June 8, 2015

Manicure Monday + Smith & Cult

I have never spent more than $10 on a bottle of nail polish. I don't see the point. Essie or any other drug store brand works just as good as anything else. Why fix something that isn't broken?

I do though, own three Deborah Lippman bottles that I won in a raffle and it's definitely nice to have something luxurious but I don't really see a difference between those and my Essie polishes.

That doesn't mean I haven't been intrigued by the idea of a gorgeous, expensive bottle of nail polish.

That intrigue was brought to the surface when I started to see a new brand of polish on Instagram, mostly from Birchbox, and it sparked my interest.

Smith & Cult was founded by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer, who is a creator of worldwide brand "Hard Candy"--which is really impressive. The brand was founded back in 2014 so it is fresh on the beauty scene, but seems to be gaining some more attention since being added to the Birchbox shop ever so recently.

The company formulates their polishes without Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor, which is definitely most of the appeal.

The bottles are very uniquely shaped and sized--they are pretty big, yet short and stout. I think that's what initially intrigued me, the bottles were so different! They look expensive, luxurious, and fancy. I feel cool owning one.

Yes, that is right, I used my much savored Birchbox points on a whim, on an $18 bottle of Smith & Cult nail polish by the name of "City of Compton." It's a gorgeous pink, somewhere between a baby & hot pink. 



My mom used the polish first and she was immediately impressed. She doesn't do her nails herself very often and she looked like she had just come from the salon, with a gel manicure. 

I tackled applying my nails with the uniquely shaped handle the day after my mom did hers. 

It was a little difficult to get a grip on the handle since it's so big but after a few nails, it was fine.

The formula is SMOOTH! It has to be one of the easiest polishes to apply. One coat was pretty opaque and shiny-two coats were even better. (I always do two coats, always apply a base & top coat so this was no different). There were zero streaks, no spilling onto my nail beds. 

The color is bright and perfect for summer. It seems that a lot of the brand's colors are super bright. In the same breath, the colors are also really unique. I don't think I have a pink like this and I am lusting after this bad boy named Vegas Post ApocalypticThey also have the best names ever! 

I don't think I've ever been so intrigued by a brand or so willingly to shell out $18 of my own hard earned cash on a bottle of polish.

If all the colors are this good, with this incredible of a formula, it seems to be well worth it.

I may come back with an update on wear time because the polishes claim to be long lasting and won't chip the next day like your usual polish but I only painted my nails a few hours ago (it's Saturday night at 11 PM as I write this) so we shall see! Stay tuned :)
Here's a profile Refinery29 did on the brand back in 2014--it's an interesting read! 

What is the most you've ever spent on a nail polish? Have you ever tried this brand? What are your thoughts?



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