Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blue jelly polish with ice blue and emerald green glitter inspired by the phosphorescent sea-water.” It’s a really blackened blue color base (more black than blue, even with flash) with pale blue, emerald green, and teal micro-glitter.

If you prefer a smooth finish, be sure to use a thicker top coat like Seche Vite (I took all the natural light photos without a top coat so you could see the natural finish) so you won’t feel the slight texture of the micro-glitter. I needed two coats to get opaque color, and the formula dries quickly but almost needs to set before going for a second coat.

For me, it dries to a semi-matte finish on the first coat, but the second coat held more shine (without a top coat), though I’d still recommend a shiny top coat for best results.  I did a wear test with this shade, since I haven’t tested enough of the brand’s shades to make any generalizations, and it wore for a week with minimal tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — They’re actually have a buy three, get one free sale through Tuesday, just use code NEVERFORGET! :)

The Glossover

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product

Living Water

A-
It says it's a deep blue, but I really couldn't find a way to pull the blue out - perhaps those with bluer undertones will be able to! The micro-glitter gives it nice reflection but makes a thicker (and shiny) top coat a must!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dupes
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Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Living Water? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

It reminded me of Rescue Beauty Lounge Under the Stars, but Under the Stars is more noticeably blue but lacks the green glitter.

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24 thoughts on “Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lily

    If it claims to be deep blue and is black, shouldn’t it be marked down for that?

  2. Fey

    I definitely see the blue in the polish, especially with your skin. To me, navies pop on warm tones. Gorgeous polish!

  3. Sexy Sadie

    Love.

  4. Andrea

    Preeettty loooove it veryyyy much. I so iconic yesterday i start liking this brand. don’t know this brand is a expensive one?

  5. I already ordered this. :) I used the coupon code and I got Cruising Nude for free! Thank you so much for reviewing this brand!

  6. This looks gorgeous. I always lust after colors like this.

  7. Ashley Sarah

    I love that color! It’s so pretty! It doesn’t look deep blue when its layered but you can tell on parts of your nail its blue :P

  8. I do see it as a blue pigment, I have it on now. Look where you may have gotten a little on the side, to me that is blue.

  9. Serena

    Is this similar to the color Unripened that OPI released with their Go Goth! collection for Halloween ’10?

  10. Valbona

    Christine, are you wearing acrylic nails, because that may be the reason why we can’t see the blue color? I notice that the very top portion layer of the nail is very blue, then it just goes immediately to black as you look below it. Perhaps it comes from the first layer? If that is the case, then I can see where the blue comes from. I just do not see how it would be called a deep blue and NOT be a deep blue without someone noticing? That just tells me that the blue is in fact there, just on natural nails? I am assuming, only if you are wearing acrylic nails. Would that make a difference?

    • No, these are my natural nails – I’ve never wore acrylic nails ever. The first layer is bluer, but it’s not opaque, so a second layer deepens it to more of a blackened blue.

  11. LOVE this! I can see the deep navy in it, such a pretty shade

  12. AnGeLwInGz

    I am so loving this!

  13. malia

    I think its really pretty, and I dont think it looks all that black.

  14. Saffy

    Oooh, I love it!! I’m happy that it’s black-ish and not blue like it claimed, actually. Sparkly bright teals are a dime a dozen, but dark, blackened teals are harder to find.

  15. Emily O.

    I was going to order this but having just sprung for Lippmann Across the Universe, this isn’t the blue I was hoping for. thank you so much for introducing me to this brand! I love finding and supporting businesses like this :)

  16. Valerie

    I had to buy this- I am in love. It looks almost like a jelly… love love love love!!!!!!!!

  17. jesse

    what camera do you use? the quality is AMAZING! :D