I was a bit sad when the Sephora-OPI connection came to an end. That was always one range I looked forward to hauling when I went to the States on holiday. It had cute names and great colours - Metro-Chic anyone? When I heard about the new brand - Formula X - I was a bit non-plussed and didn't give it much attention. However, this past week it finally landed in Dubai Mall Sephora and to promote it's arrival they gave out free manicures to anyone who loitered by the stand. My office is directly opposite Dubai Mall so I rumbled up some excuse and popped over. It would have been rude not to.
I got my manicure, which was applied using their "system" of Cleanse/Prime/Colour/Shine - i.e., a marketing concept to get you to buy 4 separate products - and opted for a gorgeous bright raspberry shade called "A+".
I politely ignored the sales assistant's recommendations for the cleanser/primer/top coat - and instead went for a couple of colours (Provocative, a pastel sky blue and Extraordinary, an iceberg grey) and "Delete", their nail polish remover (bought solely because it's one of those push dispensers and will make me feel all "professional" when using it).
But as much as I love the above, I am kind of lamenting the decision not to get the whole system. Why did I decide to be stubborn that day and refuse the sales pitch?
You see it's now 5 days later and if I took a picture of that same hand, featured above, you would be hard pressed to see any difference. When I inspect my fingers all I see is one tiny chip on the right index finger and a little bit of shrinkage. This is unheard of for me. I bash my hands about, hammer on a keyboard all day long and wash them about 10 times a day. Despite this, Formula X has gripped onto them, mimicking a gel.
Now you could argue that the reason it has performed so well is because it wasn't applied by me. The application was delivered by a professional and any good manicure will last a decent amount of time. But still, 5 days and counting...I am impressed!
I am going to play around with the other colours and the primer/top coats that I already have in my collection and let's see how they play out.
But let me ask you this - do you think the system is worth it? Any of you tried it and have something to report back? Oh and if you have any colour recommendations from the line please also let me know because I will definitely be paying that stand another visit :)