I am always a bit concerned when ordering online. It's not the process that worries me but more the fact that packages tend to go walkies in Dubai and either never turn up or turn up very late - *cough cough* ASOS.
So I was a bit nervous about this beauty haul. It was my first order with Cult Beauty, a site I had seen other bloggers talk about, and I did go a bit mad so thank God, it arrived on time and in tact.
In my parcel was some Aesop skincare (love...and it's so nice to be using a face oil again), Ellis Faas eye pen (incredible) and a weird perfume (also love) but the star of the show has to be the STRANGEBEAUTIFUL "library of colour".
I like every single colour - even the slightly murky/bogey green one.
I applied a colour on each nail 4 days ago. I didn't bother with base coat (not intentional - I actually forgot) but I did apply an Essie topcoat. As of right now there are a couple of tiny chips but the staying power is impressive.
What I also noticed, when applying, was the pigmentation. Almost all of them were opaque in one coat. This was a bit of a relief as I know we have all struggled with bitchy sheer colours that refuse to play nice. I have since read that STRANGEBEAUTIFUL have higher pigment levels than most brands (40-60% more) which would explain the perfect, un-Essie like rich finish. What you see in the bottle is what you get on your nails.
The only things I don't like are the fact that the colours themselves do not have a name. This makes me sad as I am a huge fan of cutesy/stupid polish names.
The biggest downer though is the brush. I am not a great nail polish applier and because my nails are short at the moment (welcome to Gelish rehab) I did find it difficult to work with a long brush. I prefer something shorter and fatter but that may be a personal thing.
Would I recommend it? Yes. It's a great gift for nail polish addicts. It's not "cheap" but this is how I justified it in my head: Each bottle has the same quantity (thereabouts) as Essie + And you get 10 of them + Which makes it about £6 a bottle + And that doesn't sound too bad = girly maths
You can get it here - Link!