Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Captivated &Tiger's Blood

I guess they're not exactly pink, but coral's close enough... right?  Cult Nails Captivated and Icing Tiger's Blood.  Can you tell them apart?

I hope not, because they're the same!

Tiger's Blood, 4 coats: On my index and ring.  Captivated, 4 coats: On my middle and pinky.  I'm sure you heard these are dupes.  As you can see, they are hard to tell apart.  There are a few minor differences, however.

As shown above, they're both corals but TB has a redder/pinker base while Captivated leans more towards orange.  Another difference is that Captivated has more gold/orange glitter flakes.  You can also see that from the bottle pic.  TB on the other hand has more multicolored iridescent glitters that shimmer blue, purple, and green.  These are also in Captivated, but they take a backseat to the gold and orange glitters.  These minor differences are only visible indoors and only if you're looking for differences.  I do think Captivated looks more alive indoors because it has more gold glitter.

Outside there is no difference.  I stared long and hard into the blinding glitters, but I couldn't find tell them apart.  Even the base color looked the same.  My pictures really don't do these polishes any justice.  They were so sparkly and amazing that my camera had a hard time focusing on them.  I highly recommend owning one of these.

In terms of formula, it was gloopy but good.  I had no problems with it.  Both TB and Captivated are sheer.  They don't really reach full opacity, but 3-4 coats should be fine.  The glitters are thin and remind me of flakes because they lay flat and close to the nail.  The finish is minimally bumpy.  I took these without top coat, because I was afraid Seche Vite might shrink it.  When I came in I used 1 coat and it didn't shrink.  Yay!  I think 2 coats of Seche Vite should smoothen it out.

I just looked at the Cult Nails site and Captivated is sold out.  I'm not sure if Maria will be restocking.  If you missed out on Captivated, Tiger's Blood is still being sold at Icing for $5 and it's 18ml.  I think that's a pretty good deal considering Captivated was $10 for 15ml without shipping costs.  In terms of which I prefer's hard to say, but I like Captivated a bit more.  It gets points for its pretty glow indoors.  Captivated also just feels more special to me, so I'm glad I also have Tiger's Blood.  I know Captivated is 15ml but it looks so tiny! 

I'm not done yet!  So while typing up this post, I took a break to take Max out.  I was holding the leash loosely in my right hand, and he literally shot out when I opened the door.  I don't know what he saw because he was barking at something.  As a result the leash broke my nails, but I'm glad I didn't lose the leash.  I'd rather get my nails ripped then have Max run out into the street.  It's also my right hand, so no biggie.  I shall just sport mismatched hands...  Not too bad, but I cut them down to nubs.


On an unrelated note, 2NE1 came out with a new song today.  I like it much better than the other one.  I've been listening to it on repeat all day, so I thought I'd share.  The MV for this one is animated, so I can't wait to see them perform on stage.


  1. Thanks for the comparison post girlfren. i didn't get Captivated in time, I kind of went bck & forth on it because I mostly wear blues, greens & purples- but how can I say no to that gorgeousness at $5!

  2. You have beautiful hands and nails, long or short!

  3. Captivated will NOT be restocked. I stalk her on Twitter :) Sad, I didn't get it in time and I don't have an Icing near me :(

  4. I just bought the Icing one today! I am so excited to wear it:) That 2NE1 song is good too:)nicer then I am The Best.

  5. I can not tell the two polishes apart.... That is crazy... Sorry you broke your nail. That bites!

  6. Nice ones!!! I love the colour, the glitter, everything!
    Sorry about your broken nails, but I guess it was for a good cause ;) Lucky it's not your left hand!

    I've watched the video. I was scotched in front of my screen watching the animated movie :D LOL.. I don't know this band. In what language are they singing ?

  7. mmm the glitter is great!
    coral can be pink ish :) and boo for your broken nails
    mine got nubbed this week too.. but when one goes.. all the others go lol
    great blog btw! new follower :)

  8. Hm...I can't make any promises, but if I'm near an Icing I'll try to see if they have them. If they do I'll buy them and put them up for sale. ^^

  9. I'm glad you liked this post. :)

  10. I agree. And I'm sure you will love the polish! :)

  11. Thank you! And thanks for following. :)

  12. They're a South Korean band, so they're singing in Korean. ^^

  13. Pretty sure I would die of excitement! Let me know! I'll be ready if you do find them :)

  14. Those polishes are just too pretty!

    *I'm really starting to like 2NE1. Thanks for introducing me to their music!*

  15. Wa~ they are both pretty! I can't tell them apart!
    sorry for your nails!!

    Haha!! I'm listening to 2NE1's lonely!

  16. You had to sacrifice a couple of nails to keep your bebe safe!
    Thanks for the comparison post. They are my favorite.


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