November 11, 2013

Cult Nails Midnight Masquerade Collection Swatches


Hi guys! Hope you all had a great weekend, mine was fab! Degen and I had a lot of fun at the pet cancer walk and the Love Preview event last night was awesome also! I bought a lot of indie polishes at Love Preview that I'm excited to share with you and it was great to put a face to a brand with the indie makers that were there! Today I have swatches of a new mini collection from Cult Nails called Midnight Masquerade to share with you. This mini collection is a trio of LE polishes that are available now in a set over on the Cult Nails website.  Check out all the swatches after the jump!

Masquerade is a green jelly base with duochrome pink to gold shimmer. This shimmer is heavy and visible both in direct like and in low lighting. This actually looks best in lower shade like lighting! This is great layered or on it's own, I prefer it on it's own but you best bet I will be rocking this over something purple in the near future! The formula was good, it was sheer at first but it builds easily on it's own. I used 3 coats for the photos below.



Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

Midnight Mist is an olive green creme base with a gorgeous coppery shimmer. This is right up my alley, I just can't even with the two greens in this collection...it's like it was made for me lol! The shimmer is fantastic and it just glows out in the sun. In the shade and lower lighting you do lose the shimmer but the base color is really pretty on it's own. The formula was great, it was a really nice consistency and the opacity was good. I used 2 coats for the photos below.




Ms. Conduct is a brown creme. I love a good brown and I'm excited that Cult Nails has made one, I've always been a fan of their cremes because the formula is typically top notch. Like usual that was the case with Ms. Conduct. The formula was fantastic, it was nice and creamy and super opaque. Depending on how you polish you could probably get away with 1 coat of this one! I used 2 coats out of habit but the 2nd was hardly needed.





The Midnight Masquerade Collection is available at CultNails.com as a preorder for all 3 (preorder ends on November 14th), you get a pretty sweet deal by getting them now.  Starting on November 15th you can pick these up individually, if there are any left!

24 comments:

  1. I ordered mine asap! I have not been this excited in a while :) Thanks for the great swatches

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  2. Lusting after Midnight Mist hardcore...

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  3. I'm getting a very Mardi Gras vibe from jazzy jubilant. Have a few others like that so passing. Really on the fence about sparkle...,, just can't put my finger in it. Something stopping me. I WANT to love it on the nail as much as in the bottle. Nice job! Maybe these could make an appearance in your comparisons ? ;)

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  4. Oooh, Sparkle on Top is really pretty! I will probably get it even tho I have at least 10 "similar" polishes :p

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  5. These are beautiful! I especially love "Sparkle On Top" reminds me of fresh glistening snow! :)

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  6. Oohh, I didn't know about any new luxeffects until this. Not crazy about multi colored glitter, but Sparkle on Top looks like a very tame shard glitter with only a few chunky shards. It looks like seashells :)

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  7. The multi coloured glitter is ncie, but I am really loving Sparkle on Top. It is really stunning!

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  8. Ooh I like Jazzy Jubilant!

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  9. Oh, like you, I was hoping Sparkle on Top was a new SOTT. Bummed by them shards.

    Thanks for the swatches.

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  10. Not a big fan of Jazzy, but I'm loving Sparkle on Top.

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  11. I actually ordered Sparkle on Top two weeks ago from ULTA, spotted it on the "What's New" page. Love it!

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  12. I love Masquerade, especially in the shade photos... that coppery shimmer with the dusty green color looks so gorgeous!

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  13. I pre-ordered mine and can't wait for them to show up in my mailbox!

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  14. Sparkle on top looks nice but why not shine of the times?! I wanted opi to re-sell that one too... Anyways, thx a lot for the post!

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  15. "This release also includes Stroke of Brilliance which was released not too long after the original Luxeffects..." <--- ha I just made the most adorable Essie combo using "Stroke of Brilliance" LUXE over their "Bikini So Teeny"!!


    2 coats of b.s.t. over Essie all-in-one as my base, followed by one generous coat of Stroke of Brilliance...


    i wouldn't exactly say it's "wintery", but omg it's so cute i can't believe how well it worked! so proud of myself ;) cheers!!

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  16. quick question, ive been trying to find this essie nailpolish for ages and i dont know the name, can you help me? :( its number #3 on this link <3
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/ridiculously-sweet-v-day-nail-art-designs

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  17. It's called Shine Of The Times!

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  18. I use about 12 clear shoeboxes from The Container Store. I label each box in the front with an index card and keep them in a cool office out of direct sunlight. They are categorized by color instead of brand since the collection is relatively small (200 bottles)

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  19. This one got me excited. I'm SO new to the blogosphere (there's probably a proper word for that), so pardon the noobness, but I had to come mention that I LOVE my Helmers! I have 4 full Helmers: green, red, white, and grey/silver, and until now, I guessed without ever counting that each drawer held about 60 polishes making my collection around 1440 ("keepable") bottles. Most of my "meh" drug store brands are in the drawers of other furniture pieces around the house as I seldom use them. Seeing that you got 84 Zoyas in one drawer (and I have over a drawerful of Zoyas myself) scares me. *lol*

    I lined each drawer with cork shelf liner and like the look. It's pretty thin and can crack easily when applying, but you can sorta shove it back together on the bottom of the drawer and no one's the wiser. Unless you're totally OCD like me and have to tear it out & redo it because you can't stop thinking about THAT CRACK.

    Got to agree about the Helmer's drawers and how you risk a hefty financial polish loss when pulling a drawer far out. I have yet to do that and, in fact, have only broken one bottle (before I ever even heard of the Helmer) in my collecting life; a FNUG FANTASTICA that I coveted. That loss was years ago and, coincidentally, I just ordered all of the FNUG's holos this week. Expensive, as I ordered from Denmark, but sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and tamp down those cravings!

    How often do you try to imagine how much $$$ you've invested in polish and related accessories? I think about it only when asked by others. I DON'T WANNA KNOW! And I certainly don't want my husband to know! *lol*

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  20. Ok, I'm posting this question years after this was posted........in doing research I have heard that the Melmers drawers are not self supporting, so if you pull it out very far you have to hold it up with your hand. Are the IKEA Helmer drawers and the IKEA Alex drawers self supporting? I'm about 3+ hours away from an ikea store and will pay shipping if I have to, but it's about $20+ so was looking into something I could get locally. I like the look of the Alex. Looks more like furniture and like that it seems sturdier. Really like the idea making two of them into table legs. What I don't like about the Alex is that the back of the drawer sounds like it's mostly wasted since you can't pull drawer out far enough to see it.

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  21. I haven't had issues with my Alex or Helmer drawers after all these years. If I had to pick I'd go with the Alex, like you said it looks more like furniture which is a big plus...its a lot a lot more sturdy. I actually ended up taking the screws out that attach the rails to the drawers, now I can get to the back without a problem!

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  22. Thank you so much! I especially appreciate the tip about the screws. Nobody in my house is handy with a screwdriver and we might never have even thought of that.

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