Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rave / Rant / Review \\ SUMMERTIME SHADES by SMITH & CULT

Some days (especially rainy ones), 'Related Posts' lead the charge to hours of experiential entertainment. Recently, while reading about the retail woes of GAP and learning 10 tips I didn't know about my iPhone, I stumbled on an older 'related post' about Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow. Refinery29's article piqued my interest in Smith & Cult's most popular nail lacquer, with its rave review of both the product and the brand's naming convention. In an on-again-off-again relationship with nail art, I was suckered in. I read up on the brand, called their hotline and uncovered a nearby salon that carries a healthy selection of the Jekyll and Hyde-esque nail lacquer collection. After enduring a dramatically demanding week at work, I justified my first $18 purchase of Smith & Cult as an accolade of corporate survival. Keep reading to see how it fared on my fingers...  

 Smith & Cult Fauntleroy (R)  Plastic Beach (M) Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow (R) [photos from Smith&Cult]

My first experience with Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow shifted my stance on nail polish. It surprised me how the refined bits of glitter gave a mostly sheer, glittery glaze on the first coat and transitioned into a slightly translucent textured shimmer on second coat. Not only was the polish long-lasting (mostly intact a week or so later), it also was "5 free" (meaning no dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor). Shortly after sharing my newfound love of Smith & Cult, I was given a couple bottles as a parting gift from a coworker.

Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow (L) and Tenderoni (R)

My post photos show how Suburban Warrior and Tenderoni look on my nails. I used Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow to tone down the heat of Suburban Warrior and bring a bit of pep to Tenderoni. For a straight manicure, I'm not sure can't go back to Essie or a drugstore brand polish! In terms of recommendations for summer, my short list would include Fauntelroy, Plastic Beach and Gay Ponies Dancing in snow (pictured above). Look here for a quick bit from April. If you've tried it, let me know of your experiences with Smith & Cult in the comments!
[Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I have not received any free products or solicitation from Smith & Cult. I wanted to organically share my own experiences!] 

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