Cult Nails Scandalous

I’m just going to say I have seriously mixed feelings about this nail polish. Katie sent Scandalous to me in her surprise May nail mail package. I was so excited to give it a try because I have definitely embraced the orange and coral nail, fashion and makeup trend for this season. I just can’t get enough of it!

Scandalous is a more subtle version of this season’s coral trend. It’s more like an orange sherbet creme jelly, if you will. I have no complaints about the color. It is lovely and different from the rest of my collection.

Now for the things I didn’t like; the formula. It is very thin, even for a jelly. I had no choice but to use 4 coats to get anything close to an opaque color. The worst thing about the formula though was the smell. It smelled SO STRONG it actually made my eyes water. This is the only Cult Nails polish I own, so I asked Katie if she had a similar experience with Toxic Seaweed. She said she didn’t remember there being a strong smell. So hopefully the terribly strong smell is just an anomaly.

My other complaint is the bottle. It looks nice but I loathe wide caps. It just makes it difficult to apply the polish.

Overall I am a bit disappointed in my first Cult Nails experience. For $10 a bottle I expect alot. That being said, I do love the color. I topped Scandalous with Julep Sarah after wearing it for a couple of days and love the result. Check out the swatches below the jump!

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Cult Nails – Toxic Seaweed

A few weeks ago, I was having a great time on Twitter talking to some other polish bloggers when the subject of Cult Nails came up. I said I’d never tried Cult Nails but I’d been following Maria (of Cult Nails) adventures on R3Daily since before she received her first batch of My Kind of Cool Aid. Maria jumped in and said that I had to try it and she’d treat me to my first bottle! I was so excited and joked around saying that perhaps this would be my gateway into the cult…

…flash forward to yesterday! I received my package from Cult Nails with the beautiful Toxic Seaweed! I immediately opened it and started taking off my current mani and put it on right away – and…. I love it.

Toxic Seawed - Three coats, Artificial Light.

I loved it so much that I actually opened up Cult Nails to place my first real order and then remembered that they’re having a huge sale in a few days, so I’m waiting for that (I know Cruisin’ Nude and Iconic will be the first in my shopping cart!).

Much like Cult Nails, this polish really has taken the polish blogging world by storm. Toxic Seaweed is the limited edition polish from the Let’s Get Nekkid! Collection.

It’s hard to put into words how gorgeous polish is – it’s beautiful glitter and gold/orange/red flakes set in a green jelly base – seriously stunning. I used 4 coats to build it up – the base leans a bit more teal in the first couple of coats then builds up to a beautiful emerald green. For your reference, the picture on the left is 4 coats in direct sunlight and the picture on the right is 3 coats in my lightbox.

So.. Overall? I’m sold. I can’t wait for the sale to add more Cult Nails polish to my collection. A big thank you to Maria for sending me this polish and getting me hooked!