Nfu Oh 125 and Cult Nails Always Winning
Today, I have for you Nfu Oh 125 and Cult Nails Always Winning.
Nfu Oh is a brand started by a South Korean Nail Artist and the products are made in France. It is well-known for its gorgeous holos and flakies. However, it has a large range of colours in more “regular” finishes of cremes and shimmers. It also has a large range of jellies, which can be used for nail art and as full polish. When I visited the retail space of the local distributor some weeks ago, they were having a clearance sale and the “regular” finishes were going at S$10 each. That’s cheaper than OPI, so I took the chance to get a few bottles, including Nfu 125, a olive green shimmer.
Cult Nails is a new line of nail products started by American blogger, Maria Morrison. If you follow Maria on her blog or other social sites, you will know that she puts a lot of effort into creating unique colours. She and her husband, John, make it a point to provide personal service despite the increasing number of orders they have been getting. Cult Nails has only launched nine colours so far but four more are due out by early Sep as the Fall 2011 Collection. The Winter Collection is also in the works. The colour I have used as an accent nail in these photos is Always Winning, from the Day at the Races Collection. Always Winning is a sheer olive green polish with multi-colour glitter.
Here is the result:
I used Nubar Base Coat, two coats of Nfu 125 on all fingers, two layers of Always Winning on the ring finger, followed by Nubar Diamont.
You may notice some tip-pull on the ring finger. I seem to encounter this a lot when I use a quick drying top coat with Cult Nails polishes. I had the same issue when I used Poshe Quick Drying Top Coat. However, Maria says that she’s had no trouble with Poshe. I’m not sure if it is my application method, but I’ve had no such issue with most other brands, except for Zoya (In any case, it is already well-documented by others that Zoya contains a chemical that doesn’t work well with other brands.). Still, it doesn’t diminish my love for Maria’s beautiful polishes
Nfu Oh 125 is an olive green shimmer that leans towards yellow. It is on the thin side but pigmented enough to provide enough coverage with two coats. The application is very smooth.
One of the attractions of Nfu Oh is its oh-so-pretty bottle. It is designed like a ballgown with a corset top. The attention to details in the design is simply amazing! It should make it a little easier to pay the rather hefty price for its holos and flakies (about S$40 each!). Take a closer look at both the front and the back:
Next, a photo with the Always Winning bottle. It is a round bottle with round cap. Since Maria is an experienced nail polish blogger, you can be sure she has put a lot of thought into the selection of the brush, which applies evenly.
As mentioned, Cult Nails Always Winning is sheer and meant as a layering polish. It is full of small glitter in various colours, including blue and orange, but gold seems to be more predominant. You can see how, even though it is sheer, it retains its own personality and leans more towards blue as compared to the yellow-leaning Nfu 125.
Cult Nails ships internationally. If your country isn’t currently on their list, you can drop them an email. I did that and it led to Singapore being added on to the list of countries they ship to
As for Nfu Oh, you can google for their Singapore distributor, which also runs a nail art school. Their workshop/retail space is near Novena MRT Station. Mei Mei’s Signatures, a local e-shop, also carries a selected range.