Smith & Cult Nail Varnish – no nasties!


When you’re an eczema sufferer, wearing nail varnish can be problematic. Lots of nail varnishes contain various chemicals, often including formaldehyde, that can be triggers for eczema. It was one of the first things I cut out when trying to tackle my eczema, and despite my eczema being far more under control these days, I still like to be careful about what I put on my nails. So I was thrilled to discover Smith & Cult – a luxury nail varnish brand, whose formula doesn’t contain any of the usual chemicals: Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. A perfect nail varnish for eczema sufferers!

I have to admit that the packaging caught my eye – the chunky bottle looks just fab on your dressing table, and the shiny, twisty lid just screams ‘luxury brand’. In terms of use, I do find the lid quite heavy and it does feel big in your hand, which I thought would be a problem when it came to application, but the brush itself is much thinner than others I’ve used, so you have a huge amount of control and precision. The formula, like most ‘no nasties’ nail varnishes, is more runny than, say, Essie, but it applies nice and evenly and dries within a reasonable time.

The formulation is really highly pigmented, and even for really bold colours I’ve not needed to apply more than 2 coats. I’m lazy and I don’t use a top coat and I find that this lasts a good week on me before I need to remove it.

I’ve used three shades so far – Dark Like Me (the perfect autumnal deep deep berry), City of Compton (a bubblegum pink), and Porn-a-thon (a muted peach), and all of the colours have been true to the bottle.

At £19 a pop, they’re not cheap, but not the most expensive nail varnish I’ve ever come across. And if you’re an eczema sufferer that’s probably a small price to pay to avoid a flare up.

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    October 18, 2016

    They look so pretty. I am a sucker for pretty bottles! Thats fab that you have found one that works for you. I seem to get lazy over the winter with painting my nails. But I should make more effort as they always cheer me up when I catch a glance of my pretty nails x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 22, 2016

      I’m definitely lazy about my nails – I have chipped varnish on more often than I have nice nails! But these are definitely helping – a week is a long time to last for me without chips!

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    October 18, 2016

    I too am a sucker for pretty packaging and they look fab! I have never really been a nail girl (which is strange as im all about the make up!) but I am making for effort – and these are such lovely colours xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 22, 2016

      I have to admit that nails aren’t something I’m normally that fussed about (partly because lots of polishes trigger my eczema, but also because keeping them looking nice is a massive faff) but I do love looking down and seeing them all nicely painted!

  • Elsie Pop
    October 19, 2016

    So pretty! I’ve just bought a gel nails kit having found out that once you finish your mani, they’re completely dry immediately – so perfect for getting straight back on with my crochet! The packaging isn’t anything like as nice as these, mind… xx

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