On Christmas Eve, I was taken with this manicure posted on the Cult Nails Instagram page using the “Secret Collection.” The concept being that you didn’t know the contents during the pre-sale. Now that the pre-sale is over, the cat is out of the bag.
A quick jump over to CultNails.com and I spied this “mystery” collection on sale for half off. With a green and blue in the lineup, it was a no-brainer for me.
Formula & Application
Cult Nails nail polish is 5-Free (Fomaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor) . The bottle is round with a round plastic cap that houses a round brush of average length and noticeable girth. The bristles are nice and flexible so they fan out easily across the nail plate without causing any dragging. In short, I love the brush. It is definitely one of my favorite nail polish brushes.
The polishes in this collection all vary in formula, finish and application so I’ll address them individually below.
Cult Nails Dazed is a cool denim with a light silvery blue metallic shimmer. The consistency is kind of thick so I found that my usual thin application wasn’t happening. Using a heaver hand with two coats gave a more even result with no brush marks but it took a few attempts to get the application just right.
Cult Nails Flash is a hunter green creme that dries with a satin/wax finish. Again, this polish is on the thicker side, leaning towards gloopy. I had to be careful to avoid pooling at my tips on my second coat. The major issue I had was that it doesn’t self level. While that’s fine if you are adding top coat (see below), if you desire that waxy appearance, it’s hard to get it smooth and even.
Cult Nails Lime Light is a clear-based glitter filled with party-ready shades of gold, turquoise and fuchsia. The glitter is very fine and while it disperses evenly on the nail, after three coats, it isn’t quite opaque. Makes me wonder how many coats the person who created the manicure linked above had to use.
Bottom Line: I’m sad to say that I’m pretty bummed on this collection. I was all excited for Flash and Dazed and considered the glitter a bonus but, even at half the price, I wouldn’t recommend this set. Given the formula issues with the blue and green, I don’t see myself reaching for them anytime soon.
The Cult Nails Secret Collection is available now at CultNails.com for $36 for the set of three polishes.
****UPDATE: Sad news. Maria from Cult Nails has announced that she is closing the brand. You can read her blog post about it HERE. I had the pleasure of meeting Maria at Cosmoprof a few years ago and I have always admired her so it makes this post very bittersweet.
As part of the closing, all products are being liquidated at 60% OFF. No code necessary. Discount applied at checkout.Disclosure: I purchased this collection. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.