Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Swatches & Review (Layered Over Unicorn Pee & OPI’s OPI Ink)

Natural Light Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Swatches & ReviewMy immune system is quite strong, so I don’t get ill too often. However, as fate would have it, I’m feeling feverish right now as I work on this post. Must have caught something on the subway. There was a guy sneezing a whole lot.

Perhaps I was just really feeling this incredible polish, Cult Nails Unicorn Puke! Yeah, looks like the unicorn picked up a different bug than I did. Poor unicorn!

Unicorn Puke is a multi-coloured flakie polish that’s so gorgeous, it’s making my palms sweat just looking at the bottle. (And it’s probably magnified even more because I’m not feeling well. But enough about this sicko!)

Here, I’ve layered Unicorn Puke over Unicorn Pee (aka Clarins 230 – I thought this was appropriate to combine these body fluids) and OPI’s OPI Ink. (Whenever I type that name, I feel like there’s an echo in the room.)

If you missed out on pre-ordering Unicorn Puke (only 275 limited-edition bottles of it were made), don’t worry! It’s coming out in the Cult Nails Super Powers Collection (their winter collection), except it’ll be called Clairvoyant and the packaging won’t have the gold lettering.

In person, the polish looks even better, and it totally stands apart from the few other flakies I own.

I was already over the moon (and into the stars) about Unicorn Puke, so you can imagine my delight when Marta from ChitChat Nails asked me if I wanted to do a twin post with her on this gorgeous polish. Of course I said yes! Check out her post on Unicorn Puke here!

I’ve been admiring her nails for quite a while because somehow every colour she wears looks so classy. She’s incredible with nail stamping and photography! But beyond her nails, I’ve found her to be a really sweet and good-natured person with a funny bone. She’s become a good friend to me, and I’m so thankful to know her. Please be sure to also check out her Unicorn Puke post!

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Limited Edition Cult Nails Unicorn Puke 275 Bottles Made

I bought 2 bottles of this, but I used #41 of 275 first! 🙂

Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Swatches

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Please excuse the tips. I was way too eager to slap on a top coat, and unfortunately Seche shrunk the polish. (Patience is a virtue.)

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(I also have a couple of swatches of each individual polish I used for this layering experiment. Scroll down if you’re interested!)


√ Purple jelly with rainbow flakies

Key Notes

  • Name: Cult Nails Unicorn Puke
  • Limited Edition? Yes!
  • Re-Released Name in the Winter 2011 Super Powers Collection: Clairvoyant
  • Colours Available in the Cult Nails Super Powers Collection: Clairvoyant, Time Traveler, Mind Control & Power Thief
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $10 USD
  • Where to Buy: Cult Nails website (Currently only the Super Powers Collection as a whole is available for pre-order. But once the collection is officially released, you’ll be able to buy Clairvoyant individually.)

Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Review


Unicorn Puke by Cult Nails is a very complex polish that’s extremely versatile.

It has a purple-jelly base, which makes it fantastic for layering. Suspended in the polish are large iridescent flakes in a smorgasbord of colours: green, red, orange, yellow, blue, and pink. I also noticed that there are some smaller flakes, but the majority are large.

As the light hits the flakes with different angles, the colour changes, which makes it really easy to get sidetracked just staring at your nails! 😀


This is a jelly polish, which means it’s sheer. If you don’t want to layer with it and you just want to use this polish, expect to use about 4-5 coats to achieve opacity. But this polish is so precious, I really recommend that you put a base colour underneath so that you’ll only require a single layer of Unicorn Puke.

Application & Formula

This is the first Cult Nails nail polish I’ve ever tried, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was very pleased that the formula wasn’t thick or goopey at all, despite there being so many flakies! It glided effortlessly onto my nails and was very easy to control. A single coat provided just the right coverage of flakies when I layered it over the other polishes I’ll talk about next.


I think the best way to wear Unicorn Puke is layered because you can choose which colours you want to play up, or you can go with black so the flakies stand out more.

I chose to use OPI’s OPI Ink, a shimmery purple-blue that indeed looks very much like ink from a ballpoint pen. Then, I layered over that with Clarins 230 (Unicorn Pee) to add that little extra multi-chromatic shimmer to the mix. Finally, I layered Cult Nails Unicorn Puke on top of it all so that it would be the most dominant. (That’s also why I didn’t put Clarins 230 over Unicorn Puke – I really wanted to let Unicorn Puke’s personality shine through.)

Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Clairvoyant OPI OPI Ink Clarins 230 Unicorn Pee

Left-Right: Cult Nails Unicorn Puke, OPI’s OPI Ink & Clarins 230

Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Unicorn Pee Clarins 230

Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Swatch Clarins 230 Swatch Unicorn Pee Swatch OPI OPI Ink Swatch

Left-Right: Cult Nails Unicorn Puke, Clarins 230 & OPI’s OPI Ink

Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Layering Experiment Unicorn Pee OPI Ink


Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Unicorn Pee Clarins 230 OPI Ink Swatch

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After wearing this once, I’m looking forward to trying it over other colours – I’m particularly curious about seeing what it looks like over a grayish purple like Sephora by OPI Metro Chic or Colour Alike Weekendowy Szal. And I wonder how it would fare over a khaki green like Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis DownOh, the possibilities!

