Saturday, October 25, 2014

Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches

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Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Nail polish makes great gifts for the holidays and to bring things to another level, Formula X released a super adorable 22 polish set that comes neatly packed in a small paint can. The appropriately named Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set ($69 CAD) features a selection of festive colors from Formula X. To see swatches of all 22 colors, click......
Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Packaging:
The polishes are housed into a plastic and metal tub shaped like a paint can. The set offers a selection of colors and each polish is 4ml. The bottles and brush are very similar to the OPI minis. A few of the brushes (especially for the lighter shades) are a bit shoddy and left behind some weird black debris, so I do wish they improved the quality of the brushes.
The set includes 11 crème polishes, 6 glitters, and 4 shimmers.
Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set


Formulation:
Below are my swatches and reviews. I tried to group them according to their finishes and colors for comparison.
Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Crème polishes from Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set
Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches

Shade Name:
White Matter
Astronomical
Monumental
Perfection
Dramatic
Color & Finish:
White crème
Peachy ivory crème
Pale warm desert sand crème
Mauve-y taupe crème
Dusty lavender crème
Formulation:
Pigmented but thick (almost white-out like), dried quickly to semi-matte finish
Sheer and uneven
Sheer and uneven
Pigmented and smooth
Pigmented and smooth
Coats used:
3
3
3
2
2

Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches

Shade Name:
Dark Matter
Ignite
Pyrotechnic
A+
Gemini
Color & Finish:
Black crème
Oxblood crème
Bright cherry red crème
Magenta purple crème
Bright orchid crème
Formulation:
Pigmented one-coater
Rich and smooth
Rich and pigmented
Rich and pigmented
Nice and smooth
Coats used:
1
2
2
2
2

Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Glitter polishes from Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set
Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Shade Name:
Fathom
Stratosphere
Moon Sign
Shockwave
Color & Finish:
Dark grey blue crème
Violet and silver glitter
Silver and blue glitter
Dark pink and silver glitter
Formulation:
Super pigmented one-coater
Super packed with glitters, full coverage in two coats
Packed with glitters, almost full coverage in two coats
Slightly sheerer than previous two, but still works well on its own
Coats used:
1
2
2
3


Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Shade Name:
Absolute Zero
Starlight
Luminosity
Color & Finish:
Pale champagne shimmer with silver glitters
Gold glitter
Silver and rose gold glitter
Formulation:
Pigmented and rich
Slightly sheer, three coats for decent opacity but works better as glitter topper
Full coverage glitter, works well on its own
Coats used:
2
3
2

Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Shimmer/frost polishes from Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set
Formula X Paint The Town 22-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set: Review and Swatches
Shade Name:
Pedal to the Metal
Wunderkind
Umph
Need for Speed
Illusionary
Color & Finish:
Purple metallic
Stormy grey with very subtle dark blue shimmers
Gunmetal metallic
Pale silver foil
Pearly frost
Formulation:
Super rich and pigmented
Smooth but slightly sheer
Rich and pigmented
Super pigmented, almost a one-coater
Nice and smooth, fairly pigmented
Coats used:
2
3
2
2
2

Overall:
The glitters in the collection are all pretty great, and the majority of the shimmers are very good as well. The formulation of the lighter crème are quite sheer and could definitely use some improvement. The few shades that really stood out to me is Need for Speed (pale silver foil), Absolute Zero (pale champagne shimmer with silver glitters), Perfection (mauve-y taupe crème), and Dark Matter (black crème). All in all, I think this is great for someone who is just getting into polishes because the majority of these are staple colors so if you already have a lot of polishes, it's probably more wise to invest the $69 CAD in a few full size Formula X polish shades that you really love.

Availability:
Formula X is available online and in stores at Sephora.
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