Category Archives: Formula X

No Correlation

The swatches I do would make a lot more sense if I posted them on time, as a “nails of the day” sort of thing. Unfortunately, I am incredibly lazy. This series of unrelated swatches will have to do for now!


This first color is Revlon Charming, a gorgeous cool lavender color. I’m consistently impressed with Revlon’s formulas—this one was easy to apply and opaque in two coats. 😀


Next is a returning color, Orly Smoked Out. Look how stubby my nails were back then!! (And how bad I was at cleanup!) I wanted to show how this dries un-topcoated, as this color has the potential to be a “throw-this-on-before-running-out-the-door” polish, depending on how you like your finishes. It’s opaque in one coat, and dries fairly fast due to its matte finish.


I then threw a coat of Pretty Serious Terrible Lizard on top of that badboy. I think they’re a pretty cool combo! Opaque multichrome flakies were all the rage last year, and we saw plenty of mixes of different colors of those flakies in single polishes. What we didn’t see much of at all was mixes of different shades of iridescent, color-shifting flakies like these. I think they make your nails look like opals. 🙂


And finally, I have Formula X Hera, a stunning rose gold holo flakie. The holographic effect on this is hands-down the most intense I’ve ever seen. As for the finish, it looks like it’s hard to tell; at first glance, I thought this was a dense glitter. When it’s on the nail, this looks more like those holographic silver flakies that Zoya has in their polishes (Storm, Dream, Aurora, Alicia, etc.), except in copper, and these lay completely flat on the nail much like those flakies. I don’t know what exactly is going on here, but it’s beautiful. And it was opaque in just two coats!

What do you guys think? Which of these finishes is your favorite?


Rainbows on Rainbows on Rainbows

I redid my rainbow nails to attend NY Pride! Let’s take a look.


As with last time, I started with a base of OPI Silver Canvas. Unlike last time, where I topped that with Essie Set In Stones, I opted for a holographic chunky glitter to really make this thing rainbow! This one is Formula X Hubba Hubble, which dries slightly textured but has good distribution in one coat. Then I sponged on OPI Magenta Muse, OPI Primarily Yellow, OPI Turquoise Aesthetic, and OPI Purple Perspective again, to create the rainbow gradient. On top of that is one coat of Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust, for more rainbows, because go big or go home.

I wish this had photographed better. Oh well. 😦

Thanks for reading!


Formula X Duochrome Swatchathon!

Have you ever gone into Sephora and spent half your paycheck on nail polish because you were too embarrassed to put anything back after the cashier rang up your total? Because I totally have! These are my ill-gotten spoils of the Formula X variety.

Also, you’ll have to pardon my photos all being taken in different settings! I just moved, and I’m still trying to figure out which part of my new home has the best lighting.

First we have Formula X Legend, a nearly black purple with violet to blue color shifting shimmer. I layered this over OPI Russian Navy, which was entirely unnecessary because of how packed with pigment Legend is.




This is the only Formula X polish I bought that belonged to their Shifters collection. I can’t speak for the rest of the collection, but Legend dried to a velvety semi-matte on its own. I put a coat of Gelous and Out the Door over it to be sure it was shiny and smooth.

I don’t remember smudging my ring finger. But I must have at some point. Oops.




Next we have Formula X Mischievous from their Ombre Glitters collection. It’s a duochrome glitter topper that shifts from pinky orange to a brassy gold.




This is two coats over Milani Color Statement Mauving Forward.






And finally there’s Formula X Devious, also from the Ombre Glitters collection, and my favorite of the bunch. The colors are hard to place—it shifts from frosty green to blue and has hints of gold, but it also tends to reflect whatever’s around it. I wore it over Zoya Ray.







The Ombre Glitters dry fairly gritty and definitely require Gelous along with a topcoat. But they dry quickly and are so, so pretty to look at.

I can’t praise these polishes enough!