Cult Nails Coveted from the Behind Closed Doors Collection is a deep, sexy green lacquer that is right up my alley.
Green is a ‘comfort polish’ for me. It very rarely lets me down. ‘Ole Reliable’.
And my fondness for green is no secret. 🙂 My good friend, Marta, from ChitChatNails gave me this bottle as a gift! Imagine my excitement when I learned it was from the newest collection! (Thanks, Marta!)
Cult Nails Coveted Pictures
Cult Nails Coveted Swatches
All swatches have:
Natural Light Photos
√ Jelly deep green
√ Metallic green flakes
√ Subtle green shimmer
- Name: Cult Nails Coveted
- Collection: Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors Collection 2012
- Colours Available in the Collection: Coveted, Flushed, Disciplined, Bitten & Afterglow
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was a gift from my friend, Marta of ChitChat Nails. Retails for $10 USD)
- Where to Buy: Cult Nails website
Cult Nails Coveted Review
Coveted by Cult Nails is a dark evergreen that makes me think of enchanted forests and emeralds under a moonlit sky. It’s deep and mysterious like a handsome man sipping on scotch while reading Valperga.
Coveted by Cult Nails has a jelly finish, but it’s very pigmented. Typically jellies are very sheer, and you need to use 3-4 coats. Even then, you can see visible nail line. With Coveted, I got pretty good coverage with just 2 coats, but I added a third one for insurance. (Sometimes when I use Seche Vite over jellies, it creates premature tip wear.)
But it’s not just a typical jelly that looks squishy. It has green micro-shimmer throughout.
What really makes this polish stand apart from what’s already on the market is that it has large, irregular-shaped flakes. When coated with the jelly, the flakes appear like a lighter green. They add a lot of visual interest and make it so each nail looks slightly different.
Application & Formula
Cult Nails Coveted goes on very smoothly, however, a few times, there were extra-large flakes that would curl up and fold over themselves. Aside from that, the formula was perfect and easy-to-control.
I tried using the brush to fix the flakes that folded over when they landed on my nail. However, as you can see if you look at my pinkie, I was unsuccessful at fixing it. The flake stuck out and and was very lumpy, even after I coated it with Seche Vite. I’ve never had a polish do this. It was strange because those large flakes looked exactly like wilted pieces of seaweed.
Since I’m not one to redo a nail just because it doesn’t turn out perfect, I not only left it as-is, but I wore the manicure for a couple of days. It didn’t really bother me because it wasn’t sharp – it just wasn’t as smooth as my other nails.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
Cult Nails Coveted is a stunning polish and very different from other greens in my collection. Although some of the flakes posed a challenge, overall, I found it very easy to work with, and I loved how it’s a dark green that didn’t look black.
Have you purchased any shades from the Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors Collection? Are you a flakie fan? What’s your favourite jelly polish?