Fabulous. Another new trend to make us all look worse.
Thanks, beauty world. We have finally, The Ninja believes, skulked past the abhorrent dubious "trend" of chipped nail polish. Whose idea was that, anyway? The Ninja suspects we were Punked by lazy celebs (please say a return to this "trend" is being misreported).
At any rate, now that we briefly flirted with couture manicures in reaction (reference "the Ruffian", elegant exposed half-moon manicures, and even sculpted and pointed retro red tips a la Dita and even Rihanna). Must the pendulum swing from high to low again? Apparently so, The Ninja is dismayed to report.
Enter The Crackle Top Coat.
What this has to do with the return of Mad Men-style luxe-and-retro glamour, The Ninja cannot explain. It seems to have little attachment to Fall's military trends, sleek menswear, or uptown urban jungle animal prints, as far as she can tell. A flash forward to Spring '11 gives no enlightenment as the floaty layers, feminine florals and edible pastels The Ninja spied on runways don't seem to cry "pair me with grungy manicures!"
It's not fair to say that The Ninja is not a fan of a high-low contrast, either. She firmly believes in the power of "dirtying up" an ultra-feminine piece a bit (a delicious matte, a sexy black, a grungy greige, a subversive olive, perhaps?). But don't mistake that for the need to drag things to the gutter (or middle school).
And that's where this crackle finish nonsense belongs, in The Ninja's esteemed (and always correct!) opinion.
If you disagree, you'll adore OPI's upcoming collections, which feature this crackle coat nonsense in the form of Shattered. Read more here and see it in action below. The Ninja refuses to acknowledge it any further.
PS: This "trend" already happened in about 2000. Can we leave it there?