Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an assortment of multi-sized gold glitters and smaller, holographic micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. I layered one coat over Zoya Hazel. Though I have no photographic evidence, I am also wearing this layered over OCC Ripley on my toes, and it’s quite lovely. To give you an idea of the spread and opacity of the top coat on its own, I applied two coats on my thumb nail. One coat is dense enough to give a good smattering of glitter and sparkle as a top coat, and the glitters spread evenly. I didn’t have to push and tug the glitters into place with the brush–just applied it like a normal polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so you could easily get away with two coats without feeling like you had a really thick layer of polish on your nails. The holographic micro-glitter in this is what makes it interesting, because you can see the rainbow flashes as your fingers move and at different angles. It was also what made it difficult for me to dupe (I have no suggestions, but I very much welcome yours!).

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The holographic micro-glitter in this is what makes it interesting, because you can see the rainbow flashes as your fingers move and at different angles.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Cult Nails Dance All Night Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Dance All Night Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Dance All Night Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mixture of green and turquoise glitter with duochrome yellow-orange micro-glitter suspended in a clear base.” It is a mix of large emerald green and sapphire blue hexagon-shaped glitter particles with smaller yellow-orange micro-glitter held in a clear base. The only shade I could think of that was remotely similar was Revlon Radiant, which has similar shaped larger glitters, but it has larger and is more densely-packed with micro-glitter. See comparison swatches.

I wore one coat of this over Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle, and two coats of the polish alone on my thumbnail. I found the consistency incredibly thick and gel-like, but very, very thick that it made it difficult to apply a reasonably thick (or thin) layer so that it didn’t pool along the edges. I had to reapply this a few times, because of the drying time, and I’d, inevitably, move my hands, and the polish would slide to the edge like ooze. I’m usually very impressed by Cult Nails’ formula, but this was one of the hardest ones to apply that I’ve come across. (And surprising, because Center of Attention was amazing.) The amount of glitter in each coat also varied quite a bit, and I had to do a lot of tugging and pushing with the brush to try and even out the glitter so it didn’t clump up in one area.

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Dance All Night

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I'm usually very impressed by Cult Nails' formula, but this was one of the hardest ones to apply that I've come across.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a “classic pink … [with] a modern twist … [with a] wax finish.” It’s a medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a wax finish–so it’s mostly matte, almost squishy-looking (like vinyl, rubber, etc.) but has a slight sheen. MAC Snob is shinier. MAC Silly is lighter and shinier. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink is darker, shinier. Essie Off the Shoulder is darker, shinier. See comparison swatches here.

I found the consistency of this shade to be a little on the thick side, and it was harder to apply smoothly and evenly. I felt like it was almost sticking to the nail and was rather streaky on the first coat. The second coat covered a lot of the streaking but not all. Because of the wax finish, I do recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to smooth out the surface. The wear I get with the wax finish formula gives me more tip wear after seven days than the cream/shimmer formula from Cult Nails. I didn’t have any issues with chipping, though.

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Kiss My Rose Bush

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I found the consistency of this shade to be a little on the thick side, and it was harder to apply smoothly and evenly.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an “eye-catching shade of magenta that dries to a perfect wax finish.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia with a wax finish, so it has a vinyl-like look that’s mostly matte but has a slight sheen.  MAC Toco Toucan is similar but dries to a shiny finish. MAC Girl About Town is very similar but isn’t a wax finish. MAC Embrace Me is cooler-toned and shiny. L’Oreal Members Only is lighter and shiny. China Glaze Love’s a Beach is shimmery and shiny. China Glaze Escaping Reality is lighter. Essie Super Bossa Nova is iridescent and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly, but the wax finish definitely isn’t forgiving if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it’s important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.  When I tried Morning Glory for wear, it lasted seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, but it did have more tip wear than I normally see with Cult Nails’ other shades (with a glossier finish). If you’re not a fan of the wax finish, you can apply a top coat and get a shiny finish that way.

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Morning Glory

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I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it's important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a cream finish. Chanel Lilis is a bit lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi is very similar. MAC Oriele Orange is a bit redder. MAC Morange is similar. MAC Kid Orange is darker, redder. MAC Ablaze is redder. Chanel Holiday is a touch darker. China Glaze Life Preserver is redder.
See comparison swatches.

There is not a single thing to complain about here–Ay Poppy is a brilliant, glossy finish after it dries down, so a top coat isn’t necessary. It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency is just right; not too thick or too thin. The polish applied beautifully over the nail without streaking or bubbling. Cult Nails’ has a great formula that wears a full week with very minor tip wear in my experience.

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Ay Poppy

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Another fantastic shade from Cult Nails from the consistency to the dry down to the color payoff.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Cult Nails Center of Attention Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Center of Attention Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Center of Attention Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi sized pink glitter intermixed with a color shifting micro glitter that goes from gold to orange.” It contains several sizes of pink glitter with smaller silver and gold glitters that are in the “background” so-to-speak all suspended in a clear base. I went through other glittery top coats I’ve reviewed, but I wasn’t able to find one quite like this; so if you have any dupe suggestions, please feel free to share!

The consistency of Center of Attention was refreshingly thin; it wasn’t too thin, but it wasn’t thick or gel-like as some glitter top coats can be. It felt very normal, and it still applied well without clumping up in places. I was able to apply a single coat and pull it across the nail and have the glitters evenly distribute. One coat provided good coverage for layering so the nail was covered but not so dense that you couldn’t see the color coat. For reference, I applied two coats of this alone on my thumb nail, and it’s semi-opaque. To avoid a noticeable texture to the nail, apply a thicker top coat. I usually get a week of wear with Cult Nails’ glitter top coats.

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Center of Attention

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The texture of this was amazing--it was so easy to use, never felt thick or gel-like, and applied well. It had good density for layering over your favorite polish.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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