Monday, January 16, 2012

LCN Croco Fever Topcoats

Good morning! I recently learned about LCN's "Croco Fever" line and have been totally obsessing over it. It is a unique type of crackle effect that cracks into a pattern that makes your nail polish look like crocodile skin (scales?).

I'm sure many of you are not a fan of the standard crackle look, and I'm with you there. It just ends up looking kind of messy most of the time, and the look is not chic or elegant at all. The LCN Croco Fever polishes, however, look quite classy and put a unique spin on the same old tired crackle. The other great thing is that, even with a layer of SV, the Croc crackles retain their texture, so if you touch your nails when they are dry, they will feel like you are touching a Croc pattern handbag.

They come in four colors - black (Black Leather), brown (Croco Eyes), burgundy (Ruby Forever), and red (Rescue Red). I picked up all of the colors except the red, which for some reason did not appeal to me as much as the others.

I also recently acquired a set of the OPI Nicki Minaj minis, which includes the three cremes from the collection and a glitter. I paired one of each of the cremes with one of the Croco Fever polishes for today's swatches.

Here are each of the minis with the LCN bottles. You can see that the LCN bottles are a bit smaller than standard polish size; they are 8ml.


LCN Black Leather and OPI Fly

It's hard to pick favorites between the three of these matchups, but if I had to, this would probably be my favorite look. The black goes with basically any polish that you want to wear underneath it, and makes a dark and dramatic statement.

I also want to take a second to say that Fly is my #1 pick from the OPI Nicki Minaj collection. It is the most fabulous teal that I have ever encountered. I feel compelled to pick up a full sized bottle. :)




LCN Ruby Forever and OPI Pink Friday

For some reason the burgundy Croco Fever polish was the one that most reminded me of a handbag. It is a beautiful, rich red in regular light, and in low light it looks dark and vampy. My photos of it appear a bit brighter than it does in person... I had trouble getting this one to photograph well.

OPI Pink Friday DEFINES "bubblegum pink." It is a sweet and light color that still is quite pigmented.




LCN Croco Eyes and OPI Did It On 'Em

This is probably the combination that will be the most polarizing. Many people do not like to wear brown on their nails, but I think that the brown in Croco Eyes is just beautiful. It is luxurious, and if paired with the right base polish, could make a classy and subtle statement.

Of course, I didn't go for subtle, and neither did OPI when they made Did It On 'Em. It is what is considered an "ugly" color. You don't need to buy this if you already own OPI Who the Shrek Are You?. Still, it is a very Nicki color and a conversation starter. I personally love it, but I do already own WTSAY, so it is a bit redundant in my stash.




One thing to note about these Croco polishes is that the application differs a bit from regular crackle polish. Instead of applying it over dry polish, you are supposed to apply it over slightly tacky/somewhat wet polish. LCN recommends waiting four minutes after applying your base color before applying your Croco Top. Check out this application video from LCN themselves.

LCN products can be purchased at http://store.lcnusa.com/ and retail at $9.50.
OPI products can be purchased at various salon and beauty supply locations, and retail for ~$8.50.
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45 comments

  1. These are awesome and I HATE crackle. This is how I remember the old school (Think Revlon Street Wear) crackle. I think these are too cool. The yellow/brown looks like giraffe to me ;-)

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  2. Wow they look much better than the crackles that all the other polish brands have been coming out with. I do love the colour combos!

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  3. Oh, wow! These look awesome! And your combinations...amazing! Now I want them all LOL

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  4. I hate the "original" crackle/shatter effect, but this croco effect looks way more cool! :)

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  5. I don't like crackle effects either.. I think they look a bit messy and I just don't really like the effect. These, however, is more like it! They look AMAZING! Especially the black! Do you know where I could get these from? I'm in the UK.

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    1. I spoke to LCN and they said their products can be purchased at http://www.beautyconcepts.co.uk/direct/
      I think the Croco Fevers are here: http://www.beautyconcepts.co.uk/direct/nails/details2.asp?ProductItemID=5566&DirItemID=8

      Happy shopping!

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  6. Love them all.. The last combo is my favorite!

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  7. I have the Kleancolor crackles which has the same effect. I love this look, but I can never get it to turn out right.

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  8. Actually I'm totally in love with that last combination, because it really does remind me of a croc for some reason - the two colors together are perfect! I like all of them and it's a really interesting textgure.

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  9. WOW.. I'm not much of fan of cracckle either, but these do look pretty sweet I WANT them... I love your combinations too

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  10. I love the last colour combination- it actually reminds me of a giraffe print! :)

    xGretalRabbitx

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  11. I love all of these Croc Crackles! They are so different! I love how you paired them with the Nicki Minaj colors! Perfect combinations!

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  12. Wow. Sarah you have done our CrocoFever a great service. Your skill is notable. You may feel free to contact me directly for product inquiries. You've won my vote of confidence and would be happy to add you to our blogger roster. Best regards, Tina Gilbert, Co-Owner, LCN USA.

    And for the UK, LCN can be purchased via the following: http://www.beautyconcepts.co.uk/direct/

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  13. those are pretty neat! The last color combo reminds me of a giraffe :) I think Im going to have to take a look around for these croco polishes

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  14. I love how these apply! They're so interesting when they crackle.

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  15. These are so cool! It's nice to see a different spin on crackle nail polish.

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  16. THESE ARE AMAZING, oh my goodness. I was actually a fan of the crackles until I got tired of them, but these are definitely stepping it up a notch (or three). I really like the last color combo you did. :)

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  17. That last combo is so neat! And I like them all :).

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  18. wow, they look so fun! I need to get some of them, but I haven't decided yet which colors I want ;)

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  19. Wow! Those are gonna kick some crackle ass!!!!

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  20. Wow... They sure do look different... But nice different :)

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  21. i like Ruby Forever! these look great on the nail

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  22. I love these, I've got to have them!

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  23. I was just on their website to order the black and brown. $8 for ground shipping! That's almost as much as another bottle of polish. I'm thinking twice now. :/

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  24. Wow, very nice looking Crackling Naildesign

    LG

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  25. I didn't like crackle polish too. but this one will be an exception. they look adorable. especially the pink one. it's cute. :)

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  26. Wow, amaze balls!! This is wayy better than crackle and shatter, esp. since I can never apply them right lol

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  27. I like blue and black combination :)

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  28. These crackle really awesome! I love the "giraffe" combo lol

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  29. These look so cool! I love the effect. The first one's my fave too <3

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  30. Awesome swatches and LOVE the effect these polishes have!!! Great color combos Sarah!

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  31. These are FAB! I'm going against the grain here, but I still dig "crackle". Admittedly, I am still waiting for the day it ends up on the "out" list.

    I did, however, pick up one cool trick for regular "crackle"...paint horizontally instead of the normal vertical. It makes the effect a little different. Recently did a black/dark burgundy as the base and painted silver crackle horizontally and it reminded me of the planet Jupiter.

    I am going to try the directions of Croc with regular Crackle to see what happens. Thanks for sharing a great new product!

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  32. i bought the black one without seeing any pics of it before and for me it didnt crack at all, on my nails it looks like a simple black polish :-( but it looks good in your pics *wondering what i did wrong*

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  33. these swatches are amazing. i love the crackle polishes, but i am going to have to pick these up. they look much prettier.

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  34. these are lovely! Love them so much better than the crackle too!

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  35. I agree with some previous comments...I'm not a big fan of crackle, but this is a sophisticated and cute version!

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