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Monday, April 30, 2012

Swatchfest: Wet n Wild Limited Edition Craze Crackle Collections

Back in early April, I shared the press releases and display pics for the two new Limited Edition Craze collections from Wet n Wild. If you missed that post, the first collection is called All Broken Up, and it's a Walmart-exclusive collection. The second is called Neon Crackle and it's a Rite Aid-exclusive collection (in fact, there's a $0.50 off coupon currently available on the Rite Aid Video Values site). 

I received a few polishes from each collection for review, so I'd like to show you some swatches and give you my thoughts:

So let's start with the two polishes I received from the All Broken Up collection:

I love the bottles in this collection. I have a thing for narrow, square bottles--they are so easy to store, because you can stack them up against each other to take up the least amount of space possible. Anyway, on to the swatches:

I swatched these over a coat of white creme polish. The above pic was taken without top coat, and the picture below was taken after one coat of clear top coat:

I didn't have any problems at all with these. The crackle pattern was easy to achieve, and both polishes "cracked" just a minute or two after application.

Now, on to the Neon Crackles:

I received four polishes in this collection and, as you can see, the bottles are the same shape/style as the original Craze collection polishes. 

For the above swatches, I painted all four polishes over a base of white creme polish. As you can see, all of the shades I received dry to a matte finish. Blue A Fuse actually has some shimmer to it, while the others don't contain any shimmer at all.

Pretty Pink Punk has the best crackle pattern to it, with Blue A Fuse and Inmate In Love tying for second place. I had some real issues with Construction Zone--if you look closely, you'll see that it tends to "eat" the base color and the overall effect is quite gummy with big, fat cracks (no smaller, well-defined cracks).

For the following swatches, I applied one layer of clear top coat on top of each crackle so that you could see what they look like shiny:

Some final thoughts: if you're not "over" crackles, I think the neon shades in the Neon Crackle collection are worth considering (specifically, the hot pink and orange). You could do some fun, bright color combos on fingers and toes this summer, and I think they'd both look awesome over black. I would skip Construction Zone due to the issues described above, and of course if you have yet to jump on the crackle bandwagon and need a basic black crackle, you can't go wrong with We'll Definitely Stay Friends from the All Broken Up collection.

Do you own any Wet n Wild crackles? If so, what shades do you have and how do you like them?

A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.


  1. I love those! I'm definitely going to pick up the pink and the orange ones! Thanks for the review!

  2. I'm not a fan of the crackle trend, but I love that WnW is making them! For $2, I might pick up a bottle and try it out.

  3. I think that gold shimmer crackle looks gorgeous. Think of the layering possibilities! Maybe a light jelly sandwich?

  4. YES! I love their Craze polishes! :) oxoxo

  5. I'd consider myself over crackle, but I do kind of like the neons. I'm not paying $5 for a wet n wild polish though. Hopefully someone will have a good sale soon!

  6. I want the gold & neon orange! I'm stopping by Walmart on my home from wk tom. Then off to Walgreens for the .99 ¢ items.

  7. I want the gold.. It'll look nice with a pair of gold sandals! Also would like the neon orange & pink. Stopping by walmart on my way home tom. From wk.

  8. I have the silver one and the purple glitter one and I love them :)

  9. I bought 4 of these (pink, orange, yellow & green) but only had luck w/2, the orange & pink. I loved the yellow shade, but it didn't crackle as much as the pink or orange; the green one barely cracked at all. I love how the orange, pink & yellow are true neons; the green is more of a "Granny Smith apple" green. I picked these up when W&W was 40% off @ Rite Aid & I think that $2.99 is a much fairer price than $4.99, especially for the size, .30 oz. I'm going to return the yellow & green to RA. I've read good things a/b Cherimoya neon crackle polish, so I plan on ordering some of those off Ebay.


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