coral & turquoise

I realize crackle polishes have long since snuck their way back into popularity and are already wiggling their way out for new trends, so we’re not going to discuss how old these pictures are.  On the other hand, I’m always going to love this color combination and these pictures may revitalize my joy in creating crackle color combos.

One of the few crackle polishes I broke down and purchased was China Glaze’s Crushed Candy.  I figured a pale turquoise blue color would look interesting with a variety of colors.  It is subdued enough that it will pair well with other soft colors or more happily pop with bright or darker colors.

The first time I wore it, I paired it over OPI’s Color So Hot it Berns, a bright warm one-coater red that reminds me of the color of certain coral.  I’ve always loved a pale, turquoise-tinged blue with a bright orange-toned red since they are both bright but in different ways so that they highlight each other.  When I was making jewelry more frequently, I often gravitated to turquoise with coral or amber, and that’s what came to mind when I decided to match these colors up in the way of nail polish.  The crackle did its thing perfectly, and I ended up really enjoying the accents of chartreuse and ruddy brownish red of the plants I happened to find outside.  I was additionally amused by the similar naturally cracked pattern of the reddish leaves as well.

I even liked the colors with the bright breakfast sandwich’s sunny plastic cheese orange yellow, neon non-organic drippy yolk, pinky tomato, dark green spinach, and yummy toast char browns.  The polish colors then reminded me of a retro 50’s diner with lacquered aquas and bold reds.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pearlessence
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 13:20:42

    Nice nails! It’s the first time I’ve seen polish like this, despite how old you say they are haha


    • miremusings
      Feb 17, 2012 @ 14:35:06

      Thanks! Crackle polishes became super popular again and seem to be widely available everywhere from salons to Sephora to the drug store, but they’re sneaking their way out. You probably could find some fairly easily still, though. They’re fun to play with. Magnetic polishes are the next big thing. I need to give one of those a try.


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