Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal and purple metallic.” It’s a steely gray that leans slightly teal along the edges and shifts to a muted violet. It has more of a metallic shimmer running through it. MAC Submerged (LE, $16.00) is much bluer. KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies (LE, $8.75) is more shimmery. Color Club Portfolio (P) is purpler. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the bottle, I thought it might be a possible dupe (or at least, similar to!) for Chanel Sweet Star, but it’s not (way, way darker). The duochrome is strong and noticeable, which is always a treat, though there are some visible brush strokes from the more metallic shimmer/finish. It dried down to a naturally high-shine finish, so it doesn’t need a top coat to shine. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of the nail line coming through depending on the type of lighting/angle of my nails.

Infamous
Infamous
A-

Permanent

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

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous 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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This reminds me of OPI’s Peace Love & OPI, Sally Hansen’s Black Tie & Essence’s Chic Reloaded. I have an unhealthy obsession with gray nail polishes!

I love duochrome polishes. My all time favorite is Chanel Peridot, though actually, that is probably considered a multi-chrome.

I popped into a Big Lots the other day (I go in there about three times a year, since it’s kind of fun because you never know what treats you might find), and they had several different Formula X polishes for around $2. I picked up a pretty red microglitter called Power Hungry and put it over my (then) mani of Zoya Raven (black) as a base coat, topped with Zoya Isa (a darkish, shimmery red) to get a beautiful dark, blackened red shade that I thought Isla was going to be by itself. PH kicked it up a notch with glittery goodness that wasn’t too OTT (over the top). Good for an accent nail too.

Peridot was a nice one! I admit, I got a little tired of the duochrome after seeing so many copycats, lol! I bet I would love it more now πŸ™‚

Julep’s Blakely is a pretty good dupe if I’m remembering correctly, but one of them has a stronger green shift. I haven’t worn either in a while though…

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