Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Passionate Dreams Collection ($35.00 for 4 x 0.50 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition collection that features four polishes. They can be purchased as a set during the pre-sale period for $35 (compared to $48 after pre-sale); shades will only be sold individually if the shades do not sell out during the pre-sale. I typically get between seven and ten days of wear with Cult Nails’ formula, as it is particularly long-wearing in my experience.

Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer is described as a “soft, pale pink creme.” It’s a very light, pink-tinged white with fine white sparkle and shimmer. It’s a textured polish, so the finish has an almost sandy feel, but it’s not a genuine sand finish/texture to me–smoother than that, somewhat matte, but sparkly still. The consistency of this polish was unbearably thick, almost gluey. It dried down surprisingly quickly despite that problem, but it is difficult to apply evenly, both in terms of just getting an even thickness across the whole nail as well as just getting the color to spread evenly across the nail. The end result was sparkly and interesting, but this was one of the thickest polishes I’ve ever come across. It was also opaque after two coats. I don’t have any dupes for this.

Ignite Nail Lacquer is described as a “black jelly base with silver glitter.” It’s a deep, warm-toned black base with silver micro-glitter. It didn’t look like a jelly base to me–more like a cream. It also looked like there was a pale gold glitter in it, too, as it didn’t look purely silver to me. The consistency was just a little on the thick side. You might prefer to wear this with a top coat if you want to have a smooth finish, as the micro-glitter is raised above the black base color. It was fully opaque after two coats. L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges (LE, $6.99) has more of a texture. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) is mostly silver glitter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Fashion Polish (LE, $20.00) has multi-colored glitter/sparkle. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) has more silver sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Kiss Nail Lacquer is described as a “vibrant red that dries to a wax-like finish.” It’s a vibrant, medium red with warm undertones with a soft matte finish. It has a smooth, rubber/vinyl/wax-like finish that has a little sheen but not true shine–but it’s not as flat as a matte polish. It was fully opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. I don’t have another red polish that has this type of finish (at least, not that I can remember), but here are some reds that have a glossier finish: see comparison swatches.

Lethal Nail Lacquer is described as a “silver foil.” It’s a bright, metallic silver with a shiny, foil-like finish. It is quite shiny all on its own (no need for a top coat). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats. It is unforgiving if you apply the second coat before the first is fully dry, though, as you’ll definitely get drag. There were noticeable brush strokes. Zoya Seraphina (P, $9.00) is sheerer, less metallic. China Glaze Icicle (LE, $7.50) is darker. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Angel Whispers

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Ignite

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Kiss

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

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Application

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Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ignite Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Lethal Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Lethal Nail Lacquer
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Cult Nails Lethal Nail Lacquer
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30 thoughts on “Cult Nails Passionate Dreams Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I wish red polishes looked nice on me because I love love love the finish on Kiss. Unfortunately all reds I have tried, no matter the shade/tone/whatever, have made the skin around my fingers look like a wonky and dirty color.
    Cassy Recently Posted: Ipsy (January 2014)

  2. The red one is beautiful ;))

  3. My favorite color to wear on my nails is red, so I think Kiss is the best. :)

  4. Ignite is my favorite here! I love any sort of black polish!

  5. xo

    The finish on Kiss looks just like Illamasquas Aorta!

  6. Ignite looks great! And so does Kiss, what a pleasant surprise that one is! I love the finish. I bet that a nail art combining Ignite and Kiss would be really pretty.

  7. Angel Whispers is so beautiful! Sucks that it’s difficult to apply. It’s such a pretty polish
    fancie Recently Posted: MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Collection

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    Angel Whispers reminds me of Essie Pink-a-Boo, although the Essie is pinker and not quite as sparkly. I love Kiss, though! The vinyl finish makes it much more unique than your typical glossy red creme.

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    Can’t wait to get my hands on Kiss– am already planning a Valentines mani with it. It’s definitely my favorite out of all of these. Sad to hear the formula on Angel Whispers isn’t that great.

  10. Ignite is interesting, and I’m impressed that lethal managed to almost avoid showing brushstrokes (so hard for a silver metallic!) but I’m gonna have to agree that Kiss is the standout here !

    Ever since I finally found my perfect red shade, I’ve loved red nail polish. The finish on this one is so cool!
    Sylirael Recently Posted: Rogue of the Jungle – AmazON…AmazOFF from the new OPI Brazil Collection

  11. Ignite reminds me of a black leather jacket. It’s really beautiful.

  12. Kiss is gorgeous! Love the finish!
    Ankita Recently Posted: 3 Beautiful Rosy Nail Polishes!

  13. Angel Whispers is sooo pretty but I can’t handle thick polishes. I ALWAYS mess them up somehow.