Joining The Cult (Part 1)
Today I’m happy to show you some amazing nail polishes by Cult Nails. Cult Nails is the dream child of Maria Morrison, a fellow nail blogger (R3 Daily) and a lovely person to chat with. What started out as her mixing polishes to create a color she was happy with turned into a full fledged nail polish line created by Maria! Cult Nails is a fairly new business, but already Maria has created two collections that include some incredibly unique polishes that I had never seen done before. All of her polishes are B3 free, which means they are made without Toulene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl. Her polishes are also free of Phthalate or Camphor. Cult Nails is a cruelty free company as well, which means they do not test on animals or use any products that use animal testing or animal byproducts (this makes them Vegan Friendly :-)).
During her 4th of July sale last week I grabbed five colors, three from the Inaugural Collection and two from her A Day At The Races Collection. Today I’m showing you the ones from the Inaugural Collection: My Kind of Cool Aid, Living Water, and Iconic.
All swatches are with Seche Vite top coat and Essie Fill The Gap base coat. This is pretty darn picture heavy so you’ve been warned!
My Kind of Cool Aid
My Kind of Cool Aid is a beautiful greyed out lavender (aka “gravender” according to the website) hued polish that is filled with a fine silver shimmer. I really like this one a lot, it’s not a color I would typically wear but the delicate nature of this one really calls to me.
This polish has an absolutely AMAZING formula, the application was so smooth and easy that it felt like my nails were painting themselves. The brush was soft, yet firm enough to go exactly where you wanted it to. This baby is self leveling and I barely needed two coats for full coverage.
Just beautiful. The fine shimmer really makes this polish a beauty. My Kind of Cool Aid dries super glossy, I almost didn’t need a top coat.
Living Water is a deep blackened blue jelly based polish filled with emerald and turquoise colored glitter. The Cult Nails website states that this one was inspired by the phosphorescence of sea water, and I can see what she was going for. The “lit from within” feeling created by the floating glitter in this polish is memorizing.
This one for me was a little tricky to apply. The formula was the thinnest of the three I swatched from this collection so I had a bit more to clean-up than I normally do after painting my nails. This one also dries to a quite dull finish, which is unusual for a jelly, so it definitely needs a good layer or two of top coat to really bring out the shine and smooth of the bumpiness from the glitter.
I used three coats to eliminate VNL (visible nail line) on this one. What I really like about this one is that it is non-staining. I usually always have staining issues with blue polish. Living Water was the boyfriend’s 2nd favorite of the three.
This one was the boyfriend’s favorite of all five that I got from Cult Nails! Iconic is simply stunning. It is a berry creme, filled with a golden shimmer AND irregular flakies. Heaven knows how much I looooove flakies.
The formula for Iconic was quite similar to My Kind of Cool Aid, very smooth and squishy making it extremely easy to apply. I reached full coverage at two coats.
Some gratuitous close-ups so you can see all the glorious things happening on my nail.
I’m really enjoying all of the polishes that I have tried so far from Cult Nails. I feel that Maria’s Inaugural Collection started off the line with a bang and the variety of colors are quite refreshing. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite from the ones that I tried out because I love them all! Iconic and My Kind of Cool Aid had the easiest application and formulas to work with, but the depth of Living Water leaves me staring at my nails for hours!
You too can join the cult by visiting the Cult Nails website, with each polish retailing at $10/bottle. Maria also has glass nail files for sale on the website, which I highly recommend over using emery boards. Glass files are far more kind on your nails, especially if you have peeling issues.