The polish in the pretty packaging. That's all I really knew about Smith & Cult nail polishes, but when I learned that they are 5-free, I had to give the brand a second look. Five free means that these polishes are not formulated with Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. You've probably heard of "3-free" before, at least. That means the nail polish doesn't contain the first three things I listed above. That should be your bare minimum in terms of safety, by the way. OPI, Essie, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, etc. fall into this category!
So now that I've switched to safer, I had to try out this Smith & Cult brand. I've tried their lip glosses before and was amazed. Featured one in my favorites here, actually.
The first thing you're probably going to want to know about these fancy little polishes is the price. They are $18 each, which I agree is a lot for a nail polish, but these have the value to match. Promise. The formula is so smooth and creamy—never lumpy and streaky. The color payoff is perfectly opaque, which I can't say for a lot of other brands that are so sheer and never end up looking the way the bottle depicts. And the bottle/packaging? It so pretty that it makes it hard to just buy one.
I tried three different colors— Ghost Edit, The Graduate, and Lovers Creep, which are pictured left to right below.
Ghost Edit (left) is a peachy nude that makes your nails look healthy and bright. The Graduate (middle) is a warm grey that's definitely a neutral, but gives you something a little extra if you grow tired of basic nudes. Lovers Creep (right) is my favorite kind of burgundy—dark and rich. I wore it on Christmas Eve, which I showed y'all here.
I also tried the top coat, Above it All. It's an extremely glossy protective seal.
Overall, I love these polishes so much that I can't see myself using another brand, even without considering how safe these polishes are compared to the other ones that I own. I'm pretty terrible at doing my own nails at home and prefer to get them done by a professional (I mean, who doesn't?), but I've never been able to swallow the expense of constantly having them done by a salon, so I save that for when I have a special occasion. Even then, I will probably take these polishes with me to the salon because it's kind of gross when you think about how many people get their nails painted with any given bottle of salon polish. Ok, those are things I just can't think about—ha! Now I am just giving myself more excuses to buy these polishes. The next ones I'd love to own are Fauntleroy, Regret the Moon, and Kundalini Hustle, the perfect poppy red.
Have you tried Smith & Cult? By the way, Zoya is also 5-free, but it sometimes feels a little lumpy to me. What do you think?