I've tried snakeskin nails a few times and I've never been happy with the result. I tried it with net lace and sponges and freehand but nothing was really satisfying. Recently I ordered two stamping plates from Vivid Lacquer including VL 002 which has a honeycomb pattern (and is not available right now). I figured I could use it as snakeskin as well. So I used one coat of Essence - Walk On The Wild Side as my base color and dabbed on Catrice - After Eight with a sponge. Then I decided to use Catrice - I'm A Star... as my stamping color which didn't work too well. On top of the stamping I used Essie - Matte About You which is either the worst matte top coat ever or I didn't know how to use it properly.
My all time favorite snakeskin nails are these by Candy Glaze. She calls them Dragon's Egg Manicure though, but either way I really love them! My attempt on recreating them a few months ago failed big time, but one can dream, right? :)