Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Swatches & Review (Layered Over Illamasqua Stance)

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Swatches & ReviewThe minute I heard about Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed, I knew that it had to be mine.

That badass name, the fact that it was green with flakies, and learning that it was a layering polish were all signs that pointed to a Mary Must Buy! 😉

My first instinct was to layer Toxic Seaweed over a green, but since I was already wearing a fuchsia violet, Illamasqua Stance, I became curious to discover how it would transform an already-beautiful polish.

To my wild delight, the berry shade took on a blue tone, which allowed the green sparkles and red flakies to punctuate the manicure brilliantly. I think it even has a little bit of a galaxy-nails personality.

What do you think?

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Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Swatch & Review

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Glitter-flakie polish

Key Notes

  • Name: Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed
  • Collection: Cult Nails Let’s Get Nekkid! Collection
  • Colours Available in the Cult Nails Let’s Get Nekkid! Collection: Toxic Seaweed, Baker, Mazo, Tulum & Swanbourne
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $10 USD
  • Where to Buy: Cult Nails website
  • Limited Edition? Yes!

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Review

Colour

Toxic Seaweed by Cult Nails is a very unique glitter-flakie nail polish in a green-tinted base. It looks like the glitter pieces are mainly green. And there are distinct flakies scattered throughout that look red, orange, and gold.

I have absolutely nothing similar to Toxic Seaweed, and I can’t think of any dupes currently on the market, which makes this nail polish extra special.

Finish

Toxic Seaweed has a glitter-flakie finish as mentioned. It dries with a noticeable texture, but it isn’t extremely rough and scratchy. However, if you want your nails to feel and look glossy, you’ll require a good top coat to smooth everything out.

Application & Formula

The polish was on the thicker side, which is why I only needed a single coat when layering over another polish. It wasn’t challenging to apply it smoothly, but it also didn’t flow onto the nails like a buttery polish. (That’s pretty typical of polishes with this finish, though.)

Layering

I’ll definitely be using Toxic Seaweed as a layering polish rather than sporting it alone. For one, when you use it just for layering, you typically just need to use a single coat. What does that mean? It’s also easier to remove later than if you have multiple layers of glitter.

Also, after my experiment with layering Toxic Seaweed over a non-green, I’m curious to see how it fares over other colours.

However, I realize that a lot of you may want to wear it solo. So, I took the liberty of swatching it on a nail wheel to show you exactly what you can expect in terms of opacity.

As you’ll see, with 3 coats, there’s a decent amount of coverage.

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Layering Experiment Swatches & Review

Natural Light (Left-Right): 1 coat, 2 coats & 3 coats

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Layering Experiment Swatches & Review

Flash (Left-Right): 1 coat, 2 coats & 3 coats

Limited-Edition Shade

According to the Cult Nails website, Toxic Seaweed is a limited-edition shade. (Interesting tidbit: It was made with the same flakies as the now-sold-out Cult Nails Unicorn Puke aka Cult Nails Clairvoyant).

How long will it be around? Until it sells out! So if you’re interested in this colour, it’s a good idea to buy it now before you regret it.

Pros

  • Unique glitter-flakie combination in a tinted-green base
  • Can be used solo or for layering
Cons

  • Limited-edition shade
  • Has a noticeable texture that requires a top coat to smooth out

Final Verdict: 10/10

I really love Toxic Seaweed because when I used it for layering, it gave me a taste of galaxy nails (a look that I’ve been thinking of trying for quite some time). 🙂

Also, considering that I have so many polishes and can’t even think of something I have that’s remotely similar, I’m very impressed with how unique this baby is! (Bravo to the owner, Maria, for dreaming up and producing a novel nail polish.) 😀

What do you think of Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed? Have you tried the galaxy-nail look yet? Are there polishes you turn to over and over again for layered manicures?

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22 thoughts on “Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Swatches & Review (Layered Over Illamasqua Stance)

  1. beachgal

    I love Toxic Seaweed! Another Cult nail hitsville with this one! Seeing it on the nail wheel and not as a topper over another shade, TS has a tish bit of the look of CG Atlantis – one of their discontinued specialty glitters.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Cult Nails really is on a roll. Love how creative Maria is! 😀 And you’re right – it does has a tint similar to Atlantis (another pretty shade).

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  2. karen

    Just when you think Cult polishes can’t possibly get any better…

    (runs out to the Cult Nails site to do a little retail therapy before clocking in for work)

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  3. Frosso

    I love my Toxic Seaweed too! I missed out on Unicorn Puke/Clairvoyant so I was determined to get my paws on this. I havent tried layering it over any other polishes other than Cult Nails Let Me Fly. But I think with the flakies it makes it a lil chameleon like and can kinda work over a lot of colors.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Frosso!

