Nail Polish

Smith and Cult Nail Polishes for Spring

May 21, 2018

Smith and Cult Nail Polishes Peaceful Paranoia, Powder Posse, A Short Reprise, Mail Order Bride, Forever Fades Fast, 5th Ave Fortress

There have been some new launches from Smith and Cult and I had three from earlier in the spring that I’ve been meaning to review so today I have a roundup of six new colors. I’ve used the nail polishes from Smith and Cult for a few years now and love the formula and lasting power. Their Basis of Everything Base Coat and Above It All Top Coat are also in my favorites for how they keep my nails looking healthy and shiny. If you’ve been reading my blog since the early days you know I used to review new nail polishes almost weekly. For the past year I feel like I’ve been in a nail rut sticking with the same basic go-to’s mainly OPI Be There in a Prosecco, Chanel Camelia, Chanel Sea Whip and Chanel Resplendissant. These new Smith and Cult shades have been among the few launches that have me excited about nail color again. Smith and Cult nail polishes for spring that I hauled this year from Nordstrom and Beautylish:

  • Peaceful Paranoia is a sheer pink beige that flashes iridescent pink, this one requires three coats for full coverage
  • Powder Posse is a pale lilac pink with grey/beige tones, I had high hopes this would be a dupe for Dior Lady that was discontinued years ago, it’s not, this one is more grey/lilac, coverage is full/opaque
  • A Short Reprise is a purple creme, it has sheer-medium coverage with a slight transparent finish so three coats are needed
  • Mail Order Bride is an opaque pale baby pink, it’s not too pale that it looks white, coverage is opaque
  • Forever Fades Fast is a perfect medium peach, coverage is sheer-medium, two coats works, but I prefer three
  • 5th Ave Fortress is a metallic silvery purple, on my olive skin it looks more silvery than what I see in the bottle, it has full opaque coverage and is relatively brush-stroke-free

A quick look at the bottles, the silver caps pop off and there’s a twist off applicator. The brushes are flat and short. For me these are really easy to apply on the fingers.

Smith and Cult Nail Polishes

First a look at the three shades that launched earlier in the spring several months back:

Smith and Cult Nail Polishes Peaceful Paranoia, Powder Posse, A Short Reprise swatches

Shown below: Peaceful Paranoia, a pink-beige base with flashes of iridescent pink, this one was sheer, shown applied with 3 coats

Smith and Cult Nail Polish Peaceful Paranoia

Shown Below: Powder Posse, two coats

Smith and Cult Powder Posse

Shown below: A Short Reprise, three coats

Smith and Cult Nail Polish A Short Reprise

Newest launches for spring-to-summer:

Smith and Cult Mail Order Bride

Shown below: Mail Order Bride, two coats, this is more pink and not quite as pale/white as Chanel Nuvola Rosa

Smith and Cult Mail Order Bride

Forever Fades Fast is the perfect peachy color, it’s not too orange or beige or yellow, two coats

Smith and Cult Forever Fades Fast

Shown below: 5th Ave Fortress, two coats, it shows minimal brush strokes for a metallic

Smith and Cult 5th Ave Fortress

For those who frequently ask about my favorite base and top coats, I’m always trying to test new things, but these are what I have in rotation right now:

My full hand and nail care routine in this post here. Staples, DIY tips and favorites all listed.

Favorite Base and Top Coats


Bottom line I love all the six newest shades from Smith and Cult. Forever Fades Fast is my favorite of the launches. I was pleasantly surprised by Powder Posse even though it didn’t turn out to be a dupe for Dior Lady. The application is smooth and easy to apply, lasting power is up to a week if I’m not swimming in the pool or ocean (the water here is rough!). I ordered all of these sight unseen and was thrilled that all the colors ended up working with my medium tan olive skintone.

You can find Smith and Cult Nail Polishes at Beautylish, Dermstore, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Space NK and Net-A-Porter.

Have you tried anything from Smith and Cult yet?



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  • Valerie Shaffer May 21, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Peaceful Paranoia and Powder Posse look like my kind of colors. You have beautiful nails, by the way!!

