Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish – Worth It?

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Pink Shredded Nails

On a recent trip to one of the big box stores, I happened upon a new line of nail polish from Maybelline.  There was a huge display of the Color Show nail polish line, in all kinds of fantastic colors.  I was looking for a pink shade for a nail art challenge, and was instantly drawn to Magenta Mirage.

It wasn’t until I picked it up that I realized it was one of the Shredded colors.  Shredded is what Maybelline is calling their shatter or crackle finish.  Well, then.  I’m going to need to get a couple of these Color Show nail lacquers to test them out!  Right?  Of course I am.


I chose the Porcelain Party normal lacquer and the Magenta Mirage Shredded nail polish.  Porcelain Party is white, while the Magenta Mirage is a shimmery bright magenta pink.  Confession time – I had never actually tried the crackle finish polishes before this one.  Yikes, right?  It turns out the Shredded nail polish is just like doing a crackle finish on furniture.   Whodathunkit?

Shatter Nails done with Maybelline Color Show

My thoughts on Color Show nail polish

I prepped my nails and applied the Porcelain Party first.  It was an ok polish, but it took two coats to get a not-so-totally streaky finish.  If I hadn’t been top coating it with the Shredded, I probably would have used 3 coats.  After letting the Porcelain Party dry thoroughly, I topped it with the Magenta Mirage Shredded.  It started to crackle immediately, which was kind of cool.  The Magenta Mirage was a bit of a matte or low luster finish with shimmer when it dried.

I didn’t top-coat it, as I would normally do.  I guess I just didn’t really think about it.  The texture was a little rough, but it didn’t really bother me at all.  These polishes lasted really well – I got about 2 weeks worth of wear out of this

For $3 each, I‘d recommend the Shredded.  I‘d have to think about the Porcelain Party.  However, I would definitely try other shades of Maybelline’s Color Show Nail Polish line.

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About Greta Brinkley

Newly minted 30 year old. Lover of nail polish, glitter, and all things fashion and beauty.
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6 Responses to Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish – Worth It?

  1. L says:

    Hmmm, I don’t think I’m a big fan of this look. Then again I am probably too old to carry it off. My home manicures do tend to look like this after a bit though!

  2. Jennifer says:

    My girls love crackle nail polish! They are so good at getting it to look nice. But when I try to use it, it just doesn’t look the same. So I let them do my nails LOL! It is a neat look, and I think it lasts a bit longer just because chips aren’t as obvious when it’s already a crackled look, you know? Love the color you chose …

  3. Lilly says:

    I’m not sure if I like the crackle nail polish or not. But I’d love to try it just because I’m intrigued now :)

  4. Kelly Tanner says:

    I have some of this polish and haven’t even tried it yet. Thanks for the post.

  5. Eliza-Ligia says:

    The Maybelline nail polishes do last a lot – but I’m disappointed in the looks most of the times. As far as the crackling goes… No. It’s not “in” this summer anymore, it was just a trend. I don’t think you should invest in it this summer.

  6. Mer says:

    Cute! And I’m really impressed by how long wearing this is.

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