      Oh, that’s too bad that you missed out on Unicorn Puke – it’s so pretty. But, yes, at least you have Toxic Seaweed! 🙂 You know, I bought an extra bottle of Toxic Seaweed and of Unicorn Puke. I was thinking about using them for an upcoming giveaway. Still not sure when that’ll happen, but it’s an idea…

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jacqui!

      Layering is sometimes like potato chips – once you start, it’s hard to stop! 🙂 There are so many endless possibilities, and you really get more manicure mileage out of each colour.

      I highly recommend Toxic Seaweed – it’s especially great if it’s your first Cult Nails polish.

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  4. Jessica

    Ooooh! I like how you layered it over a fuschia–that’s definitely an unexpected combo. It turned out really well! What other colors are you thinking of layering this over? Oh, and I love the name “Toxic Seaweed”. Makes me think of glowing radioactive algae or something, but this polish is pretty and sparkly like a mermaid’s tail :).

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      I really enjoy playing around with unexpected colour combinations. 🙂 It’s always a big surprise!

      I’m curious to layer Toxic Seaweed over a bright orange or a yellow because I haven’t seen anyone do that before.

      Oohh, if you came out with a polish called “Glowing Radioactive Algae”, I’d buy it just for the name – coooool!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      I only used a single coat of Toxic Seaweed, so it wasn’t too difficult to remove. It wasn’t a total breeze, but it came off without having to rub my fingers raw. If you’re going to use 3 coats of Toxic Seaweed, I think it probably will be harder to remove because of the glitter and flakie combination.

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  5. Carmela

    Love this combo, Mary!! It looks awesome! (So says the die-hard blue fan) 😀 I never would have thought to wear it like this. Instead, I tried wearing it over a pale blue foil (Color Club Lumin-icecent, to be exact) and it looked all the more seaworthy, to me at least. I guess I was going for something akin to DL Mermaid’s Dream as I know the only way I’ll own that polish is if it goes on sale (too expensive for my budget!). 😛

    I like to rotate my layering polishes. But lately, I’ve been really enjoying the look of SH Glass Slipper on accent nails (love it over dusty/muted pastels!). It’s a silver flakie and it adds just a bit more edge to an otherwise simple mani. 🙂
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Deborah Lippmann’s Mermad’s Dream is also on my list, but…the wallet gave me a stern talking-to. One day…maybe!

      Dusty and musted pastels are so spring-like – really feeling them more so than ever before. Must had something to do with how we went from winter to summer so quickly.

      On an unrelated note, I’m loving your Hunger Games manicures, Carmela! 😀 Thanks for being one of the many to recommend that I read the books. After enjoying the first one, I now know that I must watch the movie (probably tonight, actually) and buy the other 2 books in the series.

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      1. Carmela

        Yes, one day… Hopefully sooner than later! *fingers crossed* 😀

        Definitely! I can’t even look at my vampies anymore. :S Just not in the mood for them.

        Aww, thanks so much! They take sooo much more work than the usual post since it’s a review of 3 colors plus how they relate to the books. I might have bitten off more than I can chew but I’m halfway done so it’s all good. And it always makes it all worth it when people like you tell me how much they’ve enjoyed them. I hope I haven’t spoiled you for the other two books and that you get them soon! And lucky that you’re seeing it tonight! Now, I’m really jealous! 😛 I might have to wait till Sunday but that’s okay. 😀 Hope you have a blast, Mary!!
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        1. Mary Post author

          Oh boy…I read the sentence about your vampies wrong! Hahahaha, I first read it as “I can’t even look at my VAMPIRES anymore. :S Just not in the mood for them.” 😛

          You can definitely tell how much hard work you put into those posts especially because it takes a lot of thought and care to tie everything together so neatly. 🙂

          No, you didn’t spoil anything. Thankfully, in the post you said that had spoilers (good thing for the warning or I would’ve read all the text as usual).

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  6. Marta

    I love how this manicure came to be… how by fluke/convenience you added the two shades and created pure genious… isn’t that how most lovely things come to be? 😀
    I adore this combo! I really do.
    I hope to get my shipment in soon so that I can play with some Toxic stuff 😉
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      When you mentioned “pure genius”, you made me think of that Food Network show, “Sweet Genius”. Have you seen it? The judge is so cold and snarky. I’ve seen a few episodes and thought, “If I were on that show, I’d be shaking like a leaf falling off a branch.” That guy is so intimidating with his comments and also just the way he presents himself.

      Okay, so that was a little off-track. 🙂

      I can’t wait to see all the creative manicures you can come up with using Toxic Seaweed!

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        1. Mary Post author

          No, I never saw that episode, but wish I had. Do you watch Iron Chef, too? Have you seen the episode where Chef Morimoto makes a smoker out of ice? That was really neat – something I’ve never seen before. Then, in a later episode, Chef Flay copied his idea.

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