Friday, April 20th, 2012

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque pale blue with a hint of green” with a cream finish and subtle shimmer. It’s a dusty aqua blue with bluish-white shimmer. It really does hide in certain light, but with enough light, the shimmer is noticeable. OCC Pool Boy is similar but brighter, more vibrant. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is bluer. It’s actually really cool to see Cult Nails put out shades that I haven’t seen on the market–it just seems more often than not they’re creating a shade that meets an unmet need (though I certainly haven’t seen every shade by every brand ever made, so there may be closer dupes out there).

It’s opaque in two coats, and the formula was absolutely flawless–not too thick or too thin, flowed fluidly across the nail, no drag, pull, or pooling to the edges. Cult Nails’ formulas tend to wear a full week on me with no chipping and very minor tip wear.  It’s a gorgeous color for summer; would look really lovely on toes for those days at the beach or at the swimming pool (I have a thing for aqua/blue-polished toes against a blue pool).

The Glossover

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product

Manipulative

A+
It's actually really cool to see Cult Nails put out shades that I haven't seen on the market--it just seems more often than not they're creating a shade that meets an unmet need.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer

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Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

OCC Pool Boy is similar but brighter, more vibrant. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is bluer. It's actually really cool to see Cult Nails put out shades that I haven't seen on the market--it just seems more often than not they're creating a shade that meets an unmet need.

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25 thoughts on “Cult Nails Manipulative Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Reminds me a little of China Glaze Sea Spray or O.P.I. I Vant to Be A-Lone Star

  2. This is so lovely, but I already have CG For Audrey, which looks close enough.

  3. Haley

    Hey Christine, how similar is this polish to Chanel Riva? I’m looking for a dupe because it was limited edition :(

  4. Rita T Baumann

    I like the yhint of sparkle in the color. I have to say, though – about the Packaging – Enough of the Scriptina Font already!

  5. Diana M.

    I envy those people who can wear nail polishes in all shades of rainbow. This one for example looks so good on you! I am stuck with this option

  6. Christina

    Definitely picking this up… been searching for something like this color at an affordable price but every time I check at Target or somewhere else, there’s nothing that I like. Gorgeous summer color!

  7. Amanda Vilaisavanh

    Love this colour! Reminds me of my Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams nail polish, definitely need to get my hands on this hough

  8. This one is GORGEOUS, and it looks so good on you! I think I need a whole bunch of Cult Nails polishes now!

  9. Liz

    Looooove the Robin’s Egg Blue.

  10. beachgal

    Really love this one. I agree, it’s not quite like anything I have – close but not there. However it looks like something Essie would have created at some point – but their archives are not open for folks to look – esp since it’s now owned by L’Oreal – they did not get all the historical records – it was not in the ‘deal.’ Funny that you posted this today…I have for a week now, been looking for a semi sheer blue in this range since I am in love with the new OPI sheers (Ballet collection) and it did not contain a blue – they did the gray instead I am sure which was smart as few gray sheers ever have been made. I am having so much fun sandwiching with sheers that I want a sheer blue…however I think I will be using a one coat of a lighter blue, apply my ‘jelly’ part, then top with the white in the OPI Ballet set – Don’t Touch My Tutu – or Essie Marshmallow works too a lot of the time.

  11. Coco

    I think it’s a very close dupe to OPI’s What’s with the Cattitude? But nonetheless, a very pretty color. :)

  12. Chasadie Pinnock

    sinful colors ‘cinderella’ with less shimmer. or milani’s beachfront. :)

  13. Claire Abigail

    Reminds me of Zoya’s Bevin, but bluer.

  14. Christina

    beautiful! I love it!

  15. Naomi

    this looks a lot like CG Kinectic Candy. how it looks on the nail that is, not bottle.

  16. Jen Herr

    Is this line available on the web only, or can I find it at Ulta or boutiques?

  17. Rita Therese Baumann

    Scriptina font? Really?

  18. LJAIME2012

    I LIKE THIS COLOR ZOYA NAIL POLISH ARE NICE BUT FOR ME IT LAST ONE DAY IT PEELS OFF QUICKLY AND LOVE THIS CULT COLOR

  19. LJAIME2012

    temptalia love the color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!