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My Review of the Cult Blackbox Nail Art Kit

Cult November BlackboxThis is not a sponsored post, and there are no affiliate links here. I saw the Cult Blackbox Nail Art Kit on Facebook, and decided I wanted to check it out. They probably don’t even know I exist.

Here’s the deal:

  • Cult Cosmetics offers a monthly nail art kit called Black Box. It’s $24.98, but you can get your first month for $14.98. ($19.99 plus $4.99 Shipping and Handling.)
  • All their formulas are “5 Free” and that is a good thing, because it’s supposed to be better for you, the environment, etc.
  • You get three full-size nail polishes and a nail art tool of some kind nail art tool in every box.

But, is this nail art kit worth 25 dollars a month?

Well, let’s take a look at exactly what you get…

Cult Cosmetics Black Box

When you open the box, (Cookie helped me open mine. He wanted to eat that crinkled paper SO BAD) it’s super cute. You get a shiny full covered card with nail art tips on the back, everything is REALLY well packaged so it doesn’t break in transit, and I was initially impressed.

Cult Cosmetics November Blackbox

 

In November’s Cult Cosmetics Blackbox, you get full sized of Cult Brand Nail Polish in Runyon, Mulholland, and Rose Bowl, and a black Color Club nail art bottle with a striper brush. The colors were fantastic, and I am impressed so far with the wear. Three days in, and I don’t have any chipping. That’s pretty good for me considering I usually have chipping within the first hour or so!

BUT– The nail art tutorial that came with the kit leaves a lot to be desired.

Cult Blackbox Nail Art tutorial

 

Basically, it’s like– here, draw these things on your hand and you have nail art. It reminds me a lot of this:

How To Draw An Owl

 

Would I buy this kit again? Yes, I am going to try it for one more month and hope their nail art tutorials improve, but for $25, it’s a little overpriced right now. This kit would be a steal at $20. (Which really means they should just give you free shipping.)

It’s not a terrible kit, but hopefully it will get better! And, I did try the nail art tutorial, even if it was kind of blah.

Cult November Blackbox

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Kara

Tuesday 14th of January 2014

Thank you for the honest review of the Cult Blackbox. I just cancelled my Birchbox sub, as I never really got anything I liked and wanted to switch to something I love - nail polish! Because of your review, I went with the Mint Julep monthly sub. So, thank you!!

Paige

Saturday 30th of November 2013

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions regarding the November Blackbox by Cult Cosmetics! I have not received mine yet because it ships out on the 28th of every month. I am so excited to get these colors because they are absolutely beautiful with a great polish formula. I just had one thing to add to your review. Just because you do not have a sturdy hand in order to achieve the look from their tutorials, does not mean that the box or the product is bad. The three nail polishes cost $12 a piece on their own no including the nail striper. The value of the box is so much greater than the price paid. I used to be pretty awful at nail art, but I keep practicing and practicing to become better. I recommend taking more time and watching video tutorials in order to improve the sturdiness of your hand!

Jamie

Saturday 30th of November 2013

@Paige, I should point out that I actually do nail art tutorials myself. I get paid to do them for big name blogs, and I don't have a problem with a sturdy hand. My problem isn't with my lack of skill...but with the lack of an actual tutorial in the nail art kit. It would be easy to add one in along with the nail art product they feature each month. 25 bucks for three nail polishes and a striper isn't all that great of a deal. Sure these polishes cost that much--but honestly, I could get comparable polishes for less from Ulta or Sephora.

This kit is okay, but I think they have a little way to go until they are great. Offering free shipping on their kits would be a nice start.

Also, why doesn't your kit ship out until the 28th? I have had mine for about a week.