Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a smoky lilac with subtle pink undertones and a very fine iridescent fuchsia-purple shimmer. NARS Pokerface is pinker. Illamasqua Faux Pas is darker, but has a similar smoky/muted quality. Zoya Lotus has a lot of red in it.  I couldn’t think of a close dupe for this shade.

I had trouble with the application of this one. Even though the consistency doesn’t feel thick, it’s not super thin–it has a jelly-like consistency to me, it had a tendency to pull to the sides when I was applying it, which left the middle of the nail sheerer than the rest. With really bright light (like flash), you can see some brush strokes, though they weren’t apparent under regular lighting (like my office). It’s a sheer polish, which is what it is described as, so I was expecting that. It’s sheer but buildable – I did two coats of polish in the swatches, and there’s visible nail line but you could get away with three coats for mostly opaque color. The drying time was good, though, faster than the average formula.  I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

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Charming

B+
I think this is the first shade I've had application issues with from Cult Nails, so that was a bit disappointing--you can't win them all. I even tried reapplying while writing the review to see, but I still had the same results.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Cult Nails Princess Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Princess Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Princess Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light-medium dusty blue with a subtle pink-copper shimmer. Chanel Coco Blue is darker, bluer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle is darker, grayer. Butter London Lady Muck is darker, grayer, and has silver shimmer. Chanel Riva is lighter, less blue.  None of these comes close, though–not even in the base color–let alone having the coppery shimmer. A lot of times you’ll find something that has a similar base color, but I couldn’t think of anything that was even close to being a dupe.

I’m definitely a fan of the Cult Nails brand, particularly because Maria keeps coming out with shades where I get to say, “I couldn’t think of a dupe for this!” as part of my review.  It’s tough to be original in such an over-saturated industry, so it is very much appreciated.  The formula is long-wearing–a full seven days or longer–with very minor tip wear and no chipping.  Princess was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it had good flow and wasn’t too thick or too thin.

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Princess

A+
Princess has a very Cinderella-esque feel to it. It reminded me of her dress and the way it sparkled. It's soft but has some interest because of the copper shimmer. The formula is excellent, easy to use, and is opaque in two coats.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Cult Nails Feelin' Froggy Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark green green with subtle yellow undertones and emerald green shimmer. I think this might look more emerald green against those with cooler undertones (my yellow undertones seem to bring out the subtle yellow undertones in the polish). I love that I don’t have anything that’s close to this shade! There’s a soft, muted quality to it that is missing from possible dupes. Sinful Colors HD Nails is brighter, more yellow-toned. China Glaze Starboard is a grassy green and has a cream finish–same with Essie Pretty Edgy.

It was opaque after two coats, and it was easy to apply.  I thought it was going to be slightly sheer, because the initial coat was fairly sheer, but it builds well.  The consistency was a good balance of thickness/thinness (though I’d say it’s on the thinner side), so it was a cinch to apply and guide the polish across the nail bed without having it pool along the sides.  There seems to be very faint brush strokes that only appear under really bright light (like flash photography), which I didn’t notice at all when wearing it.  Typically, I get a full week or longer of wear with Cult Nails’ polish with no chipping and very minimal tip wear.

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Feelin' Froggy

A
I think this might look more emerald green against those with cooler undertones (my yellow undertones seem to bring out the subtle yellow undertones in the polish). If you find a lot of greens are too warm on you, but you'd like something a little more summery, this seems to have a good balance!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Cult Nails Evil Queen Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Evil Queen Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Evil Queen Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant cherry red with subtle blue/pink undertones. There are several shades that are similar: MAC Touch of Red is slightly darker, MAC Russian Red is darker, China Glaze Poinsettia is a little warmer, Essie Too Too Hot is richer, and China Glaze Hey Sailor is pretty close.

It’s nearly opaque in one coat, but two are needed for full opacity. It dries down to a fairly shiny finish, and it looks really rich and intense on the nail. The consistency is not too thick or too thin, so it flowed flawlessly across the nail. This was really a dream to use–application was so, so easy. Cult Nails’ formula wears like iron–I get a full seven days with very minor tip wear but no chips. If you’ve been holding out for just the right red cream polish, this is one of the best I’ve come across.

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Evil Queen

A+
Absolutely flawless--this formula is beyond phenomenal. It's so fluid, pigment-packed, and Cult Nails' formula has always been very, very durable on me.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Cult Nails Enticing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Enticing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Enticing Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “very sheer pale milky pink.” It’s also supposed to be “buidlable to an almost opaque finish.” It’s a soft pale pink with subtle yellow undertones. It’s semi-opaque after two coats with a hint of visible nail line. There’s also an incredibly fine white shimmer that almost disappears in natural light. I don’t have an extensive collection of sheerer shades, but my first instict would be to look in Essie’s catalog of colors. Essie French Affair is darker, cooler-toned. Nubar Pink Lily is a little starker, because it’s opaque, but the colors are quite close, though Pink Lily is a cream finish. China Glaze Encouragement is also similar–to me this is the closest–and the major difference is this has larger shimmer. China Glaze Something Sweet is a bit darker and is a cream finish.

For sheer color, just one coat is appropriate, and if you want a little more color, two coats is appropriate.  I imagine you could get to fully opaque color with a third coat, but I think the formula is just a little thicker, so three coats is where you may start to feel the thickness.  There’s a subtle yellow undertone running through it, so it has a very soft, romantic edge to it and should work on both cool and warmer complexions.  It’s a nice shade for springtime as well as for those seeking work-friendly colors.  Cult Nails’ formula typically wears a full week without chipping and has only very minor tip wear.

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Enticing

A
There's a subtle yellow undertone running through it, so it has a very soft, romantic edge to it and should work on both cool and warmer complexions.  It's a nice shade for springtime as well as for those seeking work-friendly colors.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, April 20th, 2012

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque pale blue with a hint of green” with a cream finish and subtle shimmer. It’s a dusty aqua blue with bluish-white shimmer. It really does hide in certain light, but with enough light, the shimmer is noticeable. OCC Pool Boy is similar but brighter, more vibrant. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is bluer. It’s actually really cool to see Cult Nails put out shades that I haven’t seen on the market–it just seems more often than not they’re creating a shade that meets an unmet need (though I certainly haven’t seen every shade by every brand ever made, so there may be closer dupes out there).

It’s opaque in two coats, and the formula was absolutely flawless–not too thick or too thin, flowed fluidly across the nail, no drag, pull, or pooling to the edges. Cult Nails’ formulas tend to wear a full week on me with no chipping and very minor tip wear.  It’s a gorgeous color for summer; would look really lovely on toes for those days at the beach or at the swimming pool (I have a thing for aqua/blue-polished toes against a blue pool).

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Manipulative

A+
It's actually really cool to see Cult Nails put out shades that I haven't seen on the market--it just seems more often than not they're creating a shade that meets an unmet need.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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