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. ┬áThe 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.

The Glossover

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Disillusion

B

I think it can look really cool/full of depth when it works, but it's not the easiest to apply or to use - if you're happy layering it over a black nail polish, definitely worth checking out, but if you want something on its own, I wouldn't recommend it.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Lamestain

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Disillusion (one coat) over Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer
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3 thoughts on “Cult Nails Disillusion & Lamestain Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. I honestly like the NYX not-quite-dupe better…

  2. I really like Lamestain. I have been loving those deep, cream shades this autumn.

  3. Carrie

    I’ve learned recently that if I don’t put underwear on under a jelly that there is heartbreak so the recommendation to layer doesn’t surprise me. DIsillusion is still pretty, but I don’t really need another black polish. It’s just not something I feel like I can wear often enough!