In honor of her special day, I wanted to showcase a polish that reminded me of her. I picked something that she would want to wear herself. See, my mom loves red nail polish in all shades and tones. The redder, the better. If nail polish
Just like my mom: Bold, classy and one of a kind.
The Quick Take
Brand/Name: Cult Nails Iconic
Color: Berry red
Formula: Berry red creme base with red flakies and gold shimmer
Price: $10 USD for 18mL
Seen at: Cult Nails website
Note(s): Cult Nails is the brainchild of beauty and style blogger Maria of R3 Daily. She exclusively distributes the line on her website CultNails.com. You can get Iconic alone for $10.00 or as part of the inaugural set that's currently on sale for $35.00. Also, get free shipping on all orders over $75.
The Fun Facts
Token bottle shot.
Back of the bottle.
Inset of ingredients at the back. Look, no Baddies!
Label at the base.
Maria describes Iconic's color on the website as "a deep berry creme with gorgeous red flakes and hidden gold shimmer throughout". I couldn't have put it any better. That's exactly what it is. The flakies are seen in most lights but the shimmer is more prominent in bright light. The berry base color is a very pretty contrast to the unexpected glints of red from the red flakies and the subtle sheen of the gold shimmer. They all complement each other and work so well to create a color that has so much depth to it that usually only layering can accomplish. Best of all, it accomplishes all that in two coats and with a supremely glossy finish that will make top coat look moot.
***All nail swatches were done with Orly Bonder Base Coat and two coats of Cult Nails Iconic unless stated.
Check out the shine on those tips!
Flash brings out the pretty gold shimmer.
Sunlight/No top coat/No flash
Complete and utter berry gorgeousness.
If you've been reading Polished Indulgence for a while now, you'll know I'm generally not a fan of clunky brush handles. This is no exception in that, except the brush itself is so phenomenal that I can temporarily forget my utter dislike for big, bulky handles. When application allows for zero need for clean up afterwards, I really have to call the brush phenomenal. I easily got into all the nooks and crannies without touching any skin or cuticle. That means precision and accuracy to me. Plus, the coats are all nice and even which speaks well for the self-leveling formula that pretty much applies itself. I'd also like to point out that you get a lovely even distribution of the flakies throughout the nail; no bald or sparse areas with this one. Dry time is relatively fast owing mostly to the less need for extra coats and the formula itself.
Hammie says: Iconic is indeed iconic.
Hammie says: Glossy is as glossy does is what they say, right?
Already shiny on its own, Iconic still does benefit from top coat as it evens out the finish that the texture of the flakies might otherwise mar.
Hands down, I can tell you that there are no dupes for this pretty. Maria definitely knows her polish and it would be quite unseemly if she came up with colors that are all too similar to those of other known brands. Iconic is easily in a whole different league. Really, the only possible way I can think of to mimic this polish would be to layer a berry red with gold shimmer (finding an exact color match should still be tricky) and a red flakie top coat (the likes of which I haven't seen as of yet). But then I'd have to ask you why you'd go through all that trouble when you can do it all with just two coats and a bottle of Iconic? The only problem I can see you encountering is availability as there are some places that Cult Nails doesn't ship to. Hopefully, as the line expands, so to will their shipping destinations (fingers crossed if your country is one of them!).
Luckily, the price tag on Cult Nails polishes isn't as hefty as you'd expect. $10 is a small price to pay for 18mL of high quality vegan product that contains none of the harmful chemicals including camphor and phthalates. Even luckier for me that it hits exactly at the ceiling of my self-imposed nail polish price limit. Even then, I can honestly say that you get what you pay for, and then some. For a fellow nail polish fanatic, it's hard not to be impressed by the love that has gone into creating Iconic (and the rest of the line, for that matter). It really does live up to its name. Way before the explosion of flakies, Iconic was already showing the nail polish world how well flakies work with a creme base and shimmer. Previously, most flakies were either suspended in a clear base that you'd use as a layering polish or alone but with a sheer finish from the colored jelly base. Iconic is the first (to my knowledge) that used flakies and shimmer in a creme finish. If that doesn't spell icon, I don't know what does. Now, I'm fairly new to the brand and while Iconic isn't my first foray with Cult Nails (Time Traveler, the absolute, most perfect blue, and Clairvoyant won my heart long before Iconic did), it's easy to see why it has amassed such a huge following in a short year. Iconic paved the way for even more flakie goodness from the line, including limited edition Clairvoyant/Unicorn Puke that has reached legendary status and the current offering (also limited edition), Toxic Seaweed. This is the point where I say: if you haven't looked into Cult Nails yet, I most strongly advise you to do so. You are SO missing out.
Hammie loves unique colors and finishes. Iconic is easily both. The innate glossy finish, the oh-so pretty flakies and unexpected shimmer all combine to create a polish that dreams are made of. Even more astounding is the knowledge that the line was created by a beauty/style blogger to provide great products for a reasonable price and all with a professional flair you'd expect from much bigger companies. Before he waxes poetic, Hammie scores Iconic:
What's your relationship with your mother like? What's the most you'd pay for a unique/one of a kind nail polish? Will you be trying your luck with Toxic Seaweed (get it while you can!)?