If you’re familiar with Smith & Cult, it’s probably due to their gloriously presented nail polishes which are just so pretty to look at – they have a really luxurious look to them that makes them appear quite different to other luxury nail brands. They’ve recently expanded their product line to include a new collection of lip glosses and ensure both lips and tips are sorted; I give you the Smith & Cult Shining Lip Lacquers.
There are ten shades to start with, most of which have a pink base one way or another. The two shades I went for are Her Name Bubbles – described by the brand as pop and pink, and The Lovers, described as melon and blush pink. As you can see, they’re both pretty similar, with Her Name Bubbles being a slightly truer pink, whilst The Lovers leans a bit more salmon. If you like these sort of mid-toned pinks then you definitely only need one or the other – I’m kind of annoyed with myself for not requesting Life in Photographs as that looks like a lovely, milky pink…oh how I love a milky pink!
The formula is as you’d expect of a luxury lipgloss; comfortable on the lips, not-at-all sticky and rich in pigment without heading too far into liquid lipstick territory – these are definitely lipglosses with the sort of mid-level coverage you get with glosses. As the finish is soft, you get a very flattering finish and I would guess that the majority of the shades would suit most since there’s nothing harsh or too OTT.
The packaging is very pretty and understated, matching the nail lacquer line really well; it has that luxury vibe without having to shout it, which is the sort of packaging I tend to prefer. The doe-foot applicator is just right and the handle is easy to use. Obviously it’s a lipgloss so there’s no major staying power, but it’s a sheer colour that can be built-up, so it isn’t essential to reapply with the aid of a mirror if you’re familiar with applying in this fashion.
The Smith & Cult Shining Lip Lacquers are really lovely, with great shades (as I said, mostly pinks, so I’m happy!) in comfortable formulas and pretty packaging – what’s not to love? These can be found at Net-a-Porter (those polish shades!) and Cult Beauty, where there’s a bit of a price difference, with the former listed as £23 and the latter as £20. Not sure what that’s about!