Monday, December 23rd, 2013

 

Cult Nails Blaze Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Blaze Nail Lacquer

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a Cult Nails’ swatches mega post, as they’ve significantly discounted shades that have now been discontinued but was missing three (and then bought them!).  As promised, here are photos and swatches of those three–they’re still available through 12/31 (or while supplies last).

Cult Nails Blaze Nail Lacquer ($6.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blend of glowing gold and copper glitter.” It consists of pale gold and copper micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. Two coats could work alone, but it’s better used as a layering top coat–I did one coat over black as an example. Each coat is fairly dense, but the consistency wasn’t too thick to be used as a layering top coat or with two coats of it on its own. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more metallic, less glittery. China Glaze Electrify (LE, $7.50) has much larger glitter pieces. See comparison swatches.

Mazo Nail Lacquer ($5.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fair sheer nude with an elegant gold shimmer.” It’s a yellowed beige with fine yellow gold shimmer. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque on nails after two coats. It applied evenly for the most part, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more beige. Chanel Beige Petale (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani (LE, $20.00) is less yellow/warm-toned. China Glaze Fast Track (LE, $7.50) is a bit darker and browner. See comparison swatches.

Party Time Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “intensely pigmented blue creme with a hint of green.” It’s a vibrant, medium blue with a cream finish and natural shine. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but at certain angles, you could see a faint hint of visible nail line. This one will likely stain nails; just swatching this (so it wasn’t on for more than an hour) left behind a slight stain. The consistency was on the thinner side but had no impact on the application. Dior Bahia (792) (LE, $24.00) is darker. Zoya Liberty (P, $8.00) has a matte/glittery texture. NARS Koliary (LE, $19.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Noble (P, $17.00) is also lighter. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow (LE, $10.00) is lighter, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is lighter, has slight shimmer. Zoya Phoebe (P, $8.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Cult Nails Alter Ego Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Alter Ego Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails is having a “warehouse clearance” sale of colors that have been discontinued. This post features photos and swatches of shades that are available for $5, 6, or 7 a pop that I haven’t reviewed previously (just got these this week!).  I’ve also included links to all previous shades that are discontinued that I’ve reviewed before.  There are three–Blaze, Mazo, and Party Time–that I don’t have, but I did order them and if I get them before they’re sold for good, I’ll be happy to post.

Baker is described as a “rich butterscotch/tan creme with gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, yellow peach with soft gold sparkle. It was semi-opaque after two coats, and application was very slightly streaky at times. See comparison swatches.

Blackout is described as a “deepened slate grey creme.” It’s a deep, dark, soft black–a gray black, if you will–with a cream finish and a glossy shine. It was fully opaque after applying two coats. See comparison swatches.

Swanbourne is described as a “deep, alluring brown creme laced with flashes of golden shimmer.” It’s a rich, chocolate brown with subtle warm, reddish undertones and copper-bronze flecks of shimmer. It was fully opaque in two coats and was a dream to apply and work with. See comparison swatches.

Tulum is described as a “luxurious milk chocolate creme … with gold shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted beige-brown with golden micro-sparkle. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied fairly evenly and smoothly. See comparison swatches.

Doppelganger is described as a “sheer top coat that transforms your existing polish by giving it a ‘dusty’ feel while adding a familiar multi-colored shimmer.” It adds a layer of bluish-white cloudiness plus multi-colored shimmer–almost looks like a nebula applied over black with a very thin coat. The consistency was on the thicker side, so it can apply too heavily for a layered look. It’s quite pretty on its own, too–reminded me of bridal nails with more oomph.

Alter Ego is described as a “sheer top coat that will cast a gold and green tinge over your polish.” It transforms into a fine shimmer of oiled bronze when layered over another color. I applied one coat over Nevermore, Cult Nails’ black cream.

Deception is described as a “sheer top coat that lays a pink/purple sheen over your existing polish.” Layered over another polish, it adds a fine violet shimmer. I applied one coat over Nevermore, Cult Nails’ black cream.

