This week I succumbed to temptation and purchased Sephora's new nail polish system. They named it Formula X, and I thought for sure I would get superpowers; however, it does not contain Chemical X, the secret ingredient that led to the Powerpuff Girls. While that is disappointing, it still makes for some good nail polish.
The starter kit cost $32 and includes 4 bottles. First is a nail cleaner that will remove oily residue from your nails. I have found ethyl acetate solutions like this one superior to plain isopropyl alcohol. Next, I added the white stuff to selected nails. This ridge-filler ($14) does a great job on my pitted nails, padding even my deepest defects.
Then the base coat (pink stuff) from the kit provides a somewhat sticky layer. You can pick from any of their zillion colors for the fun part of the starter pack; I went with Brain Power, a nice cream nude. After two coats of color, I finished with their clear top coat.
The color and top coats flow smoothly with the creamy consistency one expects from high-end nail color. After 24 hours, my activities have yet to chip the finish. Of course, the real test will come over the weekend. I will be tailgating in Columbia, MO, tomorrow. Can I handle beer bottles without nicks? I will let you know.
I do wish the system came with superpowers (or at least the ability to fly), but a decent manicure can be super, too.