I've heard a lot of good things about the nail brand Formula X, so of course when I was wondering around the mothership that is Sephora, I just had to try them out.
They do a starter set which comes with a nail cleanser, base coat and top coat, and in addition they were also doing a set where you could add a nail polish in for free, so of course I went for that one.
First things first, the nail cleanser. I don't feel like this is 100% necessary as it didn't do too much for my nails. However if I wasn't doing a colour and just leaving my nails natural, this may come in handy for maintaining their 'presentable' state. The one bad thing I have to say about this is that the brush seems smaller than the others, therefore it was hard to work with and meant you couldn't do your whole nail in a couple of strokes. I can already feel myself neglecting this step and going straight into the base coat.
I found the base coat to be a definite step up from the cleanser. The brush was bigger, if smoothed out my nails and overall did a better job at prepping them than most other base coats I've tried. The formula isn't too thick, nor too thin which is perfect for a nice, even coat.
As for the nail colour itself, I opted for the shade Radical which is a beautiful muted lilac shade. This is fairly comparable to Essie's Lilacism, however I find that one to be a bit on the pastel side whereas Radical is more subtle on the nails. I really like the formula of these and the brush makes it really easy to do one nail quickly, but it's not too big so you still have control. Two coats of this and I was happy with the colour pay off, you could probably get away with one, but always opt for two to get a more opaque finish. The colour range was really lovely, they had a lot of muted colours and neutrals which are perfect for transitioning into Autumn and for an everyday shade too, so there's definitely a colour for everyone.
Base coat and colour check. Now on to the top coat.
I find it hard to stray away from the Seche Vite top coat, but for the sake of todays post I put that for one side for a moment, and I have to say I'm happy I did. Although nothing seems to compare to my well loved Seche Vite, this one certainly gave it a run for its money. The formulation is quite thick, but I find that adds more shine and really helps to lock in the colour. Again, the brush is a lovely size too, making it very easy to apply. As far as the lasting power goes, I've only had it on for one day, but no chips yet! I'll definitely report back with a full verdict of the lasting power so check back for that.
Quick tip! A couple of days after you've painted your nails, reapply the top coat to help them last a lot longer and prevent chipping!
Have you tried Formula X before?