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! 🙂

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Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Living Water
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
91%
Limited Edition

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Cult Nails Iconic Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Iconic Nail Lacquer<

Cult Nails Iconic Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep berry creme with gorgeous red flakes and hidden gold shimmer throughout.” It’s a medium-dark berry red that’s dark without being vampy with ruby red reflective flakes and gold shimmer. The flakes give it more dimension and depth, and though you might think they’d make the polish uneven or bumpy, they don’t. I couldn’t feel them at all; the surface was still smooth. I used two coats to get opaque color, and the formula was the right consistency that allowed for even flow of the polish over the nail without getting too much or little polish on it. I tested Iconic out for wear, and it lasted a full week with minor tip wear.

Cult Nails was created by Maria, a nail blogger at R3daily. There is definitely a story behind the brand, and with it being in its beginning stages, it’s so easy to fall in love. It’s like supporting your local grocer, farmers’ market, or corner store. Their passion for their new brand is infectious, and I’m so glad that the brand created and rolled out a well-executed formula that really cinches it for me.

Part of the brand’s philosophy is creating a green company, so all polishes are big-three-free (no toulene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl), but they also exclude phthalate and camphor. They list all of their polish as vegan-friendly, along with repurposing or using recycled supplies for shipping and packaging. The brand began with four shades (of which I will be swatching the other three), and more recently launched an addition five shades (all limited), but I haven’t seen those yet, though they are tempting!

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

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Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Iconic
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
99%

Milani Melange Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Melange Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Melange Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a mix of smoldering, blackened brown, khaki gold, bronze, and silvered white. When applied, it’s very much a black gold–it has that really dark black-brown color base with khaki and bronze shimmer on top. This shade applies much sheerer when used dry, while applied wet, it has much more intense color pay off.

Milani advertises these as luminous (marketing for soft/sheerer color–more like a wash) when used dry, so it’s actually as described. (Many of the other shades were closer in payoff, though.) I did find that this shade had a faint amount of fall out when used dry; it seemed to have a lot more shimmer than some of the other shades, and the shimmer sat on top of the color more than weaved within it.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Milani Baked Eyeshadow Melange
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
88%