Thanks to local company Quintessentially Yours, the Smith & Cult and Oribe Hair products are readily available for purchase in SA. I attended the launch a few months back and received one of their lip stains in a goodie bag. I was so intrigued by the packaging and wanted to try another shade so I managed to snag one of the brighter glosses.
Smith & Cult was created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer, the voice of our beauty junkie, who revolutionized the color cosmetics industry when she launched Hard Candy. Several years and creative collaborations later, Mohajer is bringing about the next evolution of beauty with Smith & Cult.
The most distinguishable trait about Smith & Cult products is the packaging. Not only is it a design thought up to be eye catching but truly something that the brand believes and stands for. It represents life’s lessons and experiences along the way and shows that it can still be sleek and sexy. Perfectly imperfect! Most brands stand for some cause but this really echoes the Smith & Cult values in every way.
The Tainted Lip Stain – R469 ($24*)
I received the shade ‘Sweet Suite’ when I attended the event. The tinted lip stains are housed in a solid gold tube with a doe foot applicator. When I first saw the shade I was so chuffed because I love soft corals for the lips. It’s bright yet elegant and perfect for those warm summer days. Unfortunately once I swatched it, I was left deeply disappointed. On my skin tone, the tinted lip stain is practically sheer and completely undetectable apart from the slight shine. As far as formula goes, it’s comfortable on the lips and not too sticky where you have to pry your lips apart. Had this been more pigmented, I might have enjoyed it more.
The Shining Lip Lacquer – R436 ($22*)
Since getting this lip lacquer in the shade ‘The Warning’, I’ve been reaching for it every now and then because either my lips feel too dry for liquid lipstick or I’m in the mood for a gloss and digging this colour. However, over the last two months I’ve been reaching for this gloss at least three or four times a week. I’ve become obsessed to a point where there is no other gloss I keep in my bag apart from this one. It’s definitely a combination of the formula and the shade because it is light and not sticky, it feels as if I’m wearing a balm on my lips. It is highly moisturising since it contains coconut oil and portulaca pilosa extract (known for being skin-conditioning and plumping). It’s decently pigmented for a sexy, juicy lip look and smells yummy like vanilla cupcakes.
No doubt these are expensive glosses and they’re priced at the range of Chanel, Dior and YSL counterparts. I can’t explain it in words but using this gloss and the other ones from Dior, I can definitely notice a difference in quality and formula than glosses bought in the drugstore. If anyone was looking for something like this, I’d definitely recommend the lip lacquer in a heartbeat. I can’t justify spending that much on myself for a lip gloss but since I love it so much I’ll be leaving hints for someone to buy it for me when they’re out of ideas for presents.
Where to buy
Smith & Cult products are available for purchase online at Quintessentially Yours and if you’re out of South Arica you can purchase the products directly from the Smith & Cult website. The only downside to this is that there are not many swatches available on darker skin tones so finding suitable shades might a bit tricky.
I thought I’d share a few pics from the launch with you to show you some of the other products I got to play with.
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