed up asap!

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  3. The Polished MommyOctober 17, 2014

    I wish I could find Barry M easily they have some great finishes, including this!

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  4. Awesome post! I've never used a shatter polish and I guess I always assumed it was more or less instantaneous, not like a creeping thing.... Cilia on a microorganism is a perfect description, lol :)

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  5. PinkTurtle NailsOctober 17, 2014

    It's a good idea if you don't like wearing yellow, nice polish!

    Xoxo

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  6. So funny.. I am wearing almost the exact mani... crackle/shatter just boggles my mind as I can't figure out how it works!!

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  7. Holy wow! That is the coolest crackle polish, I want this!

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  8. Very cool! I've never used a shatter polish, so I enjoyed the step by step photos. :)

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  9. Looks great! Perfect for Halloween hehe!

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  10. This one takes me back a bit. I never did manage to get around to buying a bottle.

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  11. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    I'm not a crackle polish fan either, but yes, I fell for this one!

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  12. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    I'm regretting not getting the red one as well!

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  13. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    Lol yes, kind of like yellow and black cobwebs!

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  14. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    Thank you! I am not a fan of most shatters after all my OPI shatters dried up in four months, but this seems okay so far!

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  15. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    I agree! They usually dry in ugly clumps, whereas this has a cobwebby look!

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  16. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    Thanks! I cannot manage to pull off yellow lol

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  17. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    I cannot, either! I've heard you can control the direction and size of the shatter but I don't get it!

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  18. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    Lol thanks! All the other shatter polishes I've tried so far seemed to shatter very quickly. This one took so long I first thought I got a dud!

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  19. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    I love their polishes! They are in all Boots outlets around the world, but I wish they also sold online on other websites!

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  20. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    Thank you! That was a rather gory incident which ruined next week's green manicure. Stay tuned for details lol.

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  21. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 17, 2014

    Barry M is so inexpensive, yet great quality! Their TMLP lipstick is amazing!

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  22. Is it wrong that I like to watch how a crackle polish transitions. It looks so cool and I really, really like the final look!

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  23. MyBeautyJunctionOctober 19, 2014

    Lol I love watching the crackling process as well!

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  24. Funny, I haven't really payed attention to crackles in a while, but the pattern of this one is so pretty!

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