The search is over. I found my holy grail red, and she is gorgeous. Meet Cult Nails Evil Queen.
I’ve had trouble finding the right shade of red in the past because they always tend to pull more orange against my skin tone. As a result, the color ends up looking more tomato-ey than I’d like. Cult Nails Evil Queen is a blue-based red with a heavy pink base, a combination that solved my problem. On top of the lovely color, the formula on this beauty is FLAWLESS. Evil Queen was honestly a pleasure to apply, and the color reached lovely, glossy opacity with just two coats. I still had a little bit of visible nail line (VNL) at two coats, but I think this is more because the color has a somewhat jelly-like quality to it. If VNL is a pet peeve of yours, you might want to try three coats.
UGH so gorgeous. The color is a rich shade candy apple red, which makes the name especially appropriate. If I were Snow White, I would totally fall for an apple that looked this tempting!
I only have one criticism of this polish: it does not play well with Seche Vite. When I first swatched this, I used Seche, and the color had already chipped by the end of the day. I wasn’t ready to give up on my new-found holy grail red, though, so I gave it another try. The second time, I used Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat instead of Seche Vite, and I’m going on two days now with no chips! So, if you are a sworn Seche lover, you might want to give Wicked Fast a try with your Cult Nails polishes. This lovely shade of red is worth it (not to mention the fact that Wicked Fast is an excellent quick dry top coat)!
Evil Queen also matches my kate spade pencil case beautifully.
What do you think of Evil Queen? Have you found your holy grail red nail polish? Let me know your favorite red in the comments!
Cult Nails polishes can be purchased on www.cultnails.com for $12/bottle. They also happen to be hosting a flash sale this weekend (ends Monday, April 29) – you can buy 2, get 1 free (Code: BUY2GET1), buy 4, get 2 free (Code: BUY4GET2), or buy 6, get 3 free (Code: BUY6GET3). If you’ve never tried Cult Nails before, this would be a great chance to try a variety of colors.