So I'm seeing a lot of complaints about crackles/shatters. I've never had a problem with them and I've bought three different brands. But, being from the crackle generation, I've used them when they were even worse to get a nice coat on. Bottomline is that crackle works you just have to work with it. With texture being all the rage it'd be tragic to miss this trend:
Step two: Wait till that coat of color is close to completely dry. 10 minutes should do it.
Step three: Load up your brush - this is crucial. Leave a lot on for a thick coat and cavernous cracks (like mine) or brush some off on the rim to get a thinner coat with crackles instead of full-on cracks.
Step four: Crackle dries FAST. One brush up the center of the nail, one on each side and be done. BE DONE. Going back over will "cake" the polish and keep it from cracking. One coat means one coat so do it quickly and consistently.
Step five: Sit back and watch the magic! Be sure to wait about 10 minutes to allow it to fully crack before topping it off with top coat and you are done. It takes a little work but it is soooooo worth it.