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Cult Nails Seduction Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Seduction Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Seduction Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Seduction Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Seduction Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer purple/red jelly top coat polish loaded with red and blue multichromatic flakes.” The base color is a red-violet jelly that’s semi-opaque after two coats. If you did three, you should still have some translucency, which is expected given the shade’s description. It has that squishy, plush look of a jelly finish, so I like it a lot with just two coats. The flakes deposit evenly across the nail for the most part, and they apply smoothly; there are no rough edges or finishes here. I applied two coats of it alone, and then I applied two coats of it over black. The flakes shift from coppery-orange to pink-red to red to violet purple. Over black, the flakes take on a deeper, more intense appearance–more red and purple than gold, pink-red, and violet.

I couldn’t think of any dupes for the base color–none of the purples that came close in hue had the jelly finish. Deborah Lippmann is nothing like this–it’s a deep, dark indigo with less shift in the flakes. Zoya Chloe has the orange/red flakes but lacks the purple ones.  If you have a wider stash of holographic top coats, you may find you have something that you could layer to yield similar results (I just couldn’t find anything from what I remember and have tried!).

If you’ve been thinking on this shade, you won’t want to let yourself think too long, because it’s limited edition–and for a reason–Maria said that the ingredients used to create it are no longer available as a U.S.-made commodity, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. I remember Maria wanted to bring back Clairvoyant, but she wasn’t able to, due to unavailability of ingredients.

The formula was a pleasure to work with; it had that thicker consistency expected of a jelly texture, but it’s not the kind of thick that it’s goopy or anything like that.  I’d almost rather describe it as plush.  It applied easily and evenly across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking.  Cult Nails’ formula wears exceptionally well with very minor tip wear after a week of wear and never any chipping–and I’ve tested six shades from their range (across different finishes). Since this just arrived and I wanted to make sure I reviewed before it was sold out (which I wasn’t able to do when Clairvoyant came around–a shade I did test for wear), I did not specifically test the wear on this shade.

Cult Nails Seduction Nail Lacquer

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #128

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Not yet received and probably won’t be here for 10 days, but Guerlain’s Pucci Meteorites.
  • Weekend plans:  We’re entertaining Shaun’s family on Saturday, which means a bunch of cleaning pre-visit!  Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain on Saturday 🙂
  • Last song you listened to?:   Ellie Goulding “Lights”

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan is ALL legs!  He also goes by the name “Sleepopotamus.”

Laura Mercier Belle Nouveau Collection for Summer 2012


Laura Mercier Belle Nouveau Collection for Summer 2012

Laura’s inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For Summer 2012, she invites you to escape to a dream world that explores creativity through colour, taking inspiration from Art Nouveau’s innovative spirit and painted posters. This poetic embrace of sugary happy tones in sheer textures sets the mood—soft but daring, playful yet romantic.

The face is touched in clouds of colour that bring sophistication without strong definition. Highlights include sheer milky pastel eyes and translucent lips printed in colour. Skin is illuminated with a soft, healthy touch of bronzer and glow.

Sheer Creme Eye Colour ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Mauve Pastel Soft mauve
  • Grey Pastel Pale grey
  • Aqua Pastel Pale aqua

Creme Lip Print ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Nude Beige Nude
  • Nude Coral Soft coral
  • Nude Pink Soft pink

Lip Glace ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Camellia Pink
  • Orange Tulip Coral
  • Lotus Blossom Pale pink

Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lavender Cloud Lavender

Sheer Creme Colour ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Copper Glow Veil

Body Bronzing Makeup ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

A lightweight gel bronzer that smooths on evenly and blends perfectly leaving the skin refreshed and hydrated.

Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Turquoise Teal

Long Lash Mascara ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bleu Blue

availability: May 2012 at Laura Mercier counters and online (but Neiman Marcus has it available now)

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Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft tangerine orange with hints of pink around the edges. It is a really frustrating color to describe, because there’s a translucency to the color that makes this look just a little different depending on your natural lip color, no matter whether you have very pigmented lips or not. It ended up translating to this warm pink-coral once applied. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose reminded me of this in color, but it’s a bit darker and opaque. MAC Flamingo is lighter, less pink. Chanel Flirt is very similar. MAC Blossom Culture is pinker.

I’ve mentioned this before when reviewing another shade from the spring collection, but the formula of this Rouge G doesn’t feel like the typical Rouge G. It feels more like a cross between the Rouge G and Rouge G de Brilliant formulas. It’s too glossy, too translucent to be a genuine Rouge G, which has a creamier, more opaque formula. Rouge G de Brilliant is all about a really high shine finish combined with a pretty little translucent color and a fair amount of shimmer. Rose Ensoleille is more pigmented than the Brilliants, but it’s not nearly as pigmented as the regular Rouge Gs. This has a fair amount of slip to it, and the finish is much glossier. It seems to wear away faster, too, because Rouge Gs are more long-wearing (four to six hours, sometimes longer, if it’s a deeper hue), but Rose Ensoleille only lasted for three and a half hours during a wear test.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rose Ensoleille
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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