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.