  • lauraz17 May 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks so much for swatching these, I adore Smith & Cult polishes! Even though I am trying to rid myself of 2 helmers full of polish before my move to Florida, I don’t think I can resist temptation. Powder Posse and Forever Fades Fast will be mine!

  • Ericca Brock May 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    love your nail shape.

  • Frances May 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I love Smith and Cult polishes! They last for so long. Current faves are Powder Posse , Stockholm Syndrome and Bitter Buddhist.

  • Anne Capitant May 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I love Forever Fades Fast! I really want to try some of their already existing shades as well, like Bitter Buddhist

  • Collar Wilson May 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    My favorite on you is A Short Reprise.

  • Kimberly Minto May 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve never heard of this brand, but I want to give it a try after reading your post I definitely want to give it a try. I love the bottle design and my favorite shades on you are A Short Reprise and Mail Order Bride.

    ~Kimberly | Along For The Ride

  • cpbebe May 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    hooray! I love nail posts, I am obsessed with high end polish lines like Chanel, Tom Ford, YSL and Smith and Cult. Your swatches and comparison wheels have been so helpful in guiding my selections. Loving all these new polishes, and agree that the brushes are easy once you get used to them, staying power is good. The ones I picked up are Powder Posse(my fave! reminds me of Tom Ford Sugar Dune, only a lilac tinged version), Peaceful Paranoia(can’t get enough of this type of shade. Unique, but similar to Essie Demure Vixen, Chanel Rose Cache, Marc Jacobs Fluorescent Beige), Mail Order Bride(least fave on me, but it looks great on you!). Not sure why but I am not feeling the pinks this season, but I keep trying! I will come back to it when I am in a pink mood. Stone colored neutrals and blues are my palette this Spring.

  • Fortune Dushey May 23, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Love Smith and Cult nail polish. Need to try the Peaceful Paranoia shade for spring. So pretty!

  • Katie T May 26, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Love these shades! For some reason I’m better about keeping my nails painted in the summer. So many of my favorite tools came from your nail care post. The Deborah Lippmann cuticle remover is a game changer!

  • rachlovespenguins May 26, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I’ve heard nice things about Smith & Cult but haven’t dipped my toes in yet. A Short Reprise looks gorgeous though, and the price difference between this and my bottles of Dior is very appealing. I think I’ll have to try a bottle to see how they stack up! A quick look at Nordstrom and Darjeeling Darling is calling my name too. 😀

  • MBAMommy May 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    The bottle it gorgeous and would lovely in a shelfie 😂

  • J Lee May 26, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I haven’t tried this brand yet, but their packaging is seriously gorgeous! I’d probably try a neutral like the powder posse first!

  • Sunnykm May 26, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Powder Posse looks fabulous

  • Valerie Manke May 26, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Ooh I love them all! I have a couple of their polishes from sub boxes and really like them.

  • Edhilvia Campos May 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    As usual such a great post! I wonder if Rescue Beauty Lounge Poco a Poco is similar to Peaceful Paranoia? Thanks

  • Tahrer May 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    5th ave fortress is so pretty!

  • tmi0604 May 26, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    These are some really pretty colors! I’ve tried their lip gloss in Flesh Riot..beautiful shade & very nice formula!

  • Ashley May 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I like Forever fades fast. It looks great on you!

  • Christabel May 26, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    The colours are all so so pretty but the only thing that has kept me away… is the bottle shape. It’s a silly thing but I don’t like the packaging because I think it is hard to store!

  • Kristina Birkel May 27, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Peaceful Paranoia reminds me of a Marc Jacobs shade, but the name eludes me at the moment.

  • Laurie M. May 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I love Powder Posse too! I love a pink that’s a bit less candy-cute.

  • Jenny B May 27, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I feel like I don’t hear enough about this brand but they sound pretty neat. I love the Powder Posse shade.

  • saby May 28, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I haven’t tried this brand but appreciated the reviews and swatches!

  • Jenn May 28, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Gorgeous collection.. of course I love Powder Posse the most!

  • Sony Mansoori February 26, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Beautiful shades, I really like SnC polishes too.


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