Monday, March 21, 2011

Cult Nails - Living Water

Actually, I found living water to be "dead" without a glossy top coat, but I'll get to that. Here are some pictures of this gorgeous color...


This polish is getting rave reviews from everyone... but me. But I'm not going to give it a bad one either. It's not that I don't think it's a good polish - the concept is very good. And overall Cult Nail's concepts have ALL been very good. But the Living Water formula just wasn't there for me. I wanted more vibrancy, more shine. I've seen it in some photos on other blogs. But this color on my nails just fell flat.


Color
Deep navy base with green and blue glitter particles.

Application
Here's where I had issues. I put on my usual Qtical Nail Growth Stimulator, then put on one coat. The color just got sucked up into the nail, drying with this dull flat finish. Coat two went on, and made it deeper but I still had that same flat, nearly matte feeling. I put on two coats of Seche Vite over this one, and still had texture that I didn't want. No, I could not achieve the glossy finish I wanted with this polish.

Wear
The redeeming quality! Other than tip wear, this is again another "Wears Like Iron" polish, which I am beginning to think of as a defining trait of Cult Nails. They should cling to this trait because it will carry them far...


Bottom Line
I think Cult Nails may have bit off a little more than they can handle right now being new. If you purchase this one, make sure your top coat can do the heavy lifting to make this glossy and spectacular. Those of you who never use top coats (yes, I know there are some of you out there) - don't bother.

Let the flaming come... I know it will. But this polish was flat on me. How can I not say it?

(I still love you Cult Nails and R3Daily!!!)
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