If I manage to snap photos of it when I try it out over other colours, I’ll be sure to share them with you! 🙂


  • Sheer purple jelly polish is ideal for layering over other colours
  • Contains a rainbow of flakies
  • Smooth, easy-to-work-with formula
  • Awesome name (okay, so this is a superficial “Pro”)

  • If worn by itself, you’ll need to wear several coats to achieve opacity
  • Limited edition – Only 275 bottles of it were made (but you can get this exact colour – it’s re-named as Clairvoyant in the Cult Nails Super Powers Collection – Winter 2011)

Final Verdict: 10/10

This polish certainly has the Wow Factor! Not only is it loaded with incredible rainbow flakies, but it can easily transform polishes you currently own and take them to the next level. It’s completely unique in that I haven’t seen a flakie polish like it. (In case you’re wondering, Nfu Oh 51 is completely different. Check out that post for my swatches and review to see what I mean.)

And, if you’re interested and missed it, here’s a link to the Cult Nails haul post if you’re curious to see what else I got in my very first order.

What colour would you layer Unicorn Puke over? Are you going to check out Marta’s Unicorn Puke post? (Hint: The answer to that last question should be yes.)


34 thoughts on “Cult Nails Unicorn Puke Swatches & Review (Layered Over Unicorn Pee & OPI’s OPI Ink)

  1. Marta

    Oh dearest Mary. This layering is pure genius and truly plays up the beauty of Unicorn Puke. I never thought to layer it over Sephora OPI Meteo Chic (my fave Colour in the world) but now I will have to!

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re not feeling too good… And I must say that despite your “bug” you still made this colour shine like the gem it is.

    (I won’t even touch on what shade of pink I turned from your kind words about me) *blush*

    I CAN NOT wait for more CultNails posts from you!
    Marta recently posted: UNICORN PUKE

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      I’d love to see pictures of how you’ll wear this polish next! Your swatches are flawless! 😀

      Aww…thank you very much for the kind words – I was pretty unsure if I did the polish justice or not. Still feeling under the weather, but I’d better get well soon – there’s a lot going on this weekend that I need to be ‘all there’ for!

      Looking forward to trying out more Cult Nails nail polishes! And, who knows? Maybe we can team up for a twin post again. 😉

  2. maddy

    The layering was awesome and it was a great combo! Do youknow where to buy Cult nail polish in stores?

    Get well soon Mary!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      Thank you so much for the well wishes. This bug really got to me and has lasted a few days already. I’m ready for it to be gone! It has overstayed its welcome! Please tell it to pack its bags and head back home. Maybe it’ll listen to you.

      Glad you liked this combination – I feel like this polish would look amazing over many different colours. Can’t wait to try.

      As far as I know, you can only purchase Cult Nails online.

  3. Nicole

    This is so freaking perfect, Mary! I love your combo too. I used it over a bright blue but I was looking at it yesterday wondering what it might look like over Joe Fresh Moss, or another olive green! I was really thinking about all the colors it might look great over.
    Really looking forward to seeing your other Cult Nails swatches.
    Nicole recently posted: Focus On Purple: Sally Hansen Mystic Lilac

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      Ooohhh, I’m a huge fan of olive green, and I have Joe Fresh Moss, so I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m curious as well about how it would look. If you try it out, I’d love to see. Honestly, this polish is so versatile, I bet you could layer it over nearly anything and it would look spectacular!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amber!

      Yeah, people sure do love to share. But when it comes to a fever/cold/the flu, I don’t like sharing! 😛 Thanks for the well wishes.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey PinkGlitter!

      I wanted to try it solo, but I knew it would take a lot of coats and I wanted to conserve it. (Think Gollum saying, “My preciousssss!”) 😉

  4. Carmela

    Cult Nails’ Unicorn Puke made you feverish? Wow, it’s that awesome? (I can see it is!) Aww, hope you feel better soon! Especially since IMATS is tomorrow! Hope you have a blast and take tons of photos! 😀

    Amazing swatches! But boo Seche for shrinkage (yes, I blame SV). If I had that on my nails I doubt I’d do anything productive. @_@ I’d just stare at it aaaalllll day. XD I’m also curious, how does it look layered against warmer colors (say red or orange)? Does it play well with light colors too? Is it sacrilege to say it reminds me of Nubar Opulent Pearl except it doesn’t have the pearly sheen that detracts from the flakie colors, has microglitter (microflakies?) and has that purple base that makes the flakies look all the more vivid? (I’m desperately looking for a lemming killer in the meantime and the only flakies that might be close that I have are Nubar Opulent Pearl and 2010. T__T)
    Carmela recently posted: OPI Warm and Fozzie on a Special Day

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Thank you for the well wishes! Yes, I don’t want to miss IMATS because of feeling under the weather. How awful would that be? I’ve been looking forward to it for the longest time!

