The Black Nail Polish Chronicles

I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been afraid of black nail polish. I was always jealous of girls like Lauren Conrad who could pull it off flawlessly. I never thought I could be one of those girls. I felt like it had to be applied meticulously (not my greatest skill), and it showed every messy cuticle and flaw. Well folks, I decided to take the leap and dive hand-first into the world of black nail polish.

I was perusing the Julep Black Friday sales while looking for Christmas gifts where I came across a lovely black nail polish for 2.99. I could not pass that up, so I put it in my shopping cart. Since I elected for the free shipping it took a couple of weeks for it to arrive. When I opened the box I was so excited to see my beautiful new polish. When I took it out of its box, something wasn’t right.


IT WAS A CRACKLE FINISHING POLISH. UggGggHhh, I blame myself on this one. I was too blinded by excitement to realize that the finish was ‘special effect’ and it was not the polish that I had been looking forward to for the last few weeks. I’ll be honest; I was never a fan of the crackle polish trend. This was before Christmas, and finally today I decided to just go for it and try it out.


I started with a silver polish on my ring fingers (I love the power claws). I almost always use a different color on those fingers, because I like the contrast of colors. I felt like the silver wouldn’t make my hands look too dark and gothic. I then put on one coat of the black polish. It dried matte and pretty light. I know that this isn’t regular polish so it wasn’t going to dry like it, but I’m lazy and I don’t like nail polishes that require two coats.

After 1 coat

After 1 coat

I threw on another coat and it looked a bit better. I wasn’t totally enthused with the results though. I could see a few spots on my nails where the crackle effect was showing up. I was hoping a top coat would make me feel a little bit better about my new manicure, and it did. The top coat brought the shine I was looking for, so I decided to keep the nail polish on for a few days at least.



Although this experience might have sent other black polish newbies running for the hills, I’m willing to give it another chance. If you have a suggestion for a black polish that you love (a polish that only needed one coat, and preferably under $10), let me know in the comments or on twitter.

I guess the final product didn't turn out TOO horribly

I guess the final product didn’t turn out TOO horribly


About 24 hours later, this is the state my nails are in

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I guess I learned my lesson to read the website more thoroughly when buying nail polish online.


4 thoughts on “The Black Nail Polish Chronicles

  1. Catherine Dream says:

    Haha, love this post!

    I’m completely the opposite – black nail polish was my first colour (and the only one for about 10 years) and I still love it, although I’m more into nail art now and have way too many colours.
    Just FYI, my style is not gothic, punk, or dark anything, I just LOVE BLACK NAILS. It was so much fun to read your perspective!

    And I HATE pink or red nails (on me).

    Did you find a non-crackle black polish since writing this post?

    Glad to have stumbled upon your blog : )

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