The 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?
Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Pictures
Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Ingredients
Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Stance
- 1 coat of Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Glitter-flakie polish
- 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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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?