Monday, March 18, 2013

Skinny Dipping (With Friends): Cult Nails Cruisin' Nude

I considered posting an OPI NYC Ballet for March Skinny Dipping because Anna and I have been obsessing over that collection for the past couple of weeks. Then I decided it might be nice to blog a brand I haven't shown on Stuff for a little bit, hence Cruisin' Nude.

Let's not beat around the bush: If you have mad love for nude polishes, YOU MUST GET CRUISIN' NUDE.

Even my aunt liked it. I should disclose that my aunt is 63 and wears polishes like China Glaze Sun Worshiper. She rocks. I think her current pedicure might be SH Xtreme Wear Green with Envy. (I also should disclose that very few people in my family look their age -- thank you, Asian genetics.)

Three coats with SV.

For the record, I would have loved this if it had been a plain creme finish. It can take on that look in low light. I guess that's a testament to how great the nude base color is.

I wasn't sure if I was going to find the subtle pink flash of shimmer flattering, but it worked. I don't own Essie Kisses and Bises, which you would layer over a nude to get a similar effect, so I can't tell you how these two compare.

I had no formula or application issues with Cruisin' Nude. You can stop at two coats, but it was a pinch more opaque at three. I actually wore this for five days, but slapped on one coat of Essie A Cut Above on Day Four. It was ... all right. I didn't take pictures because while I loved the formula of those Essie Luxeffects glitters, I'm underwhelmed with that particular one, but we can talk about that another time.

Cruisin' Nude was released in the summer of 2011 as part of the A Day at the Races collection. It's currently sold out on the Cult Nails site, but according to Maria, it should be back sometime this summer. With the price increase, I'm assuming it'll be $12 when it returns, although I promise it is completely worth it if you love twists on nude polishes.

I know some people aren't keen on supporting Cult Nails following certain events in January. That's understandable and I respect that. I had a busy work week and I was late to the party when that happened, but I wasn't overly bothered about it. I'm cool with the Cult. Plus, I was lucky enough to knock out a bunch of my Cult Nails lemmings through several sales last year, and I plan to blog them. End of story.

SO, Cruisin' Nude. I am dippy in love with it. Are you? What's your favorite Cult Nails nude? Do any other ladies in your family surprise you with their pedicure choices?

Don't forget to peep Anna's blog today to see what's she's sporting! We'll be back with more nude polish next month. Who knows, maybe one of my OPI NYC Ballets will make an appearance.


  1. I LOVE this on you. I own it, but haven't tried it yet, so I'm a little worried because usually looks great on Rach = looks fug on Madeline.

    My aunt and my sister are the only two other women in my family who paint their toenails. My aunt is a staunch devotee of OPI Dutch Tulips.

    1. Then I guess you are going to have to try this on FOR SCIENCE. It's okay, when I know I won't like something, I know you might.

      Dutch Tulips is a good shade. My mom is into Essie Jamaica Me Crazy right now.

  2. Gorgeous! This is one of my favorite Cult Nails.

  3. I looooove this color. I am in search of some cool nudes!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Essie and SH make some good ones if you're on a budget (plus, possible work discount?).

  4. Thought I didn't need it because I have Sand of a Beach. Am drastically wrong.



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