Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Formula X Nail Lacquer
Formula X The Cut – Spring 2014 Nail Lacquers

For spring, Formula X introduced five new shades in “The Cut.” In general, I’m a fan of Formula X’s lacquer formula, as it is pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to apply. I had trouble with the three shades I tried from the five new ones (I do not have the other two)–they were streaky, with Dynamic being just slightly streaky and troublesome but the end result was manageable, while the other two were noticeably uneven. All three were slightly thick in consistency, though they dried down a little faster than average and had naturally shiny finishes.

Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque peach pink.” It’s a light-medium peachy-pink with a cream finish. This shade was streaky on both the first and second coat, so the resulting finish was noticeably streaky and uneven. The formula felt slightly thick as well. It seems a bit brighter in real life than it’s showing in the photos. Tom Ford Beauty Coral Beach (03) (LE, $32.00), Chanel Starlet (LE, $27.00), and Butter London Trout Pout (P, $15.00) are all much darker. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Dynamic Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque light taupe.” It’s a light-medium taupe with a subtle warm undertone and cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it was applied decently overall, but the first coat was noticeably streaky and the second coat needed to be a little thicker and slowly dragged across the nail to minimize additional streakiness. L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing (LE) is lighter, less gray. Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble (LE, $20.00) is shimmery, purpler. MAC Inert (LE, $16.00) is grayer. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Over the Top Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque light green.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. Though the pigmentation seemed opaque after two coats, it was streaky and uneven in application, so it looked patchy. Zoya Tracie (P, $9.00) and Essie Navigate Her (LE, $8.00) a few shades darker. See comparison swatches.

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Alive

C+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Dynamic

B+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Over the Top

B-

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer
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Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer
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Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer
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Formula X Dynamic Nail Lacquer
Formula X Dynamic Nail Lacquer

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Formula X Dynamic Nail Lacquer

Formula X Dynamic Nail Lacquer
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Formula X Over the Top Nail Lacquer
Formula X Over the Top Nail Lacquer

Formula X Over the Top Nail Lacquer
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Formula X Over the Top Nail Lacquer
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The Dupe List: Alive

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The Dupe List: Dynamic

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The Dupe List: Over the Top

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29 thoughts on “Formula X Alive, Dynamic, Over the Top Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hi, this is a completely unrelated question but what brush do you use to apply loreal’s infallible eyeshadows?

  2. Too bad the coral one got a c+. I like how soft it is!
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  3. Too bad about the unevenness, because the colors are sooo pretty…!

  4. All of these are great shades for spring! I love Dynamic & Over the Top… very cute!

  5. I love the look of Alive, I wish it rated higher!

  6. How odd, I didn’t have any problems with Alive or Over the Top, Inspiring was a completely different story though

  7. Over the Top is such a wonderful spring green! I don’t usually go for light green polishes (especially yellow-based ones), but I actually really like that one :-)
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  8. I don’t like that they go on streaky but I am loving the way Alive and Dynamic look on you. I don’t typically go for green polish but Over the Top even looks appealing lol. I really like these colors!
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  9. amanda

    Hmmm, I have both Alive and Over the Top and I really loved both shades – although I do agree with the streaking. I just expect that from lighter, pastel shades. And I love both the colors. I had great wear from both. About 4 days without chipping, which is pretty hard to come by for me, considering I spend all day typing.

  10. I love pastels as nail colors! All 3 shades are nice!
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  11. Michelle Reece

    Alive is beautiful in the bottle, but barely visible on your fingers! So disappointing!

  12. Over the top is such a pretty, unique color! These are all so pretty and spring-like. Bummer about the streakiness though….!

  13. Amy

    I love these, and wanted to say the new dupe lists are Crazy awesome helpers, what a great idea! Absolutely loving Dynamic, something about neutral creams <3

    Formula X has such an interesting well…formula! I seem to always get better results applying one thick coat rather than my standard two thins, I wonder if that would help with the streaky issues you had? Then again, they are pastels and we all know that trial ;)

  14. I like how Dynamic looks on you!