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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cult Nails In The Garden Collection-Swatches and Nail Art!

I am really excited to show you today's post! I bought the entire Cult Nails In the Garden Collection in a pre-order sale and I not only have swatches, but some nail art as well! I haven't bought a Cult Nails polish in over a year, so it was very long overdue.
 Cult Nails packaging is worth talking about.  The polishes are wrapped in recyclable paper and labeled with the name of the polish.  The box is stuffed with cotton that is reusable!  I got a kick out of the label on the side of the box that says, "Nail Mail!"
 Here are the colors with their "LE" white caps.  In case you missed out, Cult Nails' supplier accidentally sent her white caps instead of the traditional black ones.  Pardon the "lap picture."  I was on my lunch and had just gotten them in and couldn't wait for an appropriate picture!
You're My Dandelion, Kiss My Rosebush, Ay Poppy!, Morning Glory, and Let's Get Dirty
 You may have seen me post this sneak peek on IG (Follow me at ThingsILoveatthemoment) or on my blog's Facebook page!

 In the Garden Collection consists of three rubber finishes and two shiny finishes.  You may wonder why you need a collection that looks like it can easily be duped.  I am going to answer that question for you in one sentence...You will NEVER find this kind of quality or ease of application anywhere else.

Kiss My Rosebush is a soft rose pink.  I used two coats and it was slightly on the thick side, but had very smooth application.  While the brushes are normal-sized, the bristles are flexible and gave me a clean line around my cuticle.  I had some minor self-leveling issues on a few nails.  (See index finger.)
Cult Nails In The Garden Collection
Nail art idea taken from Love For Lacquer
 Here is Kiss My Rosebush with a top coat of Seche Vite.  The top coat does hide the self-leveling issue.
Cult Nails In The Garden Collection
Nail art idea taken from Love For Lacquer
 The neutral of the collection is Let's Get Dirty.   What I really like about Let's Get Dirty is that it has a touch of lavender in it and a hidden shimmer!  The shimmer is lost without top coat, but it is still very pretty without. Application on Let's Get Dirty was flawless.  It was self-leveling, and you can either do two thin coats or one thick.  It just hugged the edges of my nail bed and dried to a smooth finish.
Cult Nails IN The Garden Collection
 When you put a top coat on Let's Get Dirty, it gives the polish a different look and the hidden shimmer comes out to play!
Cult Nails In the Garden Collection
 Since it is hard to see, here is a macro shot of the lovely shimmer in Let's Get Dirty.
 The last rubber finish polish in the collection is my favorite, Morning Glory.  I have always thought that since my nails make up such a small percentage of my body mass, that I should always wear LOUD colors on my nails!  Morning Glory IS that polish!  I am a sucker for fuchsia's and bright pinks in any shade, so this polish is the lone reason why I bought the whole collection in the first place.
Morning Glory went on easily enough.  It could have been a one-coater if it hadn't shown streak marks.  For that reason, I used two coats.
Cult Nails In the Garden Collection
 Here is Morning Glory with a coat of Seche Vite. It really brings out the shine!  And with any berry shade, both photos are color accurate depending on where you are.
 The two shiny polishes in this collection happen to be my least favorite colors in polish.  However, one of them changed my mind and I wore it for a full mani and the other...Well, you need these in your arsenal if you ever do nail art!
You're My Dandy Lion is a bright Crayola yellow polish!  It is super shiny and doesn't really need a top coat.  I used two coats, and while the first coat was streaky, the second coat smoothed it completely out. It was the easiest yellow I have ever used!
 Ay Poppy!  is a traffic cone orange bright and shiny polish!  I am wearing NO top coat for these pictures and the shine is fantastical!  If that wasn't enough, it is also a one coater!  It had perfect application and shot to the top of my list of favorites in this collection!  I even wore this manicure for a day!
 I can't even get over this color and the name is super adorable too!  You may have noticed that I did some minor dotting and stamping on each manicure.  I wanted to show that you could use them for that purpose.  I love using Cult Nails polishes for stamping and watermarbling, so I know I will get a lot of use out of these!
To Sum It Up:  You can probably find dupes of four of the five of these somewhere, but not in a rubber finish and not with the same quality products.  My favorites were Ay Poppy!, Morning Glory and Let's Get Dirty.   Read about the naming of the polishes HERE.
You can buy the In the Garden Collection from It retails for $60.  All other polishes are $12 each.
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Mimi Manicures said...

omg I loooooove these!!! I love them rubbery and I love them shiny! the art is wonderful to, well done on a great post xxxxx

Kim Petrusak said...

I've been trying to convince myself that I don't need these. I love Cult Nails polishes, but when my order ended up not going through during the pre-ordered, I just couldn't bring myself to pay full price for them. But these swatches are really making me reconsider that!

Scottish Lass said...

Lovely! ♥

Michelle Rouhier said...

Awww! Thank you so much! What a true compliment!

Michelle Rouhier said...

Thank you!

Jodi said...

Great pics.. I'm swatching mine today :)