BlackBox by Cult ~ July 2013

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For the longest time, I was getting acrylic tips done at the nail salon and so I could not properly enjoy doing my nails myself… until now! I got in touch with the creators of Black Box by Cult Cosmetics, who sent me a July box for reviewing purposes. I was really excited to work with this company as I heard through the grapevine that they use high-quality brands and add their own unique touches.

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Right on top of the products was their personalized Welcome Card inviting me to the program and providing some inspiration tips/sample designs to try out with the new tools that are included in the box. It shows that 3 summery polishes are included (no 2-year old, winter throw-backs), along with a professional dotting tool and DIY tutorials. I was intrigued..  hmm a dotting tool!?

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Here’s a better close-up with the contact info for Cult Cosmetics BlackBox, along with some of the designs they encourage you to try. I like that they don’t just give you the items and say “okay, enjoy!” but actually include some tips and tricks to use the tools and colors adequately.

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First Look: I like that they really care about the quality of their items, especially when it comes to shipping. The polishes are all bubble-wrapped together, and the tool is in it’s own little paper bag, just in case of spills or damages.  Now, onto the items!

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This is the set of professional dotting tools which is actually really cool! There are 5 different tools, each double-sided with a different size or shape ball, so that you can do tiny polka dots, thin lines or big, bold dots and stripes.

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Next up is a special Blue “Shatter” color made by OPI. This crackle nail lacquer is supposed to be used on top of a base coat, and it naturally creates this cracked, “smashed pavement’ style design on top of your nails. I would recommend sticking with either neutrals like white or black, or similar shades like a lighter or darker blue. I mean, you can go crazy and do green with blue crackle, but I’m just going off of what I would personally use. While I do like unique polishes like Shatter and Fuzzy ones, I wish this one was a bit more summery (like a pastel or light color) and could work with the dotting tool.

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I’ve included two pictures (above and below) to try to show you the other two polishes included. Unfortunately, the glare and lighting makes them look a bit more ‘neon’ and ‘bold’ than they really are. They really are two light, beautiful summery pastel shades! These two colors are made by Essie and 1 is from the most recent 2013 Summer Collection. When I first looked at them, my thought was: WATERMELON! The bright coral-pink color is called “Sunday Funday” and the light green I believe is called “Mojito Madness”.

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I think they look a bit lighter when I’m holding them, but you can try to judge. I will be painting my nails with them to test them out shortly, along with the dotting tool, so you’ll be able to see a more realistic version soon.

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Here’s the whole pack, so you can see all the items included! What made me laugh was how it’s such a big box for the 3 polishes and tool, whereas I’ve seen some companies stuff products to the brim of a tiny box. I’m really happy that I got to recieve this BlackBox by Cult Cosmetics, especially since there were not 1, but 2 Essie Polishes, my favorites! I can’t wait to try my dotting tool as well and show you guys how it looks!

After checking out some other reviewers boxes I was a little jealous that I didn’t get another summery Essie color, as the Shatter doesn’t really work with the dotting tool, but I’m sure I will use it eventually.

Now, you can get 50% off your first box by signing up for their e-newsletter here and pay $10 + Shipping instead of $20 + Shipping (aka get your first box for $15 instead of $25). They guarantee that you’ll get 3, in-season polishes along with a beauty tool and some guides to ‘stay current’ and try out new trends. No trials, no out-of-season overstock, samples, AND their polishes never contain DBP, Formaldehyde, or Toluene. Sounds like a good idea to me!

xo, Kenzie

*I recieved this complimentary box for reviewing purposes*

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