I preordered this over a month ago and was thrilled when it finally arrived last week. I had to have this because it’s a flakie, and I’m not over flakie nail polishes, I still love them.
Color description from the Cult Nails website:
Seduction – A sheer purple/red jelly top coat polish loaded with red and blue multichromatic flakes.
The description of Seduction on the site couldn’t be more correct except for the /red part. I disagree with that. This is purple, period. The base of it is purple and the flakie bits in it are red and blue, which flash purple, and green as well as orange in the light. It’s sheer as a whole and the finish is a jelly.
Cult Nails Seduction really was meant to be used as top coat. I could tell because of how sheer it is. The previous collection it was part of, the Divas and Dramas Collection, consisted of three other polishes—an popsicle orange, a ballet slipper pink, and a Tiffany Blue-like shade, which, when topped with Seduction, respectively turned mauve, light purple, and sky blue. I found it very interesting how the sheer base color of Seduction could modify the color of each polish it was layered over.
Despite knowing that it’s supposed to be used as a top coat, I stubbornly wore it alone on my nails. At three coats, it was still sheer, and because I loved how the red and blue flakies looked in the purple base and was curious how it would look if opaque, I painted it on real thick, which resulted to bald spots and pooling on some areas of the nails, but I didn’t care, it still looked pretty cool.
Even with thin coats though, I found it a bit annoying that Seduction seemed to take forever to dry. Its formula is also on the runny side, and it has a tendency to be streaky. Nothing very problematic though, it’s still relatively easy to apply.
Hadn’t meant to file my nails down so short. =/ On my index finger I have on Caronia First Crush, a purple creme, layered under Seduction. Forgot to do cleanup, again!
Cult Nails Seduction Nail Polish – What I like:
- The color of the flakies with the base makes for such a pretty shade.
- It’s fun to experiment with this, layering it over other colors to see what new shade will be created.
- It’s big 3-free.
- No major problems experienced with formula.
Cult Nails Seduction Nail Polish – What I do not like:
- Thin coats take long to dry.
- That I have to exert extra effort when I want to use it alone.
I’m still in the process of collecting more flakie nail polishes, so I don’t have a big collection at all, and this is unique among the flakies that I have in that it has a purple base and the flakies are red and blue. I enjoy seeing it on my nails. It was well worth the wait.