Hard To Find Week Pre-Party: Cover Girl Crackle Lacquer

All next week is Hard-to-Find Week on the MUA nail board. In preparation for the festivities the girls, myself included, have been rummaging through stashes in order to find those elusive polishes we all love so much. So I decided that I’m going to dedicate the next few posts to my favorite hard-to-finds. To kick things off, I present to you, a flash back to the year 2000 – Cover Girl Crackle Lacquer.

These two are Halloween themed, Boo Hou and Jack-o-Lantern, but if my memory serves me, there was a full line of these. I think I remember owning a white one that I used to layer over black nail polish. Oh ho, my teenage self was *so* edgy. If I had it now, I would use it over gold polish to rip off the MAC Antiquitease mani.

Crackle actually has an interesting back story (here’s the original press release), apparently the person who invented it did so by accident while trying to invent something else- then tweaked the formula to be marketed as cracking nail polish. The patent is held under the title “Nail Enamel Composition Having Decorative Appearance”, which I find highly amusing.

This bottle of Crackle was given to me by MUA’s lovely lindyspendy. I almost died when I got it since I’d been hunting Crackles unsuccessfully for a long time. Seriously, opening that package was like opening Tutankhamun’s tomb. The formula has thinned out over the years. This bottle may very well be over 8 years old. You can’t really do multiple layers with Crackle so there’s no way to curb the thinness of the formula – but – I actually think it actually looks cool over black. The thinness gives it an eerie faded quality.

This bottle of Crackle is from evilbay. It was a bit pricey but not horrible, totally worth it. This bottle’s formula was too thick, also probably from age. However, it dried with excellent cracks, so I won’t complain. You guys will notice I only swatched 2 nails for each color whereas I usually do a full hand. That’s how special this polish is too me, I feel bad putting it on just to take it off!


44 Responses to “Hard To Find Week Pre-Party: Cover Girl Crackle Lacquer”

  1. Aziajs Says:

    OMG!!!! I looooooooooooooooooooove this! I remember crackle polishes from back in the day. I wonder if anyone still makes them.

  2. pssion Says:

    Oh I remember when these came. I thought they were soo cool. I don’t know why I never bought one though :/

  3. sher Says:

    This looks sooo good, why did they stop making this? It could be so “in” right now.

  4. Scrangie Says:

    Ah, I fondly remember these. I loved them so much. I don’t know why I tossed all my old polish a few years ago… I’m kicking myself!

    These are so cool, they need to re-release them! The crackle polishes from Transdesign are nowhere near as good.

  5. pretear Says:

    Aziajs – some companies do but usually it’s just black for Halloween. : (

    Pssion – tell me about it, I know wish I had bought all of them.

    Sher – I remember they were really in when they came out but I’m sure after a while the trend dropped off. : P We could always start a campaign asking them to bring it back. : P

    Scrangie – WHAT!?! YOU THREW AWAY YOUR OLD POLISH!?!?! I just died a little inside. Tell me about these crackle polishes from TD. What makes them sucky?

  6. Steph Says:

    *drools* both these look amazing! I can kick myself in the butt for throwing out the white and black. They became so thick and gooey and almost impossible to deal with, I just tossed them one day out of frustration.

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  8. Sminkan Says:

    I’d love to have one of those! Mmm! Very different!

  9. Scrangie Says:

    Steph, I KNOW!!! I was trying to “de-clutter” and I wasn’t as obsessed with polish as I am now. I said, “I’m probably never going to wear these again.” STUPID!!!!!!

    Anyway, the crackle ones from Transdesign come in a kit, a bunch of different colors, small bottles. They take way too long to crackle, and don’t crackle very much. By the time they’ve actually crackled enough to look cool, the polish kinda just falls off before you can get a topcoat on it. *sigh*

  10. Tink @ Casuallavish.com Says:

    Now you have hunting down that polish!

  11. Sarah Says:

    Oh my god! I was just thinking about these yesterday – feeling sad that I never tried them out – and they appear on the internet! I got all excited for a moment and thought they were coming back. May have to hunt for the Halloweeny ones when I’m in the US in October though!

  12. pretear Says:

    I’m might have to try the transdesigns one now even if they are crappy! lol.

    Sarah (and Tink too) – when you’re in the US try going to dollar stores. Lindyspendy found the bottle she gave me at a dollar tree I think

  13. Sanna Says:

    they look so cool

  14. Tiffany Says:

    Whooooooa I totally forgot about those! I had that Halloween set too! I am still kicking myself about throwing away a ton of “old” polish about a year ago when I moved….I wish I had known about thinner back then :P

  15. pretear Says:

    Another nail polish throw-awayer! : P I don’t think I’ve ever thrown out a bottle of polish – it’s blasphemous. lol.

