Blackbox by Cult Cosmetics – Review


Until very recently, I wasn’t aware that there was another company around doing subscription boxes for nail polish. I read an article on Refinery29 about Cult Cosmetics’s Blackbox and was stunned that I had no clue about this brand. Of course, I did a little research and decided to get a box for myself! Hey, I got 50% off my first box so I thought why not?

When doing some research on these polishes, what that really made me want to try out these polishes was the fact that you could use 1 coat. Using 1 coat would cut down mani time and leave less room for error like air bubbles, smudging, yadda yadda.

So, you could imagine how excited I was to receive my introductory box! I received the Debut Collection by Cult box featuring two nail lacquers, a graffiti nail art effect, and botanical base coat with aloe vera. I received a nude shade called Joshua Tree and a navy shade called Point Dume. The card says these polishes are 5-free and boasts a “one and done” photo showing that the lacquer can go on in one coat.

The first thing I did was try on the nude polish, after using the included base coat. The consistency of this polish is VERY different than your run-of-the-mill polish. It’s very thick. I mean it. It’s almost goopy and might even resemble that old nail polish you kept from the 4th grade. It’s a little difficult to maneuver the brush only because the polish is so thick. It also dries fairly quickly but I got air bubbles though I used one coat (?).

I’m gonna try the navy blue very soon and see if I get different results. I’m hoping that it was just the color or that particular polish that gave me bubbles and that I can expect better results elsewhere.

What else did I notice? The bottle says to add two coats. So 1 barely gets the job done but with 2, you will be solid. If you’re buying the polish just to avoid two coats, save your dough! If you like the colors and the consistency, then it’s a good buy.

All in all, I’m still not 100% sold on the Blackbox, but I’ll stay subscribed for a couple of months to see if it gets better.

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