Today I wanted to share the latest nail colour that I’ve been sporting. This is a Sephora Formula X polish in the shade Spiked, which Sephora calls “mink bisque”. Basically, it’s a medium brownish-taupe shade in a creme finish. This particular polish came from a Sephora holiday set of mini polishes, which was gifted to me by a friend during Christmas last year.
I’ve been wearing a lot of neutral crème polishes in the last year (due to a job change), and I’ve been getting really sick of it. However, one of my coworkers said this shade looked very “sophisticated”, haha. Spiked needed 3 layers for full opacity. The first layer was super streaky, which is likely due partly to the nature of neutral crème polish formulas, and also partly to the size of the brush. The second layer was generally good, although there were still a few nails that I felt needed one extra coat.
The thing with minis is that the brushes tends to be a lot smaller. This is especially the case as more and more companies are coming out with polishes that have big brushes, so we’ve (or at least I have) started to become used to it. Below is the size of the Formula X mini compared to a regular Essie polish, as well as an H&M polish. As you can see, it’s much smaller compared to both, but you can really see the difference when comparing to the H&M brush, which are gargantuan, haha. While I prefer wider brushes myself, I don’t find the brush size too problematic to apply polish – any streakiness can be fixed with adding an extra layer.
The featured image is what my nails looked like freshly painted. This is what it looked like after 7 days of wear (the shade of the polish in this photo is more accurate):
The polish is still super shiny! I attribute this to the top coat I use, the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. As usual, there is some regrowth gap and a slight amount of tipwear..and again, the chip in the corner of my pinkie! This is the fourth time I’ve photographed my hands, and this chip is in the same place every time. I’m now convinced that it’s from typing. Since the last time I posted a Nail of the Week post, I’ve noticed that I put a lot of pressure on my left pinkie every time I use the Shift key – I think this may be causing the chipping.
I’m currently wearing something dark on my nails now, and I think I might have to take a break from neutral nails for a bit! What nail polish are you currently wearing?