Friday, March 21st, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac creme.” It’s a cool-toned, bluish-lavender with a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency was slightly thicker, but it applied evenly, didn’t pool along the edges, and didn’t bubble. MAC Bleu Velvet (LE, $16.00) is more muted, almost gray-ish. Essie Rock the Boat (P, $8.00) is lighter, less purple. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle with gray tones and some holographic shimmer.” It’s a faded, medium, gray-tinged blue with very fine white shimmer. The shimmer appeared holographic in the bottle, but I couldn’t see it on the nail at all, no matter whether I was outdoors or indoors. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats. Chanel Sky Line (LE, $27.00) is metallic, lighter. Zoya Skylar (P, $9.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “top coat with fine grain glitter.” It has a fuchsia-magenta jelly base with purple micro-glitter. In the initial release I read for this collection, it was recommended as a layering shade but could also be worn alone. On my index and middle fingers, I used three coats, and on my ring and pinky, I used two coats. I also showed one layer over black. The consistency is a little thick, and this one seemed to take longer to dry down. Once dry, it has a more matte finish that had some shine, but it was bumpy, so you’ll want to use two layers of top coat or a thicker top coat to smooth it out. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less glittery, more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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The Glossover

LE
product

Casual Elegance

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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LE
product

Intriguing

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Winter's Light

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Winter's Light Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer

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23 thoughts on “Cult Nails Casual Elegance, Intriguing, Winter’s Light Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Wwendy Wwendalynne

    oooh me likes Intriguing. Winter’s light is pretty cool too. Not quite Masquerade level though…

  2. Winter’s Light looks really nice! It’s the kind of nail polish that you just can’t stop looking at and continuously want to check from up close ;-)

  3. I didn’t think I was going to like any of these shades, but I have to say that I love all three!

  4. I like Winter’s Light. I can’t think of a dupe for it in my stash (which is remarkable since I do love purple shimmers).

  5. Avatar of Emi Emi

    I love these, and for $12 (with discount), an amazing deal! Ordering now.
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    • I don’t even know how they can manage to do that! I guess the cost of customer acquisition and knowing they have a great formula, more people will be inclined to keep shopping!

  6. I love these all! Casual elegance is beautiful pastel Lilac.

  7. All three look like lovely shades.. for fall maybe though?
    I especially love Intruiguing, although it is the one I would see best suited for the fall season really!

  8. I love Casual Elegance! I think the first paragraph should say Casual Elegance..?

  9. I love Causal Elegance on you!
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  10. Avatar of Amanda Amanda

    The 12$ off 24$ didn’t work for me, I guess just for US customers

  11. Awww, these are all exactly in my favourite shade range of lilac/periwinkle. My absolute favourite!

    I really want to order these, but the page on their site for this set’s preorder is broken/doesn’t exist at the moment :-P Probably got swamped, LOL.
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  12. kath

    Casual Elegance looks so smooth and rich. I love all three, but my favorite has to be that and Winter Light. I think the latter is gorgeous over black polish.