Tag: Formula X
I finally tried the last of the Formula X polishes!
This is Formula X “Moon Glow” – it’s a super sheer, super shimmery turquoise polish. I love it! There are hints of gold and violet in the shimmer…or maybe my nails are just stained….
This is two coats of “Moon Glow” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
When I originally posted the pic, I had mislabeled this polish as “Moon Stone.” I drove myself crazy trying to figure out when I originally bought it, until I found the post with the correct name…then I walked into the other room an d looked at the bottle…oops!
Not bad, for a five year old (or more) nail polish.
I had to shake the FUCK out of Formula X “Brainchild” before using it, and if you look closely at the bottle in the picture, it’s still not entirely mixed together. The polish was usable and not too thick – it applied perfectly.
This is two coats of the lovely deep eggplant “Brainchild” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Except for the pinkie, of course…my special matte pinkie got Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.
I really wish Sephora hadn’t discontinued Formula X – these are really good polishes!
Oh hot damn, this polish is FIRE.
I’ve been swimming in Sinful Colors lately, so I decided to pick a neglected polish from the back of the cabinet…I cannot believe I’ve been sleeping on Formula X “Spark”. I was expecting a sparse topper, but this is no topper – this is a full coverage glitter, baby!
This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. I used Glisten & Glow Top Coat on my first three fingers and Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my ring finger and pinky. It will surprise no one that I like the matte look better.
Dare I start checking Tuesday Mornings to see if there are any Formula X bottles left? The one by me is NOT going out of business…
I LOVE being surprised by a polish! I had no idea that Formula X “Astrolady” was a textured polish!
I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and painted a single coat. The first coat was a bit streaky – it reminded me of crackle polish. The second coat smoothed it out, but it wasn’t until I started to apply Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat to my pinky that I noticed that it was a sandy texture. I was planning on using a glossy top coat on the other nails, but decided to skip it.
I LOVE “Astrolady” – it might be my favorite textured polish ever. I want to try it with the Zoya Leopard Print Topper!
Ahhhh…this is more like it.
Formula X “Aphrodite” is a beautiful brass/pewter holographic polish. As old as this polish must be, it still applied beautifully. This is two light coats, over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat…except for that mattified pinky nail with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. (I just received a new bottle in the mail today – squeeeeee!)
Holographic nail polishes are underrated – especially in the summer. Indoors, they look like plain old gray nails, but outside in the sunlight – they take on a life of their own! The holo sparkle in “Aphrodite” is a whole-ass rainbow on my fingers!
Sephora discontinued their Formula X Nail polishes about two years ago – I remember, because I bought a shit-ton of them for $2. Imagine my surprise when I waltzed into a Tuesday Morning in Lufkin, TX and found hundreds of them…for $1.98 each!
Somehow, I managed to limit myself to just 5. I picked up (left to right) “Spark” (an iridescent copper glitter topper), “Astrolady” (a pink shimmer with gold flash), “Brainchild” (fuchsia!), “Aphrodite” (I think it’s a rainbow microglitter?), and “Moon Glow” (teal shimmer).
I already have regrets that I did not pick up more. I NEED more.
I was feeling like something different for my nails. I hadn’t done a green polish in a little minute, so I dug DEEP into my ever-shrinking basket of untried polishes and found…Formula X “Prismatic”.
“Prismatic” is an emerald teal jelly shimmer. The formula is so smooth and shiny – I love it.
This is two coats of “Prismatic” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I really miss Formula X – Sephora, please bring it back.
So I found this gem, digging around in my basket of untried polishes…how did I pass this one by? It’s gorgeous!
This is Formula X “Blazing” – one of the polishes I picked up for $2 each last summer when Sephora discontinued the Formula X polishes. A blue-leaning burgundy, with a firey shimmer, I got full coverage in a single coat! Of course, I did two coats – just to make sure. I used Glisten & Glow Base Coat and Top Coat.
The lasting power is impressive – I painted my nails several days ago, but they still look fresh…and it is still going strong. It looks so good, that the guy at the oil change place asked if I had just gotten them done. (I am not sure if he was flirting or just really appreciated my nails…Lily says flirting.)
“Blazing” is a close cousin…or even sister…to Julep “Laurie”. Man, I should keep better track of dupes…but I am too goddamn lazy.
The Infinity Gauntlet
Come on, Infinity War is the biggest movie on the planet right now. How could I NOT do Infinity Gauntlet nails?
I put down a single coat of Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat to get started. I get anxiety when I mismatch my polish to my base coat, but I’m using so many brands that I compromised.
My thumb holds the Time Stone – two coats of OPI “My Gecko Does Tricks” topped with Sinful Colors “Green Ocean”.
My index finger became the Power Stone – two coats of Julep “Paulette” topped with Zoya “Monet”.
The Space Stone resided on my middle finger – two coats of Sinful Colors “Prized Plume” topped with Sally Hansen “Family Jewels”.
My ring finger became the Reality Stone – two coats of Formula X “Boundless Berry” topped with Sinful Colors “Unwrap Me”.
My pinkie got the Soul Stone – Sinful Colors “Courtney Orange” topped with SpaRitual “Citrine Luminary”.
I finished off the Gauntlet with gold metal studs, sealed with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
Alas, I just have five fingers on each hands, so I had to hold the Mind Stone. Oh, and I don’t have a Mind Stone, so I used a peach from our peach tree in the backyard. It was eaten shortly after this picture was taken.
What other movie manicures should I try?
I Wish I Was a Baller
One time, in High School, I was skulking around one of the lame after-Football dances, and I was approached by an (obviously new) coach…she tried to draft me onto the Basketball team. Blissfully unaware of my 7th and 8th grade B-team failures, she gave me the whole spiel – as I imagine, my peers thrashed about to ‘The Humpty Dance’ or did ‘Da Butt’. I laughed it off and probably went behind the building to smoke or set anthills on fire or whatever it was that I did at school dances. I surely didn’t dance.
I don’t know what the point of this story is, except that my entire life, my height has attracted and repelled like some kind of magnetic north on a compass. Too tall for the boys, too majestically awkward for sports and DEFINITELY too tall for the stage. Once, I got mistaken for a Drag Queen at The Village. That was one of the fucking proudest moments of my life…so it’s not ALL bad.
I kind of got off course a little bit. ANYWAY, Formula X “Motivated” reminds me of a basketball. It’s a matte metallic orange and I don’t even hate the orange-ness. I do absolutely HATE this polish though, almost as much as I hated playing Basketball. Even though I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat, this stuff did not want to stay on my nails. This is THREE thick coats and it still started cracking like a crackle polish. In less than 12 hours, it was chipping off my nails in chunks. What the fuck, Sephora?