Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Masquerade Collection ($24.00 for 3 x 0.50 fl. oz.) consists of three full-sized polishes. Note, there are only 500 sets available, and the colors must be purchased together as a set of three to take advantage of the pre-order pricing. The set is $24 between now and November 14th, and any remaining polishes will be sold individually at full price ($12 each). Cult Nails’ formula is one of my favorites, because it’s long-wearing, pigmented, and a lot of the shades have a naturally high-shine finish (no need for a top coat).

Masquerade is described as a “green [with] color shifting micro-glitter that blends from emerald to gold to magenta.” It’s a cool-toned green with a bluish tinge and then the color-shifting micro-glitter that sparkles from gold to rose gold to magenta to green. It’s a total joy to wear, really, because at any angle, you’ll see the micro-glitter dance, sparkle, and change. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but if enough light catches underneath my nail, it shows a little visible nail line. The consistency was on the thinner side, so be sure to wipe off excess so that you don’t over-apply in a single coat. The dry down was somewhat shiny but a top coat would be recommended. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this.

Midnight Mist is described as an “olive toned base with an intense copper/golden shimmer.” It’s a muted, olive brown with very fine copper shimmer. The finish almost looks metallic, but the shimmer is fine enough that it reads more like a pearled finish. There were very, very slight brush strokes sometimes visible, depending on the angle. It was opaque in two coats. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) is darker, cream. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is greener, more metallic. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) is much darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around (LE, $20.00) is similar but a warmer, greener hue and the shimmer is larger. Cult Nails In a Trance (LE, $12.00) is warmer, greener, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ms. Conduct is described as a “rich taupe creme.” It’s a deep, dark taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a high-shine, cream finish. It has impeccable glossiness even without a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color was fully opaque in nearly one coat (but I used two coats in the swatches). Urban Decay Gunmetal (LE) is similar. Chanel Western Light (LE, $27.00) is darker. Zoya Codie (P, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Masquerade

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9.5/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Masquerade Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Midnight Mist Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ms. Conduct Nail Lacquer

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20 thoughts on “Cult Nails Midnight Masquerade Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lindsay

    Hey Christine, where can these be purchased? Sorry if I missed it! Thanks!

  2. zainab

    These are all gorgeous, but how is Ms. Conduct taupe? Unless my screen is being very weird that looks like a dark, chocolate brown…

  3. Holy crap, Masquerade is sooooo amazing! NEED. Now that’s what I call an interesting polish. Kudos to Cult Nails. Love their formula too.

  4. I literally jumped from my phone to my computer to place an order when I saw this post. I need those two first polishes in my life!

  5. Midnight Mist is amazing!

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  7. Such Pretty shades!!! I just ordered them from cultnils. I couldnt find them listed in beautylish though

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    Sinful has a shade similar to Ms. Conduct – maybe a tad bit lighter but with similar depth. I adore Masquerade; hopefully, that will be one of the ones sold separately after the sets are completed.

  9. Oh my… The swatches of Masquerade actually made my jaw drop. WOW.

  10. Masquerade is jaw-droppingly gorgeous!

  11. Ooh, Masquerade doesn’t look at all like I thought it would look. I thought it’d be a Space Cadet / Mean and Green type color.

    Instead it looks like a slightly warmer version of Ninja Polish’s Mystic Glacier. Now, to decide if I need both.

  12. I went super crazy and bought this set! I am doubtful that there will be many bottles of Masquerade left for individual sale after the 14th and it’s definitely a shade I don’t want to miss out on. I figured that if I waited, I’d be relying on there being extra Masquerades to buy one individually after the 14th, but with how unique the set is, and how wonderful the second shade is, that it would be sold out. I also really love the 2nd shade, so I’m getting 3 for the price of 2. I’ve never tried the formula before and I’m really excited. Zoya has been my favorite formula by far, but, who knows, maybe this will top it!
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    • I caught on their Google+ Hangout that they were “significant under 200″ as of last night, so I’m not sure there will be extra sets they’ll break up either!

      Hope you love it!

  13. Megan

    Hey Christine,

    Any chance you will begin reviewing more indie polishes? I’d really love to see Delush Polish on the site some day!

    Thanks for the great review on Cult Nails, I’ll see if I can get my hands on this set :D

    • Hi Megan,

      Sorry, I don’t have any Delush Polish! I have too many indies in my backlog, so I’m not buying anything additional for awhile! Sorry :(

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily

    I LOVE this collection. Wearing Ms. Conduct now and it is just perfect. I think this will be my new fall/winter shade! Masquerade reminded me of MAC’s Mean & Green polish when I first saw it on Cult’s website.