Sorry for the delay in today’s content – I didn’t have my photos uploaded (I thought I did), so it had to wait until I could access that SD card.
Last week I shared that I received a Formula X Polish System due to winning a giveaway. I broke it out on Saturday before our Christmas party to get festive.
After shaping and gently etching the surface of your nails with a fine-grit buffer, reach for you break out the left-most bottle in the Formula X Polish System kit. This bottle contains a thin, light blue liquid – this is the Cleanse step. It is basically just a nail dehydrator similar to those used on you at the nail salon before enhancements or with in-home DIY gel nails. I twisted the cap open and heard/felt a, “snap!” only to find the squared off caps on the Formula X Polish bottles are vanity caps. You have to pull it off before you can unscrew the simpler, cylindrical cap beneath. The snap was a piece of the interior to the vanity cap snapping off. Boo.
After that, continue to the clear pink – this is your base coat; the, “Prime,” step. The Formula X Polish Prime is pretty normal base-coat as thickness goes. Here, though, the brush started to annoy me. I expected cheap bristles in the brush-on cleanser, but these bristles remind me of the thick-stranded, cheap ones that resided in Wet n Wild nailpolishes of the early-to-mid 90’s. With a base coat, it wasn’t too much of a deal, but getting my nails fully covered wasn’t as easy (and as you can see, I don’t have large nails).
Obsessed from the Formula X Polish line is a deep, rich wine color – in the right (wrong?) lighting it might be mistaken for black, but my camera wants to make it look far more red than it truly is. The following photo is only a single coat, but based on that coat?
I’m really not impressed. The brush is the same cheap, not optimally-shaped brush that you would find in cheap, kids’ polish. The brushes in OPI are far superior for a non-gel formula and allow for even coverage in fewer strokes. This brush’s bristles, because they are bound in a circle, do not neatly flatten as you drag the polish across your nail. This, coupled with a thick consistency, results in unevenness and streaks. This isn’t an issue of technique–nails are my thing; this is by far the messiest first coat I’ve ever applied.
In spite of my dissatisfaction based on this first coat of the Formula X Polish, I must admit that although it is VERY thick, it is also a very swiftly drying polish (which might be part of why it streaks a bit). That is pretty good, but we’ll have to see if the top coat is as fast-drying as the previous two steps of the system.
I removed it then before slapping the top coat on because I had neither the time nor the patience to continue, but I will attempt it again and give it a better assessment when I’m not in a rush. Still, I feel that for as much as this polish costs ($10.50 per bottle of colored polish for their standard line, not counting the cost of the System, which is $32), it should, at absolute minimum, have a higher quality brush than what it has. I hope I can get the Formula X Polish system to cooperate next time, as Obsessed is quite pretty.