Two Timer is described as a “sheer top coat that enhances your existing color by casting a beautiful emerald shimmer over it.” It transforms into a fine shimmer of emerald green when layered over another color. I applied one coat over Nevermore, Cult Nails’ black cream.

Additional Discontinued Shades: (Shades I’ve reviewed are linked) Ay Poppy!, Blaze, Center of Attention, Dance All Night, Feelin’ Froggy, Hypnotize Me, In a Trance, Let Me Fly, Mazo, Morning Glory, Party Time, Spontaneous, Walk of Shame, You’re My Dandy Lion

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black jelly base [with] magenta mylar shreds.” It is a black jelly base with medium to large fuchsia mylar flakes/shreds suspended within it. I don’t have anything quite like it, but NYX Dark Glitter (P, $4.00) contains red glitter suspended in a black jelly base, so it’s possible they have one like that but with fuchsia (but they are not mylar shreds). See comparison swatches.

One of my favorite aspects of smaller businesses, particularly nail lacquer brands, is that they often tell you more about the application and coverage of their polishes, as Cult Nails did here. Maria, the founder, noted two to three coats for it on its own but also recommended one coat over a black polish, but the key is to wait for each coat to dry. In the swatches, my index and middle finger are with two coats, and my ring and pinky have three coats–but it wasn’t fully opaque even with three for me. The very last photo is one coat of Disillusion over Ms. Conduct (not quite black). It’s really, really thick after three full coats, so I would agree/recommend it layered over a black cream for easiest application.  The consistency is thick, even for a jelly, and almost watery but not quite.

Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, deep, ox blood creme.” It’s a very deep, dark burgundy with cool, pinkish undertones and a cream finish. Urban Decay Wrecked (LE) is similar in color. MAC Purple Majesty (LE, $16.00) is also similar in color. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is similar. China Glaze Naughty & Nice (LE, $8.00) is purpler. Zoya Anja (P, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

It had a fair amount of shine when it dried down, and it was totally opaque after two coats. The consistency was on the thinner side, both compared to the average polish as well as to Cult Nails’ creams in general, and I think I might have gone three here for more depth/thickness or use a thicker top coat to give it a plusher look. Cult Nails’ formula wears great on me–at least a week with very minor tip wear.

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Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Masquerade Collection ($24.00 for 3 x 0.50 fl. oz.) consists of three full-sized polishes. Note, there are only 500 sets available, and the colors must be purchased together as a set of three to take advantage of the pre-order pricing. The set is $24 between now and November 14th, and any remaining polishes will be sold individually at full price ($12 each). Cult Nails’ formula is one of my favorites, because it’s long-wearing, pigmented, and a lot of the shades have a naturally high-shine finish (no need for a top coat).

Masquerade is described as a “green [with] color shifting micro-glitter that blends from emerald to gold to magenta.” It’s a cool-toned green with a bluish tinge and then the color-shifting micro-glitter that sparkles from gold to rose gold to magenta to green. It’s a total joy to wear, really, because at any angle, you’ll see the micro-glitter dance, sparkle, and change. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but if enough light catches underneath my nail, it shows a little visible nail line. The consistency was on the thinner side, so be sure to wipe off excess so that you don’t over-apply in a single coat. The dry down was somewhat shiny but a top coat would be recommended. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this.

