Monday, February 7, 2011

Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid

Cult Nails is a new nail polish line started by Maria from R3 Daily. I think it's great that a fellow nail blogger has come out with her own line, so I bought the first polish, My Kind of Cool Aid, pretty much as soon as it was available. I would have done that no matter what color it was, but I admit it didn't hurt that it's in the purple family. It's a greyed lavender shimmer, actually. The first time I swatched it I was having a bad nail day (base coat bubbled, cuticles were more winter frazzled than usual, etc.) so I just couldn't bring myself to post those pictures. I tried again yesterday, and was much happier with the results (even though we're still in a no sun zone here in Michigan).





The color is really well balanced between lavender and grey. Depending on the light it leans more one way or the other; since I like both colors I'm happy regardless. The shimmer is on the subtle side but definitely visible in normal room light. In the bottle, I thought it was silver shimmer; on the nail I think I see pops of blue and pink. This was a two-coater for me; all these swatches are without top coat.





Since purple is my favorite color and I have so very many bottles of it in my collection, I thought for sure I could find something close to My Kind of Cool Aid. So far, I haven't. Still, I thought it might be good to share what I tried for comparison purposes so if you have some of these you can see how the Cult Nails compares. Two of the ones I pulled to swatch were Rimmel Fast Play in Hit That and OPI Sheer Your Toys.





Top to bottom: Hit That, My Kind of Cool Aid, Sheer Your Toys.


Rimmel Play Fast (I'm still miffed they discontinued these) Hit That has a somewhat similar base color but is too grey to be a match and the shimmer in it is peach/gold, not silver/blue/pink. OPI Sheer Your Toys is much, much lighter and has those weird copper flecks in it, though the other shimmer is closer to Cult Nails than the Rimmel.

I also tried one of the European polishes in my stash, P2 Color Victim in Elegant.





Top to bottom: My Kind of Cool Aid, Elegant.


Again, not a match. The P2 is in the same family for sure, but the base color is lighter and the shimmer is more subtle. I'm hoping to do a bit of a stash reorganization next week so perhaps I'll turn up another polish or two to compare; right now I'm pretty sure this one is unique in my collection.

15 comments:

  1. Great Comps!!!!!! Your pictures turned out really well, even without sun. Thanks Karen!

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  2. i am totally jealous of your pics without sun..mine never turn out that well

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  3. There's no sun here either, it's very annoying when trying to take pictures! Yours have come out lovely though, better than mine when I have daylight!
    It's a lovely colour, I have a thing for greys atm, maybe it's the weather :)

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  4. Where do you buy this brand? I'd love to know!

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  5. Isn't this color awesome?! I was afraid I wouldn't like it because it seems so much more gray in all the pics I've seen. I was super happy when I opened it because it's a lot more purple/lavender in person than it seems in pics. I can't wait to wear it.

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  6. Awesome post and comparison. I'm excited to get my order. I had to wait until pay day and then that big storm slowed things down a bit.

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  7. I'm still not sure if I love this color or not. Thanks for the comparisons!

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  8. I love this and I can't think of anything like it. I love your nails. You have some of the very nicest nails out there.

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  9. It's great that this colour is so original!

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  10. Awesome swatches and comparisons!!
    I really like the color, but I'm too broke to buy it.

    And do you use a lightbox? Your pictures are always so nice, no matter the weather. On cloudy days, I don't even bother picking up my camera because I already know what's gonna happen. :(

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  11. This colour looks very quiet and nice. I like it. Your comparison's great as always :)

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  12. Even with the full range of colors that has glazes of Brazil
    I have not seen anything so beautiful!
    Congratulations!
    I loved this beautiful lavender-gray!
    Kisses
    Leka

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  13. Thanks, ladies!

    Ebz, if you follow the link in the entry to R3 Daily, you'll see a link there to the Cult Nails site where you can order.

    ChaosButterfly, yep, I use a lightbox for sure. Maybe I should do a post about it, as it was really easy to put together from stuff I bought at JoAnn Fabrics after seeing a post on a knitting blog.

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  14. What a gorgeous color! Way to go Maria!

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