Behind Closed Doors - features 5 colors; After Glow - a copper infused with a subtle pink shimmer; Bitten - a raspberry glass flecked polish; Disciplined - a sheer but buildable soft grey with purple, pink and blue shimmer; Flushed - a true Blurple (blue/purple) buildable sheer with an intense purple/pink shimmer effect that appears to glow through the polish and Coveted - a jelly deep green with metallic green flakes and subtle green shimmer.
Now for the collection story and swatches! You know there is always a story behind each collection, so for those of you who like to hear the back story here it is. I receive requests from friends, family, strangers and Culties all the time with what polish they would like to see make its way into a Cult Nails collection. Unfortunately it isn't as easy as someone would think to make a polish, and collections are worked on about a year in advance and things always come into play that can change things up throughout the year. Well these colors all originated from the requests of someone else, that didn't turn out exactly how they wanted. Well one didn't start as a request by someone else, but there's a story there too. I'll share the story of each color with the swatches below. The swatches are provided by Pretty Little Bottles, who kindly came over and let me take pictures of here sporting each color. I am in the process of growing my nails back to the stilleto nail shape and since it's not the "desired commercial shape" I opted to use Alyssa's nails. I'll work on swatches too, just not for the official release. :)
Bitten - Ah Bitten! I made this polish for release last December. But then I thought it was just way to simple. I didn't think anyone would want this one. But it was one of those haunting colors, I always wanted to wear it. So I decided I would release it and had the lab work on an updated sample for me. Then it arrived and I thought this is just not what people want. So I planned on putting it aside again, then Kari from Once Bitten Blog walked into the office, spotted it and exclaimed That's Bitten, my namesake polish! Instantly it became hers and how could I not release it! (Little fact - Kari actually helped name this entire collection that day!)
Disciplined - In talking to someone on Twitter one night I received a request for a grey jelly with purple and blue shimmer and green flakes. I'm totally going to butcher this, but there are these rocks in Scotland maybe, that are a grey color that lean purple/blue depending on the light and have green moss. Well I had to nix the green flakes, it just wouldn't work out. And unfortunately I lost touch with her and I can't remember who it is. I feel like such a jerk, but it was last year! I'm hoping she'll know when she sees the polish. In the end the sheer grey with shimmer was too nice to add flakes that ruined the effect.
Flushed - I met DM on Makeup Alley way before Cult Nails was even an idea. We bonded over our love over another polish brand. We were both huge fans. We became friends on Facebook and still to this day talk over there. I haven't shown her this yet, but I hope she flips when she sees it. See one day in the mail, I received 3 little frankens from DM. I knew I had to make one a Cult Nails color. I chose one and started frankening and accidently came out with Flushed. It is close to what she sent, but there was no glowing effect like this. But since our polish tastes are so close, I know she's going to love this!
Coveted - Another request from a Twitter chat. I can't remember who asked for this one either. But she wanted a green version of Iconic. I opted for a green shimmer vs gold, to keep it a green on green on green polish. Now if I could just come up with something to make me remember who wanted this color along with Disciplined.
So what do you think? Are you loving it as much as I am?