A few weeks ago, Maria from Cult Nails had a sale. When I get these email notifications, I instantly log into her blog to see what goodies she has in store for all of us. My Cult collection is pretty vast, but I’m always looking to add new or older seasonal polishes that I missed, especially at $5 each. No one can resist that! I picked up three polishes for $20 total (normally $30). Maria had some Iconic “Take 2″ that had differing/more shimmer than the first go around. Curiosity got the best of me and I added it to my list and I hope to do a comparison soon. The second polish is a new release, Nevermore, a basic black creme that was supposed to be released with a few topcoats that are stuck in supplier limbo. I look forward to playing with my own topcoats with this one and I love the Poe reference.
Finally, I really don’t know how I missed this one, but I did. Maria is bringing this beauty back for Fall 2012, but we get a sneak release now of Feel Me Up. Ok, I didn’t just get perverted, trust me I’ve been this way for awhile. But, this polish has a very funny story behind it. Everyone has that one song that the lyrics get misheard, you start to sing it out loud and then everyone laughs at you. Sound familiar? Yes, The Foundations, “Build Me Up, Buttercup” is one of those songs. Apparently, Maria and I sing it the same, “Fill Me Up”, but her husband insisted that the song was called “Feel Me Up”. I couldn’t stop laughing when I read that.
Now, for Feel Me Up!
Feel Me Up is a crazy yellow jelly creme. As most of you know, yellow polishes are the hardest to achieve. The are notoriously streaky, hard to layer and have a tendency to leave bald spots. Common mistakes that creators make is having the formula be either too thin, which makes a build up of color impossible without four to five layers, or too thick, which makes application just a sloppy mess. Feel Me Up is neither of these. It is on the thicker side, but layers well with two to three coats.
The color is obviously reminiscent of the Buttercup flower, but it also lies somewhere between mustard and an egg yolk wash for all you foodies who need a non-plant family reference. Based on the hue of the Buttercup flowers in my garden, the polish is deeper and bolder.
I used Nails, Inc Kensington Caviar basecoat. For most of the nails, I used two layers. The first layer went on with a medium consistency and I followed it up with a slightly thicker second coat. I was having a problematic pointer and a persnickety pinky. Due entirely to my application, I had a bald spot on my pointer finger that kept driving me crazy. Unfortunately, after I already applied Seche Vite, I attempted a third layer and was rewarded a few hours later with a dimple. Seche Vite does not like to be sandwiched! The pinky was just being weird and I occasionally have a nail that I have to clean and reapply a few times before I get it right. Since the others had two layers, I gave it three to see if it made a big difference in saturation. Honestly, it didn’t, so you can get by with two layers easily, though you can notice the slightly thicker consistency in the picture below.
Normally, I have to avoid wearing yellow because my skin has rosy and pale tones and yellows make me look jaundiced. Feel Me Up didn’t have that effect at all. It is also bright enough to wear alongside the popular neon polishes of the season without giving you eyeburn. If you missed this during the sale, remember to pick it up in the Fall!