Nail swatches are an absolute must for modern nail polish lines. They are usually made from hard plastic and in the shape of a fingernail. You can stick the swatch over your fingernail to get an idea of how the color will look on you. It saves customers time, money, and frustration in finding the perfect colors for them.
Smith and Cult is a luxury nail polish with a large selection of sumptuous colors. However, for most users, the real test of the quality of the polish is how long it lasts between needing to reapply. Using Smith and Cult’s base coat, Basis of Everything, is ultra adherent and helps polish stay in place. The other key to a great manicure is a durable topcoat. Smith and Cult’s topcoat is a high gloss finish that extends the life of your manicure. However, if you prefer a more matte finish, you won’t find that in the Smith and Cult line yet.
A good base and top coat are essential for any professional appearing manicure, but it is a step you cannot skip with Smith and Cult brand polish. Without the base and topcoat, the polish does tend to fade and chip quickly. Although the brand is known for it’s long-lasting staying power, the more vibrant colors do tend to fade a bit after five to seven days.
To get the most wear from Smith and Cult, apply the polish in 2-3 thin coats. Applying thin layers allows the polish to dry evenly and assures a longer wear time. The thin coats will also help disguise tiny chips in your polish. When you do chip the polish, which is inevitable, you will often only chip the first coat or two. The multi-coat application means there is still color below, and that helps make the chip much less visible.
Smith and Cult seem to have some variance, by color, in how long the polish wears well. The glittery styles, if applied with a base and topcoat, easily last for seven days. However, in the more vibrant colors without the glitter, most manicures only last a few days before small chips, and cracks start to appear. The colors are easy to apply, and touch-ups are a breeze, so it isn’t a difficult problem to fix.
If you are a polish commissure, creating your own nail polish swatches are a must. First, it helps you organize your polish by color, and makes finding what you are looking for a breeze. You should always make a swatch when you open a new bottle and add the date you opened it. Most nail polish should last at least 12 months after being opened.
Swatches also make it easy to decide what color will work best for the time of your and your skin tone. Laying a swatch over your nail and seeing that the color does not work with most of your fall wardrobe can save you having to redo a manicure in short order.
Swatches also allow you to play around with mixtures and enable you to create feature nails without having to risk your manicure. Cult and Smith has some fantastic chunky glitter colors that make great feature nails and work on over most of their color line. You can use a swatch of whatever color you are choosing for your manicure, then apply the chunky glitter over the top to see how it will look as a feature nail. You can also play around with a bit of nail art such as drawing a lightning bolt or small flower on one painted nail by practicing on the swatches first.
Smith and Cult is not tested on animals and is one of the safest nail polishes available. Nail polish frequently contains dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), which is an endocrine inhibitor. Smith and Cult nail products are free of these chemicals, so you can feel better about what you are putting on your body.
The most fabulous feature of Smith and Cult is the unique and sophisticated variety of colors offered. The fine glitter is understated glamour and offers the longest staying power. The chunky glitter works well for full-on glamour, or as an accent nail on your hands or toes. The sleek non-glitter colors are the epitome of understated elegance and also look fantastic with a fun feature nail added.