Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer metallic olive green layering polish with gold and holo glitter.”  It’s an olive green with a metallic shimmer threaded through the base color topped off with lots of gold glitter, along with pieces of glitter that look multi-colored in brighter light (see the photo taken with flash).  I did three coats in the swatches, and you can see it’s more semi-opaque, but two coats gives you a sheerer look.  The formula was on the thinner side but easy to work with, and the glitter spread evenly without having to work at it.

When it comes to a glittery shade like this one, 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.  I’ve had good luck with wear on Cult Nails’ line so far (I’ve tested three or four shades in full)–getting about a week’s worth of wear without chips.

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Always Winning

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I like the idea of a sheer metallic, because I think it works to minimize some of the brush strokes often apparent with more metallic finishes. The inclusion of glitter also varies up the finish so you get the metallic finish without the brush strokes.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Always Winning? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Milani's Hi-Tech comes the closest, though the glitter composition is a bit different (more glitter, slightly smaller particles) and the green itself is less olive.

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12 thoughts on “Cult Nails Always Winning Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amandine Hinahon

    the formula looks nice but i never liked such colors…

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    For some reason this reminds me of that nasty NARS Queen Soft Touch Shadow Pencil. Sheer warm green with with ugly chunky glitter.

  3. Reez

    Wow! Pretty! :)

  4. I love murky green colors like this one. I wonder how it would look layered over black or white polish.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lisa Lisa

    Would be beautiful sans glitter.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily O.

    I’m “meh” on the color and the Sheen-esque name is the nail in the coffin.

  7. meme

    I did not think it was metallic until I saw your last photo. It looked like a meh thin gel base glitter to me until the last photo – then you caught the metallic. But it’s still really thin similar to the blue glitter shade in the OPI Katy Perry collection who’s name escapes me right now. I am not digging how large and bumpy the glitter is in this one. That old love/hate relationship with glitter polish.

  8. Ayr

    It reminds me of alge.

  9. terry

    looks too frosty for my taste…

  10. Awwww. What an adorable green. I totally want it now :P

  11. Ruthless

    This also a polish I would knock people down for (in a line, rushing to get it) I would love to layer this over something a bit more opaque

  12. collier

    LOVE the colors in this, but hate big glitter bits in something this frosty. It just ends up looking… unpleasantly chunky and gritty.