I have two hands, two feet, 20 nails to paint and 66 bottles of nail polish. That’s a hell of a lot of nail polish! You can imagine how many brands I’ve tried (cheap and expensive) so I’ve gone through a few different types of quality polishes.
What do I look for in a polish? It’s always the coverage. I’ll admit I’m a little impatient with my application so I need a polish that doesn’t need more than 1 coat. You know when you find your perfect shade (mainly the nude family) and it needs a million coats and you’re still not satisfied – that’s just the worst!
I’ve recently had the pleasure of trying out Formula X from Sephora. I was given a bottle in a gift bag and was instantly hooked. I must have an FX radar since then because every polish I’ve complimented on someone else has been from them.
Below are images of two types of polishes from Forumla X. The first is their lacquer finish polish and the second is their matte finish polish.
Can you believe the above images are of only ONE coat? The texture is thicker than most polishes I’ve used which allows the application to set only where you’ve applied it, not dripping across our cuticle creases – a major bonus. The finished product is super shiny and dries in less than a minute. – Extraordinary $13
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I’ve used matte coats before and they’ve all been a shame. The heaviness of the polish strips the colored polish you’ve already applied and the finish isn’t the most luxurious looking. The fact that these polishes already include the matte finish is a total nail save! The texture is a little thicker than the other lacquer polishes and the matte shows up almost instantly. – Singularity $TBA
You can find Forumla X polishes exclusively at all of your local Sephora locations or online. Prices start at $13. As always, if you do not want your polish to chip then ensure you are wearing topcoat to protect them.
As of October 31, Vancouver residents will have access to all Formula X polishes at Canada’s largest Sephora store on Robson Street.
Photos by Leonie.