      Hehe, thanks for blaming Seche Vite. 😉 The fact that I put it on too soon has nothing to do with it. Hahaha! I’m innocent! *Makes cutesy eyes*

      I feel like such a snob when I wear colours like this because I look at my nails far too much – to see it in different lighting…and there are just so many colours to ooh and ahh over. It’s crazy, and a good kind of crazy at that!

      I think it would play well under light colours – I could see it being really pretty with a sky blue or a pastel purple…even a gray! I’d be curious to see how it looks over something like red or orange, too. I’ll need to experiment some more.

      Nubar Opulent Pearl is gorgeous from what I’ve seen online. I’ve never worn it before, though. You should and then blog about it! 😀 I’d drool over your pictures in a heartbeat.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey mellinail!

      Haha, I think that’s the reason why my old camera’s dying – I’ve made it work like the rent is due tomorrow. 😛

  5. Magda

    My gosh! Pure amazingness! Not usually inclined to wear something this bright, but I can honestly say I can’t wait to try this out….fantastic post!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Magda!

      When you get Unicorn Puke, yes, you have to drop everything else and slick on this polish. It’s a must-wear! And there are soooo many ways to wear it, so I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun with it.

  6. Joann

    I know others have said this but really, this is some awesome layering! Sounds silly but I’ve never thought to layer more than 2 polishes at a time to get a more awesome effect on the nails lol. I didn’t even know of this polish until now, so maybe I’ll pick up Clairvoyant 🙂
    Joann recently posted: Fashion Friday: Fall Ready

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Joann!

      Thank you! I don’t layer polishes as often as I should. You can really come up with some original creations and get more mileage from what you already own. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about Clairvoyant when you try it out. 😀 (I imagine there will be a lot of SQUEEEEing…haha!)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Maribeth!

      Thank you so much! Next time I’ll be more patient and wait longer before applying Seche Vite so I won’t get shrinkage. I need to try this over a grayish purple!

      1. Mary Post author

        Hey Nicole!

        Hehe, Clairvoyant’s a cool name, but I agree that Unicorn Puke is better!

        Clarins 230 is a long discontinued sheer multichromatic polish that’s used for layering over other colours. When you layer it over most colours, you can see fiery red sparkles, but also purple and tons of other colours depending on the angle. It makes one polish look like you’re wearing 3539095 different polishes depending on the light. It’s really hard to find (in person), so that’s why on eBay they jacked up the price. I got mine for around $50, and that was already really rich for my blood…but I really enjoy wearing and collecting polishes, so I had to fork it over for something as unique as Clarins 230 (aka Unicorn Pee)! 😀

  7. Natalia

    I love this so much I pre-ordered it right away!! Sooo excited! I love all the colors from the Super Powers collection so it was meant to be! Wonderful swatches, can’t wait to try out different layering combos with this

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Natalia!

      You’ll have so much fun with layering – it really does add that “WOW” to polishes. Let me know how you like it and what you layered it over when you try it. 🙂

  8. Elyne

    oooh pretty pretty nails! I love the layering you did, I think this combination would be absolutely perfect for around Christmas and New Year, the blue, red and green go really well together. Also that name Unicorn Puke is I think the most original name I heard for a nailpolish ever.

  9. Melissa

    Unicorn Puke is gorgeous! When I get some extra money to be able to make purchases online, I’ll definitely have to grab myself a bottle in the future. It would have been cool to get it while it still had its original name, but for the same exact polish just with a new name, that’s still okay in my book. By the way, you’re very lucky to own a bottle of Clarins 230! I went on eBay today for fun and the highest bottle was going for $230, while the cheapest was$70. Hopefully one day I won’t feel so guilty paying that much for a bottle of nail polish. It’s way too tempting.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      To you, it’ll always be Unicorn Puke. 🙂 Maybe you can stick on your own label instead.

      Yes, I’m very grateful to have snatched up a bottle of Clarins 230 when the price took a temporary dip on eBay. I got mine for around $50. WHOA – I’d NEVER pay $230 for a bottle of nail polish. It wouldn’t matter how much I liked it. $230 is outlandish! (Oh, and I felt MAJOR guilt when I bought Clarins 230, but it dissolved the more I stared at the bottle. It’s like magic! Hahahaha!)

  10. kelly

    i want this so bad! i checked out her website the other day and she doesn’t have unicorn puke anymore, but has a similar one called clairvoyant! but i really want this one its so delicious looking, especially over a dark base color!
    kelly recently posted: glitter globe

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      Cult Nails Unicorn Puke is exactly the same as Cult Nails Clairvoyant. It’s just that Unicorn Puke has the limited-edition gold packaging. 🙂 So snatch Clairvoyant up if you can.


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