03 August 2014

Cult Nails Manipulative, Swatch and Review

Hi everyone! Every once and a while a polish comes along that sweeps you off your feet. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but not by much. Manipulative was one of my purchases from Cult Nails recent 50% off sale. I had read good reviews of it, but I thought it would just  be another blue in my collection. I was definitely wrong about that.

Cult Nails Manipulative
Cult Nails Manipulative


Cult Nails Manipulative is originally from the Divas & Drama collection that came out in summer of 2012. It's a gorgeous robin egg blue creme with a very subtle shimmer. It's similar to the popular China Glaze For Audrey, but it leans very slightly more to the green side, plus it has shimmer.

Cult Nails Manipulative swatch
Cult Nails Manipulative swatch

The formula on this one is excellent. It goes on very smooth and evenly. I used 3 coats but you could really get away with two. I tend to find that cremes with an added shimmer - even if very subtle - have a great formula, so perhaps that helps in this case.

Cult Nails Manipulative swatch
Cult Nails Manipulative swatch

Colour-wise, it's very beautiful. It's not too bright and while it definitely leans towards green, it still reads as blue. For me, a robin egg blue creme has a classic look and is necessary to have in a collection. And Manipulative is my favourite example. I would even go as far as to say the formula is better than For Audrey - I find For Audrey tends to be streaky.

Cult Nails Manipulative swatch
Cult Nails Manipulative swatch

I bought Manipulative from Cult Nails, but there are other retailers including Harlow & Co. and Nail Polish Canada.

Do you own Manipulative? What do you think of this polish?

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