Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish – Worth It?

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.

About Greta Brinkley

Newly minted 30 year old. Lover of nail polish, glitter, and all things fashion and beauty.
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7 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.

  7. Rachel Beltz says:

    I don’t think I’m a fan of these.. super surprised by the wear time, 2 weeks is impressive for no top coat!

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