Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “platinum-infused, mixed metal shimmer.” It’s a dirty, antique gold base with silver, gold, and copper micro-glitter. It almost seemed like sparkle, because the particles seemed even finer than most micro-glitters. Tom Ford Beauty Silver Smoke (LE, $32.00) has a similar base color, but it isn’t glittery–it’s more metallic, so it’s not what I would consider a worthy dupe. See comparison swatches / view dupes. If you know of potential dupes, please share in the comments’ section!

This was a total impulse buy, but the promotional image really made me curious about it! I’ve had good luck with Formula X, so I kept my fingers crossed. It’s an interesting shade, and I think the multi-colored micro-glitter makes it different than other potential dupes (that I know of, of course!). I also felt like it was a festive, holiday-esque shade that wasn’t your typical interpretation (metallic golds, reds, etc.) of the season. I wish it was more pigmented, though, as it is only semi-opaque and not the “full coverage” described. It’s the type of formula that can be layered with up to three coats comfortably or two thicker ones. It dries down faster than the average polish to a shiny, metallic finish–not really glossy, just reflective. The wear time was consistent, and it lasted well with only very minor tip wear for seven days (no base/top coat).

Alchemy
Alchemy
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Beautiful! Thanks, Christine. You read my mind. This one has been on my Love List since the day it came out. Now I’m just waiting for Sephora’s big discount of the year.

I love the Formula X polishes myself and this may make it’s way to my cart. A slightly different holiday shimmer as you say. 🙂

It’s really interesting! It reminds me of television static, actually, in nail polish form 🙂 I like that it has a lot of different colours in it, but still manages to be…uh… ‘pewter’? It’s so hard to pin down!

I was eyeing this on Sephora’s website recently, and it’s great to see your photos.The color isn’t wowing me, though. I think I’m a little more interested in Formula X’s Ombre Glitters.

Those holographic types of polish always catch my attention. I’m so happy you reviewed this, I’ve been eyeing it and adding it to my shopping cart for weeks now.

Looks much lighter on nails then in bottle. Another dupe might be Estee Lauder’s Frozen Fantasy, or their long discontinued (but still beloved), Devils Food.

It’s not a dupe, but in certain lights, maybe Nicole by OPI Just Busta Mauve? It’s a browner, less platinum, but it’s got that same sort of surprising sprinkle of silvery blue in the mix.

From the swatches, it reminds me of TheBalm “All you do is taupe”, Chanel “Quarz”, Sephora by Opi “Already Famous” and Maybelline “Dust of Bronze”. It’s one of my favorites color families for nail polish 🙂

I was totally skeptical when they launched Formula X, but I really quite like the range as a whole. Not every shade is 100% amazing, but I like how much variety they have in color/finish.

I love this polish. I’m wearing it for the first time now and it’s just so pretty and fun. Thanks for reviewing this! I would never have known it was in Sephora otherwise; I’m keeping away because of all the new holiday collections, many of which I’m not really all that interested in but might still impulse buy…

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