I've been curious about this brand for a while, but nothing ever really grabbed my attention, until the newest collection, "Behind Closed Doors," came out a couple of weeks ago. Out of all the colors, Flushed really stood out, and I got it as soon as I could.
Cult Nails - Flushed
Flushed is a blue/purple or "blurple" cream/jelly hybrid with a subtle coppery pink shimmer. I love these types of polishes. The color and the glowy shimmer are just gorgeous together. Application was a bit tricky. I have read rave reviews on how awesome Cult Nails formula is, and was a bit disappointed. For me, the formula was too thin and runny. I don't mind a thin polish at all, but when it floods my cuticles and side walls, I tend to get a little irritated. The Cult Nails website describes Flushed as a "buildable sheer" and I agree. It was very sheer on the first coat, and I need 3 overall to get full coverage. Dry time was on the longer side as well. I managed to nick 2 nails a good 5 minutes after applying my quick dry top coat (butter London PD Quick). Letting the polish completely dry between coats will probably solve the problem, tho. While the color is very very pretty, I kinda feel like the formula has been hyped a bit. Or maybe this color is different from the rest. Reguardless, the ir is simply beautiful, and I have a tendancy to overlook problematic formulas if the polish looks like this!
One thing I noticed, when I got the bottle, was that it was almost identical to my beloved Takko Lacquer Kiss the Sky. The swatches on line look similar but show a more pink toned shimmer. I decided to do a little comparison.
Left to Right: Takko Lacquer, Cult Nails, Takko Lacquer, Cult Nails
Side by side, they are nearly identical. Kiss the Sky has a bit more noticeable shimmer, and the base color is more saturated (it also requires fewer coats). When you tilt your nails at a different angle, that's when the biggest difference appears, and what makes Kiss the Sky so special.
See that amazing green color shift? Flushed doesn't have it, sadly, otherwise it's a pretty good copy, based on color. Formula, not so much. Takko Lacquer beats out Cult Nails for sure.
So, I'm not entirely convinced of Cult Nails yet. But I am willing to give the brand another try, because you can't judge a book by it's cover, and you can't judge a nail polish company based on one polish. I'd love to hear some suggestions on other colors to try!
Cult Nails is available on line.