Black Undies is back! This is a recurring feature where I highlight top coat effect polishes over a base of Shellac Black Pool (Shellac’s basic black creme).  We started with Julep polishes that are still available, but I didn’t want to miss out on sharing some of Cult Nails’ gorgeous polishes even though they are no longer in production.

Cult Nails Alter Ego Swatch – Full Manicure


Cult Nails were my first ever topcoat effects. In addition to Alter Ego and the other polishes designed to add a colour shift, I also have the Wax That wax effect topcoat, and Mayhem, the first ever holographic topcoat I purchased. This is one coat over black without topcoat. Coverage is good with the single coat, but the effect can be slightly intensified with a second coat. No topcoat needed for a nice glossy finish.

Cult Nails Alter Ego Swatch – Macro


Alter Ego is a glossier, bluer leaning purple topcoat than Julep Tyra. It has multiple shimmer colours that are most easily seen in the macro above. You can pick out the glints of blue, light and medium purple, and even some faint golden speckles. I find that this colour variation leads to nice depth compared to some other topcoat effects. Some topcoat effects have issues with showing brush strokes (all that shimmer), but Alter Ego has no such issues.

Cult Nails is no longer producing polish, but since this polish was in production for quite a while, you may be able to find it on the after market at a decent price.

Product Summary:

  • CND Shellac – Black Pool
  • Cult Nails – Alter Ego

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