The classics are always in style with this high end line.
Duochoromes, flakies, glitters, crackle coats…the world of nail color has blown up in the last few years and for nail junkies like myself, it is a blessing and a curse. I love being able to experiment with new styles, but the struggle to keep up can be overwhelming. (REALLY, do we really need yet ANOTHER “must-have” color of the year already?!)
What do you do when you just want a good solid color with lasting power, without all the bells and whistles? Well, I learned that’s when you turn to Perfect Formula.
Perfect Formula is a luxury nail care line for those who want strong and healthy nails, as well as great color with even coverage. In addition to a core line of Classic Nail Polish shades Perfect formula offers a select range of seasonal colors to keep things interesting.
But what they are really known for is their correcting and nourishing formulas for nails that could use some help, such as their Pink Gel Coat ($30), a protein enriched clear nail coating which provides strength and protection for even the weakest and brittlest of nails.
And did I mention everything is 4-Free? (No formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene OR formaldehyde resin.) Plus Perfect Formula products boast an “Instant Strength Technology” that includes keratin and calcium to add immediate strength and thickness to your nails.
I was able to try two Perfect Formula polishes; a seasonal nail color in Avant Gray and their best-selling My Favorite Top Coat.
Avant Gray ($15) is a classic steel gray that began as the “It” color of 2010 and slowly fought its way back to beat out all the greiges that descended on the scene in 2011. It’s a dark, striking neutral that is a bit more wearable than a true black.
The formula of this polish is indeed ‘perfect’ and it applies like a dream – only two coats and I got a perfect (there’s that word again) manicure with lovely even coverage. The brush is long and thin, a plus for those of you with smaller nail beds and who hate the fatter “professional” width brushes.
However, the real champ of Perfect Formula is My Favorite Topcoat ($18). It truly lives up to its name; I was super impressed in its shine and fast-drying formula.
Between the nail color and My Favorite Topcoat, I got SIX days of wear out of my manicure which is unheard of for me. (I’m a bit *ahem* rough on my hands.)
I didn’t get quite as much wear when I used the topcoat on a manicure with other polishes, so I think there is definitely a one-two punch in the Perfect Color and My Favorite Topcoat combo. I didn’t see an immediate increase in my nails strength, but I have pretty strong nails as it is. I am really excited to hear what the other testers thought and see if maybe our ladies with more brittle nails saw an improvement.
The only real drawback of Perfect Formula is that the selection of colors are a bit limited, and overall the line is pricey. Perfect Formula runs about 2 to 3 times more than I normally pay for nail color and care. Though the bottles are slightly bigger than normal (.57 oz versus the standard .5 oz for OPI or China Glaze) and it is a luxury line.
• High shine
• Easy application
• Even coverage
• Long-wearing color
• Big 4 Free
• Crazy strong topcoat
• Limited color choices
Overall, the formula and application are stunners. And there is something to be said for a company that focuses on the quality of their products and not just jumping on the latest trends.
Readers – are your nails perfectly happy with the Perfect Formula collection of color and correctives?
Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.
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