Midnight Mist is described as an “olive toned base with an intense copper/golden shimmer.” It’s a muted, olive brown with very fine copper shimmer. The finish almost looks metallic, but the shimmer is fine enough that it reads more like a pearled finish. There were very, very slight brush strokes sometimes visible, depending on the angle. It was opaque in two coats. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) is darker, cream. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is greener, more metallic. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) is much darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around (LE, $20.00) is similar but a warmer, greener hue and the shimmer is larger. Cult Nails In a Trance (LE, $12.00) is warmer, greener, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ms. Conduct is described as a “rich taupe creme.” It’s a deep, dark taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a high-shine, cream finish. It has impeccable glossiness even without a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color was fully opaque in nearly one coat (but I used two coats in the swatches). Urban Decay Gunmetal (LE) is similar. Chanel Western Light (LE, $27.00) is darker. Zoya Codie (P, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “military green creme.” It’s a light-medium, muted green with subtle, almost cool, undertones and a cream finish. It’s incredibly pigmented–it was almost totally opaque in a single coat. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. If every polish was like this, our wallets would be doomed–it’s so, so well-formulated. Zoya Gemma (P, $8.00) is darker. Zoya Bevin (P, $8.00) is less green, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wack Slacks Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold blue creme.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a purple tinge and a cream finish. Like Grunge, this was incredibly pigmented–this was opaque in one coat, but I did two coats for the swatches. The consistency was nicely balanced, not too thick or too thin, and spread evenly across the nail without streaking. It might be one of the best cream polishes I’ve ever used. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is bluer, brighter. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is sheerer, slightly bluer. See comparison swatches.

Feedback Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft gold, pink, orange mylar flakes.” It’s as described: a mix of gold, pink, and orange flakes that shimmer and reflect as the light hits them. The consistency of the polish is very, very thick–almost gel-like–and the best application seemed to be pushing and pulling the polish into place. One coat has enough flakes that only one coat is necessary for topping your favorite nail color. I haven’t used a lot of flakey top coats like this, but so far, I haven’t been a big fan. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (P, $12.00) doesn’t have flakes and looks darker overall. Cult Nails Happy Ending (LE, $12.00) is multi-colored but is similar with respect to the shapes. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Sleek Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Inglot #434 Marc Jacobs Th(ink) Giorgio Armani #701 Giorgio Armani #701 NARS Taj Mahal Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Fyrinnae Parental Advisory OCC Jubilee Illamasqua Stranger

October is a time that reminds me to be brave; to not be afraid of bold, unusual colors. Halloween is an often excuse to play with color in ways we’ve never felt comfortable doing so the rest of the year, but it also serves as a great reminder to: experiment more. play more. go outside of our comfort zone. embrace the unknown. thirst for something different. These are a few of my favorite more unique and unusual shades that I’ve come across, and I hope you’ll share your own unusual finds with me!

  1. Illamasqua Apocalips is a vivid, medium-dark blue-teal with a matte finish. I love the unusual color, but what I love even more is that it still applies and wears fairly well. It’s definitely a show-stopping color!
  2. Sleek Sunset Palette is a budget-friendly palette that’s top-to-bottom fantastic. No duds in the bunch; not only is this a feat for an eyeshadow palette in general, but to do so at under $15? It’s quite unusual!
  3. Inglot #434 is a cool-toned, purplish taupe–a glorious mix of purple, gray, and brown for something infinitely complex, bold but neutral.
  4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) is a bold, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly shimmer that really opens up the eye–and it is a shade that had many, many readers asking, “What are you wearing?” Purple eyeliners that can be applied with opaque, rich color are hard to come by, but Th(ink) makes a strong case for one that does.
  5. Giorgio Armani #701 is a cool-toned, sheer bluish-purple gloss filled with blue and violet shimmer. It’s very intriguing on its own, but it can be layered over lipstick for a different look.
  6. NARS Taj Mahal is bold, bright, but not totally over-the-top, and it’s more of a tangerine than a full-on orange with red tones, so it has more golden, yellowy undertones.
  7. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is a warm, buttery yellow with a cream finish–and lo and behold, it applies beautifully. It’s practically a unicorn among polish!
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory is a bold, bright, royal purple like I haven’t seen before. It’s so vibrant and pigmented–if you are a fiend for purple eyeshadow, it is a must-have.
  9. OCC Jubilee is a pale, aqua-green with a blue-purple duochrome. It’s metallic, shimmering, and reflective. I love the way the color shifts as you move, as it is layered over other products, and will lean one way or another depending on what is paired with.
  10. Illamasqua Stranger is a green-ish gold gloss with a high-shine finish, lots of metallic shimmer, and it is a shade that changes as you move.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for October in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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