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Swatch And Learn’s #2016BestNine

Swatch And Learn Best Nine 2016

As another year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection about the accomplishments and challenges  that punctuated 2016.

Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey since 2010!

I look forward to sharing more swatches, reviews, and sprinklings of humour in the coming year. I’m excited to plan new goals for 2017 and to see where the ongoing adventure goes!

Because of the support and encouragement from readers like you, I am happy to say that a lot of my blogging dreams have come true in ways that I never imagined! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving comments.

I have learned a lot from all of you, and I hope that Swatch And Learn has become a place on the internet that provides you with a little sunshine, especially on those difficult days! *Hug* Together, let’s continue to improve and grow while sharing our passion for nail polish. 🙂

If you’re addicted to Instagram like I am, you no doubt have seen the trend of posting the #2016BestNine collage, which depicts an Instagram user’s nine most-popular images based on the number of likes.

Above is the collage generated by the 2016 Best Nine website, which shows my most-liked images on Instagram.

I am so honoured that, in 2016, I received 59,935 likes on my Instagram!

Also, for my Pinterest for 2016:

  • 1,616,971 people saw my pins
  • 10,422 people saved my pins to their boards
  • 6,170 people clicked my pins

It really floors me, and I’m so pleased that you have been enjoying my photos!

In this post, check out the links. They’ll lead you to the reviews and/or swatches that I published on here earlier, in case you want more information and details about a certain nail polish.

Reminder: Today’s the last day to enter my worldwide giveaway!

Be sure to get your entry in by tonight at 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win my Zoya Enchanted Collection worldwide giveaway! (3 winners! See that blog post for the full details.)

Zoya Enchanted Collection Giveaway

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Smith & Cult Nail Polish Swatches Part 2

Smith & Cult Nail Polish Swatches

Following suit of the post I previously published in May containing a whopping 17 swatches of Smith & Cult nail polishes, here’s the sequel: Smith & Cult Nail Polish Swatches Part 2!

This post features nine shades that I’ve shown on social media, along with the captions I wrote, which were inspired by the colours.

Since not all my swatches wind up on the blog, if you don’t want to miss a single swatch, be sure to follow me on InstagramPinterestFacebookTwitter, and/or Google+!

I’m a big (and relatively new) fan of Smith & Cult nail polishes. They’re billed as a luxury nail polish with a bottle that certainly lives up to its claim. It’s heavy and large, with a unique cap with an asymmetrical design. Even from bottle to bottle, the cap is a little different.

I am so in love with the bottle design that I chose to display some of my Smith & Cult nail polishes on the shelf, so that I could admire them more often! (Since posting the below photo on my social media, I have a second row of polishes. The collection is growing quickly!) 😉

Smith & Cult Nail Polishes Shelf

Although the cap is large, it can easily be removed, as it’s only a cover for the smaller, normal-sized handle that makes painting your nails easy. The brush wand is very short, but I found that it gave me greater control when painting.

In general, Smith & Cult nail polishes have a great formula, and there are a wide variety of colours to choose from. Most tend to be opaque, but I’ve run into a few with sheer formulas. All were easy to paint with and glided onto the nails smoothly.

Smith & Cult nail polishes can be purchased from the official Smith & Cult website, Bergdorfs, Neiman Marcus, Bluemercury, C.O. Bigelow, Space NK, NET-A-PORTER, and Selfridges.

If you’re in Canada like me, there are a number of spas and salons that carry the brand. To see the long list, check out the “Where to Buy” section located in the “Key Notes”, which can be found in my in-depth Smith & Cult She Said Yeah review. (In that review, you can also see photos of the brush and what it looks like when you remove the cap, in case you’re curious.)

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Smith & Cult Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Smith & Cult Nail Polish Swatches

If you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ over the past few weeks, you’ve seen me share my swatches of 17 beautiful Smith & Cult nail polishes!

Since not all nail polishes I feature on social media wind up on the blog, you may not have seen these, except for Smith & Cult She Said Yeah, which I did an in-depth review on that included multiple swatches on here. (Details of where to find these luxury nail polishes and more information are in the ‘Key Notes’ section of that review.)

My Thoughts on Smith & Cult Nail Polish

After trying out a wide range of colours from this new-to-me brand, I can totally vouch for them in terms of quality. The ones I’ve tried had smooth formulas, which made for an easy application. Plus the extensive variety of colours means that, chances are, at least one will appeal to you!

The bottles feel luxurious and are on a whole other level than others I have in my collection…and you know that I have thousands, so that speaks volumes. They’re weighty, and the design reminds me of a high-end perfume bottle.

Although the caps are extremely large, they are just covers, so you can easily twist them off, which reveals a smaller handle that allows you to apply the nail polish as you normally would.

Compared to many mainstream nail polishes, Smith & Cult features a much shorter brush wand. I found it easy to use, but obviously, the experience and preference varies from person to person.

In this post, I’ll share with you larger photos of each of the swatches shown in the above collage, as well as the captions I wrote (inspired by the nail polishes) to accompany each of the swatches that I posted on my social media.

Which colours do you like?

If I haven’t yet swatched a Smith & Cult nail polish that you want to see, let me know! (I have some more colours to share, and if I have the one you’d like to see, I’ll bump it up on my to-share-on-social-media list.)

Edit (June 6, 2016): To see Smith & Cult Nail Polish Swatches Part 2, click on the link for nine additional swatches!

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Smith & Cult She Said Yeah Swatches & Review

Smith And Cult She Said Yeah Swatches Review

Smith & Cult She Said Yeah is a nod to nail luxury at its finest with a muted periwinkle that whispers sweet manicure lullabies!

Depending on what kind of lighting you’re under, Smith & Cult She Said Yeah can lean purple or blue, but it always falls under a charming periwinkle that I feel is great for spring, easter, or whenever you want an easy-to-wear colour.

Smith & Cult is a new-to-me brand that has a 5-free formula. I’m very excited to share my first review on it!

Interesting tidbit: Smith & Cult’s founder, Dineh Mohajer, is the same person who started Hard Candy!

I can’t remember ever seeing Smith & Cult nail polishes sold in Canadian stores, but maybe one of the merchants I linked to will ship to Canada. (Note: None of them are affiliate links.)

Edit: I inquired about places in Canada that offer Smith & Cult nail polishes. I’ve updated the ‘Key Notes’ section to include Canadian salons where you can find Smith & Cult nail polishes, along with the links to each that I’ve researched and that are current at the time of posting this.

If you follow me on Instagram and my other social media, you will have seen that I’ve already shared a few swatches of other Smith & Cult colours. (More are coming soon!)

Although I prefer to wear full manicures and do these in-depth review on my blog, I realize the value of quick swatches. That’s why you may have noticed that for a few weeks now, I’ve been sharing many more swatches of nail-polishes from my collection (new and old) that haven’t made it onto the blog. So, if you ever want to see more colours than what’s on here, head over to my social media!

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