  16. Toma Says:

    I remember these!! I use to get them at Super Walmart a few years ago. Wow..I don’t even remember what happened to the ones I had. I probably threw them out too!

  17. RI Says:

    I just bought a pair…they have them at the dollar store where i live..2 4 the price of 1

  18. RI Says:

    trust me these are not hard to find….they have loads on them for cheap at this store

  19. pretear Says:

    These were discontinued several years ago, some discount stores carry them every once in a while, but they are no longer readily available to everyone – so while it may not have been hard for you particularly to find them, they are hard to find.

  20. RI Says:

    yes there are discontinued but this store has lots of them…they had them for two years already..Ive even seen these on the internet also…So its not a once in a while thing…its not hard to find

  21. pretear Says:

    : ) Well I’m not going to argue with you about it, they were hard to find for me, it’s great that they weren’t hard to find for you.

  22. RI Says:

    Thats why they have Ebay…..but on Ebay it costs more more….I suggest people hit the dollar store…you cant go wrong

  23. RI Says:

    I just finished using some…I dont really like them tho…mainly for teenagers

  24. gigglemommy Says:

    I wouldn’t have these if some of my very generous friends hadn’t shared them with me…i have hit Dollar Tree Mother Loads of polish several times of the year, but these have never shown. Certain parts of the country get different shades and styles of polish, so just because one Dollar Tree is overloaded with them doesn’t mean they all are ;) I have a distinct notion the Dollar Trees that do get these are going to get hit HARD after these pics though :)

  25. vc Says:

    i used to love these! i dont remember what i didi with mine,probably threw them away too :(. they ARE htf, not everyone has dollar trees around with great stuff (me included) and ebay can be ridiculously overpriced.

  26. RI Says:

    well I guess im the lucky one then..lol

  27. cs Says:

    I just bought this last night at the Dollar Tree!!! I was not sure what it really did but I think my young girls will have fun with this around Halloween !!–If its any good since you are saying its from 2000. So check your local Dollar Tree if you want a flash back!!

  28. pretear Says:

    My dollar tree is lame but girls have been checking dollar trees across the nation for me. I have a white one on the way. *is excited*

  29. Sarah Says:

    So i just found a BUNCH of these at my local dollar tree!! Woo Hoo!

  30. Rachel Says:

    I used to love the white crackle I had, then a few years ago I went to use it and it didn’t crack when it dried. It was too old and I had to chuck it. I hope I can find another :(

  31. pretear Says:

    A friend from MUA got me a white crackle from the Dollar Tree – you might want to scope that out if you have any where you live. : )

  32. Kari Says:

    Just today (12/5/2008) I found Jack O Lantern orange original Cover Girl Crackle nail polish at a Dollar Tree in Texas. (in a double pack with mystic peacock blue) I’ve heard of other sightings at Dollar Trees in the US. Go out there and get it while you can! Good luck hunting!

  33. pretear Says:

    Woo hoo! : )

  34. Jargoc Says:

    they sell these at Dollar Tree in a 2 pack :P

  35. Cristal Says:

    If anyone can find any of these, PLEASE let me know… my Dollar Tree has NONE and Ebay only has orange and it is sooo overpriced! Email me at cristalse@yahoo.com. Thx in advance addicts!

  36. wendy Says:

    please email me as well if you find any of these..i prefer the black and/or blue…
    but i havent come across these in my local dollar tree in VA ..(boy have i been looking), but then again, the original finders of these were posted about a year ago.. :(

  37. luluchinadoll Says:

    These crackle polishes are super hard to take off! I tried the Blue Moon on for Halloween and now I’m trying to rub my nails with 100% acetone (regular polish remover didn’t do a thing) and it’s still really hard!

  38. Ellie Says:

    I just found a bottle of blue on ebay if anyone is still looking…http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130357454393&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

  39. Sarah Says:

    Hiya, in the UK a brand called Barry M has just launched a black crackle topcoat. The British blogs are afire with it so if you google it, it should come up! I bought an extra one today which I may be putting on ebay…

  40. Britt Says:

    OPI releasing a version in January ’11- http://www.nylonmag.com/?section=article&parid=5498

  41. Amy Fisher Says:

    They make one called “Black Shatter” by OPI. It just came out. And OPI is one of the best nail polishes out there! Just check out the OPI websit!

  42. Jessica Says:

    I just hit the mother-load jackpot at my local Dollar Tree in Southeastern KY – they had Boo!

  43. Renee Says:

    OPI just released Shatter polishes that do the same thing. They currently have a black and silver color and are releasing more colors soon! :) Check it out. OPI can only be found at salons.

  44. Lucy Says:

    I had these when I was in middle school! I was always a fan of the cracked nail polish look. I’m so happy the trend has come back!

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