Sunday, May 18th, 2014

When I think about blues for summer, I think of brighter hues from sky blue to pool blue. Here are some of my top favorites this summer… Please share yours with me in the comments! :)

  1. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle — a sky blue cream
  2. Color Club Over the Moon — a holographic sky blue
  3. Zoya Rocky — a muted, sky blue
  4. Illamasqua Noble — a bold, bright blue cream
  5. Formula X Photoelectric — a brightened blue with a hint of teal
Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat
Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat

Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear top coat infused with petal pink glitter particles in assorted shapes and sizes.” It’s a mixture of small and medium uneven bits of pink-tinged white glittery bits and then large flower-shaped glitters in a clear base. I don’t know of any dupes, but if you have any ideas, I’ve love to hear them!

I applied one coat of Cherry Blossom over Dior Front Row (769), except for my thumbnail, which I applied two coats of Cherry Blossom alone. The good news is that it doesn’t feel like a fishing expedition to get the larger flower-shaped glitters onto the nail, as I averaged one per nail without trying, but they do require some careful application and tend to apply best by patting the brush against the nail, rather than sweeping it across the nail like a regular polish. The smaller bits of glitter apply fine either way, and there’s good density in a single coat. It dries down pretty quickly, and the consistency was surprisingly not too thick or too thin. The flower-shaped glitters do not always lay flatly against the nail, due the curve of my natural nail and the size of the glitters, but they don’t seem to curl. Since they don’t lay flat, though, you need at least one layer of very thick top coat to help them flatten and smooth out, or else they will catch and lift up from the nail. It’s interesting, and I don’t have anything like it, but it’ll require some extra patience and doesn’t wear as long or as well as other glitter top coats.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Here are my current favorite shades of fuchsia and pink to wear this summer! I hope you’ll share your favorites with me in the comments :)

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Oui! — a fuchsia-shimmered magenta
  2. Illamasqua Stance — a bright, magenta cream
  3. Essie The Girls Are Out — a cool-toned, fuchsia pink
  4. Zoya Bobbi — a pink-shimmered, pinky-red
  5. Formula X Spectrum — a pinky-red jelly-cream
Monday, March 24th, 2014

Formula X A Little Sexy Nail Lacquer
Formula X A Little Sexy & Inspiring Nail Lacquers

Formula X A Little Sexy Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearl light periwinkle.” It’s a softened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with a metallic finish. It was opaque in a single coat (which is what is shown in the swatches), but the consistency is noticeably thick. The metallic finish is very unforgiving if you don’t let it completely dry on the first coat before applying additional coats, and it tends to look best with a single coat, because it has the least amount of visible brush strokes. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is brighter, no shimmer (cream). Chanel Sky Line (LE, $27.00) is much lighter but had a metallic finish/slight muted quality to it. China Glaze Modify (LE, $7.50) is similar without a top coat. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Formula X Inspiring Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearl light turquoise.” It’s a light-medium, aqua-teal with a metallic finish. This was mostly opaque after a single coat, and it looked the best with one coat of polish as the consistency was also on the thicker end of the spectrum, which made minimizing brush strokes difficult if you had more than one coat. I also had slight bubbling on two nails. Essie Naughty Nautical (LE, $8.00) is greener, darker. MAC Salad Dressed (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, less shimmery. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Dior St. Tropez (LE, $24.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Zoya Zuza (P, $9.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Formula X Spectrum Nail Lacquer
Formula X Spectrum Nail Lacquer

Formula X Spectrum Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “red + gold micro-glitter in sheer crimson.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pinky-red with flecks of gold sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency was a little thin but not enough to impact the application negatively. This has gold sparkle, as compared to the cooler-toned, pinky-white sparkle of Solar Flare, but they were still very close. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, more muted. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might (LE) is redder, warmer. China Glaze 108 Degrees (LE, $7.50) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Solar Flare Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink micro-glitter in sheer strawberry.” It’s a vibrant, pink-shimmered, pinky-red with a pearly, metallic finish and a glossy shine. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin and covered smoothly and evenly. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, pinker. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might (LE) is less shimmery. China Glaze 108 Degrees (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Astrolady Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink + gold textured glitter.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with warm, golden sparkle and glitter. The finish is mostly matte, textured, and glittery. It had opaque color coverage with two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It feels fairly bumpy/textured, so depending on your preference, you might want a couple of layers of top coat (which will also make it shiny). I don’t have anything like this in my stash that I can recall, due to that textured finish, so no dupes to recommend.

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Formula X Nail Lacquers
Formula X Nail Lacquers

Formula X Free Fall Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue textured glitter.” It’s a pale, sky blue with a sugary, textured finish. It’s matte but shimmery, and this is one of the more textured polishes I’ve come across–it’s rough and almost gritty without being sharp. The color is really interesting, but the application and coverage were difficult and uneven. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one, due to the more unique finish. When I tested this shade for wear, it did last for eight days with minor tip wear (almost as if the edge “sanded” away).

Formula X Photoelectric Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple and blue micro glitter in sheer bright blue.” It’s a vibrant, just-shy-of-neon blue with green-ish undertones with blue and purple micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly. Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to find any similar shades from what I’ve reviewed in the past (not to say there aren’t any, just that I don’t have any to share!). I typically get a full week of wear with very, very minor tip wear with this formula.

Formula X Prismatic Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “emerald micro-glitter in sheer emerald.” It’s a muted, dusty, cool-toned green with lighter green and medium green micro-glitter. It was noticeably sheer with visible nail line after two coats. It didn’t apply as evenly as it should have. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Man by Man (P, $10.00), Zoya Giovanna (P, $9.00), and Dior Samba (794) (LE, $24.00) are all darker and brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chimera (P, $10.00) is less cool-toned. Zoya Zuza (P, $9.00) is still brighter. See comparison swatches.

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