Cult Nails Deceptive Collection Swatches & Review

Cult Nails has a new(ish) limited edition collection out called Deceptive. Deceptive features five new color-shifting top coats.

These top coats are all kind of awesome because you can get so many different looks from just one bottle, depending on the base color. For simple purposes, I showed them all over Cult Nails Nevermore, which is an excellent jet black creme (not included in the set of five).

For all of these swatches I used just two coats of Nevermore and one coat of the top coat.

Cult Nails Doppleganger

Doppelganger is a multi-colored shimmer featuring mainly green, pink, blue and purple shimmer. Over a black you see a lot of green.

Cult Nails Alter Ego
Alter Ego

Alter Ego is an old gold/green top coat. Over a black it looks like a gorgeous olive green shade.

Cult Nails Two Timer
Two Timer

Two Timer creates a vivid emerald green shimmer.

Cult Nails Deception

Deception creates a really pretty purple and pink look.

Cult Nails Charlatan

Charlatan creates an AMAZING uber-shimmery purple/blue/pink look. This is my favorite one because it’s so sparkly.

Overall: Love these! I think top coats like this are really great because you can use them in more than just one way. The layering possibilities are endless, so you get more bang for your buck than just another regular shimmery shade. My favorites are Charlatan, Doppleganger and Alter Ego.

Availability: Cult Nails.

Pricing: $10.00 for 0.5 oz.

Have you tried any of these top coats yet? Which are your favorite ones?


Note: Cult Nails is cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration. For more information please visit my legal page.


  • October 24, 2012

    These look beautiful.

  • October 24, 2012

    Alter Ego is my favorite, although all are pretty!
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  • October 24, 2012

    OMG how can anyone pick a favorite! They are all so gorgeous!

  • October 24, 2012

    I missed the pre-order on this and then also missed the discount earlier this mo…darn it…life is busy. but I keep seeing these and need them. I am really drawn to these kind of toppers.

  • October 24, 2012

    Oh I just love Cult nails! I would buy them all if I could. Beautiful!

  • October 24, 2012

    I quite like Alter Ego. Cult Nails aren’t easy to get here though :(

  • October 24, 2012

    I want them all! Would be fun to stack on one another lol.

  • October 24, 2012

    This is so funny! I was just writing a post about layering and how I have many “layering” polishes I do not use… and you come with these!!
    I’m starting to love some layering myself! My favourite of the bunch is Charlatan! Look at that!

  • October 24, 2012

    When I saw the first picture I wasn’t impressed, and I was confused because Cult Nails usually have interesting colors. And then I was completely blown away!!! I especially enjoy Alter Ego and Two Timer, but really I like all of them!

  • October 24, 2012

    I love sheer overlay polishes for revitalizing a manicure. I don’t own any Cult Nails yet either. . .
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  • October 24, 2012

    These are so cool! You could get basically a million looks out of these.

  • October 24, 2012

    I love these – might be time to place my first Cult Nails order :) I think Alter Ego is my favorite.
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  • October 24, 2012

    Gorgeous! Kudos to you for keeping your cuticles clean while painting them black that many times!!

  • October 25, 2012

    I am too lazy to work with layers. Some look impressive but I’ll pass.

  • October 25, 2012

    I love these topcoats…I have Alter Ego, Charlatan, and Doppelganger. I put Charlatan over a greige and it looked amazing as well….

  • October 25, 2012

    These are cool! I wonder what they look like with a different color base!
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