New brand discovery: Smith & Cult Lip and Nail Lacquer Review


If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you probably know that nail polish isn’t really my ‘thing’. Don’t get me wrong, I pretty much always have nail polish on my toes year round and I have little tolerance for chipped nails. Like if my mani or pedi has chipped, I immediately remove the polish, or I wear shoes to cover the mishap (and my bare toenails).

But I’m not good at doing my own nails and because I don’t have time to go to the salon, I’m usually doing a pedi myself. I don’t even bother with my nails these days. It’s become somewhat of a chore for me to do it myself and yah, I guess it would come as no surprise that nail polish doesn’t excite me.

I started going to a new salon to get my eyebrows done and as I’m walking through I glimpse the nail polish display. Something seems familiar about them, but they look nothing like the usual OPI or Essie polishes I usually see. I ask my aesthetician what the brand is and she replies, “Smith & Cult.”

Ahhh. Now I remember. It’s that new brand I’d heard about that’s supposed be really nice and the only place I’d heard it was sold is at Neiman Marcus.

Now I’m intrigued.

Then she says, “I heard they added lip glosses to their line, so I ordered those too. They’re right at the front desk, they’re awesome.”

Ugh, just kill me now. I’m on a makeup diet, and you’re trying to make me cheat!

Well, you guys know how this story ends.

I ended up getting a nail polish and a lip gloss. The nail polish I actually needed, the lip gloss I’m not even gonna try to justify.

I wanted to talk about both instead of doing separate reviews, so let’s get started.

But first, a little about the brand:

Smith & Cult was created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer, the voice of our beauty junkie, who revolutionized the color cosmetics industry when she launched Hard Candy. Several years and creative collaborations later, Mohajer is bringing about the next evolution of beauty with Smith & Cult.
Smith and Cult’s Nailed Lacquer consistently delivers both flawlessly smooth coverage and brilliant shine. While custom tailored to provide high performance, the exclusive 5-Free formula is formulated without Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Pillow Pie.

Packaging: Gorgeous. It was the main draw that caught my attention to this product. It’s just different from the norm with its wider, shorter circular shape and it’s golden cover with a bit of a melted metal look to it. It’s actually a bottle that I want to display, instead of throw in the box I keep all my nail stuff in. The brush is pretty standard with this polish, no complaints there. Rating: 5/5

Performance: I like the formula here, for a pale pink nail polish, the opacity isn’t bad. It is described a “semi-sheer powder pink”. Some Essie polishes end up being a little too sheer even with multiple coats. I have very ridgy nails so I usually need at least three coats to get good coverage, which I did here, but I probably could get away with two. I did feel like a base coat helped in that regard. The polish glides on smoothly, not too thin or goopy. I used a fast-drying top coat over it, I haven’t tried it without. It’s also holding strong with no chips on day 3, my usual chip day, so I’m pretty happy with that. Rating: 4/5

Price: These retail for $18 USD. I’m not a nail polish aficionado so I’m not really sure where that falls in the grand scheme of things. It’s obviously more pricey than drugstore, but in terms of packaging and formula, I think it’s worth it. Rating: 5/5

Overall rating: 4.7

I’m definitely wanting more of these. I’m not a glitter girl, but there’s a gold glitter called Shattered Souls I need in my life. Others of note I’m dying to try are Lovers Creep (deep wine red), King & Thieves (midnight blue), & Porn-A-Thon (nude peach). And the names! They’re giving Nars a run for their money.

Now, on to the lip lacquer.

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Lovers.

Packaging: Along the same lines as the nail lacquers, the wand has a molten gold handle and clear tube with the brand written along the side. I thought the clear plastic wand was a nice touch, and it has a doe foot applicator. Rating: 4/5

Performance: The formula felt initially thick to me, but once on the lips it felt nice and not sticky. The lasting power was pretty good for a gloss if you’re not eating and drinking a ton, it held up for almost 3 hours. I did wear it with a nude lip liner because it isn’t pigmented enough to show up on my already darker colored lips. It does give just the right amount of shine, and the color is gorgeous. It’s described as a “melon & pink blush”, which I found quite appropriate. Rating: 4/5

Price: These retail for $22 USD. Which I feel like is pretty on par for a higher end lip gloss. I do really like this gloss and want to try one more, a darker color called The Queen is Dead, a deep plummy shade. I do wish I could throw this on alone without a gloss, but my lips are just naturally darker which can’t be helped. Rating: 4/5

Overall rating: 4/5

I think these are worth a try, I’m not as excited about them as I am the polishes, but they are still good stuff.

I’m pretty excited about Smith & Cult, it’s the first time I’ve actually been excited about anything nail related in a long time. I can just imagine a little lineup of nail lacquer bottle sitting alongside each other. I’m not going to go crazy, but I already know I’ll be picking up a new one the next time I get my eyebrows done. Maybe a lip lacquer too. And knowing that the brand was started by the same person who started Hard Candy is pretty cool and kinda nostalgic, who didn’t have one of their nail polishes with the plastic heart-shaped rings?

Have you tried Smith & Cult?

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10 thoughts on “New brand discovery: Smith & Cult Lip and Nail Lacquer Review

  1. What a cute polish bottle! Looks like a little perfume bottle. 😀 I love it and now want it, thanks enabler! That’s really neat it was started by the Hard Candy founder – I hope this brand becomes more readily available! Thanks for introducing me to this brand!

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