Review: Formula X For Sephora Nail Polish

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.Happy Manicure Monday!

Today, I want to review a product that I’ve been meaning to talk about ever since it launched in October. (Apparently my memory card likes to run and hide from me sometimes. Something like that.) Anyways, some of you may remember Sephora had a major sale on its OPI For Sephora nail polishes (at one time, they were 3 for $10!). If you didn’t catch the sale, you most likely had seen all the signs around the store preparing us for what Sephora promised would be their better, more innovative, more extensive nail polish line: Formula X For Sephora.

I haven’t tested enough polishes to agree with that claim entirely, but I will say that “extensive” is not an overstatement at all. The line ranges from classic “Cremes”, to “Lusters”, “Translucents”, Β “Superwatts”, “Xplosives Top Coats”, “Shifters”, “Celestials” and more.

I remember being really overwhelmed when I first browsed the line; there were just so many to choose from! After swatching a few in the store, I decided to buy just one and see how well these bad boys work. After all, they’re $10.50-$12.50 each. Instead of going with a creme like I normally do, I went with something a little more unique and unlike anything I already own.

Click below to read my full review!

The color I’m wearing is “Ur Square” and it’s a luster. Sephora describes it as a “misty rose glitter.”

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.

In person, this polish comes off rosier than these photos show – so yes, Sephora’s description of the color is more accurate than I’m portraying. However, one of the things that attracted me to “Ur Square” was that there were chunkier, more noticeable rose-colored glitters that stuck to the sides of the bottle and were more apparent in swatches. It gave the impression that the color was a muted rose gold with a pretty rosy/purplish sheen. Unfortunately, when worn, it became an entirely different shade.

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.Unlike Sephora, I wouldn’t describe this as a misty rose, but as a muddy rose instead. It definitely has a rose tint – however, it is very subtle. It looks more like a purple/gray/bronze if you ask me. Β The shimmer in this polish really didn’t come through either, especially indoors. I know that sounds like I might be expecting too much, but trust me, the way this sparkles in the bottle indoors is definitely noticeable. So it is disappointing that the polish dries pretty dull, almost like a pencil “finish.” It does look better in sunlight, but indoors it’s not so great.

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.(Indoors, without flash.)

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.(Indoors, with flash.)

As far as application, I didn’t have any big issues. I did notice that working with a thinner coat at a time worked best. It’s easy for this polish to thicken up and get messy – as you can see here on my ring finger in the photo below. Also, as with most glittery nail polishes, you should let the first coat dry completely before adding another layer or else it might disturb or remove the previous coat.

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.

Another *tip* for applying this polish would be to use caution when applying onto the fingernail tips. As you can see above, the grittiness of the glitter and the thickness of the polish can create a rough edge.

Don’t let the glitter fool you, though. I think Sephora’s picture of “Ur Square” is misleading. The polish isn’t nearly as gritty as it appears on the website. As you can see here, it looks more like a holographic polish more than anything. Even without a topcoat (picture below), the polish dries relatively even and smooth.

Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish. Cyra Velasquez wearing Formula X For Sephora: "Ur Square" nail polish.(Indoors, without topcoat, with flash.)

Overall, I’m really disappointed that this polish turned out to be nothing like it appears in the bottle or on a swatch. Application is okay and the wear is fine (about 3-4 days with Seche Vite topcoat), but the color is just such a letdown. I like how it sparkles in photos, but in person it is truly underwhelming. To sum it up, I like the polish in photos, but since that isn’t true to color, I don’t actually like it on my nails. Because it comes off as a completely different color than expected, I’d rate “Ur Square” as a 6.5/10.

I’m hoping my next Formula X For Sephora experience is much more pleasant. Anything you think I should try?

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5 responses to “Review: Formula X For Sephora Nail Polish

  1. Thanks for an honest, thoughtful review! I’m a sucker for the chunkier glitter polishes and am partial to rose gold, so I bet I’d have a similar reaction to yours.

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