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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