Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral jelly polish packed with intense gold and coral glitter.”  It’s a pink-coral jelly base with molten gold and coral glitter that spreads really evenly and easily over the nail.  It’s best to wait for each coat to dry so that you don’t disturb the existing glitter.  I used three coats for a more opaque look, but it has a nice translucence when done with two coats–it’s truer to the squishy, jelly finish with two coats.   The formula is very thick; it reminded me of the consistency of hair gel, actually.

Captivated is a limited edition shade, and I know that Maria (creator and founder of Cult Nails) let me know that quantities were dwindling when she sent these for review.  I wore Captivated for a week without chipping, and removal is on par with other glitter polishes–it’s best to let your remover soak on the nail for a little bit and then removing.  I just use felt soaked in Zoya Remove+ and press it against the nail for 5-10 seconds, and then I do one pull.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Captivated
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Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
96%
Limited Edition

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Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer

It was opaque in two coats, and it had a natural sheen to it, though I think the majority will still prefer a shiny top coat on top.  Butter London’s formula on this one has a really even flow, smooth application, and drying time wasn’t long at all.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

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Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer
Butter London Nail Lacquer Lady Muck
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
99%

Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

I used two coats and there was some underlying streakiness in areas that were more visible in natural light than I expected–I photographed with two coats.  I would recommend three coats for opaque, solid coverage.  The formula seemed thin, too, which I imagine contributed to the lack of opacity in two coats as well as the streaky second coat.  It doesn’t seem consistent with the rest of Butter London’s range (that I have tried, of course), so it was disappointing.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

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Butter London Branwen's Feather Nail Lacquer
Butter London Nail Lacquer Branwen's Feather
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Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
78%

Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues Nail Lacquer

This shade exemplifies what makes Deborah Lippmann’s polishes stand out to me.  I love the mix of glitter in the base, and it just works for me.  I think the brand’s formula is top notch overall, but I always find her glitters to be stunning.   The formula with Lady Sings the Blues is no different–not too thin or too thick, flowed evenly, and covered in two coats.  I didn’t have any issues getting the glitter to cover and spread across the whole nail.  The drying seemed quicker than average, but you’ll definitely want a shiny top coat on this.  If you don’t want to feel the bumps of glitter, opt for a thicker one, too.   I typically get a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann polishes (using Zoya Anchor and Armor as base/top coats).

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Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Lady Sings the Blues
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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
99%

China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes Swatches, Photos, Review

For summer, China Glaze has six new Crackle Glazes–this time in metallic finishes. The six shades include: Cracked Medallion (Bold bronze), Haute Metal (pale pink), Latticed Lilac (soft lavender), Oxidized Aqua (deep aquamarine blue), Platinum Pieces (shimmering silver), and Tarnished Gold (warm, honeyed hue). These will be available in late June/early July.

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China Glaze Metal Crackle Glazes Swatches, Photos, Review

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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
91%